Important Notice for 2013–2014
Update (December 10): Please note that some of the offices at the University, including the School of Architecture and Office of Graduate Admissions, will close from Monday, December 24 through Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Applications submitted during or after this time may take additional time to process. For this reason, it is highly advised to submit the online application form and supporting credentials as soon as possible.
The University has moved to an online application for the summer and fall of 2013–2014 terms.
The application materials can be uploaded within 3–5 business days after submitting the online application. The UIC Office of Graduate Admissions will send an email acknowledging the receipt of the application, and indicate that application materials can be uploaded. That is also the time when recommenders' email addresses can be provided to initiate an automated request to upload their letters. Please visit the UIC Office of Graduate Admissions website for more details on the document upload process: http://oar.uic.edu/grad/document_upload.
All documents except for the portfolio will be submitted digitally through the UIC Office of Graduate Admissions online application portal. Application requirements will remain the same; applicants planning to apply for 2013–2014 should reference the application checklist below to begin their preparations. This year especially, applicants are encouraged to submit their initial online application as soon as possible, which will provide the maximum amount of time for applicants and recommenders to upload all other supporting credentials. If an application is submitted online on the day of the deadline, it will not allow enough time for all the application components to be processed before that deadline.
The School of Architecture's graduate degree programs are full-time only. Part-time and non-degree attendance is not available. We are currently accepting applications for the following graduate programs in the 2013–2014 terms as noted below:
The Master of Science in Architecture (MSArch) program offers Summer admission only. Please note that the MSArch deadline for international students is December 14. Completed applications are required by this date in order to allow sufficient time for immigration document processing.
Financial aid awards available through the School of Architecture are merit based.
Applications are considered complete when all required documents have been received by the School of Architecture. Every completed application will be considered automatically for a scholarship, tuition waiver, or assistantship at the time of the admission decision. No separate application is required. Aid for incoming students is highly competitive, but admitted students have the opportunity each year in the program to apply for continuing student aid.
Please see our FAQs for more information on additional forms of financial aid available from outside the School.
The School of Architecture may nominate up to four applicants each year for this University-wide competition. The University Fellowship is granted to only a few incoming students across all disciplines at UIC who are of the highest academic standing. This award covers the first year of graduate study and students who maintain good standing will be highly considered for a Teaching Assistant position in their subsequent years of study.
University Fellowship Deadlines:
December 3: Online application submission deadline
December 14: Deadline for all supporting credentials (portfolio, letters of recommendation, statement of intent, test scores, and transcripts)
Please note that if these two deadlines are not met, the application will not be complete and will not be processed for the University Fellowship.
Priority Consideration for
Admission and Financial Awards
Applications completed by this deadline will receive priority consideration for admission and financial awards.
Priority Consideration Deadlines:
January 2: Online application submission deadline
January 15: Deadline for all supporting credentials (portfolio, letters of recommendation, statement of intent, test scores, and transcripts)
Please note that if these two deadlines are not met, the application will not be complete and will not be processed with priority consideration.
Please read all graduate application steps and tips thoroughly.
Please include the proper program code to ensure that the application is correctly processed. Note that changes to the term or program cannot be made after an application has been submitted; students must reapply.
Master of Architecture (MArch) (3-year and advanced standing professional degree): MA Architecture (20FS0249MARC)
Master of Science in Architecture (MSArch) (1-year post-professional degree): MS Architecture (20FS5046MS)
Master of Arts in Design Criticism (MAD-Crit) (2-year academic degree): MA Design Criticism** (20FS5245MA)
**If applying to the MArch and MAD-Crit Joint program, please submit applications to both programs.
2. Nonrefundable application fee of $60.00
3. Transcripts from all schools attended
Applicants with degrees from foreign institutions should review specific transcript requirements at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/grad/international_requirements_grad.html#Glossary.
4. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test results - General Test only
For information about the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) call 866.473.4373 or visit www.gre.org. To report scores to UIC, use institutional code 1851. A department code is not required.
Please see FAQs for more information on recommended test scores.
5. Three Letters of Recommendation
For students from architecture backgrounds, the School prefers to see at least two of the three letters from architecture professors. For students from non-architecture backgrounds, letters from professors who can assess your academic abilities and potential for graduate school are the most useful. Note letters of recommendation written by friends or family will not accepted, regardless of their position, as they are not as credible or objective.
6. Statement of Intent (500 words)
The statement should discuss the applicant's academic interests and objectives, what the applicant would contribute to the program's environment, and most importantly, why the specific academic approach at UIC is the right match for an applicant's graduate study. Applicants should also explain how their architectural interests have been shaped by significant past experiences.
As a designed book, the portfolio indicates an individual's aesthetic sensibility and intellectual curiosity. It may include any visual, design, or creative work, such as paintings, collages, freehand drawings, sketches, photographs, sculpture, furniture design, and so on. Both in the works themselves and in the inquiry or argument framed through their presentation, applicants should exhibit their potential to develop original design work.
Individual work is preferred, but when including group work the applicant's role and contribution should be carefully noted. The portfolio should not document CAD drafting skills or technical coursework that is independent from design work. Work from an architecture office, such as construction drawings or renderings, should not be included unless the applicant had a significant role in the design process.
Portfolios should not exceed 8.5" by 11" and one pound (sixteen ounces) in size, must be bound, and should not be on slides, CDs, or diskettes. Craft of the cover and binding should be kept to a minimum. Please see these basic portfolio guidelines (.pdf). Upon completion of the admissions process, the portfolio may be claimed in person or returned by mail if the student is denied or declined admission. Applicants who would like it to be returned by US mail should enclose a USPS stamped, self-addressed, appropriately-sized mailing container that weighs less than 13 ounces. Do not send return envelopes from other courier services (Fedex, UPS, etc.). The School will not accept money or checks to cover postage.
Applicants to the Master of Arts in Design Criticism program should submit a formatted portfolio of written work rather than a design portfolio. The overall design of the portfolio itself should demonstrate a level of thinking, care, and consistency that is commensurate with the applicant's written work. Aspects of the portfolio that should be carefully considered and consistent throughout are: page size and proportion, orientation, and layout; font style; title pages; use of color; and so on.
Portfolios must be mailed to:
School of Architecture (MC 030)
Attn: Graduate Admissions
845 W. Harrison Room 3100 A+A, MC030
Chicago, IL 60607
Prospective students are highly encouraged to visit the School and the campus. To schedule an information session and building tour of the School of Architecture, please call the School at 312.996.3335 or email Stephanie Niebuhr, Academic Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.