Graduate Admissions

Application Process for Graduate Admissions


Thank you for your interest in UCLA Architecture and Urban Design! Should you have any questions feel free to contact us at admissions@aud.ucla.edu.

PLEASE NOTE: Students matriculating in Summer 2020 will be granted a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design (M.S.AUD) for the post-professional program (formerly M.Arch.II). The curriculum, requirements and credits associated with this program have not changed. 


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

  • Admission to all of the above programs is for Fall 2020 Quarter only.
  • All applications must be completed and received by December 15, 2019, in order to be reviewed for admission. 

January 6, 2020: M.S.AUD (formerly M.Arch.II) 

  • The M.S.AUD program begins in early August.
  • All applications must be completed and received by January 6, 2020, 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 guaranteed.


Applying to UCLA Architecture and Urban Design is an online process via the UCLA Application for Graduate Admission (AGA)

Completing the requirements will take some time, so we strongly recommend logging in to the AGA in advance to familiarize yourself with the site and downloading the documents and forms you will need to complete your application. 

You can also reference the checklist at the end of this section to make sure you have prepared and submitted all the relevant documents to complete your application. 


Your Statement of Purpose is a critical part of your application for admission to our programs. It is your opportunity to introduce yourself and tell us about your specific academic background, interests, achievements, and goals. Our selection committee use it to evaluate your aptitude for graduate work at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, as well as consideration for merit-based financial support. 

Your statement can be up to 500 words in length. Below are some questions you might want to consider. You don’t need to answer every question; just focus on the elements that are most relevant to you.

  • What is your purpose in applying to UCLA Architecture and Urban Design in your specified degree program? Describe your area(s) of interest, including any subfield(s) or interdisciplinary interests.
  • What experiences have prepared you for advanced study or research in this degree program? What relevant skills have you gained from these experiences? Have your experiences led to specific or tangible outcomes that would support your potential to contribute to this field (examples: performances, publications, presentations, awards or recognitions)?
  • What additional information about your past experience might help the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and aptitude for graduate study at UCLA? For example, you may wish to describe research, employment, teaching, service, artistic or international experiences through which you have developed skills in leadership, communication, project management, teamwork, or other areas.
  • Why is UCLA Architecture and Urban Design the best place for you to pursue your academic goals?
  • What are your plans for your career after earning this degree?

If you are applying to the M.S.AUD post-professional program you should submit an additional letter of interest for each studio applied to addressing how your interests align with the studio’s focus. If you are applying to the M.A. and Ph.D programs you should specify your intended area of concentration, proposed program of study and potential faculty mentors. Ph.D. applicants should discuss your specific research interests and possible plans for your dissertation.  


The Personal Statement is your opportunity to provide additional information to help the selection committee evaluate your aptitude for graduate work. It will also be used to consider candidates for UCLA Graduate Division fellowships related to diversity. You can read more about the University of California Diversity Statement here. 

Your statement can be up to 500 words in length. Below are some questions you might want to consider. You don’t need to answer every question; just focus on the elements that are most relevant to you.

  • Are there educational, personal, cultural, economic, or social experiences, not described in your Statement of Purpose, that have shaped your academic journey? If so, how? Have any of these experiences provided unique perspective(s) that you would contribute to your program, field or profession?
  • Describe challenge(s) or barriers that you have faced in your pursuit of higher education. What motivated you to persist, and how did you overcome them? What is the evidence of your persistence, progress or success?
  • How have your life experiences and educational background informed your understanding of the barriers facing groups that are underrepresented in higher education?
  • How have you been actively engaged (e.g., through participation, employment, service, teaching or other activities) in programs or activities focused on increasing participation by groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education?
  • How do you intend to engage in scholarly discourse, research, teaching, creative efforts, and/or community engagement during your graduate program that have the potential to advance diversity and equal opportunity in higher education?
  • How do you see yourself contributing to diversity in your profession after you earn your graduate degree at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design?


A Curriculum Vitae (résumé of your academic and professional experience) is recommended but not required. 


Applicants must upload a scanned copy of the official transcripts from each college or university you have attended both in the U.S. and abroad. If you are accepted to UCLA Architecture and Urban Design you will be required to submit hard copies. These can either be sent directly from each institution or hand-delivered as long as they remain in the official, signed, sealed envelopes from your college or university. As a general rule, UCLA Graduate Division sets a minimum required overall grade-point average of 3.0 (B), or the foreign equivalent. 


All applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). More information on this standardized exam can be found at https://www.ets.org/gre. In addition to uploading your GRE scores, please direct ETS to send us your official score sheets. Our ETS codes for the GRE are below: 

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design
Institution Code: 4837
Department Code: 4401

We recommend you take the exam at least three weeks before the application deadline as it usually takes 2-3 weeks for ETS to send us the test scores.

6. TOEFL / IETLS SCORES (for International Applicants)

If you have received a Bachelor’s degree in a country where the official language of instruction and primary spoken language of daily life is not English, you must submit either a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Exempt countries include Australia, Barbados, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. This is a requirement that is regardless of your visa or citizenship status in the United States. 

To be considered for admission, international students applying to the M.Arch. program must score at least 92 on the TOEFL or 7 on the IELTS exam. Applicants to the M.S.AUD program must score at least 87 on the TOEFL and 7 on the IELTS exam. Because processing, sending, and receiving TOEFL and IELTS scores can take several weeks, international students must schedule their exam no later than October 31 in order to meet UCLA deadlines. TOEFL scores must be sent to us directly and uploaded as part of the online submission. Our ETS codes for the TOEFL are below: 

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design
Institution Code: 4837
Department Code: 12

If your score is less than 100 on the TOEFL or 7.5 on the IELTS, you are also required to take the English as a Second Language Placement Examination (ESLPE) on arrival at UCLA. The results of this test will determine any English as a Second Language (ESL) courses you need to take in your first term of residence. These courses cannot be applied towards your minimum course requirements. As such, you should expect to have a higher course load than students not required to take ESL courses. This will not delay your start in our program.

If you have earned a degree or completed two years of full-time college-level coursework in the following countries, your TOEFL / IELTS and ESLPE requirements will be waived: U.S., U.K., Canada (other than Quebec), Australia, and New Zealand. Please provide official transcripts to demonstrate course completion. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any other documentation to demonstrate language proficiency. 


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 at UCLA. If you do not have an architecture background please note that we are looking for letters that evaluate your potential as a graduate student, not necessarily your architecture experience. 

Letters of recommendation must be sent electronically directly to UCLA by the recommender. When logged in, 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 also send reminders to your recommenders to send their letters.

8. PORTFOLIO OF CREATIVE WORK (M.Arch. and M.S.AUD applicants only)

Your digital portfolio of original creative work is a central part of your application. Please upload your portfolio in the “Architecture” section of the online portal. 

Your portfolio should be 8 1/2" x 11", and saved as a single PDF file no greater than 15 MB. We suggest designing your portfolio as single sheets, with your name clearly stated on the cover page. Image sizes should be at least 150 dpi and no more than 300 dpi for print. 

Content is not restricted to any particular subject area, but the material should form a cohesive presentation and represent your previous experience and creative abilities. It can include both graphic and written material. 

9. EXAMPLES OF WRITTEN RESEARCH (M.A. and Ph.D applicants only)

Writing samples should illustrate an applicant’s capacities for research, analytical writing and scholarly citation. Texts may include seminar papers, theses, and/or professional writing.


Department Supplement Form (Required for M.Arch., M.S.AUD, M.A. and Ph.D applicants)

  • Please complete and submit the Department Supplement Form
  • This form confirms your intention to apply to a specific program at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design. 

Course Prerequisite Form (M.Arch. applicants only)



Below is a summary of the documents and other materials you will need to submit your application to UCLA Architecture and Urban Design:

1. Statement of Purpose

2. Personal Statement

3. Curriculum Vitae or Résumé (recommended but not required)

4. Academic Records (upload scanned copy of transcripts)

5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (upload scanned copy and send directly to UCLA via ETS)

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design
Institution Code: 4837
Department Code: 4401

6. TOEFL / IELTS Scores (for international applicants)  (upload scanned copy and send directly to UCLA via testing agency)

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design
Institution Code: 4837
Department Code: 12

7. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (submitted online by recommender)

8. Digital Portfolio of Creative Work (M.Arch. and M.S.AUD applicants only)

9. Examples of Written Research (M.A. and Ph.D applicants only)

10. Additional Forms: Course Prerequisite Form / Departmental Supplement Form