Apply to Master of Architecture

We begin reading applications on February 1.

*International Students must apply by this date, but applications remain open until June 15 for domestic students.

The application consists of two parts:

UTK Graduate School Application

  • Application form
  • Official transcripts of all college and university coursework
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A TOEFL score (international students only)

School of Architecture Supplemental Material

  • Statement of purpose
  • Portfolio
  • GRE General Scores are optional, not required

Portfolios are reviewed for quality of content, never for quantity. The selection committee is looking for images that demonstrate that the applicant is thinking visually as well as critically. A shorter but more striking portfolio helps to demonstrate this quality. A good portfolio may have very few images, provided those images are of high quality and strong critical value.

  • Students applying for the Arch 3G come from diverse backgrounds. Images submitted may include photography (digital or analog), montage or collage (digital or analog), images of 3-D artifacts such as sculpture or craft, or images of drawings, paintings, or other forms of 2-D artwork.
  • Students  applying to Arch 2G need not include every project, nor every semester’s design studio work. Include only the best work, and only the best imagesof that work. Make sure to note the curricular year and duration of each project and note any information regarding collaboration, including your responsibility for any of the drawings or models produced jointly.

All portfolio submissions shall be uploaded electronically as PDF files and will be viewed on standard monitors, and should be created with that in mind.

Questions? Want to tour the A&A?

Feel free to contact Jennifer Akerman, Architecture Graduate Studies Chair, at to discuss any questions you have about our graduate degrees and programs.


Dual Degree: Master of Architecture + Master of Landscape Architecture

Students wishing to apply for the dual degree, Master of Architecture + Master of Landscape Architecture, should complete applications to both the MLA and 3G or the 2G M.Arch program indicating that they are interested in the dual degree.