Professional Master of Architecture Admission



Admission to the School of Architecture is granted through Princeton University's Graduate School. A bachelor's degree from a college or university of recognized standing is required. The most up-to-date and complete admission information, including the online application and required materials, can be found online at The deadline for M. Arch applications is January 3rd

Prospective students are invited to attend the Fall Open House to meet our faculty and students and learn more about our programs in architecture.This year, 2023, our Open House will be November 6. We will post details and an online RSVP in October

Students who are unable to attend the Open House may contact the School to determine if an individual visit can be arranged.  Please allow at least two weeks when scheduling individual visits.Students who are unable to attend the Open House may schedule an individual visit by contacting the School. Unfortunately, due to the large volume of prospective students, meetings with faculty cannot be accommodated on individual visits.



Students are eligible for admission to the Professional Master of Architecture program whether or not they have had undergraduate work in architecture. Applicants must hold a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.  Prior to matriculating for the Professional Degree Program, students are required to take one semester of college-level math, one semester of college-level physics, and one year of architectural history or art history coursework. A course in the history of art and architecture, covering the architectural history from ancient Egypt to 20th-century America, and stressing a critical approach to architecture through the analysis of form, content, function, structure, building technology, and theory is particularly recommended. These classes are not required for application to the program, but they should be completed before the applicant begins the M. Arch. program. An offer of admission does not waive these prerequisites. Applicants are strongly advised to begin taking any missing prerequisites as soon as possible. Prerequisites may be taken at any accredited institution of higher learning. AP credits can be accepted. For information on AP, IB and A Level equivalency, please visit this website:

*Advanced Standing in the Professional Program:  Students with extensive and sophisticated undergraduate architectural education may be granted advanced standing in the Professional M.Arch. Program at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.



A portfolio of design work is required of all master's applicants. The portfolio, along with the other application materials, will be reviewed by the Admission Committee, which determines the applicant's qualification for admission and the most suitable program. Applicants should prepare the portfolio carefully to best illustrate their individual potential as a designer. It should be bound into a brochure no larger than 8 1/2 by 11 inches (overall size). An electronic version must also be uploaded with your application. There is a 5GB size limit for the digital portfolio.

The first page of the portfolio should include a brief statement (less than 500 words) explaining why the student specifically wants to attend Princeton University to earn his/her professional degree. 

The Admission Committee is interested in the quality of the work submitted in the portfolio, so applicants are advised not to lavish energy and expense on special or unusual packaging that is likely to be damaged in handling. Applicants are asked to not submit slides, loose sheets, or original drawings. It is the normal procedure of the School of Architecture to retain the portfolio of those students who are offered admission to the School. The portfolios become permanent additions to the University archive.


M.Arch portfolios should be mailed to:

Princeton University
Graduate Admission
ATTN: Portfolios
One Clio Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544


Portfolios must be postmarked by January 3 and received no later than January 11.


About the Program

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