Graduate Admissions

The Graduate Application Process

Application Deadlines:
M.Arch.I, M.A., Ph.D.: December 15, 2015
M.Arch.II: January 6, 2016



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An application for admission presents an applicant’s academic background, interests, achievements, and potential. See “Admission Requirements” under each degree program for more information.

December 15, 2015 is the deadline to submit all  application materials for the M.Arch.I, MA, and PhD programs.
January 6, 2016 is the deadline to submit all application materials for the M.Arch.II program.
Incomplete applications cannot be considered for review. Admission to the program is for Fall Quarter only (M.Arch.II students begin the program in the Summer term). Students who are admitted but do not enroll may reapply for the following year, but are not guaranteed admission.

A graduate application to the Department of Architecture & Urban Design consists of the following components:

1. The online UCLA Application for Graduate Admission (AGA) at www.gradadmissions.ucla.edu
Digital submission via AGA
- Statement of Purpose (M.Arch.II applicants, please see below)
- Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online by recommender) (Type: Graduate Division Recommendation)
- Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (recommended, but not required)
- Departmental Supplement Form
- Prerequisite Sheet (M.Arch.I applicants only)
- Scanned copy of transcripts
- Scanned copy of GRE scores*
- Scanned copy of TOEFL or IELTS scores* (International applicants only)
- Sample of written work (M.A. and Ph.D. applicants only)

* Official copies of these documents must also be sent to the Architecture Department directly from the issuing organizations.

2. Hard copy materials from applicant
*Hard copy submission (one package via post to the Architecture Department)
- Official transcripts from each college attended (in addition to the uploaded copy)
- Portfolio (M.Arch.I and M.Arch.II applicants only) (M.Arch.II applicants, please see below)
- Departmental Supplement Form (in addition to uploaded copy)

   *Hard copy materials must be postmarked by deadline

Mailing Address
Admissions Office
UCLA – Architecture & Urban Design
1317 Perloff Hall
Box 951467
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1467

(If using a courier service, like FedEx or UPS, please use this address, excluding "Box 951467")

Degree Objective (AGA)
The following are the degree objective options on the AGA. Please select the appropriate degree objective for the program you are applying to.

Degree Program Academic Program (select on AGA) Degree Objective (AGA)
Master of Architecture I (M.Arch.I)  Architecture MAR
Master of Architecture II (M.Arch.II) Architecture - One Year MArch II Architecture - One Year MArch II
Master of Arts in Architecture (M.A.) Architecture MA
Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture (Ph.D.) Architecture PhD
M.Arch.I+M.U.R.P. Architecture MA - Urban and Regional Planning DAD


Statement of Purpose
The Statement of Purpose gives applicants the opportunity to explain to the Admissions Committee how they selected architecture as a career and why they consider UCLA the best place to pursue this goal. Be explicit in stating reasons for application to graduate study, particular area of specialization within the major field, plans for future occupation or profession, and any additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and aptitude for study. A brief résumé would also be helpful. In addition, all M.A. and Ph.D. applicants must specify their intended area of concentration, and Ph.D. applicants must discuss specific research interests and possible plans for dissertation.

The Statement of Purpose should be uploaded to the online AGA. There is no need to send a hard copy to the Department if you are applying to the M.Arch.I, MA, or PhD programs.

M.Arch.II program/Suprastudio applicants: Applicants to this program apply directly to the studio(s) of their choice. You are required to submit a separate printed 200-word statement describing your area of interest and how it aligns with that of each professor's studio to which you are applying. These should be mailed in to UCLA Architecture and Urban Design as part of the hard copy portion of your application.

Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required. These letters should be from individuals who are able to judge your academic and professional abilities as they would relate to graduate study in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design. Letters of recommendation must be sent electronically directly by the recommender. When logged into your AGA, you can enter the names and email addresses of each of your recommenders. Please select "Graduate Division Recommender" as the letter type. They will be notified via email to submit a letter for you, and you can track which letters have and have not been received. You can even send reminders to your recommenders to send in their letters.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
It is recommended, but not required that applicants upload a résumé that includes a history of employment, education, extra-curricular activities, honors, awards, publications, professional affiliations, and other such similar information that may aid the admissions committee in their selection process.

Sample of Written Work (MA and PhD applicants ONLY)
All applicants to the Master of Arts in Architecture and the PhD programs are required to submit a sample of written work. This component allows the admissions committee to assess an applicant’s aptitude for conducting self-directed research, as well as their ability to write academic papers. Applicants should upload a research paper to the online application as either a Word or .pdf document. There is no page or size limit, and you may upload more than one paper.

Departmental Supplement Form
We require that this form be submitted both as a hard copy and electronically. Please be sure to indicate the program for which you would like to be considered. Please upload an electronic copy of this form to the supplemental section on the online UCLA Application for Graduate Admission (AGA), and send a hard copy via post with your portfolio (M.Arch.I and M.Arch II). Click here to download this form.

Prerequisite Sheet (M.Arch. I applicants ONLY)
This form tells us which prerequisites you have and have not completed. Please indicate where and when you completed these prerequisite courses. If you have not completed all of your prerequisites, please indicate when and at which institution you plan to complete the missing courses. Click here to download this form. This form should be uploaded to the AGA.

Transcripts/Academic Records
An official copy of transcripts from each college or university attended in the U.S. and abroad must be submitted to the departmental Admissions Office directly from each institution. In addition to sending us an official copy, a scanned copy of transcripts must be uploaded to the AGA. Alternatively, applicants may submit the transcripts to us directly as long as they remain in the official signed, sealed envelopes from the college or university.

In addition to sending the official transcripts, applicants should upload scanned copies to the  AGA.

The Graduate Division of the University of California at Los Angeles sets a minimum grade-point requirement of 3.0 (B) or its equivalent for the last two years of undergraduate and any post-baccalaureate study.

International students from countries where the official language is not English are required to submit all of the following documents as digital files uploaded to the AGA, and as hard copies to the Architecture Department:
- An official copy of transcripts translated into English by notarized authority
- An official copy of transcripts written in the original language
- Official graduation or degree certificate in English
- Official graduation or degree certificate in the original language

GRE Scores
Applicants to all graduate programs are required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as part of their application. In addition to having ETS send us your official score sheet, you should upload a scanned copy to the AGA, if available. The official score sheet must be received by the Department by the deadline, therefore schedule your exam at least three weeks prior to the deadline.

UCLA Architecture & Urban Design ETS Codes for the GRE
Institution Code: 4837
Department Code: 4401

TOEFL or IELTS scores (Required for International Applicants only)
Students who have received their Bachelor’s degree in a country where the official language and the language of instruction is not English must submit either a TOEFL or IELTS score meeting the minimum score requirements, regardless of Visa or citizenship status. In order to be considered for admission, international students must score at least 580 (paper and pencil test) or 237 (computer-based test) or 92 (internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Because processing, sending, and receiving TOEFL and IELTS scores often takes several weeks, international students must schedule the TOEFL examination no later than October in order to meet Departmental deadlines. TOEFL scores should be sent directly to the Departmental Admissions Office.

In addition, international students must take the English as a Second Language Placement Examination (ESLPE) on arrival at UCLA and, beginning in their first term in residence, take any English as a Second Language courses needed as determined by the results of the ESLPE. Because such courses may not be applied toward the minimum course requirement, students who are required to take them should expect to spend additional time in residence.

Students who have earned a degree or who have completed two years of college-level coursework in the following countries will have their TOEFL/IELTS and ESLPE requirements waived: US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa in some cases. Please provide official transcripts to demonstrate course completion. No other documentation will be accepted to demonstrate language proficiency.

UCLA Architecture & Urban Design ETS Codes for the TOEFL
Institution Code: 4837
Department Code: 12

Portfolio of Creative Work (M.Arch.I and M. Arch.II applicants only)
A portfolio is required as a central part of the application to the professional Architecture and Urban Design degree programs. Content is not restricted to any particular subject area, but the material should be in the form of a cohesive presentation and should be representative of your previous experience and creative abilities. It may include both graphic and written material. Images should be in the form of prints, preferably bound. Slides, CDs, and DVDs will NOT be accepted. We recommend that the portfolio not exceed an 11-by-17-inch format, and that any loose pages be marked plainly with your name.

M.Arch.II program/Suprastudio applicants: Please submit one printed portfolio for each studio that you are applying to. Please send all of your portfolios, statements of interest, Departmental Supplement, and official transcripts in one package to the UCLA Department of Architecture (address is posted above).

Due to the large volume of materials received, portfolios become University property, and cannot be returned.