Master of Architecture Admissions
Our Master of Architecture is a STEM-designated program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Students from a variety of academic backgrounds are eligible to apply for the M.Arch degree. Students who have completed a pre-professional architecture degree may be eligible for the four-studio track option.
Each semester, we host in-person and virtual information sessions to give you an opportunity to learn more about our programs, get a tour of our facilities and labs, and help you visualize yourself as a Master of Architecture student. Attend an info session, meet with our advisors and program faculty, and get to know current students.
We offer two tracks for the M.Arch -- a Four Studio Track and a Six Studio Track.
Four Studio Track: This course of study is designed for students with a pre-professional degree in architecture. Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Bachelor of Art in Architecture, or a Bachelor of Environmental Design to be considered for this track.
Six Studio Track: This course of study is designed for students with an undergraduate degree that was not a pre-professional degree in architecture.
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Application Opens: July 1, 2022
Application Closes: October 15, 2022
Application Opens: September 1, 2022
Priority Deadline to be considered for scholarships: January 15, 2023
*All application materials must be submitted.
- Online application
- Application fee ($50 for domestic applicants, $75 for international applicants)
- A resume that documents your educational and professional background
- Statement of purpose: The statement of purpose should be a 750-1000 word essay that describes your interest in architecture and CU Denver as well as your academic and professional goals. Avoid clichéd statements such as "I have always wanted
to be an architect" or "ever since I was a child playing with legos".
- Three letters of recommendation
- Domestic transcripts: Transcripts from each institution you have attended, except for study abroad courses, should be sent to the following:
- Electronic Transcripts: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mailing Address:
College of Architecture and Planning
University of Colorado Denver
Campus Box 126
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
- International transcripts: Do not submit transcripts from foreign (non-US) institutions to CU Denver. You must provide a course-by-course evaluation report from Education Credential Evaluators to complete your application.
You will send your transcripts to ECE, and ECE will send their evaluation report to CU Denver. After you submit your CU Denver application, you will receive an email with a link to the landing page where you can order your report for CU
For more information, please visit our International Admissions office.
- Students who are admitted and enrolled in the program will be required to subsequently submit official college transcripts. Notifications will be sent out prior to the start of the semester.
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are not required for the Master of Architecture program. They are strongly encouraged if your undergraduate GPA was below a 3.0 on a 4-point scale.
- International applicants must submit proof of English language proficiency. You can view the required scores on the Office of International Admissions website.
- Portfolio of creative work: Your portfolio should demonstrate your ability to pursue architecture study at a high level. Your portfolio should demonstrate high-quality design as well as a technical understanding of architecture. You should include
your best studio work and you are welcome to include other creative pursuits. If you include professional or other group work, please clearly indicate your role on the project. Your portfolio should be carefully organized to showcase your best
work. Take care with how you compose each page and your image sequencing. Chronological is often not the best organizing schema. Portfolios should be designed for on-screen viewing. Avoid double-page spread layouts.
- Students admitted into this program must have completed a Bachelor’s degree before they will be able to begin this program. An official conferred degree transcript is required by the university. For additional information, please see Graduate Program Policies and Procedures.
In-State Tuition is available to Western state residents.
CAP has WICHE-WRGP (Western Regional Graduate Program) status. This means that students who are residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, and the U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States are granted in-state tuition.
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Photo credit: Ethan Solomon - Solodome Productions
When Richard McSwain (M.Arch 22) and the CU Denver American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Freedom by Design Director, learned that the Denver City Council approved a measure to allow sanctioned campsites for those experiencing homelessness to be established within the city limits, he began making phone calls to see how the student organization could get involved to make the communities more dignified places to live. Using Contesoga huts for design inspiration, CAP's Freedom by Design chapter designed and built a prototype for safe outdoor spaces.
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