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.
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. Please click on a program name below for the program(s) you are interested in viewing.
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.