Graduate Admission Overview

Application Deadlines
Applications to the IIT College of Architecture graduate degree programs are accepted only for the fall semester. The application deadline for the Fall 2015 term is January 5, 2015, with rolling admissions thereafter. Admission decisions for all applications arriving by the January 5th deadline will be issued in March. All applicants will need to submit a portfolio to receive an admission decision.


Admission Requirements:
Below is a list of the materials you will need to submit for all College of Architecture graduate degree programs. The Admissions Committee will not review applications until all of the required materials have been received.

  • Online application (or paper form)
  • $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Original official transcripts
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Portfolio - paper copy only (View Portfolio Guide)
  • Professional statement
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (International students only)


Please be sure to review our Additional Admission Information section below to see if your program of interest has additional requirements.

How to Apply:
Individuals may apply through the IIT Office of Graduate Admission's online application system. Supporting documents may be uploaded through the IIT Graduate Applicant Portal.
For instructions on how to upload documents, please visit the university's guide here.

**Please note that the application portfolio cannot be uploaded, and instead must be submitted in a bound, paper form directly to IIT College of Architecture.**

If you wish to submit all your materials in hard copy, you may do so. Please submit the materials in a single package to avoid processing delays.

Please send all application materials to:
IIT College of Architecture
Graduate Admission
S.R. Crown Hall
3360 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60616

International Students -

Financial Support Documents

International applicants requiring a student visa to study in the U.S. will also need to submit a Financial Affidavit of Support. We encourage applicants to submit their Financial Affidavit of Support along with the admission requirements listed above.

Financial Affidavit of Support (All masters programs)
Financial Affidavit of Support (PhD)

You must upload this form along with all supporting documentation through the IIT Applicant Portal. International applicants can have their application reviewed without financial documents on file; however, they cannot be formally admitted to the IIT College of Architecture until a valid Financial Affidavit of Support with a copy of their current passport is on file with our office.

If you have questions about the application process feel free to contact us at  arch@iit.edu or 312-567-3260.

Additional Admission Information


Master of Architecture (M.Arch.), Professional Degree:

To be admitted without conditions to the Master of Architecture program, an applicant is required to possess the following:

1) an understanding of basic systems and analytical procedures, including mechanics, heat transfer, light and sound, as demonstrated through the successful completion of college level physics course equivalent to IIT's PHYS 212;

2) an understanding of basic mathematical principles and analytical procedures, including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, as demonstrated through the successful completion of college-level mathematics equivalent to IIT's MATH 122;

3) a basic ability to produce freehand drawings of architectural forms and spaces, as demonstrated by the successful completion of one college-level drawing course or by portfolio submissions;

4) a basic understanding of design, as demonstrated by the successful completion of one college-level design course or by portfolio submissions;

5) a minimum of 45 semester hours (or the quarter hour equivalent) outside of architectural studies, either as general studies or electives with content outside of architecture

Candidates admitted with deficiencies in any of these prerequisites must fulfill them before matriculation. Students with a background outside of the area of architecture may be asked to complete an introductory studio prior to the start of classes. Candidates holding a pre-professional degree in architecture will be evaluated for advanced standing status on a case-by-case basis and will be notified of their specific status upon admission.


Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.), Professional Degree:

To be admitted without conditions to the Master of Landscape Architecture program, an applicant is required to have prior college-level coursework in freehand drawing, biology, and earth science (geology, physical geography, or hydrology, etc.).
Candidates lacking these prerequisites may be admitted on the condition that they complete the required coursework before enrolling. Candidates will be notified upon admission of their program of study, which is determined by prior academic training and professional experience, as well as portfolio content.

Master of Science in Architecture (M.S.Arch.), Post-Professional Degree:
In addition to the standard requirements for graduate admission, applicants for the Master of Science in Architecture program must submit a Topic Proposal outlining their potential research interests. A personal interview with the director of the degree program is highly recommended.

Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture (Ph.D.)
Applicants should meet all admission requirements, plus a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale; a TOEFL score of at least 90 IBT (International students only); and at least three letters of recommendations from immediate supervising professors plus an additional list of references. Applicants should also submit a statement of purpose indicating a subject of study or research work and should provide a portfolio demonstrating the qualities of his or her accomplishments and expertise



For more details about admission requirements, please review the Checklist on the IIT Graduate Admission website.


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