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The admission process is designed to enroll students of the highest promise while assuring a wide diversity of backgrounds and aptitudes within the student body.

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Open House

Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the School during our Open House on Thursday, November 7, 2013. The day’s program offers opportunities to visit classes and design studios, meet informally with faculty and students, tour the School and the University, and attend the School’s evening public lecture given by Bijoy Jain, Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor. Interested applicants planning to attend the Open House should register online at www.architecture.yale.edu by November 6, 2013.

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General Admission Requirements

Students matriculate only at the beginning of each academic year. All students are expected to attend full-time.

Notifications of admission and of financial aid award, if applicable, are sent no later than April 1. Acceptance of the offer of admission, including a nonrefundable deposit of $750, must be made electronically by April 15. This deposit will be credited toward tuition. Acceptances may not be deferred.

International students should refer to the chapter International Students for information regarding additional admission requirements.

Visit www.architecture.yale.edu for further information about the School. For admission inquiries, contact gradarch.admissions@yale.edu or telephone 203.432.2296. For financial aid inquires, contact archfinancialaid@yale.edu or telephone 203.432.2291.

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M.Arch. I: Three-Year Program Admission Requirements

The School believes that the educational experience of its program is enriched by students who have diverse educational backgrounds. The School, therefore, equally embraces students with architecture or non-architecture undergraduate educations.

Applicants to the M.Arch. I program must hold a bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent, from an accredited college or university. The following college-level courses are required as prerequisites to this program, all to be completed by June 1 of the year matriculating:

  • 1. Elementary calculus.
  • 2. A studio course such as freehand drawing, sketching, painting, sculpture, or basic architectural design. (Ceramics, photography, graphics, or film will not satisfy this requirement.)
  • 3. Two courses in the history of art and/or architecture. It is recommended that one course be a survey, the other a course in modern architecture.
  • 4. A classical physics course is also recommended but not required.

Transfer

Students with exceptional promise may be accepted to the M.Arch. I program under one of the following special conditions:

  • 1. After completion, in high standing, of at least one year in an accredited graduate program in architecture, a student may receive credit for some or all course work.
  • 2. After completion, in high standing, of the fourth year of an accredited five-year undergraduate program in architecture, a student may be accepted into the M.Arch. I program with the following provisions: a minimum of one year to qualify for the B.Arch. degree (retained by the School solely to accommodate those few students needing it as a prerequisite in order to work for the M.Arch. degree, but conferred only upon successful completion of work for the M.Arch. degree) and a minimum of an additional two years to qualify for the M.Arch. degree.

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M.Arch. II: Two-Year Program Admission Requirements

Applicants to the M.Arch. II program must hold a five-year bachelor of architecture (B.Arch.) degree, or an equivalent first professional degree.

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M.E.D. Program Admission Requirements

The M.E.D. program accepts qualified applicants with a degree in architecture, or with an undergraduate or graduate degree in a related discipline, who exhibit a strong capability for independent advanced study in a topic related to architecture and environmental design.

Candidates are selected on the basis of academic and/or professional records and individual research proposals. (See details on the submission of the research proposal below and in the chapter Master of Environmental Design Degree Program.) Applicants to the M.E.D. program are encouraged to contact the director of the M.E.D. program to arrange an informational interview with faculty in their study topic area, or to submit a draft study proposal before the application deadline.

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The Application Process

Application to the School is an online process. While completing the online application form, students will be asked to supply information regarding themselves, their education, and their references; upload their transcripts, personal essay, and curriculum vitae (résumé); and pay an application fee. In addition, applicants for the M.Arch. programs will be required to upload a portfolio. Applicants for the M.E.D. program will be required to upload a research proposal. See below for more detailed information on each required component of the application process.

The online application can be accessed at www.architecture.yale.edu/apply, when it is available. Applications for programs beginning in the 2014–2015 academic year must be submitted no later than January 2, 2014. Applicants will not be allowed to submit applications after the deadline has passed.

Since all required admissions materials must be uploaded to the online application, applicants should not send any materials directly to the School. Any materials received directly from an applicant will not be added to the applicant’s admission file.

Once an application has been submitted, applicants can track the status of their application and the receipt of required supporting materials (such as test scores and recommendations) online. Applicants are encouraged to log into the Web site frequently in order to check the status of their application materials and to view correspondence from the admissions office.

Application fee Applications will be considered submitted only when payment of a nonrefundable application fee has been received. For the 2014–2015 academic year the application fee is $85. This fee cannot be waived and cannot be credited to tuition or other accounts upon admission. The only acceptable method of payment of the application fee is by credit or debit card, a transaction that is made within the online application. Wire transfers cannot be accepted.

Transcripts A transcript or academic record indicating degree earned or anticipated is required from each college or university attended and listed in the Academic Record section of the online application. Applicants will need to upload a scanned copy of the applicant’s official transcript or academic record to the application (please ensure that the scanned copy is legible). Refer to the detailed instructions within the online application regarding transcripts/academic records and uploading. Do not send a hard copy of a transcript or academic record that has been uploaded to the application.

Applicants who have attended international institutions must submit transcripts or certified attestations of study. If such documents are not written in English, certified English translations are required. Once translated, the original transcript as well as the certified translation should be uploaded to the online application.

Applicants expecting to graduate this academic year but still attending their college or university must upload their current, in-progress college or university transcript to the application.

Applicants who are offered admission and who accept that offer will be required to have their respective institutions directly submit final, hard-copy official transcripts to the School, indicating, if appropriate, the degree awarded.

Standardized examinations All applicants, including international students, are required to take the General Test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Program of the Educational Testing Service. For information regarding this test, test dates and locations, and/or to arrange to take the test, visit www.ets.org/gre. Although the test may be taken at any time, it should be taken no later than the preceding December.

On August 1, 2011, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) implemented the GRE revised General Test. For detailed information on this new test, visit www.ets.org/gre. ETS will provide the School with the ability to compare, on an equivalent basis, scores between the old and new tests. Therefore, applicants satisfied with results from tests taken prior to August 1, 2011, do not need to take the new test.

The Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) is required of all applicants whose native language is not English, regardless if the applicant’s prior education was at an institution where English was the primary language of instruction. For further information regarding the test and/or to arrange to take the test, visit www.toefl.org. The TOEFL must be taken by no later than the preceding December.

Applicants are required to record their examination scores in the online application for each test date taken. Do not send hard copies.

The Yale School of Architecture institution code number for the GRE and TOEFL iBT is 3985. Please note that this is different from other Yale University code numbers. Unless 3985 is used on the test form, applicants’ scores may not reach the School.

Personal essay An essay, not exceeding one page, that includes a brief personal history and reasons for applying is required and must be uploaded to the online application.

The School of Architecture seeks to draw students from all racial and ethnic groups in society. Applicants who wish to identify themselves as a member of a minority group should do so in this essay.

Curriculum vitae A curriculum vitae (résumé of academic and employment experience) is required and must be uploaded to the online application.

Letters of recommendation Three letters of recommendation are required and must be uploaded by each recommender by no later than January 2, 2014. At least one letter of recommendation should be from a person with direct knowledge of the applicant’s professional potential and academic ability.

Recommendations can be submitted only through an online process. Once recommenders’ e-mail addresses are inserted into the online application, the process will generate an automatic e-mail to the recommenders indicating how to submit their recommendations. E-mail addresses inserted into the application prior to submission of the final application will be received by the School immediately. Therefore, in order to allow recommenders to receive their upload instructions, applicants should provide recommenders’ e-mail addresses as early in the process as possible.

Portfolio (for the M.Arch. programs only) A digital portfolio (a single pdf document optimized not to exceed 64mb) will need to be uploaded to the online application. The portfolio will be viewed on computer screens, so resolution above 150 dpi is not necessary. Pages of the pdf portfolio should be uploaded as spreads.

The portfolio should be a well-edited representation of the applicant’s creative work. Portfolios may not contain videos. Anything submitted that is not entirely the applicant’s own work must be clearly identified as such.

For the M.Arch. I program, the portfolio should demonstrate the applicant’s drawing skills and three-dimensional aptitude. Work represented may include drawings, paintings, sculpture, sketches, furniture and architectural designs, or other materials.

For the M.Arch. II program, the portfolio should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to pursue advanced work in architectural design.

Research proposal (for the M.E.D. program only) A full and specific description of the applicant’s research proposal is required to be uploaded to the online application form. This proposal must include a statement of goals, a proposed study plan, and anticipated results. This submission is weighted heavily during the application review process and is considered in the assignment of faculty advisers. Do not send a hard copy of the proposal that has been uploaded to the application.

Preparation of the proposed study plan is an important part of the application process. As a guide to applicants, the following themes should be included in the proposed study plan:

  • 1. Define a specific topic area and the goal of the study plan. List the prior work, publications, or other key references that provide the background or basis of study in the topic.
  • 2. Define the key questions that might be answered or the important issues that would be addressed by the study. Describe proposed study methods and expected results.
  • 3. List the Yale courses that will support the study. Include a tentative schedule or plan of study over the four terms.
  • 4. Describe prior work relevant to the proposed topic, as well as career expectations in undertaking the study. Include examples of written papers, reports, and other documentation that illustrate a capability to carry out the proposed study.

Applicants are invited to submit a draft of the study plan to the M.E.D. program director well in advance of the application deadline, in order to receive comments on it prior to the final application.

Verification of application credentials It is the policy of the School of Architecture to verify all credentials, such as transcripts, recommendations, and standardized test scores, as well as other information submitted in support of an application. By submission of an application, applicants automatically grant consent for such verification. Should it be determined at any time that any credential or other information submitted during the application process has been misrepresented, the University reserves the right to rescind the offer of admission and to prevent registration.

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