Graduate Admissions

Students interested in applying to graduate programs in the Sam Fox School must apply directly through the Graduate School of Art or the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design. Below is general information about the application process.

To schedule a visit to the Sam Fox School to learn more about the graduate programs in Art, Architecture, Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture, please contact Kathleen O'Donnell.

Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design

The Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design offers the following programs:

Master of Architecture
Master of Landscape Architecture
Master of Urban Design
Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design
Master of Science in Architectural Studies

To view our Graduate Bulletin for programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Design, click here.

The application deadline for fall 2015 admission has passed. The application for fall 2016 candidates will be available later this fall.

Materials for submission include an online application, as well as a portfolio, academic transcripts, electronically submitted letters of recommendation (submitted through our online application process), and other items as outlined in the instructions. To download the pdf version of the application instruction sheet from our most recent admission cycle, click here. Visit our FAQs page for specific questions about applying to our programs.

For more information and details about applying to degree programs in the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, including portfolio requirements and courses prior to enrollment, visit the School's application section.

Graduate School of Art

The application deadline for fall 2015 admission has passed. The application for fall 2016 candidates will be available later this fall.

Admissions decisions are based on the applicant's portfolio, academic records, statement of objectives, and references. Students may be admitted to the MFA program upon completion of the BFA degree or equivalent academic preparation.

To download the pdf version of the application instruction sheet from the most recent admission cycle, click here. For detailed information about applying to the Graduate School of Art, including requirements for both online and hard-copy materials, visit the School's application section.

Each year, representatives from the Sam Fox School attend Graduate Portfolio Days held across the country. The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) hosts annual National Portfolio Days specifically for visual artists and designers. These events provide opportunities for those who wish to pursue an education in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Representatives will be available to review your artwork, discuss their programs, and answer questions about professional careers in art.

International Applications

Applicants for whom English is not the native language must submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score as part of their application for admission to programs in the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design and the Graduate School of Art. For more detailed information about international applications, please visit the admissions section of the individual programs.

Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University's Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.