Graduate Admissions

UVA School of Architecture believes in cultivating your ability to have a positive impact in the world through design and scholarship, across all of our disciplines. During your time here, we aim to empower you to invest in the many ways that design, as an agent of change, helps to shape and reinvent the world.


We invite you to meet faculty, staff, current students, alumni, and other members of the A-School community through virtual and in-person activities. Be sure to join our Contact List to receive invitations to special events curated specifically for you.

We encourage you to carefully read through the application instructions on this webpage and email us at with any questions you have about applying.

The admissions process at the University of Virginia School of Architecture is designed to build an extraordinary community of students who will thrive in a collegial and academically rigorous environment and go on to become responsible leaders, public servants, and successful members of their desired professions. To that end, we seek an entering class of forward thinking students who exemplify the qualities of resilience, integrity, empathy, diligence, maturity and the ability to engage across differences. At the most basic level, our goal is to understand each applicant as a person, and to evaluate the unique path that led them to apply to UVA. Our evaluation criteria are holistic and necessarily assess all components of the application. 

We consider intellectual aptitude and academic achievement, as well as individual life experiences, obstacles overcome, contributions through service and leadership, a unique worldview, demonstrations of strength of character, the nature and quality of any work experience, military service, and an applicant’s potential to contribute to and succeed at the School of Architecture. Understanding each story will enable us to offer admission to students who will thrive and contribute to the experience of those around them. We are committed to welcoming, in the words of our University mission statement, “talented students from all walks of life,” and will continue to do our best to be a welcoming and inclusive community — one that values the unique gifts of our students and, above all, cares for them as individuals. We do not consider an applicant’s race, financial need or family history with UVA as part of the admissions decision.


—The 2024 graduate application will open in early September 2023.

—GREs are suspended through the 2025 application cycle.

We are currently not accepting graduate applications for Fall 2024 for the Master of Urban Design Program (1.5 year post-professional degree), including dual degree applicants.


STEP 1: 

Join our CONTACT LIST if you have not already done so. This provides the School of Architecture with contact information to remain in touch with you throughout the application process.

STEP 2: 

If you are applying to either the Master of Architecture or Master of Landscape Architecture programs, refer to the DEGREE PATHS section of our Frequently Asked Questions to determine which degree path you may be eligible to apply to.

This step is not required for Master of Architectural History and Master of Urban + Environmental Planning applicants.



NOTE: If you are applying to more than one program, you must create a distinct online application for each degree and submit all requirements for each application separately. Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for additional details.

STEP 4: 


You can log in to your online application account as many times as needed to complete the requirements. 

An $80 non-refundable application fee is required to apply; your application will not be reviewed until the payment is processed. Pay the application fee via credit card online, or contact the UVA Central Graduate Admission Office at or 434.243.0209 if you need assistance paying your deposit through another method.

NOTE: You may be exempt from paying the application fee if: 

  • You meet the criteria to apply as a Direct Admit applicant.

  • You are a current graduate student at UVA School of Architecture applying for a second degree.

  • You are a Bonner Scholar or a Bonner Leader.

  • You meet UVA's eligibility criteria found at University of Virginia's Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs website

The School of Architecture is unable to provide other application fee waivers.


It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all application materials are submitted by January 10 (11:59pm EST) for your application to move forward in the review process. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Return to your application checklist to confirm all required items are submitted.

NOTE: The application closes, and applications cannot be submitted after the application deadline.

Unofficial transcripts will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and must be submitted as part of your application.

NOTES for applicants from international schools:

  • Transcripts not in English must be translated to English and include all courses, grades, degrees, and dates of degrees received.

  • Applicants must also submit an explanation of the grading scale used and the equivalent to a U.S. 4.0-scale.

  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to upload a NACES member course-by-course credential evaluation to satisfy the above requirements.

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