Admission Requirements: Master of Science in Architecture, Urban and Regional Design

Applicants for admission to the Master of Science in Architecture, Urban, and Regional Design program are required to hold a first professional degree in architecture, landscape architecture, or planning from an accredited college or university approved by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, or the equivalent if applying with a foreign degree from another country. The applicants must provide evidence of qualifications to participate in advanced studies.

Application to the program is primarily an online process. While completing the application form, students will be asked to supply information regarding themselves, their education, and their references; in addition to paying an application fee.  Applicants will be required to submit a portfolio, both online and separately in hard copy.

After completing the online application please click here to find out how to submit your supplemental materials such as references, personal essays, official transcripts, etc.

Program and Admission Schedule
The Master of Science in Architecture, Urban, and Regional Design is a full-time Fall-Spring-Fall program, and is only offered at the midtown Manhattan campus. It begins in September only, for a total of three consecutive semesters.  Applicants should submit all materials as early as possible in order to ensure enough time for review and obtain an I-20 (international students). Ideally, applicants (particularly international applicants) should submit all materials including portfolio and references by March 1.  Applicants will be accepted after the deadline of March 1 only if there is room. 

NYIT Online Application Form
The online application is standard for all NYIT programs. The following categories listed are particularly relevant to candidates: 

  • Graduate program
  • Domestic (USA) or International Student
  • Campus: Manhattan, NY only
  • Course Load: Full-time only
  • Desired Program: Master of Science in Architecture, Urban, and Regional Design
  • Standardized tests: No standardized tests (including GRE) are required, except TOEFL/IELTS for international students
  • Personal Essay

Supplementary Application: Digital Portfolio and Curriculum Vitae (Resume)
You will need an NYIT ID number to upload your digital portfolio and curriculum vitae (résumé). Please complete and submit the NYIT Online Application Form to obtain this ID number. Then you may upload your digital portfolio and curriculum vitae (résumé) here. Applicants must mail a hard-copy portfolio to the School, format instructions are found in the portfolio link.

Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required. The letter of recommendation should be from a person with direct knowledge of the applicant’s professional potential and academic ability. References should send their letters of recommendations directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions at For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions directly

Interview (optional): Applicants are encouraged to meet with the Director of Urban and Regional Design, Prof. Jeffrey Raven. Contact the office at to schedule an appointment.

International Applicants
International applicants to the Master of Science in Architecture, Urban, and Reginal Design program should note that a professional/five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree or Bachelor of Lanscape Architecture is required for entry into this program. Please submit official original and English version documents. International credentials may require an evaluation report by a recognized evaluation agency.

Academic Standing
Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and an acceptable portfolio will be admitted to fully matriculated status. Applicants not meeting these criteria may, at the discretion of the director, be admitted under a probationary period, with the opportunity to demonstrate their qualifications by achieving a graduate GPA of 3.0 or better in their first three graduate degree courses. Students whose graduate academic record includes any failures in coursework may be dismissed from the program at the discretion of the Program Director.

If you have any questions about admissions or eligibility, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at, or 516.686.7520. If you have questions about the program that will help you in your decision to attend, please email the Program Director: Jeffrey Raven, FAIA, Associate Professor/Graduate Director, New York Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Design,, 212.261.1547.

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