Master of Science:

Architectural Studies


To be considered for admission into the program, applicants must submit the following items by the December 1st (international students) or January 1st deadline: (1) a complete ONLINE APPLICATION form (with all related materials, as outlined below); and (2) submit a digital portfolio of writing to

The University of Utah utilizes an online admission application system called "ApplyYourself". The application can be completed online and submitted electronically once all required fields on the application have been completed. As a new user of the application system, you will first need to create a user account. After creating a user account, a unique PIN and password will be issued to you. The PIN and password will enable you to access, input and save information.

Here are several things you should consider prepare before you start the online process:

Essay of motivation. Applicants must write and upload an essay in the online application. This and all supporting documents help us get to know your work, your goals, and how the MSAS will serve you in your chosen career path. Your Essay of Motivation should articulate why you are drawn to the MSAS program at the University of Utah. Consider what experience prepares you, as well as what particular ambitions you have for your potential studies here at Utah, or how you hope to have changed at the end of your time as a Utah student.  Indicate your topic of interest and track you are interested in and why.  Name specific faculty you are interested in working with in pursuing your degree.

Limit your essay to a one page Word document, using Arial 10 pt., 1.5 line spacing, maximum number of words is 500. We recommend that you write your essay of motivation before beginning the online application.  Note that applicants are required to submit their essays as an Essay of Motivation online by the December 1st (international students) or January 1st deadline.

Letters of Recommendation. Provide three letters of recommendation (e.g., from former professors, employers, or other people in the professional community. To facilitate this process, you will be asked as part of your online application to enter the names and contact information (including correct email addresses) of your recommenders. Once that information is saved, an email will automatically be sent to the recommenders with an access code and instructions on how to proceed with the online recommendation. Note that the recommendation requests are sent immediately to the recommenders once you save that information, regardless of whether you have completed your application. Please remind recommenders that letters must be completed and submitted by the December 1st (international students) or January 1st deadline.

Transcripts. You will be required to upload an unofficial transcript from each institution that you have attended. Uploading unofficial transcripts will significantly decrease the amount of time required to process your application. Official transcripts will be required if you are admitted.

Pay Fee. With submission of your online graduate admission application, you MUST pay the application fee. Your application will not be fully submitted or processed until the fee is paid. Failure to submit the fee by the December 1st (international students) or January 1st deadline may result in a denial of your application.

Additional Tips. The following information provides tips on how to correctly complete specific sections of the online application. The headings below relate to the major sections in the online form.

  1. Program Information:

    1. Intended graduate program and degree: Architectural Studies MS

    2. Application Term and Year: Regular applicants indicate fall

  2. Educational History

    1. Test Scores: GRE scores required for the School of Architecture

  3. Academic Background and Interest

    1. Statement of Purpose: Required as an Essay of Motivation, as outlined above
      Required as outlined below
      Writing Sample-Essay-Publication:
      Required as outlined below
      Not applicable
      Financial Support:
      Please indicate whether you are interested in receiving financial support. The type of support is determined by the School
      Full-time or part-time status:
      Full-time attendance is required in the School of Architecture. Part-time status is only granted under special circumstances

  4. College of Architecture + Planning

    1. You are not required to fill out any additional information in the supplemental department section

  5. A full resume. Provide us with your general background and your educational and professional activities. Your resume should also inform us about your voluntary activities, services to the community and others, and more.

    Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Only the general test is required (Verbal, Quantitative)


A digital portfolio of written work. All applicants must submit three (3) samples of their written work in a digital dossier. Your digital dossier should include evidence of recent, different types of written work, including more complex assignments. Include what you think is representative of your best work, and what is expressive of you. You may also include any other material you feel would contribute to a more complete understanding of your experience and potential as a graduate student in our program.

Your digital portfolio must contain a title page that includes the following information only: your name, address, phone number, and your University of Utah identification number (if you have one). It must be uploaded as a single-file Acrobat PDF document via the online system. Maximum file size is limited to 10 MB. Your file must be clearly named: lastname_firstname_graduate_portfolio.pdf.

Email portfolio to

Master of Science in Architectural Studies

Admissions Checklist:

  1. BulletComplete professional architecture degree or undergraduate/graduate degree in a field related to the built environment prior to desired entrance into the program

  1. BulletHave a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better

  1. BulletSubmit an online graduate admissions application HERE by December 1st (international students) or January 1st deadline

  1. BulletPay application fee

  1. BulletSubmit digital portfolio of writing to University of Utah School of Architecture via online interface, by January 1st

  1. BulletA full resume

  1. BulletGraduate Record Examination (GRE). Only the general test is required (Verbal, Quantitative)

University of Utah School of Architecture

Attn: Architecture Admissions

375 South 1530 East, Room 332 ARCH

Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0370

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