The Master of Science in Architecture / Design Technology program replaces the Master of Science in Architecture / Design Computing program and takes effect with the autumn 2021 admissions cycle.  Candidates admitted prior to autumn 2021 will graduate with the former degree title.  Both are STEM designated programs.  

Admission to the MS in Architecture is a competitive process. The Department of Architecture’s MS Program Admissions Committee gives priority to applicants whose apparent abilities will enable them to complete the program expeditiously and with a high level of achievement. In evaluating applicants, the committee considers the following materials:

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There is one admissions cycle each year for this program: February 15 deadline for autumn quarter entry. 2021 applications will be accepted beginning in October 2020.

The Admissions review process will begin after the February 15 deadline. 

Application requirements

The first step in the application process is to apply for graduate study at the University of Washington. The Graduate School application website will request the following documents:

  • Application for Graduate Study at the University of Washington (online form). Submit this together with the $85 application fee.
  • Application for Admission to the Master of Science in Architecture program Download this application PDF (the link is also provided on Graduate School Application), and save the form on your computer. Then complete the form and upload it. Be sure to check the “Design Technology” box near the top of the form.
  • Transcripts:  Upload a PDF copy of your official transcript from each prior degree-awarding school attended. Please ensure that the student name and school name appear and that the scan is legible. If you are scanning original transcripts, make sure the pages are oriented upright for screen viewing (vertical or landscape).
  • Letters of recommendation:  Applicants will be prompted to provide the name and e-mail address of three recommenders. Recommenders will be immediately sent a link to the online evaluation form via e-mail. A minimum of three letters of recommendation is required.  Maximum accepted is four.
  • GRE test is not required for 2021 admissions to the Master of Science in Architecture (Design Technology) program. If applying for 2022 admissions, please check this page again on September 15, 2021 for an update.
  • English Language Proficiency (required for applicants from countries in which the official language is not English): Minimum TOEFL test scores for admission: 92 TOEFLiBT. Report Official Scores to the UW Institution Code: 4854. The application will also prompt you to self-report your test scores. If you have not yet taken the test, please enter the test date on the form. Deadline to take the test: December 31. Official scores must be received by the application deadline. The UW does not accept IELTS test scores.

As of 6/2/2020 the Graduate School is temporarily accepting official test scores for both the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL ITP Plus For China to assist international students with remote testing options.

Students admitted with the Duolingo English Test or the TOEFL ITP Plus for China will be required to take all sections of the UW Academic English Language Program (AEP) Placement Exam and take any AEP courses indicated by the exam outcome. Students who receive a Teaching Assistantship will also be required to take the Versant English test and meet the Versant requirements described in Memo 15.

See UW Grad School COVID-19 Admissions FAQs for all details and requirements.

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  • Statement of Purpose: A one-page statement of purpose should clearly articulate your goals and the extent to which the M.Arch program can be expected to prepare you for them. Include special aptitudes, interests or background that you feel will enable you to commence or continue your professional education and training in the field. This statement should be primarily forward looking.
  • Portfolio:  Provide a portfolio of work electronically. The MS in Architecture / Design Technology portfolio should include evidence of your preparation for study in design technology. The document should not exceed 20 pages (sheets) in length (including cover and table of contents). In addition to drawings, models, and/or other examples of design work and/or research in architecture or an allied discipline, it may include research papers, information about software authored by the applicant, and similar projects.

Questions about the application process and general questions about the MS Arch/Design Technology stream should be addressed to Graduate Program Adviser, Claudine Manio.

Detailed questions may be addressed to the Program Director, Professor Mehlika Inanici

Checking Your Application Status

After submission of the online application, you can check the Application Status page to view when letters of recommendation and test scores have been received electronically, and when the portfolio has been received by mail.

Decisions will be mailed to applicants no later than April 15.

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