Graduate Application Instructions
Applicants should begin by going to: https://gradapply.mit.edu/architecture/apply/login/.
You will be asked to create a user ID and password. Please write it down for future use.You will be able to return to edit your application before you submit it, and after you submit you will still be able to track your recommendation letters and update your contact information. You may submit your application even if all your recommendation letters have not yet been submitted. Application to MIT requires a non-refundable fee of $75 USD, payable by credit card. If you wish to apply to more than one program within the Department of Architecture, please contact us to discuss your plans. In most cases, two applications are not necessary. See FAQs
Applicants should request that testing agencies send us their scores. We will match your self-reported scores and transcripts with the official documents sent to us by your schools and testing agencies.
We require applicants to upload digital copies of all of their documents to the online application system. Be sure to upload a clear, readable copy, oriented correctly on the screen. Nothing should be sent to the office by mail except ACT portfolio CDs.
Mail ACT portfolio CDs to:
MIT Department of Architecture Attn: Admissions
77 Massachusetts Ave., Room 7-337
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
We will email applicants and post messages for applicants to the primary page on the application system. Be sure to check for these.
The application has ten sections:
Application Information (Section 1)
The "First research field of interest" is the particular area to which you are applying. Choose Architectural Design for MArch, or the specific PhD or SMArchS program of your choice.
The "Degree Objective" is the actual degree you wish to receive upon completion of the program: MArch applicants will choose Master of Architecture (MA); SMArchS, SMBT and ACT applicants will choose Master of Science (SM); Doctoral applicants will choose Ph.D. (Applicants to PhD programs will automatically be considered for the SMArchS degree in the same area.)
There are 13 possible degrees in the Department of Architecture. View a chart of possible degree choices on the application.
Letters of Recommendation (Section 2)
Notify your letter writers as early as possible to let them know you will be requesting letters. This will give them time to prepare and submit their letters by the deadline. When you enter the information for your recommenders, the system will send them notification by email. You will need to send them additional emails with text generated by the system. Be sure to click the Letter Status link. You are responsible for making sure that your letter writers have copies of these instructions. If your recommender has trouble with the online system, they may need to email or mail the letter to us. In this case make sure that you have completed the form in the system with their information and check whether or not you have waived your right to view the letter. Inform the recommender of your choice. You may, if necessary, submit one additional letter, for a total of four letters. You may not submit five or more letters. You may return to your online application to check the status of your letters, and remind your recommenders.
Personal Information (Section 3)
Enter your name as it appears on your legal documents. If your native language is not English, be sure to note this here.
Race/Ethnicity (Section 4)
Applies only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Some groups of American citizens are considered "underrepresented minorities" at MIT and may be eligible for certain benefits. International applicants should not complete this section.
Addresses (Section 5)
Your permanent address is your primary home. Your mailing address is where you wish us to mail any correspondence. This address should be active until June of the following year. You can update this section after you have submitted the application.
College/Universities Attended (Section 6)
List in order of most recent first. GPAs should be converted to the 4 point system if possible. Uploaded transcripts may be student copies. A transcript will be expected from all schools you list. We do not need transcripts for study abroad or classes taken in community colleges unless the courses taken do not appear on your primary transcript. Be sure to upload a clear, readable copy, oriented correctly on the screen. 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. No supplemental documents will be accepted.
Test Scores/Experience (Section 7)
ALL applicants whose first language is not English are required to enter TOEFL or IELTS (preferred) scores by the deadline. There are no exceptions, including previous education in the US. If you have not taken one of these tests prior to the deadline, the scores will not be available to us in time to review your application. 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.
Note that is not important for you to enter the Department Code for the TOEFL score, but you should enter the MIT code: 3514. All scores are sent to the same MIT central database for viewing by all admissions staff, so your score will be available to us. Report the scores on this form. You do not need to scan your test score. IELTS test takers should select MIT Graduate Admissions to direct their scores to us. Enter your language of instruction in school. If you are bilingual and are equally proficient in English and another language, please detail this in the "Other experience" field.
Writing samples may be used in place of a portfolio for HTC programs. ACT applicants need to follow the directions outlined here: http://architecture.mit.edu/art-culture-and-technology/degree/smact.
All but the SMArchS and SMACT degree programs require GRE scores. There is no minimum score. ONLY the General Test is required (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical). You DO NOT have to take any subject tests.
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.
For all other programs that require or recommend a portfolio, applicants should upload a 15 MB, 30-page (max) portfolio. This means you are allowed 30 screens, or clicks of the mouse. Do not think in terms of spreads as this is not for printing. If you wish to format them as spreads, the limit is still 30. Be sure to upload your portfolio BEFORE the last hour of the last day as you will likely have difficulty. Paper portfolios that are mailed to the Department will be destroyed, and not viewed by faculty.
Resumes / CVs are required.
Financial Support (Section 8)
Be sure to check off whether or not you wish to be considered for financial support. No preference is given to either answer. If you need money to attend grad school, be sure to say "yes." If you say no you will receive no aid from the Department. All of our Department aid is distributed on a merit basis. The Department will review admitted applicants to see if any additional MIT scholarships may apply. If an admitted applicant to an Architecture program is eligible for an MIT scholarship, the Department will apply on your behalf and detail this in the admission letter.
Subjects Taken (Section 9)
Be sure complete this form, listing all course work relevant to architecture and required math and science credits.
Essay (Section 10)
This is how we get to know you, your experience, your goals, and why you wish to attend MIT. Be sure to study our websites (http://architecture.mit.edu/ and http://sap.mit.edu/) to inform yourself of the research work happening here. Make note of the work you find interesting in your essay. A match between your academic pursuits and the work performed here is important. Keep your essay under two pages long.
When you submit your application, you should receive a confirmation email generated by the system. If a portfolio is required for your program and you want your application considered, be sure to upload one before you submit your application. We will not view incomplete applications. You may continue to log in to the system to update address and contact information after your submit your application. If you have any difficulties or questions regarding your online application, please contact us at email@example.com or by phone at 617-715-4490.