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Master of Architecture

Students with a bachelor’s degree in architecture or equivalent undergraduate education of at least 3 years, may apply for admission directly into the 4th year (master's level) of the one-tier Master of Architecture programme at AHO.
For the coming academic year there are 15 places available.

Key information and dates

  • 15 December 2021: The application portal Søknadsweb opens
  • 1 February 2022: Deadline to upload all documentation in Søknadsweb
  • 1 April 2022: Result of admission 
Questions? Please contact studieinfo@aho.no or call us at +47 22997000


You need to document the following:

1. That you have equivalent to 180 ECTS with this course combination:

  • Material technology – 5 ECTS
  • ​Structural mechanics and building construction – 10 ECTS
  • Architectural history – 30 ECTS
  • Urbanism – 60 ECTS 
  • Engineering/Planning/Projecting – 80 ECTS
  • Introduction to philosophy and method – 10 ECTS

NOTE: Some of the subjects listed above may overlap. You may have more or fewer ECTS in some of the subjects mentioned above. The requirement is that you must have completed a total of 180 ECTS. 

2. That you have satisfactory English skills. 

Document your English skills through one of the following options:

  • TOEFL iBT: (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition with a minimum score of 80 points. AHO TOEFL code: 5000
  • IELTS Academic version, International English Language. Testing Service, British Council or IDP, with an overall band score of  minimum 6.5 points
  • Certificate in Advanced English or Certificate of Proficiency in English from University of Cambridge
  • Pearson PTE Academic: Pearson test of English Academic or Pearson Academic online test. Minimum overall score of 74 with at least 65 in each component (listening, reading, speaking and writing).
The test results can not be more than 2 years old, i.e. 1 February 2020.

There are some exeptions from the English requirements. Click here

Application process


Login to Søknadsweb

Log on to Søknadsweb to register as an applicant and apply to AHO.

After registration you will receive an email with the log in credentials.

You can register your application from December 2021.

The deadline is 1 February 2022.



Upload required documentation

  • Application form
  • Transcript of records from previous relevant education (certified translator)
  • Course description of all required courses in English and Norwegian
  • Documentation of satisfactory knowledge in English
  • CV
  • Digital portfolio
Incomplete applications will not be considered.


After the deadline

Your portfolio will be assessed by an Assessment Committee and you may be asked to do a video interview.

Response to the application will be given by April 1.

Due to the high number of applicants, refusal of application will not be justified.

Log into Søknadsweb to check the status of your application.

 About the required documentation: 

Application form

Click here for application form.

Transcript of records from previous relevant education

Upload your transcript of records/diploma/diploma supplement from relevant, higher education (university level) (in English or a Scandinavian language). It is important that we can see which school your education is from, when you studied, what results you have and what courses you have done. If your school cannot issue a transcript of records or diploma supplement in English, you must provide an certified translation. You cannot translate the documents yourself. Please do not upload your secondary school/high school diploma. If you have done relevant courses outside your undergraduate degree, you may of course upload these.
If you have not completed your bachelor degree by the application deadline, supply the information you have at the time of applying, such as grade transcripts and courses in progress. Submit your final grade transcript and diploma as soon as you have them. Your degree must be completed by semester start in August.

Course description of all required courses

Course descriptions must be in English or a Scandinavian language (Not necessary with course descriptions for all courses - only for the required course combination). The course descriptions must include the number of credits awarded.

Documentation of satisfactory knowledge of English

International applicants from outside the Nordic countries must document satisfactory English skills. Documentation of satisfactory knowledge of English must be uploaded before February 1st. Make sure to plan to take the IELTS/TOEFL/Pearson in time. If you have completed an university degree (minimum Bachelor) where English was the language of instruction, you must provide documentation for this. 


List your education and relevant jobs, etc. It must be in English or a Scandinavian language. There is no particular format/layout.

Digital Portfolio

The AHO Assessment Committee evaluates your portfolio. It must contain a selection of your works/projects, from studies and work experience.

Criteria’s for assessment are knowledge and sensibility towards various aspects of architecture studies, skills and variety of representation, and portfolio design: structure, length, clarity and conveying of concept rather than completed and fulfilled assignments.
There is not a minimum or maximum number of works/projects, please choose the works/projects that best represents you. The portfolio can be maximum 15 MB. Your portfolio must be uploaded as one single PDF file.

Please note: Applications with link to portfolio on a website will be considered incomplete and will not be handled.