Master of Architecture

Application Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from any discipline
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement (see below for full details)
  • Portfolio (see below for full details)

Personal Statement:

Your application and all supporting documents help us know your work, your goals, and your abilities as a future architect. Your personal statement should articulate why you want to become and architect and why you want to be a part of the Philadelphia University Master of Architecture program. Please relate these intents to your previous design and academic pursuits, and to future goals.

The personal statement should be in PDF format, 500-1000 words and include your full name. Since applications are not reviewed until all application material is received, your essay can be emailed as part of your application or in a separate email to

Portfolio Requirements

The portfolio is a collection of your previous work that relates to the skills necessary to succeed in the PhilaU Architecture Program. It is intended to showcase your previous college work that has satisfied academic requirements or independent creative work exhibiting competencies that support your application. The purpose of the portfolio is to give evidence of promise and potential in architecture, as well as to give evidence of your interests, skills, and talent. You need not have architectural drawings or work. We welcome applicants without an architectural background.

Portfolio Guidelines

Format: Printed or digital file in an 8.5” x 11” format (either portrait or landscape). The portfolio can be a maximum of 25 single-sided pages (this does not include cover or the table of contents). Multiple images can be illustrated on one page, but make sure each is clearly labeled. Do not include original artwork - your portfolio should only contain high-quality reproductions of your work. Three-dimensional objects sent to the University will not be accepted. Careful editing of your work is suggested. Students may also find it helpful to ask a mentor or college instructor for guidance before submitting the final portfolio. If being sent digitally, please send as a PDF.

Front Cover: The cover should include your name, the name of all colleges you have attended and your degrees conferred.

Contents Page: Provide a table of contents listing each piece of student work indicating the University and course information for each piece, or providing the professional or personal context for the work.

Work to Be Included: It is not necessary for your portfolio to include every creative project that you have completed. Submit examples of projects, coursework or independent creative work that showcases your abilities and promise specific to this program. Your portfolio may include examples of work that you have personally completed in courses, working in a professional office, or on your own. These might include drawings, photographs, sculpture, handcrafted items, written essays etc. If any project, drawing, or model has been produced in a group, or if the design was produced in a professional setting, each project must be labeled, clearly stating what was produced by the applicant and naming the other contributors.

Submission: The portfolio can be emailed to or sent on a clearly marked CD or USB formatted as an 8.5” x 11” pdf document. You also have the option of scheduling a visit through the graduate admissions and presenting your portfolio in person.


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