Master of Architecture (M.Arch)

Application Requirements & Process


Before our online application opens in October:

  • Review the M.Arch program information and eligibility requirements. For enrollment in the 2019-2020 academic year, admission will be limited to students who qualify for the advanced standing, 2-year track (Track 2 as described, here).

  • Take the TOEFL exam or IELTS if you are a non-native English speaker;

  • Prepare a personal essay (1000-1500 words) that includes two parts:

    1) A biographical narrative describing your background and your most formative experiences to date that have led you to pursue studying architecture at CMU; and

    2) A statement of purpose outlining why CMU is a good fit for you at this point in your career, what specific focus areas you may want to explore at CMU, and your aspirations and plans for the future after leaving CMU, including how you hope to position yourself in the many different fields related to architecture.

  • Complete a 25-30 individual page portfolio (no two-page spreads) as one SINGLE PDF document (no more than 20MB in size, 150 dpi - no exceptions) to be uploaded to your application in SlideRoom; and

  • Ask three professors or employers permission to assign them as references.


Beginning around October 15:

Begin your online application by completing all application forms, uploading supporting documents, and submitting your portfolio. You do not have to complete all sections of the online application at once. You can revisit your Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture application in SlideRoom until the final submission of your application. Please be sure to submit your application by the application deadline.

We are looking to enroll a diverse group of students from around the world who are comfortable working in innovative ways and who seek to push the boundaries of the discipline.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit complete applications well in advance of the January 5 application deadline for evaluation by our graduate admission committee.


Before our application deadline of JANUARY 5:

  • GRE scores are optional and not required; applicants can provide their scores if they wish. If you choose to provide GRE scores, contact Education Testing Services to send your GRE scores (and TOEFL scores) directly to our department, using the institution code 2074, GRE department code 4401, and TOEFL department code 12. Or contact the British Council to send your IELTS scores to:

    • Graduate Program Admission
      School of Architecture
      Carnegie Mellon University
      College of Fine Arts, Room 201
      Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA

  • Request unofficial transcripts from each institution you have attended. (Submission of any and all complete official transcripts will be required once an applicant has accepted an offer of admission for enrollment purposes.)

  • Assign three references to your application.

  • Upload the following:

    1. Copy of optional GRE scores if you wish to provide them

    2. Copy of TOEFL/IELTS score report(s) (if needed)

    3. Copy of unofficial transcript(s). (Transcripts of completed degrees must list degree and conferral date(s).)

    4. Personal Essay

    5. Portfolio (maximum file size of 20MB with a maximum resolution of 150dpi)

    6. Resume/CV

    7. Optional Supporting Documents

  • Pay the $75 application fee.

  • Verify that you have completed all of the above. Our graduate committee will only review your application once we have received all required documents.


Read our FAQ about the graduate application process. For other information, contact SoA Graduate Admissions.