ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

DEGREE PROGRAMS

Each degree program offered by GSAPP has unique admissions requirements. Please carefully review the special requirements of the program you are interested in:
Master of Architecture
Online Application
X
Application Fee
X
Recommendation Letter
X
Personal Statement
X
Transcripts
X
Portfolio
X
Resume
 
GRE / GMAT
GRE
TOEFL
X
Dual Degree Option
X
Deadline
12/15

PREREQUISITES

  1. All applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university by the time they start the M. ARCH program.
  2. All applicants must have fulfilled a minimum of 45 credit hours of general studies in the arts, humanities and/or science at their undergraduate institution.
  3. History/Theory Course Sequence: All applicants must have completed a 3-point survey course in architectural history at an accredited college or university dealing with any of the following periods: classical to Renaissance, Renaissance to modern, or modern.
  4. Building Technologies Course Sequence: All applicants must have completed a 3-point course in general physics or two 3-point calculus courses at an accredited college or university.
  5. Applicants who have no prior background in architecture must complete a course in architectural graphic presentation (this could be one term of architectural studio or a studio in the visual arts such as drawing, painting, or sculpture) as a prerequisite for the Core Studio Sequence, before registering in the M. ARCH Program.

APPLICATION STEPS

  1. Create and complete an online application.
  2. Enter contact information for recommenders. M. ARCH requires three letters of recommendation.
  3. Upload a personal statement. This may not be changed or updated after submission.
  4. Upload scanned copies of official academic transcripts for each university attended and credit earned, including certified English translations (if applicable).
  5. Send GRE score report to the Columbia GSAPP Admissions Office. A minimum verbal score of 150 is required.
  6. Send TOEFL score report to the Columbia GSAPP (International students only). A minimum score of 100 is required.
  7. Submit online application and fee ($75 USD, payable only by VISA or MasterCard).
  8. Mail a copy of your portfolio to the Columbia GSAPP Admissions Office: 400 Avery Hall, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027. Portfolios must be postmarked or received by the application deadline; we do not accept digital portfolios under any circumstances. Portfolios must not exceed 8.5 X 11 inches (21.5 X 27.9cm) or be more than 0.5 inch (1.27cm) thick. Large Portfolios with glass or protruding metal parts, slides, DVD's, or CDs are not acceptable. Portfolios must be marked with the applicant’s name.

DEADLINE: December 15

M.S. Advanced Architectural Design
Online Application
X
Application Fee
X
Recommendation Letter
X
Personal Statement
X
Transcripts
X
Portfolio
X
Resume
 
GRE / GMAT
TOEFL
X
Dual Degree Option
 
Deadline
1/15

PREREQUISITES

  1. The M.S. AAD program is a second/post professional degree in Architecture. All applicants must have a first professional degree, B. Arch, M. Arch or equivalent degree (5yrs, eligible for licensure) by the time they start the M.S. AAD program.

APPLICATION STEPS

  1. Create and complete an online application.
  2. Enter contact information for recommenders. AAD requires three letters of recommendation.
  3. Upload a personal statement into the application. This may not be changed or updated after submission.
  4. Upload scanned copies of official academic transcripts for each university attended and credit earned, including certified English translations (if applicable).
  5. Send TOEFL score report to Columbia GSAPP (International students only). A minimum score of 100 is required.
  6. Submit online application and fee ($75 USD, payable only by VISA or MasterCard).
  7. Mail a copy of your portfolio to Columbia GSAPP Admissions Office: 400 Avery Hall, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027. Portfolios must be postmarked or received by the application deadline; we do not accept digital portfolios under any circumstances. Portfolios must not exceed 8.5 X 11 inches (21.5 X 27.9cm) or be more than 0.5 inch (1.27cm) thick. Large Portfolios with glass or protruding metal parts, slides, DVD's, or CDs are not acceptable. Portfolios must be marked with the applicant’s name.

DEADLINE: January 15

M.S. Architecture and Urban Design
Online Application
X
Application Fee
X
Recommendation Letter
X
Personal Statement
X
Transcripts
X
Portfolio
X
Resume
 
GRE / GMAT
TOEFL
X
Dual Degree Option
 
Deadline
1/15

PREREQUISITES

  1. The M.S. AUD program is a second/post professional degree program for students interested in exploring urban design. All applicants must have a first professional degree, B. Arch, M. Arch, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, or Master of Landscape Architecture degree (5 yrs, eligible for licensure) by the time they start the M.S. AUD program.

APPLICATION STEPS

  1. Create and complete an online application.
  2. Enter contact information for recommenders. M.S. AUD requires three letters of recommendation.
  3. Upload a personal statement into the application. This may not be changed or updated after submission.
  4. Upload scanned copies of official academic transcripts for each university attended and credit earned, including certified English translations (if applicable).
  5. Send TOEFL score report to Columbia GSAPP (International students only). A minimum score of 100 is required.
  6. Submit online application and fee ($75 USD, payable only by VISA or MasterCard).
  7. Mail a copy of your portfolio to the Columbia GSAPP Admissions Office: 400 Avery Hall, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027. Portfolios must be postmarked or received by the application deadline; we do not accept digital portfolios under any circumstances. Portfolios must not exceed 8.5 X 11 inches (21.5 X 27.9cm) or be more than 0.5 inch (1.27cm) thick. Large Portfolios with glass or protruding metal parts, slides, DVD's, or CDs are not acceptable. Portfolios must be marked with the applicant's name.

DEADLINE: January 15

M.S. Critical, Curatorial & Conceptual Practices
Online Application
X
Application Fee
X
Recommendation Letter
X
Personal Statement
X
Transcripts
X
Portfolio
X
Resume
X
GRE / GMAT
GRE
TOEFL
X
Dual Degree Option
X
Deadline
1/15

PREREQUISITES

  1. The M.S. CCCP program applicants must have a minimum of a four-year bachelor degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university by the time they start the M.S. CCCP, including no less than 4 classes in architecture, architectural history, or a related form of aesthetic or cultural practice.
  2. Applicants who do not hold a B. Arch or M. Arch degree or the equivalent should demonstrate a substantive interest in architecture and/or urbanism through providing evidence of work in history, theory, criticism, research, design, editing, events-coordination, visualization, exhibition work or curatorial practice.
  3. Visual acuity and interest in undertaking independent research and original projects are crucial for all applicants and the submission of a portfolio of writing or visual material is intended to provide the admissions committee with evidence of an applicant’s areas of interest and/or skills as well as preparation in the field he or she intends to pursue. It is not, however, necessary to have extensive experience in order to be admitted, but in the absence of such a background it is very important that the character and strengths of a prospective student’s work and interests are documented and conveyed.

APPLICATION STEPS

  1. Create and complete an online application.
  2. Enter contact information for those providing letters of recommendation. M.S. CCCP requires three letters of recommendation.
  3. Upload a personal statement into the application. This may not be changed or updated after submission.
  4. Upload a resume into the application. This may not be changed or updated after submission.
  5. Upload scanned copies of official academic transcripts for each university attended and credit earned, including certified English translations (if applicable).
  6. Send GRE score report to the Columbia GSAPP Admissions Office. A minimum verbal score of 150 is required.
  7. Send TOEFL score report to Columbia GSAPP (International students only). A minimum score of 100 is required.
  8. Submit online application and fee ($75 USD, payable only by VISA or MasterCard).
  9. Mail a copy of your portfolio to the GSAPP Admissions Office: 400 Avery Hall, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027. Portfolios must be postmarked or received by the application deadline; we do not accept digital portfolios under any circumstances. Portfolios must not exceed 8.5 X 11 inches (21.5 X 27.9cm) or be more than 0.5 inch (1.27cm) thick. Large Portfolios with glass or protruding metal parts, slides, DVD's, or CDs are not acceptable. Portfolios must be marked with the applicant's name.

DEADLINE: January 15

M.S. Historic Preservation
Online Application
X
Application Fee
X
Recommendation Letter
X
Personal Statement
X
Transcripts
X
Portfolio
 
Resume
 
GRE / GMAT
GRE
TOEFL
X
Dual Degree Option
X
Deadline
1/15

PREREQUISITES

  1. The M.S. HP program is multidisciplinary in nature and expects all students to engage in preservation in depth from many perspectives. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a commitment to historic preservation as a profession and students should have a basic knowledge of the history of architecture.
  2. All applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university by the time they start the M.S. HP program.

APPLICATION STEPS

  1. Create and complete an online application.
  2. Enter contact information for recommenders. M.S. HP requires three letters of recommendation.
  3. Upload a personal statement into the application. This may not be changed or updated after submission.
  4. Upload scanned copies of official academic transcripts for each university attended and credit earned, including certified English translations (if applicable).
  5. Send GRE score report to the Columbia GSAPP Admissions Office. A minimum verbal score of 150 is required.
  6. Send TOEFL score report to Columbia GSAPP (International students only). A minimum score of 100 is required.
  7. Submit online application and fee ($75 USD, payable only by VISA or MasterCard).
  8. (Optional) Mail copies of work and writing samples to the GSAPP Admissions Office: 400 Avery Hall, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027. Samples are not required and will be considered supplemental material. If your samples do not exceed five pages they may be emailed directly to mail_arch@columbia.edu.

DEADLINE: January 15

M.S. Urban Planning
Online Application
X
Application Fee
X
Recommendation Letter
X
Personal Statement
X
Transcripts
X
Portfolio
 
Resume
 
GRE / GMAT
GRE
TOEFL
X
Dual Degree Option
X
Deadline
1/15

PREREQUISITES

  1. The M.S. UP program prepares students from diverse academic backgrounds for careers as professional planners. Applicants typically, but not exclusively, have majored in architecture, engineering, sociology, political science, geography, economics, or urban studies; many also come from backgrounds in the humanities and pure sciences. The admissions committee reviews all applicants comprehensively, considering their undergraduate academic achievements, personal statement, and related experiences.
  2. All applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university by the time they start the M.S. UP program.

APPLICATION STEPS

  1. Create and complete an online application.
  2. Enter contact information for recommenders. M.S. UP requires three letters of recommendation.
  3. Upload a personal statement into the application. This may not be changed or updated after submission.
  4. Upload scanned copies of official academic transcripts for each university attended and credit earned, including certified English translations (if applicable).
  5. Send GRE score report to the Columbia GSAPP Admissions Office. A minimum verbal score of 150 is required.
  6. Send TOEFL score report to Columbia GSAPP (International students only). A minimum score of 100 is required.
  7. Submit online application and fee ($75 USD, payable only by VISA or MasterCard).
  8. (Optional) Mail copies of work and writing samples to the GSAPP Admissions Office: 400 Avery Hall, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027. Samples are not required and will be considered supplemental material. If your samples do not exceed five pages they may be emailed directly to mail_arch@columbia.edu.

DEADLINE: January 15

M.S. Real Estate Development
Online Application
X
Application Fee
X
Recommendation Letter
X
Personal Statement
X
Transcripts
X
Portfolio
 
Resume
X
GRE / GMAT
GRE or GMAT
TOEFL
X
Dual Degree Option
X
Deadline
1/15

PREREQUISITES

  1. All applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university by the time they start the M.S. RED program.
  2. M.S. RED applicants may hold undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of fields. While graduate and professional academic preparation in development-related disciplines, such as architecture, finance, law, urban design, historic preservation, civil engineering, or urban planning is highly desirable, it is not essential for admission to the program.
  3. It is recommended that applicants have 2 years of professional experience prior to entering the M.S. RED program.

APPLICATION STEPS

  1. Create and complete an online application.
  2. Enter contact information for recommenders. M.S. RED requires three letters of recommendation.
  3. Upload a personal statement into the application. This may not be changed or updated after submission.
  4. Upload a resume into the application. This may not be changed or updated after submission.
  5. Upload scanned copies of official academic transcripts for each university attended and credit earned, including certified English translations (if applicable).
  6. Send GRE or GMAT score report to the Columbia GSAPP Admissions Office. For the GRE, a minimum verbal score of 150 is required. There is no minimum required score for GMAT.
  7. Send TOEFL score report to Columbia GSAPP (International students only). A minimum score of 100 is required.
  8. Submit online application and fee ($75 USD, payable only by VISA or MasterCard).
  9. (Optional) Mail copies of work and writing samples to the GSAPP Admissions Office: 400 Avery Hall, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027. Samples are not required and will be considered supplemental material. If your samples do not exceed five pages they may be emailed directly to mail_arch@columbia.edu.

DEADLINE: January 15

NON-DEGREE PROGRAMS

Each non-degree program offered by GSAPP has unique admissions requirements. Please review the special requirements of the program you are intered in:
New York / Paris Certificate
Online Application
X
Application Fee
X
Recommendation Letter
X
Personal Statement
X
Transcripts
X
Portfolio
 
Resume
 
GRE / GMAT
TOEFL
X
Dual Degree Option
 
Deadline
Rolling

PREREQUISITES

  1. The NY/Paris program is designed for students who have completed their sophomore year at an accredited college or university, or students who have received a bachelor's degree. Previous study in architecture, planning, or preservation is not required. Undergraduate students must have the written support of their home institution.

APPLICATION STEPS

  1. Create and complete an online application.
  2. Enter contact information for those providing letters of recommendation. NY/P requires one letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation should be from a major adviser, academic dean, or business reference (current employer), supporting application to the program and attesting to the student’s ability to live and study abroad.
  3. Upload a personal statement into the application. This may not be changed or updated after submission.
  4. Upload scanned copies of official academic transcripts for each university attended and credit earned, including certified English translations (if applicable).
  5. Send TOEFL score report to the GSAPP (International students only). A minimum score of 100 is required.
  6. Submit online application and fee ($75 USD, payable only by VISA or MasterCard).

DEADLINE: Rolling Admission

  • Students are encouraged to apply early as there are limited number of spaces in the program. Admissions decisions are mailed out shortly after all application materials are received.
Intro to Architecture
Online Application
X
Application Fee
X
Recommendation Letter
 
Personal Statement
 
Transcripts
X
Portfolio
 
Resume
 
GRE / GMAT
TOEFL
 
Dual Degree Option
 
Deadline
Rolling

Introduction to Architecture is a 5 week, 3 pt intensive course (non-degree, not for credit towards a degree, and not eligible for full-time student status). As such, Columbia GSAPP does not offer any scholarships or financial assistance for this program. There are two studio options; afternoon (2–5pm) or evening (6–9pm, for those unavailable due to work commitments during the day).

PREREQUISITES

  1. Applicants should have completed an undergraduate degree or currently be enrolled at an undergraduate institution.

APPLICATION STEPS

  1. Create and complete an online application.
  2. Upload scanned copies of official academic transcripts for each university attended and credit earned, including certified English translations (if applicable).
  3. Submit online application and fee ($75 USD, payable only by VISA or MasterCard).

DEADLINE: Rolling Admission

  • Students are encouraged to apply early as there are limited number of spaces in the program. Admissions decisions are mailed out shortly after all application materials are received.
Visiting Scholar
Online Application
X
Application Fee
X
Recommendation Letter
 
Personal Statement
X
Transcripts
X
Portfolio
 
Resume
 
GRE / GMAT
TOEFL
X
Dual Degree Option
 
Deadline
Rolling

Persons who wish to use the facilities of the University to pursue their own research may be named visiting scholars.

In order to be eligible for visiting scholar status, applicants must be currently affiliated with an accredited academic institution.

“Visiting scholar” is a courtesy title and does not signify a formal association with the University. Individuals named to these titles may not claim a University affiliation for the purpose of applying for grants and contracts and should not represent themselves in their publication and correspondence as having a University affiliation. We only accept a limited number of Visiting Scholars and are unable to provide an invitation letter until an applicant has submitted an online application and has been approved by the Provost's office.

APPLICATION STEPS

  1. Create and complete an online application.
  2. Enter contact information for those providing letters of recommendation. Visting Scholars are required to submit one letter of recommendation
  3. Upload a personal statement (with research focus) into the application.
  4. Upload a CV/resume into the application.
  5. Upload scanned copies of official academic transcripts for each university attended and credit earned, including certified English translations (if applicable).
  6. Send TOEFL score report to Columbia GSAPP (International students only). A minimum score of 100 is required.
  7. Submit online application and fee ($75 USD, payable only by VISA or MasterCard).

DEADLINE: Rolling

Special Student
Online Application
X
Application Fee
X
Recommendation Letter
 
Personal Statement
X
Transcripts
X
Portfolio
 
Resume
 
GRE / GMAT
TOEFL
X
Dual Degree Option
 
Deadline
8/15 or 12/1

Individuals may be eligible to take courses in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. These students must be admitted by the Office of the Assistant Dean for Admissions as Special Students (non-degree candidates).

Studios and visual studies courses are not open to Special Students. Courses in the Real Estate Development program are closed as well. Lecture classes are open to Special Students with the permission of the Assistant Dean of Admissions and the faculty teaching the course.

Special Students receive library and computer access for the semester(s) in which they are enrolled. They receive a transcript from Columbia University with the course name and grade(s). Special Students pay the current per-point fee for the course.

If a Special Student wishes to apply for matriculation in any of the graduate degree programs at a later date, the student must submit an application for that program by the deadline. The Admissions Committee does not treat the applicant preferentially.

In some cases, students who take courses as Special Students and are admitted to a degree program may be awarded advanced standing. Those who wish to apply for degree candidacy are therefore urged to do so at the earliest possible time.

APPLICATION STEPS

  1. Create and complete an online application.
  2. Upload a personal statement into the application.
  3. Upload a CV/resume into the application.
  4. Upload scanned copies of official academic transcripts for each university attended and credit earned, including certified English translations (if applicable).
  5. Send TOEFL score report to Columbia GSAPP (International students only). A minimum score of 100 is required.
  6. Submit online application and fee ($75 USD, payable only by VISA or MasterCard).

DEADLINE: AUGUST 15 for Fall Semester; DECEMBER 1 for Spring Semester