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School of Architecture Graduate Admission Guidelines

Applicants must have a NAAB Accredited Professional Degree or equivalent (CANBERA Accord for international student) to apply to the Architecture Graduate Program. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please submit your application by January 15. Please print this document to use as a guide while filling out the application.

Step 1: Read the following Graduate Application Guidelines


The Graduate Program of the School of Architecture at the University of Kentucky College of Design evaluates student portfolios for breadth and variety of media, scale, and subject matter. Within the limitations given in the application, the portfolio should demonstrate ability in areas of architectural design and communication. The graduate admissions committee will evaluate portfolios for competence in architectural design, coherent demonstration of visual and spatial abilities expressed through a basic understanding of material and construction, drawing ability, and the use of color in two-dimensional and three-dimensional work. Portfolios should present visual acuity and graphic abilities through paintings, drawings, prints, graphic design, or architectural drawings.

The portfolio shall not exceed 50mb and should be limited to no more than 20 pages. Please upload your portfolio as a PDF document.

Statement of Purpose

Using one single spaced page, describe why you would like to study Architecture at the University of Kentucky. Upload your essay as a PDF document.


Please include copies of transcripts for all previous graduate and undergraduate work. The transcripts do not need to be official.

NAAB Matrix

Students applying to the graduate program must provide a copy of their respective school’s NAAB Matrix. If your school is not part of a NAAB professional degree program and you would like to apply to the UK College of Design School of Architecture, please see our Undergraduate Application. If you have questions about the NAAB Matrix please contact Greg Robinson of our UK/CoD Recruitment office at 859.257.8870 or


Applicant will be asked to provide at least 3 references. References will be accepted up to 7 days after the program deadline.

*UK/CoD School of Architecture Graduates are not required to provide any references. In order to complete the application please submit the following names and email as your references:

Greg Robinson:
Azhar Swanson:
Cyndy Clark:


If possible your Graduate Records Examination scores should be sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS). The institution code for the UK Graduate School is R1837.

School of Architecture Graduate Admission Guidelines

Step 2: Apply to The UK Graduate School

Please refer to the Graduate Application Guidelines as some information listed on the Graduate School application is not needed for the Architecture Application. Disregard the data fields listed in red on the adjacent image.

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Step 3: Upload Portfolio

Based on the specifications outlined in the Graduate Admission Guidelines, upload your portfolio to the link below.

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