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Admissions Instructions for the Four Studio Track M ARCH

College of Architecture and Planning

​​Candidate background
This course of study allows students with a pre-professional degree to pursue a professional Master of Architecture degree in a minimum of two years. The curriculum follows a prescribed sequence of core courses and four design studios.  Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Bachelor of Art in Architecture or Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture to be considered for this path. All degrees awarded by universities outside the United States will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and the admissions committee will determine the appropriate track. ​


  • Online application​
  • Application fee ($50 for domestic applicants, $75 for international applicants)
  • 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
  • One official copy of your transcript from each institution you have attended EXCEPT study abroad institutions
    • Official transcripts should be mailed to the College of Architecture and Planning at the address at the end of this page.
    • International students must mail an official certified translated transcript. You do not need to have the transcript evaluated.
    • Please feel free to mail transcripts early in the application process.
    • You may upload a scan of your transcripts to the online application but we still require an official copy.
  • 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 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 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.
  •  If you are a resident of any of the 15 western states in the WICHE-WRGP region (except Colorado), please fill out the WICHE-WRGP section of the online application to be considered for WICHE-WRGP status. ​

​University of Colorado Denver 
College of Architecture and Planning 
PO Box 173364 
Campus Box 126 
Denver CO 80217-3364

​​View application instructions for the six studio track M ARCH. ​

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