POLICIES & PROCEDURES

Deadlines
Degree, Non-degree & dual degree programs within GSAPP

DECEMBER 1

Special Student (Spring)

JANUARY 3

Master of Architecture

JANUARY 5

Ph.D. Program in Urban Planning *
Ph.D. Program in Architectural History and Theory *

*Applications for Ph.D. programs are handled by Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

JANUARY 15

M.S. Advanced Architectural Design
M.S. Architecture and Urban Design
M.S. Critical, Curatorial, & Conceptual Practices in Architecture
M.S. Historic Preservation
M.S. Real Estate Development

AUGUST 15

Special Student (Fall)

ROLLING

New York & Paris
Intro to Architecture
Visiting Scholar

Dual Degree Programs in conjunction with other schools at Columbia University

M.S. UP & Master of Business Administration
M.S. UP & Master of International Affairs
M.S. UP & Juris Doctor
M.S. UP & M.S. in Social Work
M.S. UP & M.S. in Public Health

N.B. Deadlines for programs outside of GSAPP are set by their respective schools. Separate applications need to be submitted to each program and applicants need to be admitted by both schools to pursue a dual-degree program. Please consult each respective school’s website.

ADMISSIONS POLICIES
  1. Prospective students must submit an application online to be considered for admission. Only one application per admissions period is accepted. Multiple applications to different programs will not be processed unless they are applications to an approved dual degree program.
    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.

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

  3. All candidates are reviewed for merit-based funding without submitting an additional application, which is granted at the time of admission. GSAPP has one need-based scholarship available to US Citizens and Permanent Residents, for whom we are able to verify need. This form must be submitted through the online application. Candidates will not have access to the scholarship application once their program application has been submitted.

  4. GSAPP does not grant deferrals, nor does it conduct spring term admissions. Candidates will only be considered for the semester listed on their application.

  5. We do not save files or materials sent during previous application periods. Those wishing to re-apply must re-submit all of the required application materials for their new application to be considered complete.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Three letters of recommendation are required for all degree program applicants. GSAPP does not have a special form for letters of recommendation. Recommenders may scan and upload recommendation letters to the online application. Letters received directly from applicants will not be accepted.

One letter of recommendation is required for New York/Paris program applicants and Visiting Scholars. Non-degree program applicants (including Introduction to Architecture and Special Students) may include recommendations but they are not required.

PERSONAL STATEMENT & RESUME / CV

A personal statement is required for admission to each program (with the exception of Introduction to Architecture). In approximately 500 words, describe your background, your past work in your intended field of study and your plans for graduate study and a professional career.

Resumes or CVs are required for all degree applicants and CVs are required for Visiting Scholar applicants.

These documents should be uploaded into the online application before submission. After the application deadline, these documents may not be changed or updated, applicants should plan accordingly.

TRANSCRIPTS
An academic transcript/record from each university attended and credit earned is required for all applicants. All transcripts must be received by the application deadline. Applicants should upload a digital copy or scan of their transcript/s to the online application. We allow digital copies of transcripts for review purposes only. Once admitted, students will be required to submit official copies of their transcripts by the start of program.
PORTFOLIO

A digital portfolio is required for admission to the M. ARCH, M.S. AAD, M.S. AUD, and M.S. CCCP* programs. The digital portfolio should be in a single PDF document, 20 PDF pages or less (including the cover page), and should not exceed 50 MB. The digital portfolio should be optimized for viewing on a standard size computer screen. Digital portfolios must be uploaded at the time the application is submitted. Portfolios should contain reproductions of original drawings, prints, graphic design, or sculpture.

*M.S. CCCP applicants have the option of submitting writing and/or visual material (see M.S. CCCP admissions requirements for more information).

DIGITAL FILE SPECIFICATIONS

Supporting documents should be saved as a PDF, sized to US standard letter paper (8.5 x 11”). Supporting documents should be verified for legibility before submission.

If your institution provides you with e-transcripts, please ensure that they are not in the "PDF Portfolio" format. If your transcript is a PDF Portfolio, please extract the individual files from the portfolio and send them as a regular PDF. Instructions on PDF Portfolio extraction can be found here: https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/component-files-pdf-portfolio.html

STANDARDIZED TESTS

GRE

Applicants to the M. ARCH, M.S. HP, M.S. UP, M.S. CCCP, and M.S. RED* programs must take the GRE.

Applicants should contact ETS to have official test scores sent to the GSAPP Admissions Office via Institution Code 2164. GRE scores are valid for five years after the test date. At this time there is no minimum required GRE score for admission.

GMAT

Applicants to the M.S. RED program may submit GMAT scores in lieu of GRE scores. At this time there is no minimum required GMAT score for admission.

Applicants should contact GMAC to have official test scores sent to the GSAPP Admissions Office via Institution Code: QF8-73-53. GMAT scores are valid for five years after the test date.

TOEFL

All applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL scores (with the exception of Introduction to Architecture applicants). At this time there is no minimum TOEFL score required for admission.

International students who have successfully completed two years of study in an English-speaking institution may waive the TOEFL exam requirement provided they can submit relevant transcripts.

Applicants should contact ETS to have official test scores sent to the GSAPP Admissions Office via Institution Code 2164, Dept. Code 12. TOEFL scores are valid for two years after the test date.

We do not accept the TOEFL ITP. We do not accept the IELTS in lieu of the TOEFL.

APPLICATION STATUS
Applicants may check the status of their application after submission by logging into the online application with their password. Our admissions staff manually checks each application before the status is updated online. Applicants should allow two business days for their application status to be updated, and should not call or email the admissions office during that time.
ADMISSIONS QUESTIONS
Applicants should carefully review program-specific admissions requirements. Admissions questions not answered on the website should be directed to arch_admissions@columbia.edu.
DUAL DEGREES
APPROVED DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMS WITHIN GSAPP

M. ARCH & M.S. CCCP
M. ARCH & M.S. UP
M. ARCH & M.S. HP
M. ARCH & M.S. RED
M.S. UP & M.S. HP
M.S. UP & M.S. RED
M.S. HP & M.S. RED

Program requirements, including suggested course sequences can be found here.

APPROVED DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMS WITH OTHER SCHOOLS AT COLUMBIA

M.S. UP & Master of Business Administration (with the Business School)
M.S. UP & Juris Doctor (with the School of Law)
M.S. UP & Master of Science in Social Work (with the School of Social Work
M.S. UP & Master of Science in Public Health (with the Mailman School of Public Health)
M.S. UP & Master of International Affairs (with the School of International and Public Affairs)

Program requirements, including suggested course sequences can be found here.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR DUAL/JOINT DEGREES
ONLINE APPLICATIONS
Students who wish to pursue an approved dual/joint degree program must submit separate applications to both programs, and fulfill each program’s application requirements.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
If applicants plan to use the same recommenders for each application, please add your recommenders in the online application as instructed. The recommenders need only upload the recommendations in one application. Our admissions team will make sure each application includes copies of letters received.
PORTFOLIOS
If both programs require portfolios, applicants must submit a copy for each application.
STANDARDIZED TESTS
Applicants only need to submit required test scores once. Our admissions team will match scores to both applications within two days after submission.
ADMISSIONS DECISIONS
Applications are reviewed independently of one another. Admissions decisions may or may not be available at the same time, but all applicants will be notified by the first week of April at the latest. If admitted to both programs, please contact the admissions office for further instructions before confirming enrollment.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR DUAL/JOINT DEGREES WITH OTHER SCHOOLS AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
SEPARATE APPLICATIONS

Students who wish to pursue an approved dual degree program with another school at Columbia University must submit separate applications to both schools and fulfill each school/program’s admissions requirements, by the deadlines each school has set.

Applications are reviewed independently of one another, and admissions materials will not be shared between schools.

If admitted to both programs, please contact the GSAPP admissions office for further instructions before confirming enrollment.

PhD programs
PH.D. PROGRAM IN ARCHITECTURE

The Architecture Ph.D. Program is administered by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. All application instructions, deadlines and procedures are available at https://gsas.columbia.edu/degree-programs/phd-programs/architecture.

Admissions requirements:

Eligibility for admission to the program is generally limited to students holding a Master of Architecture degree or a five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree plus a Master's degree (or equivalent) in the field of architectural history and theory. Under certain circumstances, students who hold a Master's degree or equivalent in another field are considered for admission.

All prospective students must apply using the online application. Printed applications are not available.

A complete application includes:

  • Transcripts of all previous post-secondary education
  • A statement of academic purpose
  • A curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic sources
  • GRE scores
  • For international students: Examination scores to fulfill the English Proficiency Requirement
  • A sample of scholarly writing, 30 pages
  • Payment of the application fee

Please contact the GSAS with all admissions questions.

For program questions, applicants may reach out to PhD committee faculty regarding particular research interests.

2018–2019 Deadline: January 5, 2018

PH.D. PROGRAM IN URBAN PLANNING

The Urban Planning Ph.D. Program is administered by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. All application instructions, deadlines and procedures are available at https://gsas.columbia.edu/degree-programs/phd-programs/urban-planning.

Admissions requirements:

The applicant must hold a master’s degree in urban planning or in a related discipline and have excellent academic credentials (a grade average of B+ or better). In addition, the applicant is required to have completed at least 90 points of undergraduate liberal arts courses in the social sciences, humanities or natural sciences, and the equivalent of the core courses provided in the master’s-level curriculum in the Division of Urban Planning, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Fellowships are awarded in recognition of academic achievement and in expectation of scholarly success. Graduate fellowships include teaching and research assistantships.

All prospective students must apply using the online application. Printed applications are not available.

A complete application includes:

  • Transcripts of all previous post-secondary education
  • A statement of academic purpose
  • A curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic sources
  • GRE scores
  • For international students: Examination scores to fulfill the English Proficiency Requirement
  • A sample of scholarly writing, 8-10 pages
  • Payment of the application fee

Please contact the GSAS with all admissions questions.

For program questions, applicants should reach out to the Chair of the PhD sub-committee.

2018–2019 Deadline: January 5, 2018

undergraduate program
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM IN ARCHITECTURE
Prospective students interested in an undergraduate degree program in architecture at Columbia University may contact the Department of Architecture at Barnard/Columbia College: https://architecture.barnard.edu/.