What is the deadline for application submission?
The deadline is January 15 for the M.Arch I and M.S.ARC, MPS and MSRED applications for Summer or Fall admissions. The MPS and MSRED programs offer rolling admissions after this deadline.
What are the requirements?
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. Refer to the minimum test scores section below for details.
We will not process an application until it is complete. If submitting a hard copy application, 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 your application material should be directed to William Wildman, Assistant Director of Admissions 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.
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 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.
What types of letters of recommendation do I need?
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.
What should I write in my Statement of Interest?
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.
Are there minimum GRE, GPA and TOEFL scores?
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 coursework. The ETS code for Tulane School of Architecture is 6798.
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 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.
What is the most important part of my application?
The selection process for the M.Arch I and M.S.ARC 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.
How large is the incoming class?
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.S.ARC degree program.
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 12-20 MPS students.
The MSRED program attracts applicants from multiple disciplines who will compete for approximately 18-20 placements.
Altogether, the graduate student pool consists of approximately 150 students representing diverse backgrounds, professional experiences, ages and goals.
Are formal interviews required or recommended?
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.
Can I defer enrollment?
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.
When are letters of acceptance mailed, and how are we notified?
Applicants will be notified via e-mail by Feb. 7. Decisions cannot be given by telephone. Letters of acceptance from the applicant must be received by May 1.
Is there a waitlist?
There is commonly a wait list for the M.Arch I degree program. If you are notified that you are on the waitlist, you will be notified no later than May 1 of your acceptance into the program.
Is the program STEM OPT Eligible?
STEM OPT Eligibility
Beginning in fall 2019, the Tulane School of Architecture’s professional Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.), Master of Architecture (M. Arch I.) degrees and the new post-professional Master of Science in Architectural Research and Design (M.S.Arc.) degree* will be classified under Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology (CIP code 04.0902).
Consequently, international students graduating with B. Arch., M. Arch I. or M.S. Arc. degree from Tulane on or after 2019-2020 academic year will be eligible for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ STEM OPT extension program. This allows international students to remain in the U.S. for up to 36 months after graduation to receive practical training through work experience in the field of architecture.
Visit the Tulane OISS webpage on STEM OPT Extension for more information.