Applying to the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design

Master of Architecture Admission Requirements

Applicants must have completed a four-year Bachelor of Science degree with a major in architecture or an equivalent pre-professional degree from a domestic or international institution recognized by BGSU.

The two-year Master of Architecture admission requirements are as follows:

  • A minimum GPA of a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale, or a grade equivalent to B average.
  • Statement of Intent - A concise statement outlining your reasons for applying to the master's degree program and why your application should be favorably considered (about 350 words).  Applicants should attempt to produce an articulate statement both in content and composition.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation from previous professors; a letter from an employer is desirable if applicable.
  • Electronic portfolio. The portfolio should have a minimum of five projects with a range of complexity representing work over the student’s undergraduate career and professional experience, if applicable. Projects should have descriptive captions that include the dates of execution, course, professor, or firm, project goals, and a brief self-analysis. Number of pages and format of the portfolio is left to the discretion of applicant. However the portfolio must be submitted as a single Adobe PDF file no larger than 20 MB.
  • A personal interview is not required; however, those wishing to visit the BGSU are encouraged to make arrangements by contacting the Department Chair.

Admission to the two-year Master of Architecture program is term-specific. Students are typically admitted to Fall semester; however, there are cases where a student might be permitted to commence study in a different term, such as when needing to make up for background course deficiencies.