CUArch seeks to enroll students who will be successful in the varied graduate programs of the school. Therefore, admission requirements vary from program to program. Please review the specific requirements for the program to which you are applying carefully.
Once an application portfolio is complete, it is reviewed according to the following criteria:
- Potential to perform graduate level work,
- Evidence of analytic and conceptual thinking,
- Strong design skills,
- Evidence of the personal qualifications essential for professional practice, and
- Commitment to the profession of architecture.
A minimum of a 2.8 GPA in undergraduate studies is required, though a 3.0 GPA is strongly desired. A minimum GRE score of 295 is required, while a 310 is preferred (1000 required/1200 preferred if taken before summer 2011).
Students wishing to apply to CUArch’s graduate programs must apply online through the Office of Graduate Admissions. Any materials required to be sent to CUArch must be mailed; electronic versions of application materials are not accepted.
CUArch accepts students for graduate study in the fall, spring, and summer semesters, depending upon the academic program.
June 1, 2017
November 1, 2017
March 1, 2017
- M.Arch. (2-year) – B.A./B.S. in Architecture, Portfolio, GRE. Admission: FA, SP, SU
- M.Arch. (3-year) – undergraduate degree in another field, GRE, portfolio highly encouraged for applicants with a design background (prerequisites: college-level calculus and physics, emphasizing mechanics). Admission: SU only
- M.A.S. – professional degree in architecture, portfolio, GRE. Admission: FA, SP,
- M.C.R.P. – B.A./ B.S of any discipline; GRE is required for students wishing to receive financial assistance. Admission: FA, SP,
- M.S.S.D. – portfolio, GRE is required for students wishing to receive financial assistance. Admission: FA, SP
- M.F.S.M. – GRE is required for students wishing to receive financial assistance. Admission: FA, SP
Materials to Send to Graduate Admissions Electronically
- CUA application and fee
- Statement of Purpose (typically one or two pages covering academic and professional goals)
- Three (3) letters of reference, including at least one non-academic, OR one (1) letter of reference for M.S.F.M. only
- Request for Financial Assistance/Application for Teaching and/or Research Assistantship (if desiring financial support)
- Unofficial Transcript from each college or university attended. Unofficial Transcripts in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified translated version. Official transcripts are required upon acceptance.
- GRE Test Scores, where required by program
Materials to Send to CUArch
Portfolio, where required by program (see guidelines)
Send CUArch materials to:
The Catholic University of America
School of Architecture and Planning
620 Michigan Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20064
Financial support is available to a limited number of students through scholarships and assistantships. Scholarships are highly competitive. If you wish to apply for financial support, please include the Request for Financial Assistance/Application for Teaching and/or Research Assistantship with your application. More information on loans and other types of financial support can be found at: http://financialaid.cua.edu/
For up to date information regarding tuition, please visit the Enrollment Services web site.
Office of Graduate Admissions
Phone: 202-319-5057 800-673-2772
School of Architecture + Planning
To visit the school, contact:
Associate Dean for Student Affairs