Master of Architecture Application Requirements

Internal Candidates – No Automatic Acceptance

Internal candidates are applicants currently enrolled in Wentworth’s B.S. in Architecture degree program or who have graduated from this program within one year of the application deadline.

  • Statement of Objectives. Answer each of the two following questions listed below:
    1.    Describe an architectural topic or issue which you could envision exploring as a thesis topic during your Masters program. Explain its relevance to you and how architecture can address the identified issue. (300 words)
    2.    Identify and describe a place you have visited in which architecture made a strong impression on you and why. (300 words)
    The statement must be submitted as an electronic file with the application. 
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Reference Sheet. Include the names and contact information for two people who may be contacted as references. Recommendation letters are not required and should not be submitted. Reference sheets should be submitted as a separate electronic file with the application and include reference name, title, address, email and phone number.
  • Transcript(s). All applicants must submit a transcript from Wentworth. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable and may be downloaded from LeopardWeb. Unofficial transcripts should be submitted electronically with the application.
  • Application Fee. A non-refundable $50 fee is required.
  • Design Portfolio. Portfolios should contain work that demonstrates your proficiency in architecture and reflects the full range of your creative, research and technical skills. The portfolio should be submitted as an electronic pdf. See the Portfolio Recommendations section below.

Internal Candidates – Automatic Acceptance

Internal candidates who have achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 at the end of their junior year qualify for Automatic Acceptance into the program. Students receive confirmation of their status in the fall of their fourth year from the Department of Architecture.

  • Students who have earned Automatic Acceptance must submit all the materials listed above, with the exception of a Design Portfolio and Application Fee. A code for an application fee waiver will be sent to students with Automatic Acceptance. 

External Candidates

Master of Architecture (2-Year Program)

Candidates who have earned a four-year NAAB-based Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree at another institution – or who have graduated from Wentworth’s B.S. in Architecture program more than one year prior to submission – must complete the external candidate application process for the two-year program. Wentworth graduates may still be considered for admission to the one-year program based on the department’s assessment of their status. 

To apply to the two-year program, candidates must complete the online application and submit the following materials:

  • Statement of Objectives. Answer each of the two following questions listed below:
    1.    Describe an architectural topic or issue which you could envision exploring as a thesis topic during your Masters program. Explain its relevance to you and how architecture can address the identified issue. (300 words)
    2.    Identify and describe a place you have visited in which architecture made a strong impression on you and why. (300 words)
    The statement must be submitted as an electronic file with the application. 
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Recommendation Letters. With your application, you should submit the names and titles for two people who are providing you with letters of recommendation.
  • Official Transcript(s). All external applicants must submit an official transcript from all institutions (including Wentworth, if applicable) attended after high school graduation. The transcript(s) must be in a sealed envelope from the registrar’s office; loose or opened transcripts will not be accepted. Transcripts from non-English based programs should be accompanied by official English translations.
  • Application Fee. A non-refundable $50 fee is required.
  • Design Portfolio. Portfolios should contain work that demonstrates your proficiency in architecture and reflects the full range of your creative, research and technical skills. The portfolio should be submitted as an electronic pdf file. See the Portfolio Recommendations section below.
  • Proof of English Proficiency (for non-native English speakers). Please review Wentworth's English proficiency requirements. International applicants will also be required to submit proof of financial support.

All materials should be submitted electronically; recommendation letters may be submitted either electronically or by mail to:

Admissions Office
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Attn: Graduate Architecture
550 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115

Master of Architecture (3-Year Program)

Candidates who have earned a four-year undergraduate degree in a discipline other than architecture are eligible to apply. The MArch program is structured as a three-year sequence of study for external candidates without previous degrees in architecture. 

Candidates must complete the online application and submit the following materials:

  • Statement of Objectives. Answer each of the two following questions listed below:
    1.    Describe an architectural topic or issue which you could envision exploring as a thesis topic during your Masters program. Explain its relevance to you and how architecture can address the identified issue. (300 words)
    2.    Identify and describe a place you have visited in which architecture made a strong impression on you and why. (300 words)
    The statement must be submitted as an electronic file with the application. 
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Recommendation Letters. With your application, you should submit the names and titles for two people who are providing you with letters of recommendation.
  • Official Transcript(s). All external applicants must submit an official transcript from all institutions (including Wentworth, if applicable) attended after high school graduation. The transcript(s) must be in a sealed envelope from the registrar’s office; loose or opened transcripts will not be accepted. Transcripts from non-English based programs should be accompanied by official English translations.
  • Application Fee. A non-refundable $50 fee is required.
  • Design Portfolio. Portfolios should contain work that demonstrates your proficiency in architecture and reflects the full range of your creative, research and technical skills. The portfolio should be submitted as an electronic pdf file. See the Portfolio Recommendations section below.
  • Proof of English Proficiency (for non-native English speakers). Please review Wentworth's English proficiency requirements. International applicants will also be required to submit proof of financial support.

All materials should be submitted electronically; recommendation letters may be submitted either electronically or by mail to:

Admissions Office
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Attn: Graduate Architecture
550 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115

Portfolio Recommendations

The following recommendations are designed to help you produce a strong architectural portfolio:

  • Applicants should submit an electronic copy of their portfolio, saved as a PDF file. Portfolios must be uploaded to the application. 
  • Emphasis should be placed on your four to five best and most creative projects. Creative and professional work may be included if it helps illustrate your abilities to perform successfully as a graduate student. Preference should be given to your original design work. Show a range of your two- and three-dimensional work: sketches, images, photography, sculpture, writing samples or any works that convey your artistic sensibilities.
  • Portfolios should be well organized with a brief introductory text for each project. Each project should be clearly labeled. Indicate if the project was completed as part of a curriculum by including the name of the professor, studio, and year. If the project required teamwork, indicate your role on the team.
  • The goal of the portfolio is to legibly display the quality of your design and creative work. Focus your efforts on making the clearest presentation with simple elegant layouts of imagery and brief, informative texts. Use straightforward typefaces (avoid all-caps body texts and force-justification to ease legibility).
  • Make an effort to document your work carefully so that photographs, digital prints, and scans of your work are of high quality when printed. The committee expects a professional presentation.