Graduate Admissions: Architecture

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School at Cornell University, the Department of Architecture has specific requirements for each graduate degree. The deadline for receiving application materials to all architecture graduate programs is January 3, 2014. There is no spring semester admission.

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Master of Architecture (Professional) (M.Arch.):

  • Individuals must hold a bachelor's degree in any field. Some students may have previous backgrounds in a design discipline, or may hold pre-professional undergraduate degrees in a design discipline.
  • Admission will also be offered to individuals with no previous experience in design, but who exhibit talent and promise in a design-related activity or interest. Individuals who have completed a four-year bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in a field other than architecture are eligible for admission. Preference for admission is given to individuals who have completed a balanced undergraduate education, including studies in the arts, sciences, and the humanities.
  • To be considered for equivalency credit for previous coursework, once admitted into the program, applicants will receive a course equivalency information packet. Applicants will have the opportunity to submit course syllabi and transcripts from previous coursework for review by a faculty member charged with reviewing that area of study (history, building technology, professional practice, etc.). Faculty members will then determine if equivalency credit is appropriate. Please note that for ARCH 5511 Freehand Drawing, and ARCH 5512 Digital Drawing, you must submit a portfolio of relevant work done in those courses along with the course syllabi and transcripts.
  • The Cornell AAP M.Arch. degree is NAAB accredited. Learn more about AAP's NAAB-accredited programs.
  • A portfolio of creative work, details on portfolio submission are below.
  • Learn more about the M.Arch. program.
  • Apply now
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Master of Architecture (Post-Professional) (M.Arch.II):

  • Students holding a professional bachelor of architecture degree (B. Arch.) or a professional master of architecture degree (M.Arch.) may be admitted as candidates for the post-professional Cornell M.Arch. degree program. International students must submit an official certification that the degree held is a professional degree entitling them to practice architecture in their country.
  • A portfolio of creative work, details on portfolio submission are below.
  • Learn more about the M.Arch.II program.
  • Apply now
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Master of Science in Computer Graphics (M.S.)

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Doctor of Philosophy in the History of Architecture and Urban Development (Ph.D. HAUD)

  • Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in architecture, archaeology, history, history of art, anthropology, or an undergraduate degree in any area and appropriate experience in the field. Degree candidates must have proficiency in two languages other than English before beginning the second year of study.
  • Learn more about the Ph.D. HAUD program.
  • Apply now
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Portfolio Submission Information

For M.Arch. (Professional) Applicants:

A portfolio of creative work will be accepted online at Slideroom (preferred) or in print format. As part of the application, all applicants are required to submit a portfolio which should represent the applicant's best work and consist mainly of reproductions of 20 to 30 pieces of creative drawings, two-or-three dimensional work, and models.

If any portfolio project, drawing, or model has been produced by several designers or if the design was produced in a professional setting, each drawing must be labeled, clearly stating the number of designers, which drawings or details of drawings were produced by the applicant, and a list of the names of all members of the group project. If the project was produced in an office, an office setting, or as an assistant to an author, then the office name, supervisor, and all members of the team must be identified.

Details for printed portfolio submission (M.Arch. only): Applicant’s name, address, date, and year must be clearly marked on the cover (and on any detachable contents). The contents of a submitted portfolio should measure no more than 8-1/2" x 11".

The first page of the portfolio must contain the following: "This portfolio contains the design work of [applicant's name here]".

Send portfolio to:
Graduate Programs in Architecture
College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
Cornell University
235 Sibley Dome
Ithaca, NY 14853

Return Portfolio Request: U.S. applicants requesting the return of their portfolios should include a self-addressed stamped envelope of appropriate size. (Do not use postage meter tape, as date and mailing location will be incorrect.) Portfolios will not be returned until June. Applicants from outside the U.S. are encouraged to submit a portfolio which does not need to be returned.

For M.Arch.II (Post-Professional) Applicants:

Portfolio of creative work must be submitted online at Slideroom. As part of the application, all applicants are required to submit a portfolio which should represent the applicant's best work and consist mainly of reproductions of 20 to 30 pieces of creative drawings, two-or-three dimensional work, and models.

If any portfolio project, drawing, or model has been produced by several designers or if the design was produced in a professional setting, each drawing must be labeled, clearly stating the number of designers, which drawings or details of drawings were produced by the applicant, and a list of the names of all members of the group project. If the project was produced in an office, an office setting, or as an assistant to an author, then the office name, supervisor, and all members of the team must be identified.

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