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Master of Architecture Application Requirements

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Application Requirements 

All applications to the Master of Architecture, regardless of the track, require the following materials:

  • Online Application

    To get started, create your application account. This will serve as a portal to your application and will allow you to submit materials as they become available. Online application

  • 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 Master’s 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) 

    Your resume or curriculum vitae should showcase your competencies and credentials, and list all relevant coursework, research, extracurricular or professional activities.

  • Official Transcript(s)

    All  applicants must submit an official transcript from all undergraduate institutions attended after high school graduation (including Wentworth, if applicable). 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. 

    Current Wentworth students applying to the 1-year Track: The Graduate Admissions Office will obtain your transcript on your behalf.

  • Application Fee

    A non-refundable $50 fee is required (except for Automatic Acceptance students. See requirements for the 1-year track for more details).

  • 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. 

    Current Wentworth students who have been Automatically Accepted do not need to submit a design portfolio. 

Additional Requirements: 1-, 2- and 3-Year Tracks

In addition to the above general requirements, there are specific eligibility and application requirements for each track. Locate the track to which you intend to apply and read all directions carefully. 

  • 1-Year Track

    Eligibility: Bachelor of Science in Architecture students at Wentworth who wish to enroll in the one-year Master of Architecture program must do so in their senior year. Acceptance is based on a portfolio evaluation by department faculty, cumulative GPA, resume, a statement of objectives, and references.

    Automatic Acceptance: Internal candidates who have achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the end of their junior year qualify for Automatic Acceptance into the program. 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.  Automatic Acceptance applies only to applicants currently enrolled in Wentworth’s Bachelor of Science in Architecture program and may not be deferred. 

    In addition to the above requirements, all applicants to the 1-year track Master of Architecture must submit:

    Reference Sheet. All current Wentworth students who wish to be considered for the 1-year track must provide the names and contact information for two people who may be contacted as references. Reference sheets should be submitted as a separate electronic file with the application and include reference name, title, address, email and phone number. 

     

  • 2-Year Track

    Eligibility: 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.  

    Wentworth’s Bachelor of Science in Interior Design (BINT) students are eligible for the Master of Architecture 2-Year Track. Prospective BINT students are required to take two courses prior to matriculating into the M.Arch program:

    1. PHYS 1000 College Physics 01 or equivalent – prerequisite for ARCH 8400 Structures 01 (a required course in the fall semester of the first year of the 2-year M.Arch track). Offered in spring, fall and summer semesters, and;
    2. ARCH 2600: Energy and Resources in Architecture – prerequisite for ARCH8250 (a required course in the fall semester of the first year of the 2-year M.Arch track). Offered in spring semester only. It is highly recommended that BINT students enroll in ARCH 2600 in the spring semester of the senior year.

    In addition to the above requirements, all applicants to the 2-year track Master of Architecture must submit:

    Recommendation Letters. With your application, you should submit the names and titles for two people who are providing you with letters of recommendation. 

    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. 

  • 3-Year Track

    Eligibility: Candidates who have earned a four-year undergraduate degree in a discipline other than architecture may apply to the 3-year track. The Master of Architecture program is structured as a three-year sequence of study for external candidates without previous degrees in architecture.  Prospective students in the 3-year Master of Architecture track are required to have completed one semester of algebra, or calculus-based physics (including mechanics), prior to admission to the program.

    In addition to the above requirements, all applicants to the 3-year track of the Master of Architecture must submit:

    Recommendation Letters. With your application, you should submit the names and titles for two people who are providing you with letters of recommendation. 

    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. 

To submit your application

All materials should be submitted electronically. Recommendation letters for  2-and 3-year track applications may be submitted either electronically or by mail to: 

Admissions Office 
Wentworth Institute of Technology 
Attn: Amy Sison,  
550 Huntington Ave 
Boston, MA 02115 

Portfolio Recommendations

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

  • Submit an Electronic Copy

    Applicants should submit an electronic copy of their portfolio, saved as a PDF file. Portfolios must be uploaded to the application.  

  • Showcase your Best Work

    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. 

  • Organize Your Work

    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. 

  • A Professional Quality Portfolio

    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. 

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