The Master of Science in Architecture / Design Technology is a research-based degree and it is a STEM designated program. 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 Deadline: February 15 for autumn quarter entry. 

February 15 deadline for autumn quarter entry. Applications will be accepted from September 15-February 15. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • GRE test is not required for 2022 admissions. Do not send GRE scores as they will not be considered in our 2022 admissions process. A decision about the GRE test for 2023 Admissions will be made in June 2022.
  • 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.
  • English Language Proficiency (required for applicants from countries in which the official language is not English). For more information about English Language Proficiency requirements and ways to demonstrate English proficiency, see UW Graduate School — Understanding the Application Process and UW Graduate School Memo 8.

           If you will demonstrate proficiency through the TOEFL or IELTS test, these are the minimum required scores for admission. Official scores must be received by the application deadline.

    • TOEFL iBT: 92. Report official scores to the UW Institution Code: 4854.
    • IELTS:  7.0  Follow reporting instructions provided on UW Graduate School Memo 8 

          For 2022 Admissions, the UW Graduate School is extending the temporary acceptance of official test scores for both the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL ITP Plus For China. 

    • 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 register for English 102, 103 and 104.
    • 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. 
  • Statement of Purpose: A one-two page statement of purpose that should clearly articulate the research you intend to develop at the University of Washington. Explain why your proposed research is relevant to the architecture discipline. Identify potential 1-2 faculty advisors and explain how their research interests align with your focus. The statement should also describe your background and related experience appropriate to the program, as well as preparation for research and advanced work in design technology. Include special aptitudes, interests or background that you feel will enable you to commence or continue your research-based education and training in the field. 

          To help you identify potential faculty advisors, please visit these pages: 

  • 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 research papers in architecture or an allied discipline, it may include information about software authored by the applicant, and similar projects and/or examples of design work.

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.