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Admissions Deadlines & Procedures

Degree Programs

DECEMBER 15
Master of Architecture (M.Arch)

JANUARY 3
PhD Program in Urban Planning
PhD Program in Architectural History and Theory

JANUARY 15
M.S. Advanced Architectural Design (Ms.AAD)
M.S. Architecture and Urban Design (Ms.AUD)
M.S. Historic Preservation (Ms.HP)
Certificate in Conservation of Historic Buildings and Arch. Sites
M.S. Urban Planning (Ms.UP)
M.S. Real Estate Development (Ms.RED)
M.S. Critical, Curatorial, & Conceptual Practices in Architecture (Ms.CCCP)

The GSAPP will accept online applications from degree candidates for the 2013-2014 academic year beginning on August 15, 2012. 

Dual Degree Programs

DECEMBER 15
Master of Architecture and M.S. Urban Planning
Master of Architecture and M.S. Historic Preservation
Master of Architecture and M.S. Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture
Master of Architecture and M.S. Real Estate Development

JANUARY 15
M.S. Urban Planning and M.S. Historic Preservation
M.S. Urban Planning and M.S. Real Estate Development
M.S. Historic Preservation and M.S. Real Estate Development

Dual Degree Programs with Other Schools at Columbia

M.S. Urban Planning and Master of Business Administration (in conjunction with the Business School)*

M.S. Urban Planning and Master of International Affairs (in conjunction with the School of International and Public Affairs)*

M.S. Urban Planning and Juris Doctor (in conjunction with the School of Law)*

M.S. Urban Planning and Master of Science in Social Work (in conjunction with the School of Social Work)*

M.S. Urban Planning and Master of Science in Public Health (in conjunction with the Mailman School of Public Health)*

*Deadlines are set by the respective schools. Separate applications need to be submitted to each program and applicants needs to be admitted by both schools to pursue a dual-degree program.

Non-Degree Programs

NY/Paris Program: Rolling admission

Introduction to Architecture: Rolling admission

Visiting Scholars (applicants must be PhD Candidates) & Special Students: August 15 (Fall term)

Visiting Scholars (applicants must be PhD Candidates) & Special Students: December 1 (Spring term)

Application Policies

1. With the exception of dual degree candidates, the GSAPP does not allow candidates to apply to more than one degree program per term.   If a candidate submits an application to multiple degree programs (i.e., MSAAD and MSAUD), the second application will be voided and the applicant will be considered for admission to the degree program listed in the first application only. 

Candidates to non-degree programs such as the Introduction to Architecture or the New York/Paris programs may apply to more than one program per term.

The following is a list of approved dual degree programs for which the GSAPP will accept multiple applications:

  • Master of Architecture & MS Urban Planning
  • Master of Architecture & MS Historic Preservation
  • Master of Architecture & MS Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture
  • Master of Architecture & MS Real Estate Development
  • MS Urban Planning & MS Historic Preservation
  • MS Urban Planning & MS Real Estate Development

2. Applicants are expected to use their full legal name when completing the online application.  

3. Eligible applicants who wish to apply for the GSAPP need-based scholarship must complete their scholarship application and submit supporting materials online at the same time as their program application.  Candidates will not have access to the scholarship application once their program application has been submitted.

4. The GSAPP does not grant deferrals nor does it conduct spring term admissions.  Candidates are applying for, and will only be considered for, the semester listed on their application only (i.e. Summer or Fall).

General Application Instructions

1. Transcripts, letters and test scores should only be submitted once. The GSAPP Admissions Office will make copies of duplicate materials (transcripts, test scores, and when applicable, letters of recommendation) for dual degree applicants. 

This does not apply to portfolios.  Dual degree applicants who wish to support their application to both programs with a portfolio, should submit two copies.  THE GSAPP DOES NOT ACCEPT DIGITAL PORTFOLIOS.

2. Three letters of recommendation are required for all degree program applications.  Recommenders may submit their reference letters electronically through our application system. Degree program applicants who wish to submit more than three letters should have the additional recommender submit his/her letter by email to mail_arch@columbia.edu.  Letters received directly from applicants will not be accepted.

3. Applicants to the New York/Paris, Visiting Scholar or Introduction to Architecture programs who chose to submit more than one letter of recommendation that is required, will need to provide the system with three recommenders in order to successfully submit their application.  In the event an applicant wishes to submit 2 letters, they should list the third as JOHN DOE and designate them as an OFFLINE PROVIDER (no email address required).

4. Supporting documents should be verified for legibility before submission.

5. Supporting documents that exceed upload capacity should be sent via email directly to mail_arch@columbia.edu.  Please allow 72 hours for confirmation of receipt.

6. Uploaded personal statements and CV/resumes should be final copies ready for review by the Admissions Committee.  Once submitted, these items cannot be changed or updated.  Applicants should plan accordingly.

7. Applicants can check the status of their application and supporting documents, including letters of recommendation, at any time after submittal by logging into Apply Yourself to view the checklist of materials. 

Please note - The status of test scores will not be updated until after an application has been submitted. Please allow 72 hours after submitting your application for official test scores received to be imported into your application.

Items listed as NOT APPLICABLE are NOT REQUIRED. 

8. Technical concerns should be addressed to ApplyYourself Technical Support (link located at the top of every page). AY Technical Support will help with computer related or technical problems only; you should contact arch_admissions@columbia.edu for non-technical questions only.


Thank you for your application to the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.  We look forward to reviewing your materials.

Re-Applying

We are no longer saving files or materials sent during previous application periods. Those wishing to re-apply must resubmit all of the required application materials for their new application to be considered complete.