36 months
24738 USD/year
24738 USD/year
11870 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Master of Architecture (MArch) at the University of Illinois at Chicago is a three-year professional degree for applicants who have a bachelor's degree in any field.


 The Master of Architecture MArch at the University of Illinois at Chicago consists of a studio-centered curriculum supported by required and elective course work in architectural technology and theory. Applicants must have completed a calculus course and a year-long survey in architectural history or art history prior to enrolling in the program.

The typical three-year course of study proceeds roughly through the following stages:

1. Incorporate the knowledge, techniques, methods and manners of the discipline;

2. Apply disciplinary means to frame and respond to the given problems and requests of external situations;

3. Expand the discipline by conducting advanced design research that identifies and addresses concerns that have yet to be recognized.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Architectural Theory and History 
  • Professional Practices
  • Architectural Design 
  • Design Development
  • Architectural Technology 
  • Topic Studio
  • Architectural Structures 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


64 alternative credits

Minimum Semester Hours Required 64–100, depending on the student's level of preparation. 


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

We partnered with Aon to provide you with the best affordable student insurance, for a carefree experience away from home.

Get your student insurance now

Start from €0.53/day, free cancellation any time.

Remember, countries and universities may have specific insurance requirements. To learn more about how student insurance work at University of Illinois at Chicago and/or in United States, please visit Student Insurance Portal.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • GRE scores are now optional for fall 2021 applicants, though applicants are still encouraged to submit scores when possible.
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement 
  •  A 500-word statement in which applicants should discuss academic interests and objectives, how they can be pursued through study at UIC, what the applicant would contribute to the program, and why they want to pursue a degree at UIC, specifically. Applicants should also explain how their architectural interests have been shaped by significant past experiences.
  • Portfolio review and evaluation of previous course work are required for all applicants. 

Applicants without an undergraduate degree in architecture must fulfill prerequisites before enrolling:

  • A year-long university-level survey in art history or architecture history
  • A university-level course in calculus offered through a mathematics department

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    24738 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12369 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    24738 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12369 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • In-State

    11870 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5935 USD per semester during 36 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

University of Illinois at Chicago


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!