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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, creative and conscientious group, critically committed to advancing the standards of the built environment and sustainability.

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. Those that 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). Learn more about portfolio requirements below.
  • 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 80 (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.

Guidelines for Portfolio Preparation
All applicants to the RIT Architecture program must be submit a digital portfolio in PDF format. Print or bound portfolios or digital portfolios in formats other than PDF will not be accepted or reviewed. Please note, all PDF portfolios should be smaller than 6.0mb in size. Files larger than this will not be accepted or reviewed. In the event the review committee requires additional information or higher resolution images, the applicant will be notified.

Image quality
A medium quality image setting on a digital camera is sufficient. No images should be pixelated. File size: The total size must be 8.5x11” and cannot exceed 6.0mb. Alternatively, you may use the PDF portfolio feature (found under FILE, in more recent versions of Acrobat) to create your portfolio. Again, total file size may not exceed 6.0mb.

Landscape orientation is preferred.

Crop out unnecessary objects from the images so that there are no distractions from work presented.

Image Enhancement
If the image files of your work are not accurate after photographing, image-editing software is allowed to correct the appearance of the files you are submitting. Please use caution. It is important to maintain the integrity of the original artwork. Images should be clear and free of reflections or "hot spots."

File Name
You may submit only one PDF file as your portfolio. It should follow this format: UARC_XX_LASTNAME.PDF, where XX is equal to the two year code for the academic year to which you are applying (2017, for example, would be 17; 2018 would be 18; etc.). Enter your last name in all capital letters in place of LASTNAME. Do not enter given names or middle names in this field.

All PDF portfolio files must be submitted via the RIT online application system or sent by email to Include your name in the subject line of the email. Files delivered on CD/ROM or USB drives cannot be reviewed or accepted.