This information applies to the programs housed solely within the Spitzer School: Master of Architecture I and II, Master of Landscape Architecture I and II, and Master of Urban Design. (Candidates for the interdisciplinary MS Sustainability in the Urban Environment program should refer to its application instructions.)
Graduate study is open to qualified students who possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or the equivalent from a foreign institution. The minimum undergraduate GPA is 2.7 for admission to a graduate program at City College, although exceptions may apply. See also specific prerequisites detailed below.
If you are an international applicant, your academic credentials will be evaluated based on the characteristics of your country's educational system and the level of work completed. See our page on information for International Students.
Below are details for the fall 2016 application cycle. Check back in the fall for the link to apply.
Statistics - Fall 2014 New Students
Some 59 new graduate students started at the Spitzer School in fall 2014: 12 in Urban Design, 20 in Landscape Architecture, and 27 in Architecture. They come from 16 different countries and 9 U.S. states. Average age: 28.3 years old. 26 males, 33 females.
Deadlines - Fall 2016 Candidates
Friday, January 15, 2016, is the deadline for all Spitzer School graduate programs.
Submitting an online application is part of a multi-step application process. The other step is for the applicant to submit all supporting documents, as detailed below. Please note that applications for admission are accepted for the following fall term only.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that the application is complete upon submission. The application must be complete before an admission decision can be made. Applications and credentials submitted are the property of City College and cannot be returned to students.
Admission decisions will be posted by March 31.
Online Application Form
City College only accepts applications submitted online via our online application. Required sections include personal information, educational history, and personal statement. You do not have to complete and submit the online application in one sitting—you may access and edit your application using your PIN and password. Once you have completed the application forms to your satisfaction, you should submit your online application. Please note that once submitted, you will not be able to make changes to your application information using the online application system.
Materials not submitted online should be directed to:
Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture
Office of Graduate Admissions, Room 120
141 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
An application fee of $125, which is non-refundable and not applicable toward any other fees, is required. Make check or money order payable to The City College of New York, and please make sure that your name and program are clearly specified with the payment. Applications received without the fee will not be processed. Application fees are subject to change. City College does not accept credit card or bank transfers for payment of the application fee.
A portfolio of creative work must be submitted. The portfolio should reflect your level of creative ability. The portfolio for Master of Urban Design and Master of Architecture should include architectural projects when appropriate or creative work in other media such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, furniture design, or photography. The portfolio for Landscape Architecture should consist of creative work in the realm of human experience.
The portfolio must be submitted in hard copy. All work must be printed, and the portfolio should be no larger than 8.5" x 14" (216 x 356 mm). Do not include the original artwork. While every effort will be made to protect and return your work, we cannot be responsible for damaged or lost materials. Your work will be returned only if you enclose a stamped, self-addressed mailing container.
Applicants must upload an unofficial transcript, mark sheet, or academic record for each institution of higher education previously attended, even those that did not confer a degree. All transcript uploads must include a key, legend, or back copy or the transcript. Non-English transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation. Scans must be clear and legible, and all transcripts/records should include the student's name. Transcripts uploaded with the online application are considered unofficial and will be used for evaluation purposes only.
Please do not mail materials that you have uploaded unless specifically requested by the Admissions Office.
Any admission offers will be contingent on receiving and verifying all official transcripts, certified translations, and/or credential evaluations pertaining to the applicant's entire post-secondary academic career, prior to the registration deadline. Any fraudulent activity or discrepancies found between unofficial and official transcripts will result in the immediate revocation of the admission offer.
In 500 words or less describe your interest in your chosen program of study and your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree. The personal statement should be uploaded to your online application. The personal statement is your way of introducing yourself to the Admissions Committee and is one of several credentials that will determine your eligibility for admission.
For Landscape Architecture, the essay should discuss your commitment to civic and environmental issues and a level of comfort with and an understanding of changing environments emphasizing the place and importance of cities.
A resume of academic and employment information, awards, honors, etc. The curriculum vitae is optional for Landscape Architecture.
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters are required from persons familiar with the applicant's intellectual and design abilities. At least one should be from a teacher/professor that has worked with the applicant in an academic setting. Recommendations may be submitted online as part of the online application. Hard-copy letters should arrive in sealed and endorsed envelopes. Your recommender will complete a brief assessment of your ability to be successful at the graduate level and will also upload a narrative letter in support of your application. Recommendations can be added after the application has been submitted, but must be submitted by the published deadline.
Applicants are encouraged to meet with the applicable program director. Contact the Graduate Student Services Office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-650-5663) to schedule an appointment.
The Graduate Record Exam General Test (GRE) is optional for all programs. If you wish to have scores considered as part of your application, you should take the GRE no later than the January of the same application year. For information visit http://www.gre.org/ttindex.html. (While there is no minimum score required, a competitive candidate will score in the top 50th percentile on each of the three sections.) GRE score reports must come directly from ETS (Educational Testing Service) to be official. GRE scores expire after five years. The Institutional Code for City College is 2083; City College does not use department codes.
M Arch I: Admitted applicants to the M Arch I program are required to have completed one semester of both college-level calculus and physics before beginning graduate studies, preferably with grades of B or better. If these courses are to be taken after the application deadline, indicate in your essay where and when the courses will be taken. Failure to successfully complete the courses before the fall semester will result in automatic deferral. Additionally, students should feel comfortable with computers and computer-related technology.
MLA I: Students will be expected to start the program with an awareness of current versions of design software (AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop) and basic graphic design skills: color theory, fonts, and 2D layout. Students lacking these skills may opt to take a late-summer, intensive "boot camp"—Spatial and Regional Representation—at the Spitzer School in order to gain proficiency prior to the fall semester.
Urban Design: Applicants to the Urban Design program should hold a professional degree in either architecture or landscape architecture. Applicants from other backgrounds will be considered only in exceptional circumstances and on demonstration of a high level of design ability. Students will be expected to start the program with an awareness of current versions of design software (AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop) and basic graphic design skills: color theory, fonts, and 2D layout. Students lacking these skills may opt to take a late-summer, intensive "boot camp"—Spatial and Regional Representation—at the Spitzer School in order to gain proficiency prior to the fall semester.
Admitted students born after December 31, 1956, must prove immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella, to attend college in New York. All students (regardless of age) must complete the meningitis response form. Students need to submit the immunization record and meningitis response form before registering for classes. This is a New York State regulation. Students who have questions regarding the immunization policy may contact the office of Student Health Services.
The M Arch, MLA, and UD programs in the Spitzer School of Architecture are full-time programs with all required courses scheduled in fall and spring semesters. For the M Arch II program, the academic year consists of consecutive fall, spring, and summer semesters. There are no part-time or non-matriculated programs.
A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for all CCNY graduate students. Failure to meet this standard will result in academic probation or dismissal.
In addition to tuition, books, and fees, students should expect to bear an additional expense for studio equipment and supplies.
If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov before the priority deadline of March 15 in order to be eligible for federal and state government financial assistance as well as the Spitzer School's very limited pool of scholarship funds. The only service the financial aid office is able to provide for international students is to certify private student loan applications. Most international students will be required to provide a co-signer. Please contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions.
All information must be complete, accurate, and your own work. Failure to submit accurate and complete information will jeopardize consideration for admission for current or future terms. Students found to have falsified application information will be subject to penalties. Falsified application information may include but is not limited to: making inaccurate statements on the application, withholding information requested on the application, giving false information, or submitting fraudulent or falsified documents in support of an admissions application.