Washington University in St. Louis

48 months
49656 USD/year
49656 USD/year
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The Master of Architecture program focuses on the critical role of architects in society and culture. The School has a strong history of practice-based education that has been expanded to include depth in issues of sustainability and digital design.


Fundamental to the graduate curriculum is the architectural design studio sequence. Each semester students select from a range of vertical studio options organized around projects and topics offered by different design instructors.

These studios emphasize the development of strong conceptual abilities, thoughtful integration of technical information, and convincing representations of architectural ideas in two- and three-dimensional form, and through a variety of media.

The ultimate goal is for each student to develop clear design principles, strong technical resources, and an independent, critical position on the making of architecture in the world. The independent character of a student’s abilities is demonstrated and tested in the final semester through the Degree Project.

Informing and enriching the studio experience for students in the Master of Architecture program are courses in architectural history and theory, building technology and structural principles, urban design, professional practice, landscape design and sustainability, and representational and digital media studies.

Great emphasis is placed on a student's ability to integrate and synthesize the information in these courses into appropriate architectural form in the design studio. While these topics have consistently been a part of the graduate curriculum, their specific content, sequence, and method of instruction is under constant review and development.

The Master of Architecture degree can be combined with study in other divisions at Washington University.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Architectural Design I
  • Architectural Representation I
  • 2-D Representation
  • Architectural History II
  • Advanced 3-D Modeling
  • Environmental Systems I
  • Advanced Rendering
  • Building Systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Commpleted online application materials:

- Personal information.

- A statement of intention of educational and career goals.- A resume/curriculum vita (to include education and employment history, honors, awards, and extracurricular activities).- Three letters of recommendation
  • A non-refundable $75 application fee
  • Official transcripts from each college and/or university attended. 
  • GRE scores (provided by the testing services). 
  • A printed portfolio 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    49656 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24828 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    49656 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24828 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.


Financial Aid

All students who expect to be reliant on any amount of financial assistance from Washington University to fund their graduate studies must apply for financial aid. An application for financial aid will not influence decisions for admission to the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, so there is no penalty for seeking aid. Applicants for financial aid who plan to enroll in the fall semester must submit their financial aid application form by February 15. Applicants for financial aid who plan to enroll in the spring semester must submit their financial aid application form by October 1.

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.

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