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Texas A&M University College of Architecture

Quick Admit Program

The College of Architecture Quick Admit Graduate Program is for Texas A&M seniors graduating in May or August 2020 to provide another option post-graduation in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The benefits of the College of Architecture Quick Admit Program are:

  • Short, simple application
  • No application fees
  • No GRE requirement for most programs
  • Expedited application review

Current undergraduate students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are invited to apply. Minimum GPA for consideration for MS and MFA VIZ is 3.25.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I apply?

What information do I need to apply?

Each of the quick admit programs require the same application information, most of which you will already know, and each also has additional required materials. We strongly recommend you gather all your information before you start the application. You must complete the application in one sitting.

Quick Admit Application

Required for all programs:

  • Your contact information
  • Major, department, etc.
  • Current GPA (will be verified)
  • Expected graduation date (May or August 2020)
  • GRE scores are optional for programs except the Master of Architecture

Program-Specific Requirements

Program Required Materials

Master of Architecture (including career change)

  • GRE scores
  • For the M-ARCH (for students with studio experience): Portfolio
  • For the career change M-ARCH (students without studio experience): Sample of creative works

Master of Science in Construction Management

  • Name and contact information for 3 references
  • Your choice between the thesis and non-thesis option

Master of Landscape Architecture

  • List up to 3 relevant job experiences
  • Upload letter of intent (see below for more information)
  • Examples of graphic work or portfolio, uploaded as one file (see below for more information)

Master of Land and Property Development

  • Upload resume
  • Upload letter of intent (see below for more information)

Master of Urban Planning

  • Upload letter of intent (see below for more information)

Master of Science in Visualization

  • Upload letter of intent
  • Portfolio or examples of artwork, uploaded as one file (see below for more information)
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA & 154 Q, 151 V, 3.5 W GRE scores OR minimum 3.5 GPA, no GRE scores

Master of Fine Arts in Visualization

  • Upload letter of intent
  • Portfolio or examples of artwork, uploaded as one file (see below for more information)
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA & 154 Q, 151 V, 3.5 W GRE scores OR minimum 3.5 GPA, no GRE scores

What should I include in my letter of intent?

Please provide a brief description (about two paragraphs or no more than one page) of why you want to study the chosen field. You should provide some discussion and background on the experiences or events that led to your decision. You can discuss some of your interests and what you hope to accomplish as a professional in that field.

What do you mean by "three examples of graphic work or portfolio" or "samples of creative works"?

Please note: for all programs that require some type of portfolio or samples of art/creative works, you should upload a single PDF file no larger than 20 MB.

For the MLA program:

There is no requirement on dimensional size of your examples or types of projects. Minimum submittal is three examples or projects. Typical size is 8.5” x 11” or 11” x 17”. The examples are a place for applicants to demonstrate their design and graphic skills, creativity, and areas of interest. Common content includes cover with name, table of contents, project work (landscape or architectural), art or design work, sculpture, photography, hand drawing, or other creative works. May also include construction drawings or renderings, logos, or other examples of graphic and/or art skills. Text should be minimal. We want to see an applicant's range of design experiences, graphic abilities and creative potential. The document should be a single PDF file that is less than 20 MB in size.

For the VIZ program:

Candidates should be able to demonstrate the following within their portfolio:
  • Visual quality.
  • Ability to use color and visualize three-dimensional form and space.
  • Proficiency in different forms of mediums such as drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, architecture, modeling, or work in time-based arts.
  • A spread of digital and traditional works.
Work that is included in the portfolio can include conceptual basis for works or body of work submitted. For this reason, portfolios may be composed primarily by consistency of ideas represented. Additionally, those with a technical background may include work that demonstrates their approach to visual problem solving.
Credit should be given to collaborators and to software used in addition to any other aspect of the work not entirely your creation. Please make your portfolio submission complete and easy to handle. If the process is efficient, you will make a more favorable impression.

For the M-ARCH program:

For those with studio experience: Documentation of a minimum of six projects from the design studio sequence, at least four having strong building design content with evidence of tectonics as part of a comprehensive building design. In addition to photos of final project drawings and models, the documentation of each project must include a process description including the course title, program statement, and design goals and objectives. Photos of preliminary sketches and models are encouraged. If the project was done by a team, identify your individual role and work.

For those applying to the career change (no studio experience): Your examples of creative works may include reproductions of the applicant's drawings, artwork, or other examples of ability for graphic expression; Articles, essays, or papers prepared by the applicant on design or environmental topics; and
Illustrations from the applicant's work experience in architecture or related fields.

For the Master of Science in Construction Management, what is the difference between the thesis and non-thesis option?

The MSCM thesis option requires 32 credit hours for completion. It is a research-based degree program that focuses on scientific inquiry into a construction-related topic. The student works closely with a faculty research advisory committee to identify and investigate an appropriate subject. The student's work culminates with the preparation, presentation, and final defense of a thesis.

The MSCM non-thesis option requires 36 credit hours for completion. It is a course-based degree program that adds breadth and depth to the student's existing educational background. Students take a combination of required and elective courses that satisfies the requirements of fundamental construction knowledge as well as individual interests. In lieu of a thesis, each student completes a summative project during the final semester in the program.

How can I take the GRE?

The GRE is administered by ETS, and they have developed a temporary at-home option available through June 30, 2020. 

Find more information at their website:

Do I have to be an architecture major or be an artist to be considered?

Students from any undergraduate degree will be considered, and many of our programs are interdisciplinary. Some of the programs do require graphic skills and the submission of examples of creative, graphic or traditional artwork, like the Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture or the Visualization programs, but students from many backgrounds have been successful in these programs, including students from horticulture, geography, psychology, computer science, etc. If you’re interested in becoming a licensed architect but do not have design or studio coursework experience, the career change Master of Architecture may be a good fit for you. If you’re unsure, we encourage you to contact the faculty program coordinators or graduate advisors, whose contact information is listed below.

I’m interested, but I have questions, who should I talk to?

If you have questions about the program course content or whether it would be a good match for your interests, you should speak with the program coordinator.

Additionally, you can find the contact information for program coordinators and graduate advisors below. 

Program Faculty Program Coordinator
Master of Architecture Dr. James Haliburton (
Master of Science in Construction Management Dr. Phil Lewis (
Master of Landscape Architecture Prof. Bruce Dvorak (
Master of Land and Property Development Prof. Tim Early (
Master of Urban Planning Dr. Wei Li (
Master of Fine Arts in Visualization Dr. Lou Tassinary (
Master of Science in Visualization Dr. Lou Tassinary (

If you have questions about the application process, you should speak to one of the people below.

Program Contact Person
Master of Architecture Graduate Advisor: Ms. Ginger White (
Master of Science in Construction Management Dr. Phil Lewis ( or Ms. Liz Smith (
Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Land and Property Development, and Master of Urban Planning Graduate Advisor: Ms. Brandi Blankenship (
Master of Fine Arts in Visualization and Master of Science in Visualization Graduate Advisor: Ms. Staci Dunn (
Technical problems with the application form Dr. Katie Reed (

When is the application due?

We’ve extended the deadline! You must submit your application and supporting materials through the online form no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday June 26. Note: programs that reach capacity prior to the June 26 deadline will stop accepting applications when all the seats are filled.

When will I be notified about an admission decision?

Admission decisions and communications will be made by each program in relation to when the application was received.

Application Submission Date Deadline to Receive Decision
April 16 - May 3 May 26
May 4 - Jun 26 July 17

 All applicants to the Master of Architecture program will receive a decision no later than July 17.

Is financial aid available?

Financial Aid would be administered through the Financial Aid office. Please see the financial aid website for information.

There may also be funding opportunities (e.g., assistantships) through the program; however, those would be offered, if available, on a case-by-case basis. You should contact the program coordinator or graduate advisor to learn more about the possibility of funding.