Graduate Admissions

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Welcome to PennDesign Admissions!
PennDesign is an inventive place of learning where the many fields of architecture, planning, preservation, landscape and visual arts come together on shared ground. At PennDesign, we are dedicated to design that is creative in nature and transformative in impact. In a collaborative environment that fosters inquiry and experimentation, faculty and students seek to recast the distinction between theory and practice, expand knowledge and invention through research, and contribute works of value and beauty.

Our Fall 2017 application is available now! Click here to begin.

The PennDesign Open House for prospective applicants will be held on Monday, November 14. Click here for more information.

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Application Deadlines

Deadlines for Fall 2016 have passed. Deadlines for Fall 2017 application are as follows:

December 15
Master of Science in Architecture
Ph.D. in Architecture
Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning

January 5
Master of Architecture Professional Degree
Master of Science in Design with a Concentration in Advanced Architectural Design

January 12
Master of Environmental Building Design
Master of City and Regional Planning
Master of Fine Arts
Master of Science in Historic Preservation
Master of Landscape Architecture
Master of Urban Spatial Analytics
All certificate programs

March 14
Notification letters are available on-line at 12:00 PM (noon, Eastern Daylight Savings Time). Log back into your on-line application to view your admission decision. Important note: some departments will send their admitted students an informal notification email prior to March 14. If you do receive such an email, it is essential that you still log in to your application on March 14 to read your official notification letter. Your checklist will contain any financial aid that we are offering.