DArch Program Admissions

Graduate admissions for the Doctor of Architecture (DArch) degree program is handled by the UHM Graduate Division.

All applicants to the professional Doctor of Architecture (DArch) program must hold a baccalaureate degree or higher in order to be considered for acceptance.  Based on their  degree, the students will enter one of two programs*.

Track I: Pre-Professional degree in Architecture
(126/120 credits + 90 graduate credits)

Students entering the program who hold a (4) four-year pre-professional baccalaureate degree (e.g. BS architecture studies, BA architecture studies, BA environmental design) enter the (3) three-year, 90-credit professional DArch program (Fall semester start date is recommended).

Track II: Non-Pre-Professional degree
(120 credits min. + 108 graduate credits) *

*Admission to the 108-credit professional DArch track is suspended for academic year 2024-2025 and 2025-2026.

Students entering the program who hold a baccalaureate degree in a field unrelated to architecture or environmental design (non-pre-professional degree) enter the 108-credit professional DArch program.  Evaluation of a student’s prior academic coursework will be conducted as it relates to satisfying NAAB accreditation criteria.  Student will be notified as to criteria that may not be met in their prior coursework (Summer start date is recommended).

Students seeking admission to the school must complete an online application at the  Graduate Division website by the deadline appropriate to the desired entry term, noted below. In addition to the Graduate Division application, prospective students also submit a School of Architecture Supplemental Information for Admission form, along with other required documents to the Graduate Application Supplemental Documents site at https://documentupload.manoa.hawaii.edu/upload/#/login  by the stated deadline. Applicants should be aware that any Supplemental documents submitted to the DArch program become the property of the School of Architecture.

Below are the DArch application deadlines for the School of Architecture

  • Fall deadline is January 1 (For Track I students – 90 credits)
  • Spring deadline is September 1 (Recommended only for students with special circumstances.  Contact the school for guidance)
  • Summer deadline is February 1 (For Track II students – 108 credits)*

If accepted please be aware that the school and UH Mānoa do not grant deferred admission.  Applicants wishing to defer admission must reapply.

Graduate credits are not transferable to the DArch degree if the credits have been counted for another graduate degree.

Admissions Standards

To be eligible, an applicant must hold or expect to hold prior to matriculation a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or an equivalent degree from a recognized non-U.S. institution of higher education. At minimum, the applicant needs to demonstrate above average academic performance (B average, usually a 3.0 on a 1.0-4.0 scale) for undergraduate course work and for any post-baccalaureate or graduate course work. Because the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of spaces available, admission is competitive.  Meeting minimum admissions standards does not guarantee admission.

Standardized Exams

The GRE is not required. TOEFL or IELTS is required of most applicants who are non-native speakers of English. Official TOEFL or IELTS scores must be sent directly to Graduate Division Student Services.