Fall 2022 Application Deadlines

All application materials must be submitted through the online application by the intended deadline. New graduate students are only admitted for the fall semester of each academic year; there is no spring semester admission.
Graduate College Fellowship Deadline: December 15, 2021
Deadline to be considered for the UIC Graduate College 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 Graduate College Fellowship consideration.
Priority Application Deadline: January 15, 2022
The recommended deadline for all applicants.
Deadline for priority consideration for financial support from the School of Architecture, including the Hartshorne and Plunkard Fellowship. Applicants who apply after the priority deadline are less likely to receive financial support from the school.
Final Deadline for International Applicants: February 15, 2022
Final Deadline for Domestic Applicants: March 15, 2022

Fall 2022 Application Requirements

All parts of the application must be submitted through the online application. Applicants are encouraged to begin the online application early to allow plenty of time to upload required materials.
On the application page, enter your program of interest into the search box. Select the program, and click "Apply." Please be sure to select the correct degree program:
Master of Architecture (MArch): 3-year or advanced standing professional degree
Master of Science in Architecture (MS Architecture): 1-year post-professional degree, applicants must already have a professional degree in architecture
Master of Arts in Design Criticism (MA Design Criticism): 2-year academic degree
If applying to the MArch/MAD-Crit or MSArch/MAD-Crit joint degree program, you must submit two applications (one for each program). Indicate that you're applying to a joint program on the "Supplement" page of each application. You will only need to pay the application fee once.
2. Statement of purpose (approximately 500 words)
The statement should discuss your academic interests and objectives, what you would contribute to the program's environment, and why the specific approach at UIC is the right match for your graduate study. The best guarantee of success in the school is to have a passion for architecture itself (not just what it might be able to do) and a desire to advance a cultural argument or intellectual position through architectural means. When it comes to architecture, what do you love, and what do you want to argue about?
A PDF of the statement of intent should be uploaded in the application portal under the "Upload Materials" section.
3. Three letters of recommendation
For applicants with architecture backgrounds, we prefer that at least two of the three required letters be written by architecture professors. For applicants 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, though not preferred.
Applicants must enter the name and contact information of each recommender in the online application. This will prompt an automated email to each recommender with further instructions. Applicants can re-send these prompts and monitor the status of their recommendations through the application portal.
4. Transcripts and prerequisite courses
Academic records from all previous schools attended should be uploaded in the application. In some cases, we may accept unofficial transcripts. Specific requirements are outlined by the Graduate Admissions Office. for specific requirements. Applicants with international transcripts should review the International Admissions page. Questions about transcripts should be sent to Graduate Admissions.
Additional prerequisite courses may be required for students from a non-architecture background. See our prerequisites page for more information.
5. Nonrefundable $70 application fee
Fee waivers are only available under specific circumstances. Unfortunately, waivers are not available for financial hardship. An additional international credential evaluation fee will be required for any applicant submitting international coursework.
6. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test results (General Test only) - optional for fall 2022 applicants
We understand that taking the GRE may be a challenge for some applicants due to COVID-19. The school will not require GRE scores this year. Applicants who do not submit GRE scores will not be penalized. We will, however, continue to accept and consider GRE scores for applicants who choose to take the exam. GRE scores provide the admissions committee with helpful context that supplements other application materials, and we encourage applicants to submit them when possible. Learn more at www.gre.org. See our FAQ page for information about 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
The admission portfolio must be submitted digitally as a single PDF uploaded to the online application. Portfolios may not exceed 32 MB. View the Admission Portfolio Guide for further guidance.
MArch and MS portfolios:
The portfolio gives the admissions committee a sense of each applicant’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.
Applicants without an architecture background may consider attending programs like our TryArch workshop or YArch Summer Program to build upon or strengthen the portfolio.
MAD-Crit portfolios:
Portfolio should primarily contain written work. 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. Design work or other kinds of creative work may be included as a supplement to the written work.