FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about RIT Architecture

When can I apply to the program?

RIT Architecture accepts applications all year long, but admits students only at the beginning of the Fall semester. Officially, applications are due February 1 for admissions consideration for the following Fall. However, applications are considered on a first-come first served basis with regard to scholarship opportunities. While it is certainly possible to submit an application after the February 1 due date, scholarship opportunities may be limited after that date. Applicants are encouraged to apply to the program at any time of year, though for consideration of scholarship opportunities, sooner is better. Completed applications submitted well before the February 1 due date will be evaluated and made eligible for scholarships before the February 1 deadline.

What are the admissions requirements for the program?

A list of admissions requirements can be found on the RIT Graduate Enrollment Services web page for the M.Arch. program. Click here and scroll down to “Admissions Requirements” for a complete list of suggested requirements.

I have an undergraduate degree in a field other than architecture. Can I apply to this program?

Absolutely! The 3.5-year M.Arch. is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than architecture. Some of our current students have degrees from fields like: Interior Design, Music, Art, Sculpture, Computer Science, English Literature, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Anthropology, and Mathematics.

I haven’t taken calculus or physics, but I see them listed under the Application Requirements. Should I take both before I apply?

It is not necessary to have taken both courses, though it may be helpful. Students are required to successfully complete college-level calculus and physics before the beginning of the second year of the program. Students may enroll to take these courses at any accredited college or university, including RIT. Therefore, it is not required that students complete these courses prior to applying to the program.

Is the M.Arch program at RIT accredited?

The M.Arch program at RIT has been evaluated by NAAB and has received Candidacy status. NAAB will not accredit a degree program until after that program has graduated its first class. The anticipated date of accreditation is 2015, which will be applied retroactively to students graduating from the program. You can read the official accreditation statement here.

I don’t know what to put in my portfolio. What are you looking for?

A portfolio is an image-driven collection of your best work to date. What goes in to a portfolio is unique to every applicant. Some applicants have demonstrated abilities in visual communication while others do not. A portfolio should demonstrate an understanding of 2D and 3D design, but need not be “architectural” in nature. Photography, drawing, sketching, an understanding of the built environment are all aspects of the portfolio that are evaluated upon application. We’re not necessarily looking for experts, we’re looking for a curiosity, interest, and a willingness to learn.

All work presented in a portfolio should always be annotated. Include information such as: when the work was completed, media used, why the work was created (school project, independent endeavour, professional project, competition entry, client commissioned, etc.) A full listing of portfolio requirements can be found on the RIT Graduate Enrollment Services web page. Scroll down to “Portfolio Requirements.”

Does RIT offer scholarships?

Yes. RIT does offer a small number of merit scholarships to qualified students. However, applications are considered on a first-come first served basis with regard to scholarship opportunities. While it is certainly possible to submit an application after the February 1 due date, scholarship opportunities may be limited after that date. Applicants are encouraged to apply to the program at any time of year, though for consideration of scholarship opportunities, sooner is better. Completed applications submitted well before the February 1 due date will be evaluated and made eligible for scholarships before the February 1 deadline.

I would like to continue working while going to school. Is this possible?

Yes. Many of our students continue to work part-time while enrolled in the program. It requires flexibility on part of your employer and good scheduling on your part, but it is certainly possible.

I’d like to find employment on campus. Does RIT offer student employment?

Yes. RIT offers student employment on campus. Please refer to the Student Employment Office for more information. The SEO website answers a lot of commonly asked questions. You can review the website here.

How many international students are enrolled in the program?

Students enrolled in the M.Arch. program at RIT are very diverse. Currently about 25% of our students are international students. RIT is committed to diversity and inclusion. You can review our policy and commitment here.