WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?
For Fall 2023 admission, the deadline to submit all application materials is January 5, 2023.
WHAT ARE THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS?
All applicants are required to submit the following: online application with fee, transcripts, portfolio, two letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose—all of which can be submitted online. The GRE is not required for Fall 2023. Submission of a TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS score is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants to the M.S. Architecture and M.S. Urban Design programs must have earned a Bachelor of Architecture (five-year B.Arch) from an accredited school of architecture. All general and department-specific application requirements can be found on the graduate application requirements page.
IS A 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 should be designed in a booklet layout and uploaded as a single PDF to pratt.slideroom.com.
IS THERE A MINIMUM REQUIRED GPA, OR GRE OR ENGLISH PROFICIENCY EXAM 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. For English proficiency exam scores, a TOEFL of 79 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for China of 550, IELTS of 6.5, or PTE of 53 is required for international students. For the most up-to-date information on English proficiency test scores, please see the Departmental Requirements Page. 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 all three GAUD programs begin on August 28, 2023.
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?
Yes, entry may be deferred for one year. The enrollment deposit must be paid in order to qualify for deferment. If you decide not to enroll at Pratt or wish to defer to the following term or year, please use our electronic form.
HOW DO I ARRANGE A VISIT TO THE SCHOOL?
General on-campus visits, including main campus tours and information sessions, are scheduled through the Admissions office, for more information click here. To request a visit or tour with GAUD and the School of Architecture, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ATTEND?
You can learn more about tuition, fees, and estimated budgets on the Finance Your Education page, which includes a downloadable Cost of Attendance document.
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 offered to students based on expertise and a portfolio submission. Incoming GAUD students will have the opportunity to apply for available GA positions just prior to the start of the fall semester. You can learn more about graduate assistantships here.
WHAT LAPTOPS AND SOFTWARE ARE RECOMMENDED FOR NEW STUDENTS?
Recommended laptops and software for incoming GAUD students are outlined here. 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.