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With close to 100 faculty members and 300 graduate students, the School is committed to shaping student experiences so that not only will you perform well in the profession, but will also lead the discipline in new directions, sensing, responding to and helping to cause positive change in society. Your experience in the program will be a continuous act of discovery: of observing, recording, interpreting, and finally, inventing proposals for the built environment in response to ideas and critical intentions.

Please review the admissions requirements on this site. If you have further questions please contact us.


Our step-by-step admission guidelines are designed to help you easily navigate the application process and ensure that you complete your application in a timely and efficient manner. Please review all graduate applicant instructions and learn how to submit your full application and other requirements. Reading all sections and following the instructions will help you reduce possible delays in the review of your application.

Application Instructions and Requirements

Applying for Graduate Admission to the USC School of Architecture is a multi-step process. So that you do not miss any important requirements, please make sure that you read all the information in the application instructions below. You must click on the Application Instructions PDF for the program(s) you are interested in viewing the full application requirements.


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    MASTER OF ADVANCED ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES, POST-PROFESSIONAL
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    ADMISSION WITH A FIRST PROFESSIONAL DEGREE IN ARCHITECTURE

    The design portfolio is a compilation of one’s own work, which demonstrates past creative and graphic ability. It should include drawings and photographs of models from past architecture design studios, professional work, or any other artistic/creative activity.  


    FORMAT

    The portfolio submission should consist of a minimum of 10 and up to 25 digital image files uploaded online. Images (up to 5MB each), Video (up to 250MB each) and Models (Sketchfab). You may also link to media from YouTube and Vimeo.


    Other electronic formats or CD/DVD submissions will not be accepted. Please do not send original or bound materials. We do not accept hard copies. Please do not send more than one online submission. 


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    MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE
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    ADMISSION WITH NO PREVIOUS PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

    Individuals who have completed a four-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, or its equivalent, with no prior degree in architecture, are eligible for admission to the three-year professional degree program.


    Preparation in the visual arts is strongly encouraged. A minimum of a one-semester, college-level course in the visual arts, such as drawing, sculpture, graphics and/or basic design, is required before beginning the first semester of study. Courses in the humanities, ecology, history of art, and architecture are strongly encouraged, although not required.  


    The portfolio submission is an opportunity for you to tell us about your creative experiences. Candidates may demonstrate design aptitude by submitting examples of freehand drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, furniture, product design, etc. The portfolio will help us understand your visual and spatial thinking skills, aptitude for design, and a capacity to think and design in three dimensions.


    ADMISSION WITH ADVANCED STANDING 

    The design portfolio is a compilation of one’s own work, which demonstrates past creative and graphic ability. It should include drawings and photographs of models from past architecture design studios, professional work, or any other artistic/creative activity.

      

    FORMAT

    The portfolio submission should consist of a minimum of 10 and up to 25 digital image files uploaded online. Images (up to 5MB each), Video (up to 250MB each) and Models (Sketchfab). You may also link to media from YouTube and Vimeo.


    Other electronic formats, or CD/DVD submissions will not be accepted. Please do not send original or bound materials. We do not accept hard copies. Please do not send more than one online submission.

      

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    MASTER OF BUILDING SCIENCE
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    Applicants may submit an optional portfolio consisting of papers, projects, computer programs, websites or other materials, which demonstrate technical competence, research skills, or appropriate knowledge or talents.  


    FORMAT

    Submit your optional portfolio items in the Documents section via the online USC graduate application (USC CAS).


    The accepted file formats are MSWord (.doc, .docx), JPEG (.jpeg, .jpg), PNG (.png), Rich Text Format (.rtf), Portable Document Format (.pdf), and ASCII Text file (.txt). The size limit for each file upload is 5MB.


     
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    MASTER OF HERITAGE CONSERVATION
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    Applicants must submit a writing sample (essay, article, published work, or nomination). Additional portfolio materials are not required, but will be reviewed if submitted. A writing sample is also required of applicants to the Certificate in Heritage Conservation program.  


    FORMAT

    Submit your writing sample(s) online in the Documents section of the online USC graduate application (USC CAS).


    The accepted file formats are MSWord (.doc, .docx), JPEG (.jpeg, .jpg), PNG (.png), Rich Text Format (.rtf), Portable Document Format (.pdf), and ASCII Text file (.txt). The size limit for each file upload is 5MB.

     
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    MASTER OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
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    ADMISSION WITH NO PREVIOUS PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

    Individuals who have completed a four-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, or its equivalent, with no prior degree in landscape architecture, architecture or environmental design, are eligible for admission to the program. Preference for admission is given to those who have completed a balanced undergraduate education that includes study in the arts, sciences and humanities. Applicants must document successful completion of a college-level course in the natural sciences. Preparation in the visual arts is strongly encouraged. A minimum of a one-semester, college-level course in the visual arts, such as drawing, sculpture, graphics and/or basic design, is required before beginning the first semester of study. Courses in the humanities, ecology, history of art, landscape architecture and architecture are strongly encouraged, although not required. 


    The portfolio submission is an opportunity for you to tell us about your creative experiences. Candidates may demonstrate design aptitude by submitting examples of freehand drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, furniture, product design, etc. The portfolio will help us understand your visual interests and prior experience to assist us to evaluate your aptitude for spatial thinking and design.

     

    ADMISSION WITH ADVANCED STANDING 

    Applicants who have completed a LAAB (Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board), or equivalent, degree in landscape architecture may be granted advanced placement of two semesters, subject to the review of the admission committee. The design portfolio is a compilation of one’s own work that demonstrates the character and quality of your design background in landscape architecture or architecture. It should include studies and presentations representing your best work from past design studios, professional work, and from any other activity that has helped shape your interest for graduate study in landscape architecture.


    FORMAT

    The portfolio submission should consist of a minimum of 10 and up to 25 digital image files uploaded online. Images (up to 5MB each), Video (up to 250MB each) and Models (Sketchfab). You may also link to media from YouTube and Vimeo.


    Other electronic formats, or CD/DVD submissions will not be accepted. Please do not send original or bound materials. We do not accept hard copies. Please do not send more than one online submission.


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    CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
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    Graduate certificates are offered in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Building Science, Heritage Conservation and Sustainable Design. Certificate programs are ideal for current graduate students to supplement their studies at USC Architecture or for professionals already in the field to acquire new skills and knowledge.

     


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International

Applicants

USC is host to one of the largest groups of international students in the United States, making up an important part of our talented and diverse student population. At the School of Architecture, student cohorts have the chance to interact with and learn from their peers who come from around the world, broadening their academic and cultural experience and providing on-campus opportunities for global knowledge exchange. Our international student population is also able to take advantage of university-wide cultural organizations, such as APASS, CSA, CSSA, CBCSA and El Centro Chicano, that help create communities outside of the School of Architecture. Visit USC Student Affairs for a complete list of cultural organizations and resources.

 

At USC, an international student is an individual of foreign nationality who will be entering, or has already entered, the United States with a student visa. Students already residing in the United States and holding other non-immigrant visas (for instance, an E2, H2, or L2) are also considered international students.


International students follow the same application procedure as other applicants but will be required to submit some additional information. Please carefully review the above requirements.