MA in Design Criticism

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work must be submitted. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the program requirements as listed below. For more information on the School of Architecture application instructions, please be sure to carefully review:

  • Baccalaureate Field Applicants may have an undergraduate degree in any field.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of undergraduate study.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 550 (paper-based); 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Tests Required GRE General.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required, preferably from individuals acquainted with the applicant’s recent academic, professional, or creative work. Letters from professors who can assess the applicant’s academic abilities and potential for graduate school are the most useful. Letters from employers are also acceptable.
  • Personal/Research Statement A 500-word statement should address the reasons for applying to a graduate program in design criticism, particularly the UIC School of Architecture; outline current or previous work as it relates to the applicant’s plans and objectives for advanced study; include a description of professional goals and how these goals are to be realized, as well as areas of research or design inquiry the applicant is interested in pursuing.
  • Other Requirements A written portfolio is required as a part of the application process for the Master of Arts in Design Criticism program. Content is not restricted to any particular subject area, but the material should be representative of the applicant’s previous experience and creative ability.
    Portfolios must be mailed to:

UIC School of Architecture
Attn: Graduate Admissions
845 West Harrison Street
Room 3100 A+D Studios (MC 030)
Chicago, IL 60607

Degree Requirements

The requirements for the degree vary according to the student’s previous studies and level of preparation. The Graduate Admissions Committee of the school will specify, at the time of admission, the program to which each student has been accepted. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 56.
  • Course Work At least 44 hours must be at the 500-level in architecture.
Required Courses
Research Seminar
Architectural Theory and History III
Pro-seminar I: Design Criticism
Pro-seminar II: Publication and Graphic Argumentation
Writing Tutorial I
Writing Tutorial II
Select 32 hours from the following:
Topics in Architectural Theory and History
Architectural Theory and History I
Architectural Theory and History II
Architectural Theory and History IV
Art History (AH) 400- or 500-level course
Elective approved by the advisor
Portfolio review occurs during the first week of the spring term.
  • Comprehensive Examination None.
  • Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options Course work only.