Before You Apply
I won't graduate from my undergraduate college until May 2019. Can I still apply for Fall 2019?
Are your programs considered STEM fields of study?
Do I need a background in Architecture to apply to the Master of Architecture program or in Landscape Architecture to apply to the Master of Landscape Architecture program?
Do I need to take specific undergraduate courses before entering my degree program? Can I apply for admission if I haven't yet taken these courses?
The Master of Architecture professional degree does require that you take specific courses before entering the program. If you haven't taken the prerequisites during your undergraduate program, you can take them at any accredited college or university or online. If you have not taken the required courses at the time you are admitted into the Master of Architecture program, you would be admitted on the condition that you successfully complete the prerequisite(s) before entering the program in the fall. For a list of the prerequisites, go here. We strongly recommend that you fulfill as many of these prerequisites as possible before you are admitted. It is difficult to take multiple courses during the summer, especially Physics and History of Architecture. Generally, two Physics courses are required in order to cover all of our required topics: mechanics, heat transfer, light, sound, and electricity. Same with History of Architecture; in order to cover ancient Egypt through modern, usually two or three courses are necessary. History of Art Survey courses are acceptable as long as they include architecture.
Before entering the Master of Science in Historic Preservation, students must have proficiency in computer-aided drafting (AutoCAD). Those electing to pursue the concentration in architectural conservation should have at least one college-level course in chemistry or equivalent before beginning the curriculum. Please contact the Chair with any questions.
Will the AP classes I took in high school fulfill these prerequisites?
What are the application deadlines and fees?
The deadline for application to be submitted and supporting materials to be received for the M.S. in Architecture and the Ph.D. programs is December 14. The deadline for application and supporting materials for the Master of Architecture, the MSD in Advanced Architectural Design, and MSD in Environmental Building Design is January 3. The deadline for all other programs is January 10. The fee for applications is $80.
Is there a different application for international students?
There is only one application which can be used by U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international applicants.
When should I take the GRE?
GRE scores must be received by the Office of Admissions on or before the deadline for the program to which you are applying. Please allow sufficient time for scores to reach us.
Where should my test scores be sent?
Your test scores must be sent directly to the School of Design Office of Admissions. The institution code for both the GRE and the TOEFL is 2926. Be sure to select GRADUATE school!
Is there a cut-off score for the GPA, GRE, IELTS, PTE Academic, or TOEFL exams?
I don’t have a GPA from my undergraduate school OR my school doesn’t calculate GPAs. What should I put as my GPA?
We will look at your transcripts and/or course-by-course evaluations individually to assess your performance. You don’t need to fill in the GPA if you attended a school that doesn’t put your GPA on the transcript. And, if you are submitting a course-by-course evaluation from WES or CertiFile, they will provide us with a GPA. If you'd like, you may try using the tools in these sites to help you calculate your GPA:
http://www.wes.org/students/igpacalc.asp (requires payment)
I can’t upload my transcripts/resume/personal statement/writing samples! All I get are error messages.
When I preview my portfolio, the pages are not in the correct format. Should I worry?
Do official transcripts need to arrive at the School of Design or be postmarked by the deadline?
My recommender wants to send the letter of recommendation through regular mail. Is this ok?
Can I submit more than three letters of recommendation?
I know I submitted my GRE/TOEFL, but it is not showing up on my application status.
I’m reapplying to the School of Design. Do I need to resubmit all my application material?
What can I do if my WES or CertiFile evaluations will be late?
I'm currently enrolled in another graduate school. Can I transfer credits?
Does the School of Design have any sample portfolios?
Are interviews required?
Not all programs require or even allow video interviews; however, some of our programs have optional video or other types of interviews. The Master of City Planning, MSD-Advanced Architectural Design. MSD-Environmental Building Design, MUSA, PhD in City and Regional Planning, and Master of Landscape Architecture programs all encourage their applicants to submit an on-line interview through the ApplyWeb system. After you submit your application, you will receive an interview invitation. If you don’t receive an invitation after submitting your application to one of these programs, please check your spam mail before contacting us. You will need a webcam and mic to do the interview, which is recorded and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. For best results, we suggest using a computer with hard-wired internet connection, not wifi. While this interview is optional, we do strongly recommend it so that the faculty can get to know you better. If you encounter any technical problems please contact Help@applyweb.com.
Other programs may contact you for informal interviews, either through telephone, Skype, in person, or other method in order to learn more about your interests and skills.