Application Deadlines for Fall 2020 Admission

All application requirements including all fees, transcripts, letters of recommendation, statement of intent, test scores, and portfolio, must be received by the deadline to be considered for admission. New graduate students are only admitted for the fall semester of each academic year. There are no spring semester admissions.

University Fellowship Deadline: December 15, 2019
For applicants who wish to be considered for a University Fellowship. The School of Architecture may nominate up to three applicants each year for this university-wide competition intended for a small number of incoming students across all disciplines at UIC who are of the highest academic standing. Only 3-year MArch students are eligible for University Fellowship consideration.
Priority Application Deadline: January 15, 2020
The recommended deadline for all applicants.
All application materials must be received by this deadline for priority consideration for financial support. Applicants who apply after the priority deadline are less likely to receive financial support from the School.
Final Application Deadline: March 15, 2020
Any applicants who missed the priority deadline must apply by this deadline. This includes both domestic and international applicants.
All parts of the application, excluding the portfolio, must be submitted electronically through the UIC Office of Graduate Admissions online application portal. Applicants are encouraged to submit their initial online application early to ensure that all supplemental application materials (e.g. transcripts, portfolio, recommendation letters, etc.) are received by the application deadline. These materials may be submitted either before or after the online application is initially submitted. Applicants who need to upload supplemental materials after their initial application has been submitted may do so through the online application portal.

Application Requirements

Please read all steps and tips thoroughly before beginning the application and remember your username and password as you will need it to log back into your application portal periodically throughout the admission process. In the online application, please select the correct program, as noted below, to ensure that the application is processed accurately:
Master of Architecture (MArch) (Three-year and advanced standing professional degree): MArch Architecture (Master of Architecture)
Master of Science in Architecture (MSArch) (One-year post-professional degree): MS Architecture (Master of Science in Architecture)
Master of Arts in Design Criticism (MAD-Crit) (Two-year academic degree): MA Design Criticism**
**If applying to the MArch/MAD-Crit or MSArch/MAD-Crit Joint program, please indicate that you're applying to a joint program on the "Supplement" page of the application and submit applications for each program.
2. Statement of Intent (500 words)
The statement should discuss the applicant's academic interests and objectives, what the applicant would contribute to the program's environment, and most importantly, why the specific academic approach at UIC is the right match for an applicant's graduate study. Applicants should also explain how their architectural interests have been shaped by significant past experiences.
A PDF of the statement of intent should be uploaded within the application portal under the "Upload Materials" section.
3. Three Letters of Recommendation
For students with architecture backgrounds, the School prefers that at least two of the three required letters be written by architecture professors. For students with non-architecture backgrounds, letters from professors who can assess academic abilities and potential for graduate school are the most useful. Letters from employers are also acceptable. Note: letters of recommendation written by friends or family will not be accepted, regardless of their professional position, as they are not deemed objective.
Within the application portal, applicants will enter the name and contact information of each recommender. This will prompt an automated email to each recommender with instructions to submit a letter online. Applicants can re-send these prompts and monitor the status of their recommendations through the online application portal. Letters must be uploaded as PDFs. Recommenders may be prompted to submit their letters before an applicant has submitted the graduate application.
4. Transcripts from all schools attended 
Applicants will need to upload all transcripts from previous schools attended into the application portal. Transcripts may be unofficial and should be uploaded as a single or multi-page standard PDF or as an individual JPEG, PNG, or TIFF file for each page. All applicants should refer to the Office of Graduate Admissions for specific requirements. All applicants with degrees from institutions outside of the United States, regardless of residency, should review the UIC Admissions International Admission Requirements to check for the specific documents required.
Additional pre-requisite courses may be required. Before enrolling in the graduate program, all students must have completed a calculus course as well as two art history or architecture history courses. See our FAQs page for further information.
5. Nonrefundable application fee of $70.00
An additional international credential evaluation fee will be assessed to any applicant presenting international coursework requiring an evaluation, regardless of residency.
6. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test results - General Test only
A GRE test score is required for all applicants. For information about the GRE, visit Use the institutional code 1851 to submit your scores to UIC. A department code is not required. Please see the FAQs for more information on recommended test scores.
7. International applicant requirements
If you are an international applicant or if you earned your undergraduate degree outside of the United States, visit our International Admission page for further information.
8. Portfolio
Portfolios must be submitted as a hard copy, mailed or shipped to:
UIC School of Architecture
Attn: Graduate Admissions
845 West Harrison Street
Room 1300 A+D Studios, MC030
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Please include your University Identification Number (UIN) or your date of birth on the portfolio or as a separate note, attached. You will be assigned a UIN within two days of submitting your application. It will be posted on your application status page. If you submit your portfolio before being assigned a UIN, you should include your full name and date of birth.
As a designed book, the portfolio indicates an individual's aesthetic sensibility and intellectual curiosity. It may include any visual, design, or creative work, such as paintings, collages, freehand drawings, sketches, photographs, sculpture, furniture design, and so on. Applicants with architecture backgrounds should focus on studio work completed in an academic setting, even if in the case that the applicant has professional work. Both in the works themselves and in the inquiry or argument framed through their presentation, applicants should exhibit their potential to develop original design work.
Individual work is preferred, but when including group work the applicant's role and contribution should be carefully noted. The portfolio should not document CAD drafting skills or technical coursework that is independent from design work. Work from an architecture office, such as construction drawings or renderings, should not be included unless the applicant had a significant role in the design process.
Portfolios should not exceed 8.5" by 11" and one pound (sixteen ounces) in size, must be bound, and should not be on CDs, USB drives, etc. Craft of the cover and binding should be kept to a minimum. Upon completion of the admission process, the portfolio may be claimed in person or returned by mail if the student is denied or declined admission. Applicants who would like their portfolios to be returned by US mail should enclose a USPS stamped, self-addressed, appropriately-sized mailing container that weighs less than thirteen ounces. Do not send return envelopes from other shipping services (FedEx, UPS, etc.). The School will not accept money or checks to cover postage.
Applicants to the Master of Arts in Design Criticism program should submit a formatted portfolio of written work rather than a design portfolio. The overall design of the portfolio itself should demonstrate a level of thinking, care, and consistency that is commensurate with the applicant's written work. Aspects of the portfolio that should be carefully considered and consistent throughout include page size and proportion, orientation, and layout, font style, title pages, use of color, and so on.
Consider attending our TryArch workshop or YArch Summer Program to build upon or strengthen your portfolio.