Admission | Online Master of Architecture | Architecture | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Applied Sciences and Arts


Admission to the Online Master of Architecture program requires:

  1. A Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies or its equivalent. If your degree counted as a pre-professional degree in architecture, it is acceptable for application to this program. Degree names vary, so please do not use the name of your degree alone as the determinant of whether it is acceptable as a pre-professional degree.
  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. An unofficial transcript is adequate for application purposes, but an official transcript is required to enroll in the program. 
  3. A portfolio of your work is required unless you are licensed to practice architecture in a US jurisdiction. Applicants who are licensed architects may choose to send a portfolio but are not required to do so. Include your license information with your Statement of Intent. Applicants who are not yet licensed architects -- please include a brief statement about IDP hours completed and/or sections of the ARE you have completed. Follow these guidelines for a portfolio: Up to 8-1/2" x 11" size, up to 25 pages (50 faces), and place your name on the cover page. Please use only a PDF file for your portfolio.  You may email the PDF to or can share the file using a service like Dropbox, Google Documents, or OneDrive. For web-based portfolios, please send the direct link to your site.  
  4. A statement of intent. Write a one-page brief explaining your career status and objectives. Please include information about how obtaining the professional degree figures into your plans.  
  5. Two letters of recommendation required, three preferred. In the Graduate School's online application, you may provide contact information for your referees. The application system will contact each of them by email and request a letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters may also be mailed to us. The application system allows you to enter more than two referees. We only require two, but it is often a good idea to enter contact data for a third person.  

Students whose pre-professional degree was earned overseas may be required to take the TOEFL, or Test of English as a Foreign Language. This is a Graduate School requirement, not a School of Architecture requirement.  f you have been living in the United States for an extended time or have completed a degree in an English-speaking university or college, the Graduate School may waive the TOEFL requirement.

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required by the School of Architecture. If you take the GRE, please have your scores sent to SIUC. The GRE can be used as additional evidence for admission. For example, if your GPA from the last 60 hours of undergraduate work is marginal, a strong GRE score provides evidence of your abilities. 

ARE Candidates

We welcome applications from those who are currently completing the IDP (Intern Development Program) or are taking the ARE (Architect Registration Exam). Completion of IDP hours is another item that can be used as evidence of your preparedness for admission to this program. Please note that all students in the program must complete the same set of courses to earn the degree. These courses satisfy the Student Performance Criteria required by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. 

International Students

International applicants must also provide a copy of the photo page of their passport, TOEFL or IELTS scores, and a Declaration of Finances. All of these items may be uploaded to your application or they may be sent by email to us. Three notes for international applicants -- 1) we may need to test our software with your internet service to ensure it is going to work properly, 2) be aware of time differences between US Central time and your home time zone. Some classes sessions are conducted synchronously online, and 3) please check into travel costs to attend the face-to-face sessions of the program.  

Graduate Assistantships

Students in the online Master of Architecture program are NOT eligible for graduate assistantships. Graduate assistantships are for students who are in residence on campus.  

Applying to the Program

The process of applying to the program begins with the Graduate School application. Please visit the Graduate School's Application page to get started! Letters of recommendation are part of the application process or they may be sent by US mail to us. Your statement of intent may be included with your application or sent to us by email or US mail. Please send your print portfolio to us at the address given above and at the bottom of this web page.