Priority Application Deadline

Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis. For consideration of financial assistance and priority registration, it is recommended that you submit your application by the following dates:

M.Arch/MUP 3
January 15 (fall admission), October 1 (spring admission)
M.Arch/MUP 4
January 15 (fall admission only)

Admission Requirements

  1. Academic Background

    Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale).
    M.Arch/MUP 3
    Pre-professional bachelor’s degree in architecture with 5 architecture design studios.
    M.Arch/MUP 4
    Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.

  2. Tests
    Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

    General Test (preferred scores in top 50%-ile)
    In addition to the GRE, international students are required to submit test results from the TOEFL or IELTS (minimum score requirements: TOEFL: 100(iBT); IELTS: 7.0).
    Institution Code: 1473
    ATTENTION: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) requirement is waived for Spring 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 applicants.

  3. Letters of Recommendation

    Three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic and/or professional work. Letters should be from non-related individuals who know you through previous academic programs or relevant professional activity.

  4. Portfolio

    All applicants are required to submit a digital portfolio in PDF format. The portfolio should show evidence of interest in design as well as critical and independent thinking, and should be carefully conceived, curated, well designed, neatly prepared, and easily readable. Design your portfolio for digital review rather than submitting an electronic version of your printed portfolio. For M.Arch/MUP 4 applicants, the portfolio should provide an indication of your aptitude for thinking critically and creatively through design. This can include such items as illustrated research papers, photographs of executed artwork, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, furniture, craft work, and/or freehand drawings. Present work that demonstrates the depth and breadth of your creative activity; a variety of work is important to give the admissions committee a sense of how you arrived at architecture as a course of study to pursue.

    For successful submission, the portfolio

    • Must be no larger than 15 MB. Any portfolio over 15 MB will not be accepted.
    • Must be a pdf file. We do not accept any other file types.
    • Format your portfolio for view on a computer screen, as it will be reviewed digitally (it will not be printed).
    • Do not include photos of yourself, your CV/resume or your Social Security Number in the electronic portfolio.
    • Include a cover page with your first and last name, and the program you are applying to (e.g., John Smith, M.Arch/MUP 3).

Apply and upload required materials at https://graduateschool-apply.uwm.edu/