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Graduate Application & Admission

  • All application materials should be submitted online by Jan. 15 for Fall admission (apply online)
  • Statement of Purpose: Application Statement of Objectives describing your goals, motivation for a graduate degree, your area(s) of interest, and request for a specific adviser. Read more for additional suggestions in writing your Statement of Purpose.
  • Non-native English Speakers (for prospective international students whose first language is not English): See campus requirements
  • Letters of Recommendation: At least two letters of recommendation should be from a college or university faculty member who can speak to some detail of your academic aptitude; at least one should be from an administrator or colleague who can speak authoritatively of your professional experience and potential. Also, note type of association and length of time associated.
  • Transcripts: All transcripts of undergraduate and graduate academic work are required. Applicants are required to have a minimum 3.0 average (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate program.
  • Portfolios: Portfolios are required for design with digital media applicants only. It is optional for environment and behavior applicants to include portfolio materials. Portfolios should be uploaded through the SLATE application system.
  • Architectural Studies graduate and doctoral faculty review the completed file and determine admission status. Each admitted student will be assigned an advisor based on the applicant’s preference. If advising reassignment is appropriate, the director of the graduate program will facilitate the process.
  • It is possible to take graduate level coursework as a non-degree seeking student before being admitted to graduate school. If later accepted to the graduate program, this coursework could apply to the program of study. However, taking non-degree coursework does not guarantee admission. Students must go through the formal admission process. See information on Non-degree applicants.
  • International Applicants
Graduate Student Progress System.
Masters and doctoral students enroll in courses as listed at MU Course Catalog Descriptions

  • 7000 courses are beginning and mid-level graduate courses
  • 8000 courses are mid and upper-level graduate courses
  • 9000 courses intended primarily for upper-level graduate students

Students are responsible for understanding and meeting all MU Office of Graduate School Policies.