MASTER OF Architecture


Check back in the fall for 2015 instructions. The information below from the 2014 admissions cycle is subject to change.

Master of Architecture I and II: April 15
Master of Landscape Architecture I and II: January 30
Master of Urban Design (MUP): January 1
Master of Science - Sustainability in the Urban Environment: March 15

Applications for admission are accepted for the following fall term only. The postmark establishes submission date.

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. For all Masters degree programs, you must submit the following:

Application Fee:

A $125.00 nonrefundable graduate application fee, payable to The City College, must be submitted in the form of a check or money order. The fee must accompany your fully completed application


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. A portfolio is not required for the Master of Science in Sustainability.

The portfolio should be no larger than 11” X 17”. Do not include the original artwork. All work must be printed, hard copies. Digital files, slides, videos and other media will not be considered.

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 mailed back only if you enclose a stamped, self-addressed mailing container.

Official College Transcript:

Transcripts must arrive in an unopened envelope with the seal of the college or university. Minimum undergraduate GPA is 2.7 for admission to a graduate program at City College.


The Graduate Record Exam General Test (GRE) is required for the M Arch programs only. They are not required for the MLA, MUP, or MS programs. The GRE should be taken no later than the January of the same application year. For information visit The GRE can be waived for students who were already admitted to a graduate program.

Letters of Recommendation:

Three letters are required. One should be from a teacher/professor that has worked with you in an academic setting. Use forms provided. Letters should arrive in sealed and endorsed envelopes.


In 500 words or less describe your interest in your chosen program of study and your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree. Use typewriter or word processor. Handwritten essays will not be accepted.

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 envi- ronments emphasizing the place and importance of cities.

Curriculum Vitae:

A resume of academic and employment information, awards, honors, etc. A curriculum vitae is optional for Landscape Architecture.

Interview (optional):

Applicants are encouraged to meet with the Director of Urban Design, Prof. Michael Sorkin, the Director of the M. Arch programs, Prof. Bradly Horn, or the Director of Landscape Architecture, Prof. Denise Hoffman-Brandt. Contact the office at (212) 650-8748 to schedule an appointment.

Applicants for the M.Arch I program:

Calculus and Physics: Admitted applicants to the March I program are required to have completed one semester of both college level calculus and physics. If these courses are to be taken after the application deadline, indicate in your essay, where and when the courses will be taken.

All applications and credentials submitted (with the exception of the portfolio) are the property of City College and cannot be returned to students under any circumstances.

Acceptance letters will be mailed on April 1st. (Acceptance letters for Landscape Architecture may be somewhat later). Letters of commitment will be included in the acceptance package. Commitments by students should be made no later than June 1st. Some acceptances may be conditional or on a “wait list” basis.

Immunization Requirement:

All admitted students born after December 31, 1956 must prove immunity to Measles, Mumps, and Rubella, to attend college in New York. Acceptable proof of immunity may include immunization cards from childhood, immunization records from High School or other schools attended, or records from your medical provider. If you do not have records you may be immunized again, or have a blood test drawn to prove you are immune to all three diseases. You must submit your proof on or before the day of registration. The Wellness & Counseling Office in the Marshak Science Building, Room J15 provides vaccinations free of charge on the day of your registration. This is a New York State regulation. Students who have questions regarding the immunization policy may call the Wellness and Counseling Center at (212) 650-8222.

Program Expectations

All masters degree programs in the Spitzer School of Architecture are full-time day programs. There are no part-time, evening, or non-matricu- lated courses offered.

In addition to tuition, books, and fees, students should expect to bear an additional expense for studio equipment and supplies. The academic year for the M.Arch II program consists of consecutive fall, spring, and summer semesters.

For information about tuition and fees, financial aid and scholarships, visit the college web site at:

Downloadable applications are also available from the website. If you are unable to access an application contact (212) 650-8748.