77 Massachusetts Avenue
Building 7-337




Application Opens: 

September 15


January 7



Terms of Enrollment: 

Fall Term (September)


Master of Architecture (MArch)
Master of Science in Architecture Studies (SMArchS)
Master of Science in Building Technology (SMBT)
Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology (SMACT)
Simultaneous Master's Degrees in Architecture and City Planning (MArch/MCP or SMArchS/MCP)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Standardized Tests: 

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • Minimum score required: 7
  • Electronic scores send to: MIT Graduate Admissions

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Minimum score required: 110 (iBT) 637 (PBT) for PhD program in History, Theory, and Criticism
  • Minimum score required: 100 (iBT) 600 (PBT) for all other programs
  • Institute code: 3514
  • Department code: 12

The IELTS exam is preferred over the TOEFL. Waivers are not offered.

Areas of Research: 

Architectural Design (SMArchS)
Architecture and Urbanism (SMArchS)
Art, Culture and Technology (SM)
Building Technology (SM, SMArchS, & PhD)
Design and Computation (SMArchS & PhD)
History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture (SMArchS & PhD)
History, Theory, and Criticism of Art (PhD)
Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (SMArchS)

Application Requirements: 

Online application
Statement of objectives
Three letters of recommendation
English proficiency exam scores

Special Instructions: 

A scanned PDF of an original transcript (or English translation) from each university should be uploaded in the application. Only those applicants who are accepted for admission will be required to send a hard copy of an official, sealed transcript (with English translation) from each school attended.  Any discrepancy between the scanned transcripts and official transcripts may result in a rejection or withdrawal of our admission offer. Applicants should NOT send any supplemental material with their applications.

Some degree programs require a portfolio of design work and/or writing sample (maximum 30 pages). Applicants should follow instructions detailed on the Architecture website under the degree program of their interest.