Application Deadline: January 15 for autumn quarter entry. 

Applications will be accepted from September 15-January 15. The Admissions review process will begin after the January 15 deadline. 

Application requirements

The first step in the application process is to create an on-line Application for Graduate Study at the University of Washington. Selecting the program you are applying to generates the corresponding application forms for that program.  When your applicant profile is complete, pay the application fee online and submit.  You are able to log in and out of your application until it is complete and ready to submit.

Master of Architecture / Master of Landscape Architecture Concurrent Degree Applicants must apply to and pay a separate application for both the M.Arch Program and the MLA Program. Application reviews are conducted separately by each department. Should a candidate get accepted into one degree program but not the other, the offer of admission still stands for the program they were accepted into. 

Do not mail any application materials to our Department.  Material will not be reviewed or returned.

This application will collect the following documents online:

  • Transcripts:  Upload a PDF copy of your official transcript from each prior degree-awarding school attended.  Please ensure that student name and school name appear and that the scan is legible. When 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 names and e-mail address of three recommenders. Recommenders will immediately be sent via e-mail a link to the online evaluation form.  A minimum of three letters of recommendation is required.  Maximum accepted is four.
  • Departmental Program Application: 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.  This form must clearly indicate the degree program for which you wish to be considered.
  • 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.
  • GRE test is not required for 2021 admissions to Master of Architecture 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.
    • TOEFL ITP Plus for China (Level 1 Test): Minimum score for admission: 627 (C1). Students admitted with 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.
    • (Updated 11/19/20): Duolingo English Test: Minimum score for admission: 120. Students who earn a Duolingo English Test (DET) score of 120 or higher satisfy the English Language Proficiency requirement, and are not required to take the AEP Placement Exam.
    • See UW Grad School COVID-19 Admissions FAQs for score reporting details and requirements.

For more information about English Language Proficiency requirements and additional ways to demonstrate English proficiency, see UW Graduate School — Understanding the Application Process and UW Graduate School Memo 8.

  • Portfolio:
    Required file format: PDF.  Mailed portfolios will not be accepted.
    Cover must include your name as it appears on your UW application.
    Maximum pages and file size: 20 pages, 30MB.
    (Please see Graduate Portfolio Tips).

Checking Your Application Status

After submission of the online application, applicants can check the application status page to view when letters of recommendation and test scores have been received electronically. Applicants will be notified by April 15.