Graduate Admission

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The graduate program in Architecture admits students into two M.Arch tracks based on academic qualifications, submission of a creative portfolio, letters of recommendation, and other requirements.

Applications are considered from any student with an accredited Bachelor’s degree, regardless of their major. Applicants must first satisfy the entrance requirements of the Graduate School of Miami University to be accepted into the Master Program of Architecture.

Application Deadline: January 15

Submit the online application to the Graduate School

This includes:

Three letters of recommendation, written by individuals who are able to assess your academic or professional potential. At least one letter should be from an academic source. You will specify your recommenders in the online application.

A personal statement that describes how Miami University’s Master of Architecture degree will help you attain your educational goals, enable you to explore your interests, and also how you could contribute to the academic and creative community of the graduate program. There is no specific length requirement.

A curriculum vitae or resume that describes your academic and professional accomplishments, scholarship, research, and creative activity.

A writing sample, either academic or creative. This can be a short story, essay, poem or a copy of a writing assignment you may have written as an undergraduate. There is no specific length requirement.

Submit required GRE scores

Due to many GRE testing facilities being closed due to COVID 19 restrictions, the Graduate Committee has waived this requirement for students applying to the Master of Architecture program for those applying for the 2022-23 academic year. However, if you have already taken the exam you may still submit your scores.

For those of you who have already taken the exam and wish to submit your scores, Miami University’s code is 1463 and the Graduate Architecture Studies code is 4401.

Submit your portfolio

Applicants to the M. Arch. II program, the portfolio should include examples of undergraduate and/or professional architectural design projects.

All M. Arch applicants are encouraged to include non-architectural work within their portfolio.

For applicants to the M. Arch. III program, the portfolio can include examples from architectural projects, if applicable. The portfolio should include work that demonstrates creative accomplishments. 

Portfolio contents can be from any creative field, including design, photography, studio arts, film, writing, music, and performance. Candidates from technical disciplines, such as science or engineering, should contact the program to determine suitable application materials. 
If your portfolio contains group work, you must note this and describe your role in the project.

Please upload your portfolio using one of the following formats below:

Document: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx
Slide: .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tif, .tiff

If you prefer sending a hard copy, please mail your portfolio to:
Graduate Admissions Committee

c/o Architecture Graduate Studies

100 Alumni Hall

Miami University

Oxford, Ohio 45056


When sending a hard copy, the portfolio should contain only printed reproductions; please do not send originals. There is no required format, but the portfolio should be less than 12”x18” for our filing system.

If you would like the hard copy of your portfolio returned to you, please include a pre-addressed mailer with postage. The department assumes no responsibility for the loss of any portfolio. 

More information

John Humphries, Director of Graduate Studies


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