Master of Science in Architecture

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Changing the way we design and build our cities and communities is the first step toward developing a pattern for a sustainable world. Since World War II, the American landscape in particular has suffered from uncontrolled and unsustainable suburban sprawl. These patterns of development have contributed to air and water pollution, necessitated long commute times in personal vehicles, resulted in the formation of communities that have little or no civic identity, and drawn vital development away from urban centers.


Urban design looks beyond the design of individual buildings in order to provide sustainable design solutions for cities, towns, landscapes and campuses.  The post-professional degree program allows students to focus their studies in urban design, one of the Architecture Program’s nationally-recognized strengths. Study in the post-professional program can be complemented by coursework in urban planning, historic preservation and real estate development.  

Profile of Applicants

Applicants who already possess a professional degree in architecture, such as a Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture or Doctor of Architecture, may apply to the Master of Science in Architecture post-professional degree program. Many applicants to the program already have professional experience and/or professional registration. 

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition, fees and other expenses for degrees at the University of Maryland are posted on the Office of the Bursar website.

The Master of Science in Architecture degree is a post-professional degree, it is not an accredited professional degree. Only applicants who already possess an accredited professional degree will be considered for admission. Applicants who have prior professional experience may receive preferential consideration for admission.


  • December 15 for Part I (initial online application) and Part II (ASF) for all applicants
  • January 1 for transcripts and recommendations
  • January 15 for portfolios


Applicants who already possess a professional degree in architecture, such as a Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture or Doctor of Architecture, may apply to the Master of Science in Architecture post-professional degree program.


Application requirements

Online Graduate Application (Part I)

Go to the Graduate School website.

Read the latest instructions. When prompted, put in the four letter code that identifies the program for which you are applying.

The online code for the MS Arch degree is ARCH



Before you submit your online application, you will be assessed a non-refundable $75 application processing fee. Applicants are responsible for paying this fee whether or not they submit any supporting materials, are offered admission, or choose to enroll.


Online Graduate Application Supplemental Form - ASF (Part II)

After electronically submitting the Online Graduate Application (Part I), applicants will receive an e-mail from graduate admissions with instructions on how to file ASF (Part II) of their application. This email usually arrives within 2 business days of submitting Part I online, but in peak times may take as long as 3-5 business days.



Applicants must request transcripts be forwarded to the Graduate Admissions Office from each institution where undergraduate or prior graduate work was undertaken. Sealed envelopes of transcripts that meet the requirements below must be submitted; copies will not suffice. Transcripts of course work and degrees from University of Maryland need not be submitted.


Transcripts must bear the signature of the registrar and seal of the granting institution and should include the years of attendance, courses taken, grades received, class standing and any degree, certificate or diploma received. If you anticipate a serious delay in official transcripts arriving, you may submit unofficial copies to the School (see submission addresses below) for review purposes only. Official admission (and registration for classes) cannot occur until all official transcripts have been received by the Graduate Admissions Office.


Letters of Recommendation

Three recommendations are required from professors or others who can assess the quality of the applicant’s potential to succeed in the graduate program they have selected.

The online ASF (Part II), provides an electronic recommendation form, which facilitates submission and receipt in most cases. Applicants can also download the Recommendation Letter Forms and add the applicant’s full name, so that the Graduate School can attach the recommendation letter upon receipt. All recommendations must be submitted directly to the Graduate School by the person providing the recommendation (online or in a sealed envelope).


Statement of Goals, Experiences and Research Interests 

(1000-2000 words)

All programs require applicants to prepare a statement of their goals and objectives in pursuing graduate study. This should be submitted using the ASF online.



All programs require applicants to provide an up-to-date resume via the online ASF (Part II).


Graduate Record Examination


A GRE score is required to be sent directly to the University by the testing Authority. The Code for the GRE is 5814.


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Portfolios must be submitted directly to the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. They should be bound and not exceed 9” x 12”. The portfolio should contain reproductions of creative work including drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture, sketches, and/or architectural designs. Creative writing and original papers and research may also be submitted within the portfolio, but overall emphasis should be on visual creativity. Any other form of portfolio will be automatically rejected.

If return is requested, a self-addressed envelope of sufficient size and adequate postage must be included.


International Applicants

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit additional documents.

Updated information is available on the Graduate School website at:


Application Submission

Submit application Part I and Part II and supplemental materials ONLINE. The Online Application (Part I) must be submitted before any other materials, alongside payment of the application fee.


Transcripts and other off-line materials (recommendations if necessary) must be submitted to:

University of Maryland

Enrollment Services Operation

Attn: Graduate Admissions

Mitchell Building - Room 0130

College Park, MD 20742

Submit Portfolio materials to:

University of Maryland

School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Building 145

College Park, MD 20742


Visiting the School

The best way to learn more about the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation is to visit. Throughout the year, both the School and the University of Maryland invite prospective undergraduate students to "Visit Maryland Days" and prospective graduate students to attend our annual Graduate Open House. Whether you choose to visit on one of these special days and get the grand tour or you prefer to arrange an individual tour, a visit will certainly help you decide if the University of Maryland is the place to start your future. In addition, architecture studio reviews are always open to the public.




For more information regarding admissions for the MS Arch degree, contact:
Brian Kelly
(301) 405-4592


Post-professional Master of Science in Architecture degree candidates must complete at least 30 credits to be awarded a degree. Typically, students complete the degree requirements within three semesters of the initiation of the program. Additionally, internships with local firms and public agencies provide practical exposure for students enrolled in this program. Applicants are also considered for teaching assistantships and graduate assistantships.


Semester 1

ARCH700 Advanced Urban Design Studio VII (6)

Architectural Elective (ARC654 or ARCH655 recommended)



Semester 2

ARCH797 Thesis Proseminar (3)

Elective (ARC654 or ARCH655 recommended)



Semester 3

ARCH799 Master's Thesis Research (1-6)

ARCH798 Thesis in Architecture (3)