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Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in Architecture - M.Arch.


After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

December 15, 2021

Admission Limited to


Exams & GRE Types

GRE: General

Letters of Recommendation


UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit a statement of purpose, creative portfolio, and the departmental supplement. Applicants should refer to Portfolio Guidelines on the Architecture website for specific instructions.

For applicants whose native language is not English, a score of at least 92 (iBT), 580 (paper and pencil test) or 237 (computer-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an overall band score of 7.0 on the International English Testing System (IELTS) examination is required for admission.

Master of Architecture: Accepts applications from students with a broad diversity of backgrounds. Although no formal training in architecture is required, first-year classes assume some familiarity with the history and culture of architecture, possession of basic graphics skills, and understanding of fundamental concepts of mathematics and physics. Applicants are also strongly advised to become familiar with basic works in the history and theory of architecture before entering the program. Therefore, applicants must have taken at least one college-level course in each of the following areas: Newtonian physics; mathematics (covering algebra plus geometry or trigonometry); a university survey of the history of architecture (minimum one semester or two quarters) encompassing examples from antiquity to the present; and drawing or basic design. Applicants should contact the graduate adviser for further information on these prerequisites.

The Admissions Committee considers applications from those who do not have these prerequisites at the time of application. Such applicants must specify how they plan to complete the prerequisites before entry into the program. The graduate adviser can provide guidance on how to do so. Admission is only offered on the condition that the applicant produce satisfactory evidence of having completed prerequisites before commencing classes. Instructors may test background in these areas before admitting students to certain courses. If applicants lack this necessary proficiency, they may need to spend an additional year fulfilling curricular requirements.

The M.Arch. program is a full-time program and does not accept part-time students.

Architecture M.Arch. /Urban Planning, M.U.R.P.

The Department of Architecture and Urban Design in the School of the Arts and Architecture and the Department of Urban Planning in the School of Public Policy and Social Research offer a concurrent plan of study providing an integrated curriculum for architects interested in specializing in social, economic, and environmental policy issues and for urban planners interested in integrating architecture and urban design into policy and planning practice. Education in planning offers an overview of theories and methods that permit identification and treatment of urban problems; education in architecture stresses physical, aesthetic and technical issues in the design of buildings and building complexes. In the program, a student pursues studies in both schools/departments and receives both the Master of Architecture Degree (M.Arch.) and the Master of Urban and Regional Planning Degree in Urban Planning (M.U.R.P.) at the end of four years.

A student who is interested in the concurrent degree program, must apply and be admitted to the M.Arch. Program in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design, and the M.U.R.P. Program in the Department of Urban Planning.

For additional information, applicants should contact the graduate advisers in the Department of Urban Planning and in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design.

Program Name

Architecture - M.Arch.
(Architecture and Urban Design)

Please note that the 10-month MS in Architecture and Urban Design Architecture is offered in a separate major.

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