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College of Architecture and Planning University of Colorado Denver

College of Architecture & Planning
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College of Architecture + Planning

Applicants admitted to the PhD Program normally will have completed the requirements for the Master of Architecture, Master of Planning, Master of Landscape Architecture, or a related master’s degree program. Students from allied fields are also encouraged to apply. Field specialization and background are open. However, students will preferably have completed a program in planning or a design-related field, such as: 

Architectural Engineering
City and Regional Planning
Landscape Architecture
Urban Design
Environmental Studies​
Consistent with the University requirements, applications are evaluated based on Grade Point Average (GPA) scores, Graduate Record of Examination (GRE) scores, and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (where applicable). All exams must have been taken within a year before applying to the program:

  • Academic achievement as evidenced by an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better, and a graduate grade point average of 3.5 or better.
  • The program looks for GRE scores of 158 or better on each of verbal and quantitative reasoning tests and for a minimum of a 4.00 score on analytical writing, unless a student’s record documents substantial professional or scholarly achievement as evidence of exceptional ability.
  • ​​Applicants whose native language is not English must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, or have a graduate degree from a university in the U.S. or another English-speaking country. The minimum TOEFL score required for acceptance by the University of Colorado at Denver is 80 or higher on the TOEFL (sub-scores of 20 in Reading, Listening, and Speaking, and 24 in Writing) or 6.5 on the IELTS (sub-scores of 5.5 in each area). However, the PhD program typically does not accept a student with a score lower than 85 on the TOEFL and 6.8 on the IELTS. 

The following documents must be submitted before an application will be considered:
  • Application Forms - Apply online​
  • Application Fee 
  • Three Letters of Recommendation 
  • Examples of previous research and written works 
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher learning 
  • Statement of Personal and Professional Goals 
  • Scores of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for non-U.S. residents whose native language is other than English 
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score 
  • Financial Statement (for non-U.S. residents/citizens)


February 2


Attn: Marissa Tornatore
The Graduate School
University of Colorado Denver 
1380 Lawrence St, Suite #1250
Campus Box 163 
Denver, CO 80204 

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