Students who wish to study architecture at MIT at the undergraduate level must first be accepted to MIT. At the end of the first year MIT students decide which course of study they wish to pursue and declare a major in a specific department. Undergraduate applicants do not apply directly to the Department. They will use the MIT central admissions application, but have the option of sending a copy of their portfolios directly to the Department, attention "Undergraduate Admissions."
All graduate admissions are processed within the Department of Architecture. However, specific procedures and requirements vary depending on the degree program and discipline. As noted above, this section gives only general guidelines. Applicants should follow instructions detailed under the degree program of their interest. Detailed instructions on the application itself are provided at the bottom of this page. Be sure to read all of the directions on this page, including the FAQ page. Read every question even if you think it doesn't pertain to you.
All programs require a personal statement, three recommendation letters and transcripts. Here is a snapshot of other degree requirements for quick reference:
GRE: Required for MArch, SMBT, PhD programs.
IELTS/TOEFL: Required for all students for whom English is not a first language. The Department requires a score of 7 for IELTS and 100 for TOEFL (110 for HTC PhD).
Portfolio: Required for MArch, SMArchS, SMACT. Portfolios are optional, but recommended, for SMArchS HTC, SMBT, and PhD. Writing samples may be substituted where relevant and are expected for HTC PhD. Portfolios will be digital PDF files. For most programs applicants will upload their files to the online system. ACT applicants will mail their portfolios on CDs.
CV: is required of all applicants.
See specific program admissions requirements:
Deadline and Submission
The application deadline is December 31. All application material must be submitted by the deadline. Late applications will not be reviewed. It is the responsibility of the applicant to be sure that the application is completed.
All applicants will use the Architecture-specific online application: https://gradapply.mit.edu/architecture/apply/login/. The Architecture Graduate Application will be activated in Mid-September, is unique to Architecture, and is not used by any other department.
Application to MIT requires a non-refundable fee of $75 USD payable by credit card.
Recommendations (Section 2 of online application.)
All applicants should submit (only) three letters of recommendation. Applicants will use the online application system to invite recommenders to submit letters online.
Transcripts (Section 6 of online application.)
A scanned PDF copy of an original transcript (or English translation) from each university should be uploaded in the application. Only those applicants who are accepted for admission will be required to send a hard copy of an official, sealed transcript (with English translation) from each school attended. Any discrepancy between the scanned transcripts and official transcripts may result in a rejection or withdrawal of our admission offer. Applicants should NOT send any supplemental material with their application.
Statement of Objectives
Research our faculty members and the work they are doing. Make note of the work you find interesting in your personal statement. A match between your academic pursuits and the work performed here is important.
English Proficiency Requirement (Section 7 of online application.)
IELTS/TOEFL scores are required for EVERY applicant whose first language is not English. There are no exceptions. Previous education in English will not suffice. Check English Proficiency Requirement under the degree of your interest for specific information on minimum scores.
Applicants must request that an official copy of their test results be sent directly to MIT by IELTS International or Educational Testing Service. IELTS and TOEFL Scores must be no older than two years as of the date of application. To avoid delays, please use the following codes when having your
TOEFL scores sent to MIT:
Institutional Code: 3514
Department Code: 12
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Some degree programs require GRE scores, but not all of them. There is no minimum score. ONLY the General Test is required (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical). You DO NOT have to take any subject tests.
Portfolios (Section 7 of online application.)
Many of our degrees require that you submit a portfolio, including for those applicants who do not have a previous architecture degree or background. The portfolio should include evidence of recent creative work: personal, academic and/or professional. Choose what you care about, what you think is representative of your best work, and what is expressive of you. Written material (articles or papers) may be included with the application, and are particularly appropriate for the PhD programs. Portfolio requirements vary by program. Be sure to review the portfolio requirements specific to the program to which you are applying. Applicants whose programs require portfolios should plan to upload an electronic version to the online application with the exception of the Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology Program. ACT portfolios will be mailed on CD to the Architecture Department.
Resumes / CVs
Resumes / CVs are required. There is an upload section on the Test Scores/Experience area of the application.
An interview is not required for application but are recommended for all the PhD programs, the Master of Science in Art Culture and Technology (SMACT) and Master of Science in Building Technology programs (SMBT).
Applicants should use the online application system to submit a new application and enter all the information expected. Official documents and recommendations that have been sent to us in prior years are still in our records. Notify us that you are reapplying so that we can retrieve them.
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- Facsimile: (617) 253-8993
MIT is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment and abides by its nondiscrimination policy in administering the admissions process.
Offers of Admission/Admissions Acceptance
Timing of admission notification varies by program. Normally decisions are made by early March and applicants are notified either by telephone or email. Admissions offers may extend until April 15. In some cases wait list letters will be issued. Students who are admitted from a wait list may be notified after April 15 of their admittance.
Council of Graduate Schools Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants
Acceptance of an offer of financial support *(such as a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year by a prospective or enrolled graduate student completes an agreement that both student and graduate school expect to honor. In that context, the conditions affecting such offers and their acceptance must be defined carefully and understood by all parties.
Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of this Resolution. In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15, and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer. It is further agreed by the institutions and organizations subscribing to the above Resolution that a copy of this Resolution or a link to the URL should accompany every scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, and assistantship offer.