If you are ready to apply to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Master of Architecture program, you will need to first submit SAIC's Graduate Application form and then a corresponding ePortfolio for the Architecture department. ePortfolios are required for each additional program to which you wish to apply. All submissions happen via the software SlideRoom.
Application Deadline: March 15 - $90 Application Fee
Priority Deadline: December 1 - $45 Application Fee
Apply online via Slideroom
The application to the Master of Architecture program at SAIC is open to students who have earned an undergraduate degree. Students should have taken one course in college-level algebra and one course in college-level physics to begin the Master of Architecture program.
Students will be admitted to either a 2- or 3- year track depending on prior coursework and the ePortfolio submission. Consideration for the 2-year track is dependent on available space as well as a college transcript showing completion of the following classes:
- 6 semester credit hours in building science
- 3 semester credit hours in structural engineering
- 6 semester credit hours in architectural history
- 6 semester credit hours in design studios
Option 2: Students with undergraduate pre-professional bachelor's degrees in architecture or architectural technology will automatically be considered for SAIC's M.Arch Option 2 degree program.
Option 3: Students who do not meet the criteria for Option 2 may be placed into the 3 year program.
SAIC requires applicants to apply online. Filing an online application requires a valid credit card and a current email address. You may apply to up to three programs with one application and fee. If you are applying to either the MFA in Studio or the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio you may select up to three departments of entry.
Applications must be submitted prior to 11:00 p.m. (CST) on the appropriate deadline. When you click the "submit" button on the Graduate Application form, you will be prompted to enter credit card information to pay the application fee. Your application form is not fully submitted until you have entered your credit card information.
Under no circumstances will an application fee be waived or refunded. After you submit the application form you will be directed to a dashboard where you can begin working on your ePortfolio(s).