Admissions FAQ


The deadline for M. Arch and Ph.D. applications to Princeton University School of Architecture is January 3rd.

Admission to the School of Architecture's graduate programs is granted through Princeton University's Graduate School. Admission information, including the online application and details about required materials, can be found at 


When are applications due?

Applications for our Master’s and Ph.D. programs are due by 11:59pm on January 3rd (Master's applicants will have to mail a physical portfolio as part of this process, postmarked by January 3rd). If you previously submitted a physical portfolio (required for M.Arch and Post Professional Graduate Program only) and would like to send an updated version, please ensure that your updated version arrives by January 11.

Please visit the Graduate School's Fields of Study pages for Architecture for more information about the application process: We recommend you do not wait until the last minute to submit your application.


What is the deadline for my architecture portfolio?

Portfolios (required for M.Arch and Post Professional Graduate Program only) must be postmarked by January 3rd. Checklists do not get updated instantly. Please allow two weeks for your portfolio to be processed and your checklist to be updated.


Can I start in the spring term?

No, admission to Princeton is for fall only. Application materials are available starting in September of each year for admission in fall of the next year.


Can I attend part-time, evenings, weekends, or summers?

Our graduate programs are full-time only. Princeton does not offer evening, weekend, or summer courses.


Can I transfer credits from my current school to Princeton? 

Princeton University offers a transfer program for Undergraduate students only. Please see the Undergraduate Admissions pages for more information 


Does my undergraduate degree have to be in architecture?

Students are eligible for admission to the graduate program whether or not they have had undergraduate work in architecture.


Where should my application materials be submitted?

Students should upload all materials online through the Graduate School’s website here:

Portfolios (required for M.Arch and Post Professional Graduate Program only) must be postmarked by January 3 and received by January 11.  Please note: If you are tracking the delivery of your package, Graduate Admission and the School of Architecture will be closed December 23 -January 3. Normal hours will resume on Monday, January 3:

Princeton University

Graduate Admission

ATTN: Portfolios

One Clio Hall

Princeton, NJ 08544

Note: Materials submitted will become the property of Princeton University.


Is the GRE general exam required? When must I take it? What is the minimum score?

As of fall 2020, the GRE general exam is optional/not required for both Ph.D. and Master's programs at the School of Architecture. 


Must I submit TOEFL or IELTS?

All international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received their undergraduate education in a native English language speaking country must submit scores from either TOEFL or IELTS. Your application will be considered incomplete without these scores. While there is no minimum score for the application, admitted students who score below a 28 on the speaking subsection of the TOEFL iBT will be required to take an English placement test at Princeton. Students who do not pass the test will be required to enroll in English Language Program classes. You can view additional information here:


I submitted my application but do not see my GRE/TOEFL/IELTS scores on the checklist. Why not?

If we have already received your test scores from the test administrator, it can take up to seven business days from the day you submit your application for your checklist to be updated. Keep an eye on your checklist to see the progress. Official score reports must be sent directly from the testing services and cannot be self-reported.  Please see and for more information.


What if I have a technical issue due to an error in the online application?

Technical issues such as getting errors and having trouble submitting documents are handled by the Graduate School. Contact them at


Why can I not preview my document that I uploaded?

​If you see a green “OK” and a file name listed in your form for the upload, it means your upload was successful.