Application Deadline: January 15, 2017
We know the application process requires research and time, and we hope the information below will help you understand our application process and requirements. If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of our Program Directors.
All materials must be submitted and postmarked (if mailed) by January 15, 2017. Applications will be accepted after the deadline. They will be considered on a rolling and space-available basis. You may contact the graduate program director for any of the three programs if you have specific questions.
A complete application package will include: a portfolio (Architecture only), a resume, official transcripts, official GRE or GMAT Scores (and TOEFL, if applicable), a statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and an application form.
The Tulane School of Architecture uses an online application platform. Applicants may electronically submit all items except for Official Transcripts. Please read through the instructions in the application carefully. For questions refer to the Frequently Asked Questions, or contact the School of Architecture.
Applicants should take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in the Fall. The Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development program also accepts GMAT. We cannot complete our review of your application without your official test scores (taken within 5 years of enrollment). International students must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). You must ask the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send your official GRE, GMAT and TOEFL test scores directly to Tulane University.
Official Transcripts and a Portfolio (hardcopy) should be addressed to:
Director of Graduate Admissions
School of Architecture
6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
M.Arch I, First Prof. Degree Program: 3.5 years (begins in the summer)
M.Arch I, First Prof. Degree Program (Advanced Standing): 2-3 years
M.Arch II, Post-Professional Degree Program: 1 year
MSRED, Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development: 1 year (summer lead-in semester and two full semesters)
MPS, Master of Preservation Studies: 1.5 years (the third of three semesters involves part-time status while pursuing Thesis or Practicum).
The MPS program offers a flexible curriculum allowing students to take a longer path and maintain part-time employment.
For the M.Arch I, MPS and MSRED programs, no specific background in architecture or preservation is necessary, however a bachelor’s degree in any field is required. The M.Arch II, however, requires a 5-year professional degree from a NAAB-accredited school of architecture (from Canada or the United States) or from an equivalent degree granting institution in a foreign country. For a complete list of NAAB accredited programs visit the National Architectural Accrediting Board's website. The MSRED and MPS programs encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.
Yes. Advanced standing is offered in the M.Arch I, First Prof. degree program to students who have taken significant architectural courses but still lack a professional degree, typically with a 4-year pre-professional architecture degree. This may result in a 2-3 year curriculum. Once you have been admitted to the School, the Graduate Program Director will evaluate your college transcripts and assign you credit for various classes. Advanced standing is also offered to applicants to the MPS program who hold Certificates in Preservation and/or specific preservation courses from other programs.
3.5 year M.Arch I students begin their studies in the summer, while M.Arch I students with advanced standing and students in the M.Arch II and MPS programs begin in the fall semester. MSRED students will complete the program in 1 year, beginning in the summer.
All students admitted into the graduate programs must follow the same admission process, and therefore transfers into the graduate program do not take place as they normally do at the undergraduate level. Rather, students who are admitted may ask for Advanced Standing, and the Graduate Program Director will determine whether courses successfully completed (as indicated in an official transcript) can lead to Advanced Standing. The MSRED program does not accept transfer students.
Tulane University and the School of Architecture have served International Students in all of its programs. To find out more about the services and networks offered to International Students at Tulane, visit the website of The Center for Global Education at Tulane. The new center incorporates the Office of Study Abroad and the Office of International Students and Scholars. The Center for Global Education holds regular coffee hours on the Tate House patio for international students and scholars, students returning from study abroad and students interested in studying abroad. For more information, call 504.865.5339.
For a detailed explanation of the cost of attendance at Tulane University, including estimates for living expenses and additional fees, please visit the following sites: Tulane Tuition and Fees.
Graduate students typically rely on any combination of the following four types of funding. Prospective students should explore all options:
Grants and scholarships (competitive, typically funded within the School of Architecture)
Federal and/or private loans (need-based or competitive)
Off-campus employment and work-study (need-based)
Teaching/Research Assistantships (competitive)
Merit-based scholarships are available to domestic and foreign graduate students on a competitive basis. Distribution of these awards occurs upon admittance to the program as determined by the Dean and the Graduate Program Director. All graduate students are eligible for Teaching Assistantships. These are determined by the experience of the student and the needs of the course instructors.
Only U.S. citizens may apply for federal loans. Students can begin the process by filling out the FAFSA form. As an extension of this need-based application, domestic students may also be eligible for work-study. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information about other federal and private loans. The Graduate School Financial Aid Counselor contact person is Umeka Alexander. To make an appointment or to schedule a telephone query, please contact the main office at email@example.com or call 504.865.5723 or 1.800.335.3210.
The School of Architecture has been accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) for many decades. The Preservation Studies program follows the guidelines set forth by the National Council of Preservation Education. The MPS degree program fully complies with these guidelines. In addition to this, the MPS program is one of only 12 graduate-level programs nationwide to be housed in an accredited School of Architecture, and one of the 10 programs in that category to offer a Certificate of Historic Preservation. The MPS program has historically benefited from its association with the Vieux Carré Commission, the nation’s second oldest Historic District, the New Orleans Preservation Resource Center, and numerous preservation and conservation initiatives throughout the Mid-South U.S. States and Latin America.
Yes. Graduate students and family applicants have many housing options. They may apply for apartment living at the Papillon Apartments in the Lower Garden District or at Deming Pavilion downtown. Students may also choose to live in Uptown campus housing on the fourth floors of Irby and Phelps Houses. Visit the Tulane Housing website, for more information.
The Application Process
The deadline is January 15 for the M.Arch I and M.Arch II, MPS and MSRED applications for Summer or Fall admissions. The MPS and MSRED programs offer rolling admissions after this deadline.
See the online application for detailed information about the following seven (7) items you are required to submit:
1. Portfolio (optional for MPS, not required for MSRED)
2. Statement of Interest
3. Official Transcripts
4. Letters of Recommendation (3)
6. Application Form
7. Application Fee, ($0.00 Free)
In addition, all students must submit GRE scores sent directly to the School of Architecture by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The GMAT is acceptable for the MSRED program only. TOEFL scores are required for non-native English speakers. If a student holds a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university, the TOEFL is not required. Refere to the minimum test scores section below for details.
We will not process an application until it is complete. All application materials should be mailed in one envelope (9 x 12 in.) to: Tulane University, School of Architecture, Graduate Program Director, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA, 70118. Any questions about the status of you application material should be directed to Tabitha Penton in the School of Architecture. You will receive an email confirming the receipt of your application. When you submit an email, please include your full name in the subject line.
A portfolio is a collection of creative work intended to demonstrate your aptitude for critical and creative thinking. This can come in many forms. Photographic reproductions of your artwork (sketches, drawings, paintings, pottery, sculpture, photographic essays etc.) as well as writing samples (prose, poetry, published writings, illustrated reports, etc.) are accepted as evidence of your interest and experience in aesthetic matters. We encourage you to think freely about the manner in which they may meet this application requirement. Clearly present evidence of your own creative work. Indicate where collaborative work has been included.
Submit an elctronic portfolio (PDF file format less than 20mb in size) through our on-line application portal. Alternatively, you may send a printed hardcopy. General format of your portfolio to be 8.5" x 11" (potrait or landscape orientation) with approximately 20 pages in reverse chronological order. However, the portfolio can be any size you wish and include as many or few pages as you think appropriate, as well as the best way to organize the sequence of projects. Your name should be included on either the front or back cover of the portfolio.
While we would like to encourage you to ask us as many questions as you’d like with regards to your application, we cannot review your portfolio before it is submitted to us. Portfolios for the MPS degree program are optional and their contents need not necessarily display drafting and design skills. Please read the online application instructions for more information about portfolio requirements. NOTE: Portfolios are not required for the MSRED program.
Three letters are required from individuals acquainted with your recent academic, professional, or creative work. At least two letters should be from past professors who can speak directly about your performance in a class or research project. For the MSRED program, two letters should be from professional contacts and one from an academic contact (two academic recommendations are acceptable if you are a recent grad). Letters and the review form will be submitted by reviewers online.
The Statement of Interest gives you an opportunity to convey information that is not easily gleaned from the other submitted documents, although it may also be used to further explain or clarify an aspect of your work or past academic experiences. We encourage you to write about your personal experiences and aspirations in relation to the profession of architecture, real estate development, sustainability and/ or preservation, and to explain your reason for choosing a program at the School of Architecture at Tulane University. We have come to value those statements that reflect a genuine interest in a particular aspect of the field of design, architecture real estate development, sustainability and/or preservation, such as technological, environmental, aesthetic, digital, etc. Your essay should not exceed 1000 words.
Although the committee occasionally makes exceptions, it does use benchmarks as a general guide. We carefully weigh these against strong portfolios and letters of recommendation. For the GRE under the new grading scale, we prefer a Verbal score of 153 or greater and a Quantitative score of 144 or greater. An applicant’s cumulative GPA should be 3.0 or greater. For the MSRED program, while it is important to do well on the GMAT or GRE, we do not have a minimum score. The GMAT or the GRE exam is required for admission to the MSRED program and, combined with prior academic performance, serves as a guide to the admissions committee in determining an applicant's academic potential in course work.
We ask that non-native English speaking students demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency in one of three ways:
(1) Submit test scores from the iBT TOEFL (internet-based) examination;
(2) Submit test scores from the IELTS examination;
(3) Earn a bachelor’s degree from a university in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or Anglophone Canada.
Scores from either the TOEFL or IELTS must be sent directly to Tulane University. The Tulane University Institution Code is: 6823. The School of Architecture Department Code is: 6798. Scores must be no more than two years old.
The majority of successful applicants achieve a TOEFL score above a 78 (including at least a score of 20 on the Speaking sub-section), or an IELTS score above a 6.5 (including a 6.5 on the Speaking sub-section). However, we will consider applicants with lower scores, and we encourage all international applicants regardless of language proficiency to schedule a Skype or other internet-based interview with the Program Directors.
While exceptions may be made with regard to your acceptance into the School, minimum scores in these categories (GPA, GRE/GMAT and TOEFL) do factor heavily in the granting of merit-based scholarships upon admission into the program.
The selection process for the M.Arch I and M.Arch II programs weighs heavily on the portfolio. The Statement of Interest also provides reviewers with a critical understanding of the applicant’s background and creative interests and his/her path towards a career in architecture. For the MPS degree, the committee looks for the motivation behind the applicant’s interest in preservation and how the applicant regards this field in relation to important urban, civic or landscape issues, cultural expressions and/or material concerns. This may be expressed with a Statement of Interest or with a portfolio, the latter being optional for the MPS applications. The MSRED Program looks carefully at your experiences and your statement of purpose and how you are able to relate your desire to come to the MSRED program with your past interests and your future goals.
Applicants compete for the approximately 15 places available each year in the M.Arch I program, 15 places in the M.Arch I Advanced Standing category and approximately 5 places in the M.Arch II degree program. The graduate programs have experienced significant growth with the renewed interest in New Orleans post-Katrina and the increasing prominence of the Tulane School of Architecture.
The MPS program has consistently brought a diverse group of graduate students to the School of Architecture and has played an important role in the development of the preservation community in New Orleans and the surrounding region. There will be approximately 20 MPS students.
The MSRED program attracts applicants from multiple disciplines who will compete for approximately 25 -30 placements.
Altogether, the graduate student pool consists of approximately 150 students representing diverse backgrounds, professional experiences, ages and goals.
No, they are not required. However, we strongly encourage applicants to visit the city of New Orleans, our Uptown Campus and Richardson Memorial Hall, the home of the School of Architecture. Visits to design studios, final reviews and lectures will give the applicant a better sense of the School. It will give you the opportunity to do the “interviewing,” as you meet students and faculty members in their academic environment.
Informational Interviews for the MSRED program are welcome but not required. Formal applicant interviews are by invitation only. Learn more about our Graduate Open House below.
Applicants who have been admitted can request a deferral for one year only. Such requests must be made in writing to the Graduate Program Director. Because merit scholarships are influenced by the composition of an incoming class, we cannot guarantee the exact support originally offered if an applicant chooses to defer admission.
Applicants will be notified via e-mail by March 1. Decisions cannot be given by telephone. Letters of acceptance from the applicant must be received by April 15.
There is commonly a wait list for the M.Arch I degree program. If you are notified that you are on the wait list, you will be notified no later than May 1 of your acceptance into the program.
Tulane University and New Orleans
Daily campus tours are offered by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Room 210 Gibson Hall (1.800.873.9283). These tours are meant to target prospective undergraduate students but may still be informative. Information sessions and campus tours begin at 9:00am and 2:00pm M-F during the school year, and at 9:00am most Saturdays. You can see all available dates and times, and arrange your campus tour by using the online reservation system. The School of Architecture offers tours as well. Please contact Tabitha Penton to request a tour given by respective Graduate program directors.
The best times to visit the School of Architecture are Mondays and Fridays. If you cannot come to New Orleans, you may have an opportunity to meet Tulane admission staff in your own city through the “Tulane Comes to You” program. Throughout the months of September, October and November, this group will visit 63 cities. While these meetings are organized primarily to recruit undergraduates, prospective graduate applicants may attend. To see if we are coming to your city, consult the Tulane Comes to You calendar. Please let us know in advance if you will be attending a “Tulane Comes to You” meeting so we can prepare some materials for you.
We host a Graduate Open House in the Fall and Spring of each year. Information on Open House dates can be found on our website under “Events”. If you are interested in attending a Graduate Open House please contact Tabitha Penton for more information about the day’s schedule. Hotel Inter-Continental New Orleans offers a Tulane special rate to our Open House guests; you can contact Dawn Pembo at 504.585.4345 or 1.800.445.6563 for more information. If you would like to stay in the French Quarter, Best Western Landmark French Quarter Hotel also offers a special Tulane rate; contact Lisa Taylor at 504.888.9500 for more information. Because this is a busy time in New Orleans, we recommend you make your reservations well in advance.
If you are here for the Graduate Open House mentioned above, we will organize a number of sessions where you can meet with students and professors, the Director of the Graduate Program in Architecture, the Director of the MPS program, and the Director of the MSRED program. If you are traveling to New Orleans and visiting the campus at any other time, please make arrangements with Tabitha Penton to meet with the administration. We are happy to accommodate you any time you choose to drop in, but the preferable days for visits are always Mondays (Red Beans & Rice Day) and Fridays (Gumbo Day). We’ll explain this when you get here.
New Orleans has a vibrant nightlife and art scene. It is a walkable city with many diverse neighborhoods. Its long and rich history has resulted in the city being a veritable museum of American architecture. As a result of all of the changes since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has enjoyed an influx of professionals invested in the rebuilding/recovery process. Tulane University works hard to assist in and promote this rebuilding effort and includes many of these professionals as part of its faculty, lecture programs and partnering opportunities. While some of the severely damaged areas in remote parts of the city are still in a state of disrepair, the area surrounding Tulane University, including the Garden District and the French Quarter, are back to normal and better than ever. All parts of the city developed before 1878, on the high ground, are basically intact.
Each Fall and Spring semester the Graduate Programs in Architecture, Preservation Studies and Sustainable Real Estate Development host an Open House for prospective students. The Graduate Open House is a day-long introduction to the culture of academics and student life at the Tulane School of Architecture and in the city of New Orleans.
While you will have the opportunity to hear about all of the programs at the School, including the Tulane City Center, and how they collectively contribute to this unique academic environment. In addition, Information Sessions will allow you to learn more about the specifics of your Graduate Program of interest and you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with faculty and students, and tour the facilities of Richardson Memorial Hall, including the design studios, the fabrication shop and the digital output lab.
Later, a tour of New Orleans visiting Tulane community development and design/build projects and other sites of interest concludes with a reception with current graduate students and faculty. As you will soon come to learn, at Tulane we work hard with passion and academic rigor, and we never miss a chance to have a party.
If you would like more information please contact Tabitha Penton.
Next Open House >> Friday November 11, 2016
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