Graduate Admissions

Application Process for Graduate Admissions


Thank you for your interest in UCLA Architecture and Urban Design. We look forward to receiving your application.

Your application is the opportunity to introduce yourself and tell us all about your academic background, interests, achievements, and goals. It should include:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Academic Records and GRE Scores (TOEFL Scores for International Students)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Portfolio of Original Creative Work

More information about these and other required application items are discussed here. We understand this can be a stressful process. Should you have any questions feel free to contact us at admissions@aud.ucla.edu.


Applications will open in September 2019.

December 15, 2019: M.Arch.I, M.Arch.I / M.U.R.P., M.A. and Ph.D

All applications must be completed and received by December 15 in order to be reviewed for admission. Admission to the above programs is for the fall quarter only. 

January 6, 2020: M.Arch.II

The M.Arch.II program begins in early August. All applications must be complete and received by January 6 in order to be reviewed for admission. Students who are admitted but decide not to enroll may reapply for the following year, but admission is not necessarily guaranteed.

March, 2020: Applicants will be notified of our admissions decision.

April 15, 2020: Deadline for admitted students to file intent to register.

Application Preparation

Log into the UCLA Application for Graduate Admission (AGA) to familiarize yourself with the site in advance of uploading all materials and submitting your application.

Download the documents and forms you will need to complete your application. Completing the requirements will take some time so prepare and plan accordingly.

Most application components will be uploaded to the AGA, with the exception of a few documents. A full list of application items to be submitted electronically and as hard copies, respectively, can be found at the end of this section.

Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose gives applicants the opportunity to explain to the Admissions Committee their interest in the field and why they consider UCLA AUD the best place to pursue their goals. You should be explicit in stating your reasons for applying, your chosen area of specialization within the major field, your future plans and desired occupation, and any additional information that will aid the Committee in evaluating your aptitude for study. Including a brief résumé explaining relevant past experiences is recommended. M.Arch.II applicants may also submit an additional letter of interest for each studio applied to. This statement should address how your interests align with the studio’s focus. M.A. and Ph.D. applicants must also specify their intended area of concentration, and Ph.D. applicants must discuss specific research interests and possible plans for their dissertation.

The Statement of Purpose should be uploaded online to the AGA. There is no need to provide a hard copy to UCLA AUD.

Academic Records and GRE Scores

An official copy of transcripts from each college or university attended in the U.S. and abroad must be submitted to the department’s Admissions Office directly from each institution. Instead of being mailed to us by your former college or university applicants may submit their transcripts to us directly as long as they remain in the official signed, sealed envelopes from your college or university. In addition to sending or hand delivering an official copy, a scanned copy of each transcript must be uploaded to the AGA.

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

You are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and to submit your results. Please contact ETS to send us your official score sheets. You should also upload a scanned copy to AGA. We suggest you take the exam at least three weeks before the application deadline.  Our ETS codes are listed below.

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

Mailing address for sending official transcripts
Admissions Office
UCLA  Architecture and Urban Design
1317 Perloff Hall
Box 951467
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1467

Letters of Recommendation

Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. These letters should be from individuals who are familiar with your academic and professional experiences and can evaluate your capacity to successfully undertake graduate studies in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design. Letters of recommendation must be sent electronically directly to UCLA by the recommender. When logged into your AGA, you can enter the name and email address of each of your recommenders. They will be contacted by email with a request to submit a letter on your behalf. You can track which letters have and have not been received. You can even send reminders to your recommenders to send their letters.

Portfolio of Creative Work

(M.Arch.I / M.Arch.II applicants only)

Portfolio tips here.

AUD will require all applicants applying to the M.Arch.I and M.Arch.II program to submit a digital portfolio as part of their application (no hard copy portfolios will be accepted).  

You must upload your portfolio in the Architecture section of the AGA. It should be uploaded as a single PDF file.

Your portfolio should be 8 1/2" x 11" either landscape or portrait. It should be saved as a PDF, including a cover and rear cover. We suggest best practice would be to design your portfolio as single sheets. Please state your name clearly on the cover page. Image sizes should be at least 150 dpi and no more than 300 dpi for print. Your compressed file size should be no greater than 15 MB.

International Applicants

Students who have received a Bachelor degree in a country where the official language and the language of instruction are not English must submit either a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score that meets the minimum score requirement, 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 TOEFL, or a 7 on the IELTS exam. Because processing, sending, and receiving TOEFL and IELTS scores often take 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, and uploaded to the AGA.

In addition, international students must take the English as a Second Language Placement Examination (ESLPE) on arrival at UCLA. At the beginning of their first term in residence, students must take any English as a Second Language (ESL) 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 have a higher course load than students not required to take ESL courses.

Students who have earned a degree or who have completed two years of full-time college-level coursework in the following countries will have their TOEFL/IELTS and ESLPE requirements waived: US, UK, Canada (other than schools in Quebec), Australia, and New Zealand. If you are from Quebec you will need to provide a TOEFL/IELTS score. 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

Application Instructions

Here is a summary of the documents and other materials you will need to submit your application to AUD. You are required to submit your application through the online system at AGA.

Online UCLA Application for Graduate Admission (AGA) 

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (submitted online by recommender)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (recommended, not requirement)
  • Department 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)
  • Portfolio of original creative work (M.Arch.I and M.Arch.II applicants only). 

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

Hard Copy Materials from Applicant

  • Official transcripts from each college attended (in addition to the uploaded copy)*

​*Hard copy materials must be postmarked by deadline

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

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