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Application Opens:
September 15

January 7 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


Fall Term (September)

Master of Architecture (MArch)
Master of Science in Architecture Studies (SMArchS)
Master of Science in Building Technology (SMBT)
Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology (SMACT)
Simultaneous Master’s Degrees in Architecture and City Planning (MArch/MCP or SMArchS/MCP)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

  • The GRE is not required for any Architecture program

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • Minimum score required: 7
  • Electronic scores send to: MIT Graduate Admissions

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Minimum score required: 110 (iBT) 637 (PBT) for PhD program in History, Theory, and Criticism
  • Minimum score required: 100 (iBT) 600 (PBT) for all other programs
  • Institute code: 3514
  • Department code: 12

The IELTS exam is preferred over the TOEFL. Waivers are not offered.

  • Architectural Design
  • Architecture and Urbanism
  • Art, Culture and Technology
  • Building Technology
  • Design and Computation
  • History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture
  • History, Theory, and Criticism of Art
  • Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture

The Department wants to make it possible for all of our students to graduate with a debt no larger than they can reasonably expect to repay while working in their profession.

Financial aid from the Department is in the form of direct tuition awards and Departmental employment. Financial aid awards to Master’s degree students are in the form of a partial tuition award. Master’s degree students are also eligible to compete for work opportunities in the form of Teaching or Research Assistantships or hourly positions.


  • Online application
  • Statement of objectives
  • Transcripts
  • English proficiency exam scores
  • Portfolio or Writing Sample, as appropriate

Required for MArch, SMBT, and PhD in Building Technology or History, Theory, and Criticism applicants:

  • The GRE is not required for any Architecture program

Applicants should not send any supplemental material with their applications.

A scanned PDF 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.

Some degree programs require a portfolio of design work and/or writing sample (maximum 30 pages). Applicants should follow instructions detailed on the Architecture website under the degree program of their interest.

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