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

Overview & Timeline

Applicants are responsible for completing and submitting all required application materials on time. We will begin to review application materials received on January 15. Applications and all supporting documents, including letters of recommendation and test scores, must be received by the final deadline of February 1. We strongly recommend applicants begin the application process early and request letters of recommendation well in advance of the deadline. You will need to complete an application to each program for which you wish to be considered for admission.

Admission Timeline

  • early November - Graduate Program applications open in SlideRoom

  • Jan. 15, 2024 - We will begin to review application materials received.

  • Feb. 1, 2024 - Application Deadline - the application system will close on February 1 at 11:59pm EST. Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of admission materials no later than February 10.

  • February - The graduate admission committee will review Graduate Program candidate applications in February.

  • March - Admission decisions will be sent to master’s program candidates in early March and PhD applicants in mid-March. Candidates offered admission will have the opportunity to participate in admitted student programming to get to know the school.

  • April 15, 2024 - Deposit Deadline - Applicants will need to accept their admission offer no later than April 15 to secure their place in the Graduate Program and to begin the initial enrollment process.

Application Requirements

Because our graduate programs are highly specialized, each program has unique application requirements. The chart below outlines the application requirements for the program that interests you with detailed information to follow.

Chart displaying application requirements for the different graduate programs
2023-2034 | Graduate Program Admission Requirements
  • Applicants are required to pay the $75 application fee. 

  • Complete the Personal Information, Demographic Information, and Academic Information forms in your SlideRoom application. 

  • Submit a Personal Statement that describes why CMU is a good fit for you at this point in your career, what specific focus areas you may want to explore in the Graduate Program, and your aspirations and plans for the future after leaving CMU, including how you hope to position yourself in design, research, and/or practice. 

  • Upload to your application, a 30-second introductory video that tells us something about you and your personal interests in architecture or the built environment. 

    We are interested in getting to know you in the context of your application and portfolio submission. The short 30-second video will feature you and needs no staging or post-production - just be yourself.

  • Upload to your application as a PDF document, your resume/CV summarizing your education, employment experience, professional qualifications, and any noteworthy achievements. 

  • Upload to SlideRoom a 25-30 page portfolio formatted in single spreads (landscape or portrait) and saved as a single PDF document (maximum file size of 20MB with a maximum resolution of 150dpi).*

    * M.Arch, MAAD, MUD, MSSD, and MSCD applicants are required to submit portfolios. Please reference the media section of your SlideRoom application for program-specific content and instructions. 

  • Upload a PDF document copy of your unofficial college transcript(s). If you have attended more than one institution of higher education, please merge all transcripts into a single PDF document for upload.

    Hard copies of complete official transcripts for all degrees received will be requested as a requirement for enrollment.

  • For the 2023-2024 admission cycle, the GRE will be required for PhD program applicants and test optional for Master’s program applicants.

    To provide your GRE score, contact Education Testing Services (ETS) to send your GRE scores directly to our department using the institution code: 2074, GRE department code 4401. Official scores must be reported to Carnegie Mellon by February 1

  • We require proof of English language proficiency from all applicants whose native language/mother tongue is not English. If English is not your native language and you are not a U.S. citizen you must submit one valid English proficiency score from one of the following: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language); IELTS (International English Language Testing System); or DET (Duolingo English Test). 

    TOEFL/IELTS/DET scores must be less than two years old from the start of our admission cycle (September 2023). If you are interested in the online Duolingo test, please verify that you are administered a 2020 or later version on the 160-point scale with subsection scoring.

    • TOEFL - Self-report your scores by uploading a copy of your score report to the application and report your scores directly to us through Educational Testing Service (ETS) using the following institution code: 2074 and the TOEFL department code: 12. The minimum required TOEFL-iBT total score is 100, with subscores no lower than 22. 

    • IELTS - Self-report your scores via the application and send your scores to us using the IELTS E-Delivery Service. The minimum required IELTS total score is 7.0, with no score lower than 6.5. We verify all IELTS exam scores electronically. Send scores for e-delivery to:

    Account Name: Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture
    Department: School of Architecture, Graduate Admissions
    Address: 4119 Frew Street
    City: Pittsburgh
    State: PA
    Zip Code: 15213
    Country: United States 

    • Duolingo - Self-report your scores via the application and have your official scores sent to us by Duolingo electronically to “Carnegie Mellon University - School of Architecture Graduate Programs.” The minimum required total Duolingo score is 105. Minimum subscores are: Literacy: 105; Comprehension: 115; Production: 90; and Conversation: 95.

    Applicants are required to report their official scores by the application deadline. Applicants whose scores do not meet the minimum requirements are strongly advised to retest in advance of the Feb. 1 application deadline to ensure that the scores meet our standards for English language proficiency. 

  • If you have a personal/professional website that you would like to share with the admission committee, then you may include the link in the program application form. 

    If you would like to attach any other documents (e.g. research papers, professional writing, etc.) to your application you may add them to the application under “Optional Supporting Documents.”

  • Ask three individuals their permission to serve as references. We recommend selecting a variety of individuals who are familiar with your work and can speak to your qualifications for graduate studies. 

    Assign three references to your application in SlideRoom. Once you have saved the recommendation request, your reference will receive an email from SlideRoom requesting them to submit a letter of recommendation and complete an evaluative recommendation form on your behalf. We recommend you advise your recommender to look for this important email in their email inbox as well as their spam and junk folders as sometimes these requests get filtered out.

    To ensure that your application receives priority evaluation, please give your references ample time to complete and submit their recommendation on your behalf in advance of the application review beginning January 15 and no later than the February 1 application deadline. Your application will not be reviewed until all reference letter forms have been received for your application. 

  • Master’s applicants may be granted a virtual interview at the request of the program Track Chair. Applicants will be notified of interview invitations by email in early March.

    PhD applicants are required to complete a virtual interview. Applicants will be contacted by the program Track Chair in early March.

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