The following materials are required: 1) Application 2) Application Fee 3) Three letters of recommendation 4) a copy of your transcript from each college attended since high school to be uploaded with your application 5) official scores of the Graduate Record Examination (G.R.E.) and 6) a portfolio (PORTFOLIO INSTRUCTIONS) . All supporting documentation except test scores are to be uploaded with your online application. If you have your paper GRE or TOEFL score reports you may upload them with your application but you will also need to ask Educational Testing Service to send Georgia Tech your official electronic scores. You will be asked to provide the email contact information for 3 recommenders. Your recommenders will receive an automated email asking that they complete an online letter of recommendation for you. You are required to upload a PDF copy of your portfolio for review. You will receive detailed instructions regarding submission of online portfolio sent to your newly created Georgia Tech email account approximately 2 days after the submission of your application for admission. If you are applying to the Master of Architecture Professional Degree Program you are required to upload a copy of your portfolio.
If you are applying to the Master of Science post-professional degree program in any of the concentrations or to the Master of Science in Urban Design degree program, you are required to upload a PDF copy of your portfolio. If you wish, you may also upload a scholarly writing sample (not required) as supporting documentation. There is no penalty for failure to provide a writing sample.
If you are a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and you wish to claim Georgia Residence for tuition purposes, you must complete the Application for Georgia Residence Status form (included with the on-line application). Please also be prepared to upload a copy of your passport and drivers license if you are a US citizen and your Permanent Resident card if applicable.
In addition to the above requirements, international students are required to submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and proof of financial support for the first year of study.
All application materials must be submitted no earlier than September 1st and no later than December 15th in the year preceding the enrollment. This deadline applies to both International and U.S. applicants. Late submissions are accepted on a case by case basis. Please contact robin [dot] tucker [at] coa [dot] gatech [dot] edu (Robin Tucker) to request a late submission exception.
Applicants to the Master of Architecture - 3.5 Year program must apply for summer admission. If you do not have a full undergraduate degree in Architecture or are an International student you are REQUIRED to apply for summer semester admission. Your coursework will be reviewed and any advance placement will be determined. Your application will be moved to the appropriate term if advance placement for prior coursework is granted and you will be notified that it has been moved. Master of Architecture - 2 Year applicants must apply for fall admission. No applications will be considered for spring admission.
The School of Architecture does not set minimums for the GRE. test, but the average among our students is relatively high. Admission to graduate study by the Architecture Program is competitive and based upon merit as evidenced in the applicant’s previous academic performance, GRE and/or TOEFL scores, portfolio, and other supporting documentation.
The School of Architecture requires a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based), or 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based). This requirement exceeds that of the Institute. International students must meet the School of Architecture minimum to be considered for admission to graduate studies in architecture. The TOEFL is the only language test accepted by Georgia Tech and the College of Architecture. The IELTS is not an acceptable language test.
There are no “deferrals” in the M Arch programs. Accepted applicants' applications may be reactivated for the following academic year by formal request, by e-mail, or by letter to the School of Architecture graduate admissions coordinator. These applications will be re-reviewed with the current year’s applicants and the applicant will be notified if accepted to the following academic year. Applications can only be reactivated for one academic year. After one academic year a new application must be completed and the applicant must provide new supporting documentation in including a new portfolio.
No “deferrals” are allowed by the MS programs unless approved in advance by the Associate Chair for Post-Professional Programs. These are handled on a case-by-case basis in order to assure that there are available faculty resources to support the applicant’s goals. The graduate admissions coordinator will assist the applicant with the process of getting a deferral approved. Any applicant who wishes to defer for more than one academic year will be required to submit a new application through the Graduate Admissions website and provide new supporting documentation including a new portfolio.
Notification of admissions decisions are generally out by early March. If the admissions committee considers your application competitive, and you were not offered admission during the initial review process, your name may be placed on a wait list for consideration in the event that space becomes available. You will be notified by letter if you have been placed on a waiting list.
Master of Science applicants are not considered until later in the review process, so we cannot give a specific notification deadline. Admissions decisions are influenced by available space and faculty in the specific area of concentration requested by the applicant.