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College of Architecture and 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. 


Consistent with the University requirements, applications are evaluated based on Grade Point Average (GPA) 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.
  • 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: Kelly Santa Maria
Graduate School Admissions
University of Colorado Denver 
1380 Lawrence St, Suite #1250


Campus Box 163 
PO Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364 

Phone: 303-315-0049


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