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Domestic Graduate Admission Deadlines and Requirements

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Application Deadlines

How to Apply

Portfolio Requirements

Portfolio Content (per program)

Application Deadlines

The College of Architecture and Design’s graduate admissions deadlines by program are the following:

  • Master of Architecture Level I & II: January 1 (Fall admission only)
  • Master of Science in Architecture: January 1 (Fall admission only)
  • Master of Arts in Architectural Studies: January 1 (Fall admission only)
  • Master of Science in Industrial Design: Applicants may now apply for spring admission AS WELL AS fall admission.
    • Spring application deadline is October 1.
    • Fall Application deadline is January 1.

How to Apply

Candidates interested in attending the College of Architecture and Design should begin by applying online here.

In addition to the application documents required on the Graduate School website, applicants to the College of Architecture and Design must also submit the following:

  • $50.00 application fee payable to the University of Houston. This must be paid online.
  • Please send the College of Architecture and Design an additional copy of the official transcript showing undergraduate degree conferral. The mailing address is:
                       University of Houston
                       College of Architecture & Design
                       Graduate Admissions
                       4200 Elgin St.
                       Houston, TX 77204-4000
  • Portfolio

Portfolio Requirements


The portfolio allows reviewers to determine an applicant’s potential for success in a studio based design curriculum. Evidence of creative work is not limited to Architecture, Interior Architecture, or Industrial Design work. Examples of creative work may include designs, drawings, photographs, paintings, sculpture, writing, or other creative pursuits. Please include a brief explanation of work submitted.

Portfolios must be uploaded as a part of the online application.

  • Files should be uploaded as one PDF (not to exceed 50 MB).


The organization of the portfolio is a design exercise. It should be clear, concise, and thoughtfully composed to best reflect the applicant’s interests and skills. The quality of the work is of greater importance than the quantity.


Portfolio Content

Master of Architecture—Level I

The portfolio is not expected to show architectural skills. Rather, it should contain work that demonstrates facility with a variety of media and illustrates three-dimensional understanding. Applicants may demonstrate their creative, artistic, and perceptual skills through painting, sculpture, or other three-dimensional explorations. Photography as an example of creative work must demonstrate intention in composition, color/light, or other critical points of view.

Master of Architecture—Level II, Master of Science in Architecture, Master of Science in Industrial Design, and Master of Arts in Architectural Studies

Applicants should submit examples of work demonstrating an ability to pursue study at an advanced level. The portfolio should be of high quality and provide evidence of well-developed graphic skills, a sense of design, and an understanding of space, form, and volume at different scales. The review committee assumes the portfolio represents the applicant’s best abilities in design.