Admission Requirements

Each student in the M.Arch program at RIT is unique. Some students have known from a very young age that they would like to study architecture. Other students discovered their affinity for architecture later in life. Still others are mid-career professionals that are seeking the professional credentials and privileges that come with advanced study and a graduate degree in architecture. The student body in the RIT M.Arch. program is a diverse, curious, and conscientious about the built environment.

The 3.5-year M.Arch. program at RIT is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate baccalaureate degree. While some of our students have earned an undergraduate degree in architecture, many more have earned undergraduate degrees in fields other than architecture. Some of our current students have majored Interior Design, Music, Art, Sculpture, Computer Science, English Literature, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, Engineering, Anthropology, and Mathematics. Others have earned a degree in architecture, and have joined our program for further professional study.

To be considered for admission to the M.Arch. program, candidates must meet the following basic requirements

  • Have completed (or will soon complete) a baccalaureate degree (B.S., B.A. or B.Arch.) from an accredited institution,
  • Have earned an undergraduate cumulative GPA of B (3.0) or higher,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Submit a one page personal statement explaining your reasons for wanting to studying architecture at the graduate level,
  • Submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)*
  • Submit three letters of recommendation (one from a current or former teacher or academic adviser; one from a current or former supervisor; and one from someone familiar with your creative abilities). 
  • Submit a portfolio of creative work, which may include sketches, constructions, graphics, and/or photographs (While student portfolios will likely not include examples of architectural drawing/design, evidence of creative talent will be important in determining admission). Find out more about portfolio requirements.
  • Complete an online RIT graduate application.
  • Overall, we encourage applicants to demonstrate their creative curiosity, and interest in collaboration and leadership among and with their peers, and an eagerness to contribute to the built environment and a sustainable future.

In addition,

  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores of 600 (paper-based) and 100 (Internet-based) are required. IELTS scores are also accepted.

* Applicants who exceed the general admission requirements may be considered for conditional acceptance before GRE scores are available. Find out more or contact a representative using Live Chat.