Tuition and Financial Support

Opportunities for Awards and Fellowships


Estimated Annual Fees and Expenses for 2019–20


Tuition breakdowns for the M.Arch., M.S.AUD (formerly M.Arch.II), M.A., and Ph.D. programs can be found below. 


Fees: $17,272.28
Professional Degree Supplemental Fees: $9,492
Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (if applicable): $12,245


Fees: $44,622

M.A. / Ph.D

Fees: $17,272.28 (M.A.), $17,272.28 (Ph.D)
Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (if applicable): $15,102

Fees are subject to change without notice. For the most updated information on tuition and fees, please visit the fee section of the Registrar’s Office below.  

M.Arch., M.A. and Ph.D: https://sa.ucla.edu/RO/Fees/Public/public-fees

M.S.AUD: https://www.registrar.ucla.edu/Fees-Residence/Self-Supporting-Degrees


Students who are not legal residents of California (out-of-state and international students) pay a non-resident tuition fee each term. The “Appendix” in the UCLA General Catalog provides information concerning determination of residence for tuition purposes. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to become California residents after their first year at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design. You can learn more information about California residency from the UCLA Registrar’s Office UC Residency Guidelines at: https://www.registrar.ucla.edu/Fees-Residence/Residence-Requirements.


As a public university, we strive to make our programs accessible to a diverse population. UCLA Architecture and Urban Design offers graduate students a number of financial opportunities in the form of scholarships, need-based awards, teaching assistantships, readerships, student research awards, and work-study opportunities. 


Recruitment fellowships are offered to the most outstanding students that apply to our graduate programs each year. All applicants are considered for recruitment fellowships as part of the application review process. No additional applications are necessary to be considered for these awards. M.Arch. recruitment fellowships generally cover one to three years of in-state tuition fees, including the professional degree supplemental tuition. Based on the current fee structure, the dollar value for each M.Arch. package is about $26,000 for each year of funding offered. M.S.AUD fellowships vary and range from $5,000-$20,000. Ph.D. applicants are usually offered packages in the form of a minimum of two-year Teaching Assistantships. 


Continuing students are eligible for a range of award opportunities based on both merit and need. Each summer, second and third year M.Arch. students can apply for awards based on need. These awards amounts range from $1,000 to $5,000. 

In the Spring quarter, continuing students can also submit design work to be considered for merit-based awards. These awards are announced at Awards Day during the end-of-year student exhibition. A faculty committee reviews student work anonymously for as many as twenty awards ranging in value from $1,000 to $15,000. A number of these are named scholarships and fellowships through the generosity of alumni, private individuals, firms, or foundations, including: 

Anne Greenwald Memorial Travel Scholarship
Carlin Glucksman Fellowship
CO Architects Fellowship
Edgardo Contini Fellowship
Franklin D. Israel Memorial Fellowship
Harvey S. Perloff Memorial Fellowship
James Pettit Memorial Fellowship
Jeffrey “Skip” Hintz Memorial Fellowship
John V. Mutlow Scholars Fund
Robert J. Webster Scholarship
SNW Development Scholarship
Systems Building and Housing Research Fellowship
Welton Becket Scholar Award
Wendell Scholarship Fund


Second- and third-year M.Arch students can also apply in the Spring term to be considered for Teaching Assistantships (TA) and Readership positions for the following academic year. These positions pay in-state fees and a salary for the awarded quarter. In 2018-19 M.Arch. students were awarded 16 Teaching Assistantships and 12 Readerships. Entering Ph.D students may be offered teaching assistantships as part of their recruitment packages, and may also be considered for teaching assistantships by applying during their subsequent years of attendance. In 2018-19. M.A./Ph.D students were awarded 34 teaching assistantships. 


There are two types of work-study programs: the Federal Work-Study program which award up to $2,000 per year; and the Graduate Work-Study program which awards between $5,000 and $15,000 per year. Students who are eligible to receive federal loans can apply to be considered for one or the other program. General information on work-study programs can be found on the UCLA Graduate Division website at https://grad.ucla.edu/funding/financial-aid/graduate-work-study-program/

We offer a range of Federal Work-Study Program positions at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design. These include social media, marketing front office admin, photography, videography, exhibition management and installation, fabrication shop assistant and assisting with the print lab operations. If you are interested in one of the opportunities listed above but are not eligible to receive federal loans, we also have a limited number of student worker positions available. Please enquire in the main admin office to learn more. 

The Graduate Work-Study Program is for “need-based eligible” graduate students completing part-time paid internships, community service, research projects, or other endeavors closely related to their academic degree program. Students must submit additional paperwork to be considered for the Graduate Work-Study Program.


Graduate Student Researcher positions are available depending on extramural or Academic Senate grants secured each year by individual faculty members. Students are notified as positions become available. Readerships are also available depending on funding received.


In addition, UCLA Graduate Division lists sources of UCLA funding for entering graduate students, as well as a fellowship application, which should be completed by all applicants who would like to be considered for UCLA Graduate Division fellowships: https://grad.ucla.edu/funding/financial-aid/funding-for-entering-students/

The UCLA Financial Aid Office administers financial support based solely on need. Such awards include long-term low-interest loans and work-study funds, and are available only for graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. These students can also apply for Federal Stafford Student Loans through the UCLA Financial Aid Office, which are long-term loans through private lending organizations. More information is available at: https://www.financialaid.ucla.edu/Graduate/Overview

A variety of extramural funding opportunities are available to graduate students including academic fellowships, research grants, competition awards, conference support, and exhibition funding. To be considered for extramural funding, students should apply directly to the funding organization. UCLA Graduate Division maintains extensive records extramural fellowship directories at https://grad.ucla.edu/funding/financial-aid/funding-for-entering-students/extramural-fellowship-directories/. Among these, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) (https://www.aia.org/) and other architecture associations make awards annually.