2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Graduate Program Admissions

Master of Architecture

Wentworth Institute of Technology offers a Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree, a first professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

The Master of Architecture program is offered as a one-, two-, or three-year course of study.

Application requirements are listed below. International students should refer to the international student admission section of the catalog for specific additional requirements regarding admission. All transcripts of course work completed outside the United States must be evaluated by an approved evaluation service. The application priority deadline for completed applications is February 15th.  Students apply online at wit.edu/apply.

One-Year Program: (Wentworth B.S. Arch + 36 credits)

Candidates who are 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 are considered internal candidates. The minimum GPA for admission to the program is a 3.0, or permission of the Department Head.

Internal candidates who have achieved a cumulative departmental GPA of at least 3.2 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.

Automatic acceptance applies only to applicants currently enrolled in Wentworth’s Bachelor of Science in Architecture program and may not be deferred. Students who have earned Automatic Acceptance must submit all of the application materials listed below, with the exception of a Design Portfolio.

One-Year Program Application Requirements

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

  • Statement of Objectives. A written statement, no more than 1000 words (2-3 pages), detailing your interest in studying architecture at the graduate level and your intended career/professional goals. 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 file no larger than 20MB. See the Portfolio Recommendations section below.

Two-Year Program: (prior NAAB-based B.S. Arch from another institution + 72 credits)

Candidates who have successfully completed a four-year NAAB-based Bachelor of Science in Architecture or Bachelor of 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. The minimum overall GPA for admission to the program is 3.0 or by permission of the Architecture Department.

Three-Year Program: (prior non-professional degree from another institution + 108 credits)

Candidates who have successfully completed a four-year undergraduate degree in a discipline other than architecture are eligible to apply. The M.Arch program is structured as a three-year sequence of study for external candidates without previous degrees in architecture. The minimum overall GPA for admission to the program is 3.0 or by permission of the Architecture Department.

Two- and Three-Year Program Application Requirements

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

  • Statement of Objectives. A written statement, no more than 1000 words (2-3 pages), detailing your interest in studying architecture at the graduate level and your intended career/professional goals. 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 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.
  • GRE. Applicants must complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and submit official scores.
  • 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 no larger than 20MB. 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:

  • Format. Applicants should submit an electronic copy of their portfolio. Portfolios may be uploaded to the application or emailed to admissions@wit.edu with the subject line “MARC Application Portfolio”. The body of the email should include the applicant’s full name and address. Electronic portfolios should be pdf files and must not exceed 20MB.
  • Content. 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 work: sketches, images, photography, sculpture, writing samples or any works that convey your artistic sensibilities.
  • Organization. Portfolios should be well organized with a brief introductory text for each project. Each project should be clearly labeled.
  • Simplicity. 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).
  • Quality. 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.

Admissions Decisions

Completed applications for the M. Arch program are reviewed by the Architecture Department. Notification on the outcome of the admissions process occurs by April 1 for admission to the following fall semester. Accepted students must indicate their decision to enroll in writing by no later than May 1, accompanied by a $250.00 tuition deposit and a $500.00 housing deposit. The tuition and housing deposits are non-refundable after May 1. Admissions decisions are mailed to the address provided on the application form.

Wentworth Institute of Technology reserves the right to be the exclusive judge of the acceptability of any applicant for admission to its programs of study. Admission decisions for the M. Arch program are final. All acceptances are contingent upon successful completion of the specified undergraduate degree program and maintenance of the minimum GPA standard.

Master of Science and Master of Engineering Part-Time Programs

Summary:

  • Complete online application
  • Current resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official transcript(s) from any college(s) attended
  • Two (2) professional recommendations
  • $50 application fee
  • Earned bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution

Applications are accepted for the fall and spring semesters and are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Admissions Requirements

All application materials must be completed in English and the candidate should keep a copy of all application materials.

Official transcripts from all institutions attended after high school graduation are required.  If you are currently enrolled in a program, ask the school’s registrar to include a list of classes in which you are currently registered. The transcript(s) must be sealed in an envelope from the registrar’s office; loose or opened transcripts will not be accepted.

The recommended undergraduate GPA is 3.0. The admissions committee may request the GRE or GMAT exams if the GPA is below a 3.0.

Admissions Decisions

Completed applications for the Master of Science programs are reviewed by the Master of Science program director and the academic department. Notification on the outcome of the admissions process occurs on a rolling basis for admission to the following semester. Wentworth Institute of Technology reserves the right to be the exclusive judge of the acceptability of any applicant for admission to its programs of study. All acceptances are contingent upon successful completion of the specified undergraduate degree program and maintenance of the minimum GPA standard.

The decision of the graduate committees related to all aspects of admissions is final.

Master of Science in Applied Computer Science

Wentworth Institute of Technology offers a part-time Master of Science in Applied Computer Science (MSACS) degree through the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE). The degree is designed to educate professionals in the application of technical computing and management skills required to plan, design, implement, deploy and operate computer-based solutions within an organization. To be eligible for consideration for admission, applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in computer science, computer networking, computer information systems, computer engineering (with significant computer science content), information technology or software engineering. Candidates should be able to demonstrate competence in three areas: programming, fundamentals of computer science (including computer organization, operating systems, databases, and data communication), as well as statistics.

The Master of Science in Applied Computer Science is a 100% online program.

Master of Science in Construction Management

Wentworth Institute of Technology offers a part-time Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM) through the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE). Students must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.  An undergraduate degree from an American Council of Construction Education (ACCE) accredited program in construction management is a plus.  Candidates must also demonstrate competencies in three (3) areas; construction estimating, construction scheduling, and management. Competencies can be demonstrated either through prior class work, testing, architectural/engineering/construction (AEC) employment, and/or documented work experience in the field. Qualifications and competencies are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Competencies can also be acquired through CPCE’s Managing Construction Projects professional certificate.

The Master of Science in Construction Management is available in a hybrid delivery format as well as 100% online. 

Master of Science in Facility Management

Wentworth Institute of Technology offers a part-time Master of Science in Facility Management (MSFM) through the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE). Students must possess an undergraduate degree in one of the following areas of study: facility management, architecture, engineering, construction management, business or interior design. Students should also be able to demonstrate one (1) year of verifiable full-time work experience in the facility management field or be able to exhibit competency in the following areas: accounting or finance, real estate, project management, operations, and general management. Competencies can be demonstrated either through prior class work, testing, architectural/engineering/construction (AEC) employment, and/or documented work experience in the facilities management field. Qualifications and competencies are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Facility management competencies can also be acquired through CPCE’s Facilities Management professional certificate.

The Master of Science in Facility Management is available in a hybrid delivery format as well as 100% online. 

Master of Science in Technology Management

Wentworth Institute of Technology offers a part-time Master of Science in Technology Management (MSTM) through the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE).  Students must possess a BA or BS degree from an accredited college or university and at least one (1) year of professional experience in a technical role and/or technical organization. Familiarity with Accounting and Finance is a plus but is not required for admission. 

The Master of Science in Technology Management is available in a 100% online delivery format.

Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering

Wentworth Institute of Technology offers a part-time Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (MEng CE) degree through the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE). The degree is designed to educate technical professionals in post-graduate civil engineering principles. Students must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. A Bachelor of Science degree from a Civil Engineering curriculum accredited by ABET is a plus. Results of the GRE or GMAT exams may be submitted but are not required. The MEng CE admission requirements are based on a 3.0 grade point average and an academic record demonstrating adequate preparation and potential for successful graduate study, or at the discretion of the Department Chair. Undergraduate degrees from other disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis. MEng CE admission qualifications and civil engineering competencies are assessed based on grade point average, relevant work experience and the completion of additional coursework to bridge the gap between engineering and the applicant’s undergraduate degree.

The Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering is a hybrid program.