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Graduate Admissions – Application Process

CHECKLIST OF APPLICATION MATERIALS

All applicants for all programs must submit each item listed below unless otherwise specified for a particular program. 


1. Graduate School Application Form must be completed online.

2.Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts or academic records must be uploaded directly to the ApplyYourself online application. International students must also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. Please do NOT submit paper copies of this material because it will cause delays in your application processing. You will only be asked to submit official transcripts or academic records if you are admitted. The University of Minnesota reserves the right to require the submission of official transcripts or credentials any time during the admission review process.

3. Essay

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ONLY REQUIRE THE ESSAYS DESCRIBED BELOW.  THE ONLINE APPLICATION WILL PROMPT YOU FOR ADDITIONAL ESSAYS PERTAINING TO CAREER GOALS, DIVERSITY, ETC.  THE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE DOES NOT NEED THESE AND YOU DO NOT NEED TO SUBMIT THEM.


a. Master of Architecture
Two brief essays, each one no more than 500 words. Select from two of the following three options. Upload the two essays at the "Graduate Program Supplementary Information" section and use the "UPLOAD #1" and "UPLOAD #2" buttons.


Option #1 - Write about a formative personal experience that helped to inspire your interest in pursuing the professional study of architecture and the built environment.
Option #2 - Describe a place that is meaningful and state why you find it meaningful.
Option #3 - Describe an object (at any scale) that you find sublime, grotesque or culturally significant and state why.


b. M.S. in Architecture - Sustainable Design Track

Essay may be up to 1,000 words, outlining Sustainable Design as an area of study. Please define possible research topics to be pursued, your experience and preparation for the field, career goals and other relevant information that supports the application. Upload this essay at the "Graduate Program Supplementary Information" section and use the "UPLOAD #1" button.


c. M.S. in Architecture – Heritage Preservation & Conservation Track

Write a brief statement up to 1000 words explaining your interests in, and commitment to, heritage conservation and preservation as an area of study. Define possible research topics to be pursued, your experience and preparation for the field, career goals, and other relevant information that supports the application. Upload this essay at the "Graduate Program Supplementary Information" section and use the "UPLOAD #1" button.


d. M.S in Architecture– Metropolitan Design Track

A statement up to 1000 words, outlining specific interests in the metropolitan design area of study. Please define possible research topics to be pursued, your experience and preparation for the field, career goals, and other relevant information that supports the application.  Upload this essay at the "Graduate Program Supplementary Information" section and use the "UPLOAD #1" button.

e. M.S. in Architecture - Research Practices Concentration

Submit a statement up to 1,000 words that includes 1) research interests including any past research pursued and methodology skills learned 2) ideal electives that would support your research interests and skill-building 3) a description of your work experience and professional progress and goals, including approximate IDP/AXP hours in each area and clarification of your intention for licensure (which state(s) and if you plan to track 5600 hours or 3740 hours or both).


4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Required of all applicants for the M. Arch., MS-SD, MS-HCP and MS-MD.  The GRE is optional for the MS-RP program . Applicants should take the general test and submit scores for verbal, quantitative and analytical skills. The UMN-Twin Cities Graduate School code is 6874.

5. TOEFL (International Applicants)

Submit scores from one of the four English language tests. Applicants must have a minimum score of

600 (TOEFL paper test);

90  (internet based TOEFL test);

7.0 (IELTS Test);

80 (MELAB test).

Preference is given to applicants with an equivalent TOEFL paper test score of 600 or higher.

International students who earn their undergraduate degree in the United States are not required to submit TOEFL scores.

6. Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required and are processed through the online application. Applicants are encouraged to submit 2 of the 3 letters from faculty members who are familiar with their aptitude for academic work. If an applicant majored in architecture as an undergraduate, then faculty letters should be from design studio faculty.

7. Portfolio /  Research/Writing Sample
a. Master of Architecture

The portfolio should be uploaded as a pdf file electronically to the digital publishing platform ISSUU.COM.  You will need to create an account as a "publisher" in order to use this site.  There is no fee to do this. Please use your complete name in the registration process since this will be generating a URL weblink to your portfolio.

The online application will ask you to paste in a "Link to Portfolio."

If you have questions about this process, please contact our office at archinfo@umn.com.


TWO-YEAR PROGRAM.  Submit a portfolio of approximately 12-20 pages/sides that indicates an ability to produce drawings of architectural form and space, as well as a broader design sensitivity. Architectural drawings and design studio work should be included. Other work showing artistic or design ability or facility with digital technology may also be included.  Please do not send a hard copy of the portfolio.


THREE-YEAR PROGRAM   Submit a portfolio of 8-15 pages/sides. The portfolio should indicate design ability through drawing, painting, sculpture, graphic art, industrial design, or photography (2 pages of photographs maximum). The portfolio must include a hand-drawn self portrait. The drawing must not be copied from a photograph. Please do not send a hard copy of the portfolio.

 

b. MS in Architecture - Sustainable Design Track

The portfolio should be uploaded as a pdf file electronically to the digital publishing platform ISSUU.COM.  You will need to create an account as a "publisher" in order to use this site.  There is no fee to do this. Please use your complete name in the registration process since this will be generating a URL weblink to your portfolio.

The online application will ask you to paste in a "Link to Portfolio."


The portfolio should be of no more than approximately 10 pages/sides that demonstrates your design ability, sustainable practices, or professional accomplishment. Design studio projects may be included. Other work showing artistic or design ability or facility with digital technology may also be included. Please do not send a hard copy of the portfolio.

 

c. M.S. in Architecture – Heritage Preservation & Conservation Track

NO PORTFOLIO IS REQUIRED

Instead, please provide a sample of your writing, in English, from a recent architecture, landscape architecture, art history, preservation, or related course or project. Applicants may submit a professional report or published article. This requirement is intended to provide the committee with a sample of your research, communication, and analytical skills.

 

d. M.S. in Architecture – Metropolitan Design Track

The portfolio should be uploaded as a pdf file electronically to the digital publishing platform ISSUU.COM.  You will need to create an account as a "publisher" in order to use this site.  There is no fee to do this. Please use your complete name in the registration process since this will be generating a URL weblink to your portfolio.

The online application will ask you to paste in a "Link to Portfolio."


The portfolio should be of no more than 10 pages/sides that demonstrates your design ability, or professional accomplishment. Design studio projects may be included. Other work showing artistic or design ability or facility with digital technology may also be included. Please do not send a hard copy of the portfolio.

 

e. M.S. in Architecture - Research Practices Concentration

The portfolio should be uploaded as a pdf file electronically to the digital publishing platform ISSUU.COM.  You will need to create an account as a "publisher" in order to use this site.  There is no fee to do this. Please use your complete name in the registration process since this will be generating a URL weblink to your portfolio.

The online application will ask you to paste in a "Link to Portfolio."

Submit a portfolio of approximately 12-20 pages/sides that indicates an ability to produce drawings of architectural form and space, as well as a broader design sensitivity. Architectural drawings and design studio work should be included. Other work showing artistic or design ability or facility with digital technology may also be included. Please do not send a hard copy of the portfolio.



APPLICATION DEADLINES

M. Arch.     January 15, 2018

The M Arch Program admits only for the fall semester.

M.S. SD     Rolling Admissions 

M. HSPH Tracks  Rolling Admissions

M.S. MD   Rolling Admissions

M.S. RP    Rolling Admissions

For programs with rolling admissions,

apply 4 months before the semester of entry,

fall or spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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