University of Virginia: School of Architecture

Graduate Admissions

The application for Fall 2014 admission is now closed. Decisions are being made and posted to application accounts this week (March 3-7). All applicants should be able to view their decisions by Friday, March 7, 2014.

Current applicants: Check Your Application Status 

The application for Fall 2015 admission will be available in early September. 


The School of Architecture offers four graduate programs to students who hold an approved baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university as well as a multidisciplinary Ph.D. in the Constructed Environment. Please choose from one of the following links for more information about a specific program.

Students enrolled in one of our graduate programs are also eligible to pursue the Historic Preservation certificate.

Please note that admissions procedures for the Graduate (Ph.D.) Program in the History of Art and Architecture are handled by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, not the School of Architecture.

If you are a degree candidate in one of the four graduate curricula offered in the School of Architecture, you must hold an approved baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and interests which help shape their graduate studies.  More information on our students and student work can be found in the Profiles and Projects sections.

For general information on our entering class, please see the Entering Class Profile

Create a Graduate Interest Account

If you would like to receive information via email from the School of Architecture regarding our application in addition to notification of prospective student events, please complete our online form.  You will receive periodic email notifications.

Graduate Open Houses

The School of Architecture will host a Spring Open House for accepted students on Monday, March 24, 2014. Click here for more information. 

We host an Open House for prospective applicants in late October/early November. The 2014 date is TBD; please check back for updates. 

If you are unabe to attend our Open House, we would be happy to schedule an individual tour and faculty appointment (as available) for you at another time when school is in session.  

There will be no tours during UVA's Spring Break, March 8th through March 16th. 


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Admissions Process/Application Information

For admission to the Fall 2014 entering class

Important Dates

  • Sep 2, 2013: Online application available
  • Oct 28, 2013: Fall Graduate Open House (Register HERE)
  • Dec 16, 2013 (5:00 P.M. EST): Application deadline for Master of Architecture program.
  • Jan 6, 2014 (5:00 P.M. EST): Application deadline for Master of Urban and Environmental Planning program and the PhD in the Constructed Environment program.
  • Jan 17, 2014 (5:00 P.M. EST): Application deadline for Masters of Architectural History, and Master of Landscape Architecture program.
  • Mar 7, 2014: Admissions decisions posted to online applications.
  • Mar 24, 2014: Spring Graduate Open House for accepted students.
  • April 15, 2014: Admitted students’ acceptance deadline. 

Application Information

The graduate application is now Closed for Fall 2014. Applications for Fall 2015 will be available September 2014.

Application Requirements

Items to Submit Through the Online Application

The following items will be collected through the online application. If you are applying to more than one program, you will need to submit the following for each program to which you are applying (one per online application). 

  • Unofficial Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts will be reviewed by the Admissions Committees, however offers of admissions are not binding until official transcripts have been received and verified by the School of Architecture Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. For the initial application review, we ask that you upload your unofficial transcripts to the application. If you cannot upload unofficial transcripts to the application, you may also mail the transcripts to the addresses listed at the bottom of this page.  
  • Resume / CV (Curriculum Vitae) 
  • Statement of Intent: Descriptions of for each department are located under the Supplemental Material section in the application, and on our website HERE
  • Essay: Required for all applications except the Master of Urban and Environmental Planning. Descriptions of essay requirements for each department are located under the Supplemental Material section in the application, and on our website HERE
  • Letters of Recommendation: You are required to submit three letters of recommendation, at least two of which should be from former teachers if you received your undergraduate degree within the last five years. Letters from former employers are also encouraged. Your recommenders must submit their letters of recommendation through the online application system. From your online application click on "Recommendations" on the left menu and follow the directions. Recommendation providers will receive an individual link via email with instructions about how to submit their letter. Your recommendation providers can be notified with our system before your application is submitted. Recommendation providers can also submit their letters after your application has been submitted. If you are applying to more than one program, you will need to submit three letters of recommendation for each program to which you are applying. Current UVa graduate students who are applying for a dual degree to the Master of Urban and Environmental Planning program will need two letters, one from a planning course the second from your current department. 
  • Portfolio: All Master of Architecture and/or Master of Landscape Architecture applicants are required to submit an electronic portfolio with the online application to each program. (Applicants to the Master of Architectural History and Master of Urban and Environmental Planning programs are not expected to submit portfolios. A portfolio is optional for applicants to the Ph.D. in the Constructed Environment program.)  Your portfolio should show evidence of interest in design. The portfolio should be carefully conceived, well designed, neatly prepared, and easily readable digitally. We encourage you to design your portfolio for digital review rather than submitting an electronic version of your printed portfolio.

    Additionally, the portfolio should provide an indication of your aptitude for thinking critically and creatively through design. This can come in many forms. Such items as photographs of executed artwork, pottery, sculpture, photographic essays, and weaving have been submitted in the past. In addition, we have received prose, poetry, published writings, and illustrated reports as evidence of an applicant’s interest and experience in dealing with design or aesthetic matters. With the new digital requirement, you can also embed links to online YouTube videos in your portfolio. All of these can be meaningful, and we encourage you to think freely about the manner in which they may meet this application requirement. Applicants to the Master of Architecture Path 1 program must submit a portfolio which illustrates the design and/or research issues they wish to pursue if admitted to program.

     For successful submission, the portfolio:

    • Must be no more than 15 MB. Any portfolio over 15 MB will not be accepted by our online form.
    • Must be a pdf file. We do not accept any other file types.
    • The portfolios will be reviewed digitally (it will not be printed), therefore we suggest formatting your portfolio for view on a computer screen, and we suggest using a horizontal format in your design.
    • Do not include photos of yourself or your Social Security Number in the electronic portfolio.

      View sample portfolios of current MLA students.

  • $60 non–refundable application fee: You may submit your application fee via credit card via the online application. Your application cannot be submitted until we receive your non–refundable application fee. If you cannot pay by credit card, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid at 434–924–6442.

    You may be exempt from paying the $60 non–refundable application fee if:

    - You are a current graduate student in the School of Architecture applying for a second degree.
    - You are a member of AmeriCorps, National College Advising Corps, Peace Corps, Project 1000, McNair Scholars, or Teach for America.

    Students who meet any of the criteria listed above should contact the Office of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid at 434–924–6442 prior to submitting the application. 
Items to Submit Via Alternate Agency 
  • Official GRE scores. You are required to take the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Test scores should be forwarded directly from Educational Testing Services to the School of Architecture. The School of Architecture institution code number on the GRE form is 5820. You must retake the exam if your scores are more than 5 years old. Please note: Due to a system change at U.Va., if ETS sent your GRE scores to U. Va. prior to August 2008, we will not be able to retrieve your scores. Please ask ETS to resend your scores. Scores must be submitted by the appropriate application deadline listed above. 
  • Official TOEFL scores. If you are an international applicant whose first or native language is not English, you are also required to take the TOEFL examination. You must retake your exam if the scores are more than 2 years old. The minimum required score is 600 for the paper–based exam and 250 for the computer–based exam, and 90 for the internet–based exam.  Test scores should be forwarded directly from Educational Testing Services to the School of Architecture. The School of Architecture institution code number on the TOEFL form is 5820. IELTS scores will also be accepted in lieu of the TOEFL. Applications should receive a score of 7.0 on the IELTS exam. 

Mailing Addresses

As a reminder, all applications items should be submitted electronically. If you cannot upload your unofficial transcripts to the application, or if you would like to mail official transcripts, please use the address below. All other materials received via mail will not be reviewed. 

Postal Mail should go to: 

Postal Address:
School of Architecture
Campbell Hall
P.O. Box 400122
Charlottesville VA 22904–4122

Physical Address (for overnight mail, FEDEx, UPS, and DHL):
School of Architecture
Campbell Hall
110 Bayly Drive
Charlottesville VA 22903

tel: (434) 924-3715
fax: (434) 982-2678

Financial Aid, Tuition, and Fees

The University of Virginia and School of Architecture offers a variety of financial aid options for students interested in pursuing graduate work at the School including fellowships, student loans, and work-study funding.  For more information about financial aid please visit our Financial Aid web page.

Student Financial Services provides a Cost of Attendance estimate online, which includes an estimate of the cost for one-year at U.Va. including tuition, fees, room, board, personal expenses, and travel.  You can also view the 2013-2014 tuition and fees schedule online.

All students in the School of Architecture are required to provide their own personal laptop computer. See Computer Requirements for Students.

Admissions Questions and Contact

Previous applicants and current School of Architecture graduate students: please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about your application requirements. 

If you still have questions about our admissions process, please contact Kristine Nelson, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, at 434.924.6442 or