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MS Arch in History & Theory

MSHT Posters

Candidates for admission to the Master of Science in Architecture / History and Theory program stream must apply to both the MS in Architecture and the Graduate School of the University of Washington.

There is one admissions cycle each year for this program: February 15 deadline for autumn quarter entry. 2016 applications will be accepted from October 9 – February 15. The Admissions review process will begin after the February 15 deadline.

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:

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 Admisson 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 “History and Theory” 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 scores. 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.  Official scores must be received by the application deadline.
  • 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. Official scores must be received by the application deadline. The UW Graduate School will no longer accept IELTS test scores taken after November 1, 2016. Report your scores to: University of Washington, Graduate School.
  • Statement of purpose. This statement should clearly articulate your goals and the extent to which the MS in Architecture program can be expected to prepare you for those objectives. The statement should also describe your background and experience in architecture or an allied discipline (or related experience appropriate to the program), as well as preparation for advanced work in the history and theory of architecture. This statement must also include a proposed research focus.
  • Writing sample:  We request that you provide a sample of your research work electronically. This writing sample should include evidence of your preparation for study in the history and theory of architecture. This material must include a 10-15 page written document, which is usually a research paper done in an academic context. The submission should be no longer than 20 pages in length.
    Questions about the application process and general questions about the MS Arch / History and Theory stream should be addressed to Graduate Program Adviser, Claudine Manio.

Detailed questions may be addressed to the Program Director, Professor Alex Anderson.

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 writing sample has been received by mail.

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