Master of Architecture

Integrate innovative design with technical, social, and practical concerns to address complex global conditions.

The School of Architecture offers two options for studying architecture at the graduate level, designed to meet the needs of today’s diverse student population. Students without pre-professional degrees are required to complete 36 hours of graduate-level coursework, 18 hours of which must be at the 7000 level, a sequence that typically takes three-and-a-half years. Students with pre-professional degrees are required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours, of which 15 hours must be at the 7000 level, which generally takes two years to complete. Courses and studios focused on history, theory, sustainability, digital media, and the metropolis provide students with the knowledge to solve real-life problems in the built environment. Studio projects focus on spatial design, Louisiana coastal issues, dynamic systems, tectonic, cultures, and context.

LSU Graduate School Application Procedure

Applicants for graduate studies must first submit an application to the LSU Graduate School at gradapply.lsu.edu. The Graduate School website includes an online application form and instructions for paying application fees and submitting transcripts and test scores. Required application materials for the LSU Graduate School include:

  • Transcripts from all universities attended or attending and from which you have received degrees
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores, if applicable
  • Joint degree options in architecture and landscape architecture (MLA and MArch) are available; please state on the application if you are applying for a joint degree.

For international student application information, visit LSU Office of International Programs International Services.

LSU School of Architecture Application Procedure

Applicants must also send the following application materials to the LSU School of Architecture, Attn: Graduate Selection Committee, 136 Atkinson Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803:

  • Three letters of recommendation (Download the Letters of Recommendation form.)
  • A portfolio of creative work. Visit the portfolio assessment page on this site for specific information and details.
  • Transcripts from all universities attended or attending and from which you have received degrees
  • Joint degree options in architecture and landscape architecture (MLA and MArch) are available; please state on the application if you are applying for a joint degree.

When to Apply

The information above must be received by the deadline of February 1 for the following summer semester. Applications received after February 1 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Early Acceptance

Early acceptance applications are due December 15. The minimum requirements for early acceptance are:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Minimum GRE score of 310, combined verbal and quantitive
  • Refer to the LSU Graduate School for TOEFL scores if applicable.

Financial Aid + Scholarships

The university and the LSU School of Architecture offer financial aid and scholarships to qualifying students. Visit the Architecture Scholarships page on this website to view scholarship opportunities through the school. Visit LSU Financial Aid & Scholarships for more information about opportunities through the university.

View 2015–16 Graduate Cost of Attendance.