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Apply to Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Urban Design

Apply by January 15!
Applications for fall 2022 admission are now open. Apply by December 14, and we will waive the application fee.

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Thank you for your interest in the Sam Fox School’s graduate architecture programs at Washington University in St. Louis!

All candidates must submit an application through SlideRoom by January 15. The application instructions below apply to the following programs:

  • Master of Architecture (MArch)
  • Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
  • Master of Urban Design (MUD)
  • MS in Advanced Architectural Design (MSAAD)
  • MS in Architectural Studies (MSAS)

Applications will not be considered until all required items have been received by the Office of Graduate Admissions for the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design.

Application Instructions + Information

All application materials must be submitted online through SlideRoom by the January 15 deadline.
  1. Personal and academic information.

  2. Two personal statement essays. See instructions within the application.

  3. A resume/curriculum vita (to include education and employment history, honors, awards, and extracurricular activities).

  4. Three letters of recommendation, to be completed by individuals who know the personal and academic qualities of the applicant (preferably—although not necessarily—academic instructors). When the candidate lists the recommenders and their correct email addresses in their application, the recommenders will be contacted, and their responses will be submitted through the online application. In the case of recommenders who are affiliated with academic institutions, the letters—which are expected to be genuinely written by the recommenders—must be written on school/university letterhead. All letters must include signatures (i.e., not just typed names).

  5. A nonrefundable $85 application fee. Note: The $85 application fee will be waived for applicants who complete their online application by December 14. Beginning December 15, the application fee is $85, and must be paid online by credit card.

  6. Official transcripts. Upload to your online application a digital copy (PDF format) of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. When submitting digital academic records from multiple schools, please organize those records for submission as a single PDF upload.

    NOTE: In summer 2022 enrolling students will receive a request for official transcripts to be sent to us directly from their previous college or university, which must include the name of the degree that was awarded and the date when the degree was conferred. If you attended a Chinese university, in addition to submitting your official transcript, you must have your transcript and qualification certificate verified (in English) by the China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC). Links to the CHESICC online verification report can be sent to our registrar. More specific instructions will be provided next spring.

  7. English language scores (if the applicant’s native language is not English). For fall 2022, we accept scores reported by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo. An exception to the English language score requirement is made for candidates who have studied a minimum of 3 years toward a baccalaureate degree in the United States or another English-speaking country. Otherwise, test scores must be made available to us.

    Minimum acceptable scores when required are as follows:

    • TOEFL iBT: 90
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • Duolingo: 115

    To ensure that we receive your official test score results:
    - TOEFL test takers must use our institution code (6929) when making arrangements with the testing agency for score reporting.
    - IELTS score results must be delivered to us electronically via the IELTS Results Service e-Delivery system. Be sure to use the name of our E-Delivery Account, which is Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.
    - Duolingo test takers must individually email their test results as a PDF attachment to

  8. Portfolio. A digital portfolio showing examples of design work or work in the visual arts must be uploaded to our online application system. Please review the formatting and technical instructions below carefully.

    The work represented in the portfolio—whether it includes drawings, photographs of architectural models, or artwork (including various types of media such as paintings, sculpture, ceramics, or photography)—should be the best examples of the applicant’s efforts.

    Applicants who have not studied architecture previously should submit at least 10-12 examples of work in the visual arts and—if available—in the constructive arts (for example, photographs and drawings from small, three-dimensional built projects such as furniture, kiosks, or decks). The overall intention is to show work that demonstrates potential for accomplishment in further creative study.

    Applicants who have pursued formal studies in architecture or landscape architecture must include examples of their design work related to those areas, but are also welcome to include examples of other artistic endeavors.

    Important: Applicants submitting work done collaboratively, either in school or in the profession, should indicate that the work was not entirely completed through their own efforts and should be as specific as possible about the extent of their personal involvement in such projects.

    Portfolio Formatting/Technical Requirements

    • Please submit the portfolio as a single PDF document, with a maximum file size of 20 MB and a maximum resolution of 150 dpi. All work should be produced in high-resolution digital images.
    • Prepare the file for computer monitor viewing (i.e., horizontal orientation), with text that is at least 8 points large so that it is legible when viewed full-screen.
    • Applicants may submit a maximum of 25 pages (note: 2-page spreads count as one page). Front and back cover pages are allowed and would increase the maximum page limit to 27.
    • The layout of the portfolio pages should be clear, with brief descriptions for each piece or project.
  9. GRE scores (optional). GRE scores are not required; however, we will accept score information if you have taken the test and are interested in sharing it with us. Although GRE scores are not required, please note that student performance as shown in academic transcripts will be given very close attention in the candidate review process. We are looking for students with high academic ability and accomplishment. If you have GRE scores you would like to report to us, please use our institution code (6929) and department code (4401) to ensure official test score reports are available to us from the testing service.

MArch 3

MArch 3 applicants are asked to demonstrate satisfactory completion of one course each of elementary calculus and college physics prior to enrollment. These courses ensure adequate preparation for the architectural structures sequence that is required of all MArch 3 students. Through the portfolio, MArch 3 applicants are asked to demonstrate ability and experience in freehand drawing and/or two- or three-dimensional basic design exercises.

MArch 2

Placement in the MArch 2 program is based on design portfolio evaluation and the extent of the applicant’s undergraduate architectural studies. Prior to admission to the MArch 2 program, students must be able to waive at least two of the following courses or may be required to take summer courses:

  • Building Systems (A46 445)
  • Structures I (A46 447A)
  • Stuctures II (A46 448A)
  • Architectural History I (A46 4280)
  • Architectural History II (A46 4284)
  • Environmental Systems II (A46 439)

For more information about course waiver requirements for the MArch 2 program, click here.


MLA applicants must demonstrate satisfactory completion of at least one college-level course in the natural sciences and at least one college-level course in the visual arts, such as drawing, sculpture, graphics, and/or basic design. Applicants with an accredited degree in landscape architecture or architecture may be admitted to the MLA 2 program, thus entering the program in the second year of study. Note that the Admissions Committee reserves the right to place students in the program that it deems appropriate, on the basis of portfolio evaluation, transcript evaluation, and overall preparation.

To gain admission to a joint degree program involving another division of the University (e.g., Social Work, Business, Construction Management, Computer Science & Engineering, or Public Health), students must submit separate applications to—and gain admission from—both programs. Each program makes admission decisions independently. Visit the Dual & Joint Degrees page for more info.

In the 2021-22 school year, full-time tuition for students in the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis is $27,793 per semester. The cost of tuition plus living expenses brings fall and spring semester expenses (i.e., a 9-month period) to an estimated total of $82,616.

WashU student health insurance costs $1,942 per year (July 1, 2021, through June 20, 2022). Please note: U.S. students (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) may waive student health insurance if they have health insurance through another provider, plan, organization, or family member. All international students are required to participate in the basic student health plan on a mandatory basis unless there is proof of U.S. insurance through a U.S. employer via an employed parent or spouse. Please visit the Student Health Services website for full details about health insurance plans and waivers.

There is an additional $100 student activity fee and a $538 student health and wellness fee. Students in the Master of Urban Design program typically pay an additional $5,000 in fees to cover the costs of travel during the program when travel is permitted; read the MUD Travel Fees document for further details.

All charges are split between fall and spring semesters except student health insurance, which is billed in the fall semester. Tuition and fees for each semester are payable approximately two weeks before the first day of classes. The University reserves the right to change the fees stated or to establish additional fees at any time without prior written notice. When fee changes or additions are made, they become effective with the next payment due.

If finances are a concern, be sure to review our Financial Aid & Scholarships page for more info.

Scholarship support from Washington University is the most common form of financial support, with 94% of our graduate students—both domestic and international—receiving awards. It is our intention to provide an outstanding education at a manageable cost to prepare candidates for a productive professional career.

To receive consideration for scholarship awards, it is necessary to 1) indicate in the online application that you want to apply for scholarship funding (see Question #1 in the Financial Considerations section of the online form) and 2) complete an appropriate financial aid form as described on the Graduate Scholarships & Financial Aid page on our website. The deadline for submitting the financial aid/scholarship application is February 15. Note that in addition to scholarship consideration, domestic candidates (U.S. citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents) are typically offered Federal loan opportunities to supplement scholarship funding.

An application for financial assistance (i.e., scholarships) will not influence decisions for admission to the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design. In other words, there is no penalty for seeking aid. However, failure to apply for scholarship aid by the February 15th scholarship application deadline could jeopardize or significantly reduce the chances of receiving such awards. Scholarship funding is limited; priority will be given to scholarship applications received on or before February 15.

Visit the Financial Aid & Scholarships page for more info.

Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Applicants with a prior criminal history will not be automatically disqualified from consideration for admission. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University’s Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.