Admissions & Aid

Apply to the M.Arch program

Coming from backgrounds as diverse as art, physics, philosophy, history, or the life sciences, students in this select program will form an inventive cohort of thinkers and doers.

Apply today, and put your marks on an evolving, growing program.

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Program eligibility

A bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited college or university is required for admission. There are no course prerequisites, but Calculus I and Physics I are recommended.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in architecture or a related design field, you may be qualified to earn advanced placement in the program.

Course waivers and advanced placement

Applicants with bachelor’s degrees in architecture may be able to waive certain classes based on prior coursework. This requires review of syllabi of previous courses, and is undertaken at the beginning of the semester. The waiver policy is meant to avoid repetition and allows students to explore interests through electives.

Applicants with bachelor’s degrees in architecture, interior design, or related fields may, upon application, be considered for admission with advanced placement into the M.Arch program. The application materials must include a robust portfolio that demonstrates:

  • An understanding of the principles of design
  • An ability in design showing both conceptual and physical complexity at an appropriate level
  • Technical skills in traditional and digital forms of representation
  • Specific prior coursework that satisfies the learning outcomes of studios and non-studio courses in the first-year curriculum

International applicants

You may apply to the M.Arch program during your final year of undergraduate study, or after receiving a U.S. bachelor’s degree (or its recognized equivalent).

A special application process for international students is involved. In addition to the standard application requirements, you must submit evidence of proficiency in English, evidence of financial ability, and other documents.

Steps for international applicants

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