Master of Architecture (2-Year) Application

Masters of Architecture (2-Year) Application

We are very pleased you are considering the professional degree program in the Architecture Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Please note that the professional degree program is only available to those applicants who do not already hold a professional degree in architecture. If you hold a professional degree in architecture, your application will not be considered for this program. However, we do encourage you to apply for our M.S.

Please adhere to the following guidelines:

Internal Applicants

Current UNL architecture students will need to complete the application form on the Graduate Studies website at:  This application is due February 1.


External Applicants:

Master of Architecture Deadline: February 1. Fee (USD): $50.00

Completed application material must be received by the College of Architecture by the deadline. The College of Architecture has established specific requirements that must be met by all applicants. Students who apply should be certain that they have furnished all required documentation.


Two Master of Architecture NAAB accredited degree tracks are available at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The 2-year M.Arch professional program is designed for applicants who do not already hold a professional degree in Architecture. The 3-year M.Arch professional program is designed for students wishing to pursue a master’s degree in architecture after having received a bachelor’s degree in another field.


Educational Goals

Write a brief statement commenting on your learning goals and your professional aspirations.


English Language Examination

If English is not your native language, you will be required to demonstrate your ability to undertake advanced academic work in an English-speaking institution. English language proficiency tests such as the TOEFL and the IELTS help us assess your readiness. Exemptions for the English proficiency requirement are granted for non-native speakers who have received a bachelor's or more advanced degree either from an accredited U.S. institution or from a university outside the U.S. at which English is the official language of instruction. Demonstrate your English proficiency by providing your TOEFL or IELTS scores. Scores must meet minimum requirements.
1) 79 on TOEFL iBT
2) 550 on TOEFL PBT
3) 6.5 on IELTS

Please provide three letters of recommendation. Your references will be asked to evaluate your abilities, motivation, capacity for independent thought, creativity, general character, and any other factors they believe are relevant to your success in pursuing the Master of Architecture degree.

Please attach a multi-page PDF portfolio (20mb max) of personal design work. You have the option of additionally attaching, along with the portfolio, one of the following: -- Image (up to 10MB each) -- Video (up to 500MB each) -- 3D Model (embedded) -- Document (20MB each)

Students who wish to pursue one of the dual degrees offered in conjunction with the Master of Architecture must apply separately to the other degree department. You should contact the other program directly to determine what their application requirements are. You will have to be accepted into both our program and the other degree-granting program to pursue the dual degrees. Acceptance into one and not the other will not void your acceptance into that program. It simply limits your participation to the program you are accepted into.

Your admittance into the Master of Architecture Program will require the purchase of a notebook microcomputer. The College is supporting both PC and Macintosh platforms. Either choice is acceptable. In addition, you will be required to purchase or lease the appropriate software required by the department. Detailed specifications for hardware and software will be sent to you with your acceptance package.

The estimated cost of pursuing the Master of Architecture at the University, according to Scholarships and Financial Aid, is $23,573.50 for a Nebraska resident, and $43,718.50 for a non-Nebraska resident. This amount includes tuition, fees, and room and board. Books and supplies along with personal and miscellaneous expenses are considered additional. According to the Scholarships and Financial Aid, the estimated cost for international students attending the Master of Architecture at University is $51,513. This amount normally covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, room and board, health insurance, and incidental expenses.

Contact Info

College of Architecture
210 Architecture Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0106
( On-campus, 2-7943 )