Program Admission Options
The ArchD program offers interested students and professional practitioners a range of entrance opportunities. Students with or without an architectural background, including those with prior degrees, may enter into the program at a level appropriate to their backgrounds. Licensed architects may also enter at an advanced level consistent with their backgrounds to earn this new degree. All candidates for the ArchD degree must spend a minimum of one year in the program, which includes the completion of an ArchD Project.
The school accepts students as transfers from other divisions of the University or other colleges, including those who have a previous degree in another discipline, and licensed professionals. However, because there are far more applicants than can be accommodated, admission requirements and screening procedures are more restrictive than those for other divisions at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
High school students planning architecture as a career are advised to take four years of English and mathematics (including algebra, geometry, analytical geometry, and trigonometry); plus art, chemistry, physics, freehand and mechanical drawing, public speaking, information and computer science, history, geography, and at least two years of a foreign language.
Acceptance to the school is based on various criteria, including previous academic performance, grade point average, types of courses previously taken, and related professional experience of the students.
New students, including those currently enrolled in other divisions of the Manoa Campus, transfers from UH community colleges and other universities, other degree holders and licensed architects, must submit a completed School of Architecture application, with all required enclosures, and a completed University of Hawai'i System Application Form to the School of Architecture no later than the published deadlines.
Write, phone or e-mail for the School of Architecture Admission Form and University of Hawai'i System Application for Admission Form from the Student Services Office at the School of Architecture.
Completed applications received by March 1 will be evaluated for the following Fall Semester. Completed applications received by September 1 will be evaluated, on a space-available and advanced-standing basis, for the following Spring Semester. Incomplete and/or late applications may not be evaluated.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to inquire at the Student Services office for information on specific admission and degree requirements.
Academic advising may be arranged for prospective students by contacting the school office.
Students who have been accepted into the School of Architecture must meet with the Associate Dean prior to registration. New students are expected to attend the school orientation usually scheduled in early August.
All architecture majors who have yet to complete Arch 102 must meet with a faculty adviser each semester prior to registering for classes for the following semester.
Graduating students are required to apply for graduation. Forms are available from the school office.