When is the application deadline?
For Summer and Fall 2018 admission, the deadline to submit all application materials is January 5. However, because the post-professional M.S. Architecture and M.S. Architecture and Urban Design programs begin in the summer, we recommend that applicants to those programs submit applications and all documents by December 1. If accepted, this should ensure enough time for international applicants to receive the I-20 Request Form and to arrange visa appointments. Early applicants for these programs will receive their decisions earlier.
What are the application requirements?
All applicants are required to submit the following: application with fee, transcripts, portfolio, two letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose—all of which can be submitted online. The GRE is required for M.Arch applicants. Submission of a TOEFL or IELTS score is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants to the M.S. Architecture and M.S. Architecture and Urban Design programs must have earned a Bachelor of Architecture (five-year B.Arch) from an accredited school of architecture. Further information and checklist for general and department-specific application requirements can be found on the graduate application requirements page.
Is an NAAB-accredited degree required for architectural licensure?
It depends on the state or issuing body. For an understanding of how NAAB-accredited degrees may or may not be required for architectural licensure in New York State, please review the Education Requirements on the New York State Education Department’s License Requirements for Architects website.
What type of work should be included in my portfolio? What is the preferred format?
Applicants must present a portfolio providing evidence of their interest in architecture using the media of their choice- architecture, photography, drawing, graphic design, etc. The portfolio should demonstrate conceptual and analytical capability, as well as visual and spatial skills. Portfolios will be accepted in digital format at pratt.slideroom.com.
Is there a minimum required GPA, or GRE or TOEFL score?
Pratt requires a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, B, or equivalent. There is no minimum required score for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). GRE test scores are good for five years. The minimum score required for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is 79. TOEFL test scores are good for two years. Please note that test scores are just one component of review when deciding admissions.
Do you offer advanced standing in the Master of Architecture program?
Advanced standing is awarded to applicants with exemplary design capabilities and who have taken studios, structures and media-based classes equivalent to those offered in year one prior to entrance. It is awarded at the discretion of the Admissions Committee and the Chairperson of Graduate Architecture and Urban Design. Applicants should have received a bachelor's degree in architecture equivalent to a Bachelors of Science. Applicants must present a portfolio providing evidence of design work from multiple architecture design studios. Students interested in applying for advanced standing need to designate this on their Statement of Purpose in the application.
What are the start dates for each of your programs?
Classes for our post-professional programs, M.S. Architecture and M.S. Architecture and Urban Design, start on May 30, 2018. The first day of classes for the Master of Architecture program will be August 27, 2018.
Can I apply to more than one program?
No, Pratt Institute will only accept one application to one program at this time. Transfers within the institution are possible for admitted students by completing a Change of School Transfer Application. Please contact the Office of Admission for requirements and procedures.
Can I defer my entry once I have been accepted?
How do I arrange a visit to the school?
Prospective students interested in visiting the school are encouraged to attend one of our graduate information sessions. If you are unable to attend one of the information sessions, you may request an appointment for a tour of the School of Architecture by sending an email to GAUD@pratt.edu. GAUD does not require or conduct interviews as a part of the application process.
How much does it cost to attend?
How can I apply for financial aid and/or scholarships?
Merit scholarships for admitted students are awarded at the time of acceptance. More information on financial aid for graduate students can be found here.
I am interested in a graduate assistantship position. How can I learn more about this?
Graduate assistantships are typically offered to only continuing students based on expertise and a portfolio submission. You can learn more about graduate assistantships here.
Are students required to have their own computer?
Yes, there is a mandatory laptop program for all M.Arch, M.S.Arch, and M.S. Urban Design students. Additionally, students have access to supplementary Mac and PC computer labs located in many Pratt facilities.
What housing options are available to students?
More information regarding both on and off campus housing options can be found here.