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. Admission information, including the online application and required materials, can be found online at http://gradschool.princeton.edu/admission/. The annual deadline for M. Arch applications is January 2nd.
Prospective students are invited to attend the Fall Open House to meet our faculty and students and learn more about our programs in architecture. 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. It is strongly recommended that students have a year of college-level advanced mathematics (preferably calculus), physics, and survey courses in the history of art and architecture. A course in the history of art and architecture, covering the architectural history in the west, 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 will be accepted. For information on AP, IB and A Level equivalency, please visit this website: http://www.princeton.edu/pub/ap/table/.
*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.
Students who hold the degree of Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) or its equivalent from an international institution are eligible for admission to the post-professional program. These are students who have successfully completed a professional program in architecture and have fulfilled the educational requirements for professional licensing in the state or country in which the degree was granted.
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.
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 Office, One Clio Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544. Portfolios must be postmarked by January 2nd and received by January 15th.