Graduate Application Instructions

PLEASE NOTE THAT ARCHITECTURE STAFF WILL BE ON BREAK BEGINNING DECEMBER 23. WE WILL BE UNABLE TO RESPOND TO EMAILS SENT AFTER THAT DATE UNTIL JANUARY 4, 2021. BECAUSE OF THIS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR ALL ARCHITECTURE PROGRAMS HAS BEEN EXTENDED FROM DECEMBER 31, 2020 TO JANUARY 6, 2021.

Master of Architecture (MArch) Applicants will apply here: https://gradapply.mit.edu/architecture_ma/apply/login/.

All other programs (PhD, SMArchS, SMACT, and SMBT) will apply here: 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. Be sure to watch for emails as well as messages on the home page of your application during the week after the deadline. If we notice a problem with your application, we will notify you and try to rectify it before faculty begin review around January 10.

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

We realize that MIT’s application fee may be challenging for some of the applicants we most want to apply. If submitting this fee provides any challenge in submitting your application, please contact Darren Bennett at darrenb@mit.edu, so that we can consider and arrange a waiver. A fee waiver request is entirely independent of the admissions process itself and is not seen by the admissions committee.

Applicants do not need to send official English test scores when applying. Only admitted applicants need to send their official TOEFL or IELTS scores, after admission, but before enrollment. We will match your self-reported scores and transcripts with the official documents sent to us by your schools and testing agencies. Any discrepancies between a self-reported and official score may result in a reversal of your admissions decision. 

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. 

We will email applicants and post messages for applicants to the primary page on the application system. Be sure to check for these.

The following sections mirror those in the application system: