The process used to evaluate international applicants is similar to the process used to evaluate the rest of the applicant pool. There are, however, a few additional requirements or parts that require special attention.
What is the deadline for application submission?
The deadline for our undergraduate and graduate programs for all applicants is January 15 for Summer or Fall admissions. The MPS and MSRED programs offer rolling admissions after this deadline. Transcripts must be submitted directly by your school; they will not be accepted from a student or family member. All submitted materials must be in English.
You should submit your completed application as early as possible to allow enough time to obtain a U.S. visa. You are welcome to send application materials via postal or courier service; however, it is strongly recommended that you submit online.
What are the requirements?
See the graduate online application for detailed information about the requirements for each program. These are a few common components of the application:
- Official Transcripts
- Statement of Interest
- Letters of Recommendation
- Demonstrated English Proficiency
TOEFL or IELTS scores are required if English is not your native language. This requirement may be waived if the applicant holds a bachelor's degree from a college or university in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or Anglophone Canada.
- Standardized Test Scores
Applicants for graduate programs must submit GRE scores. GMAT is also acceptable for only the MSRED program.
- Portfolio and/or Resumé may be required for some programs
Are there minimum standardized test scores?
Although the admissions committees occasionally make exceptions, they do use benchmarks as a general guide.
- The majority of successful graduate 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. The Tulane University Institution Code is: 6823. The School of Architecture Department Code is: 6798. Scores must be no more than two years old.
- 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.
- For the MSRED program, we do not have a minimum benchmark score on the GRE or GMAT
How do I prepare a portfolio?
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 electronic portfolio (PDF file format less than 20mb in size) through our online application portal. Alternatively, you may send a printed hardcopy. The general format of your portfolio to be 8.5" x 11" (portrait 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 regard 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. The MSRED program does NOT require a portfolio. Please read the online application instructions for more information about portfolio requirements.
Am I required to interview?
Interviews are not required for most of our programs, however, we strongly encourage applicants to visit the city of New Orleans, our Uptown Campus and Richardson Memorial Hall, 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.
The MSRED program requires international applicants to schedule a brief online interview with the Director as part of the application process. This interview can be conducted via Skype or WeChat, or another service accessible to the prospective student.
When are letters of acceptance mailed, and how are we notified?
Applicants will be notified via e-mail by March 1. Decisions cannot be given by telephone. Commitment to Enroll from the applicant must be received by April 15.