The information below applies to Master of Architecture, MS in Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, and Urban Design programs, which are all run by the Spitzer School. For the interdisciplinary MS Sustainability in the Urban Environment program including its architecture track, please refer to CCNY’s Central Admissions Office.
Q: Can I visit the school?
The school is currently operating remotely, so we are offering virtual tours
regularly. It is not possible to visit in person during this time.
Q: Can I study part-time?
A: No, all of the graduate programs at the Spitzer School are full-time.
Q: What is the application deadline?
Please see our Graduate Application Instructions
page for full details. New students begin in the fall only.
Q: What materials are required for admission?
Please see our Graduate Application Instructions
page for full details. International students should also reference the International Students Admissions Page
Q: What is your portfolio requirement? What should go in my portfolio?
A digital portfolio of creative work is required for all Spitzer School applicants. The portfolio should reflect your level of creative ability and creative process and can include drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, furniture design, photography, crafts, or other types of work. The portfolio for postprofessional programs should include design projects.Please see our Graduate Application Instructions
page for full details including the link to submit.
Q: Where should I send materials?
All materials should be submitted online. You’ll find the link for uploading your portfolio within the Graduate Application Instructions page. Your portfolio should be uploaded at this link and not within the online application
Duolingo English Test scores should be submitted digitally directly by Duolingo. Credential evaluations should be submitted digitally directly by the evaluating agency.
ETS (Educational Testing Service) test score reports must be sent directly from ETS to be official. The Institutional Code for City College is 2083. City College does not use department codes.
Do not send any hard copy materials without advance approval by firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Where can I fulfill the M Arch I program prerequisites of precalculus and physics?
You may take the classes at a college of your choosing. At City College you would take MATH 19500 Precalculus. At any other college, you should take a general 3-credit precalculus course that covers intervals, inequalities, operations on functions, inverse functions, graphing polynomial and rational functions, binomial theorem, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions and formulas. For the physics prerequisite, at City College you would take Physics 21900 Physics for Architects. At any other college, you should take a general 4-credit physics with a lab that covers vectors and forces (the most basic course). If you wish to check whether a math or physics course you are considering fulfills our prerequisite, please complete and submit this form
at least two weeks prior to the registration deadline. Submit one form for each course you are considering.
Q: Are the M Arch math and physics prerequisites available at CCNY?
Yes, the courses at City College are MATH 19500 Precalculus and PHYS 21900 Physics for Architects. These are both undergraduate courses, and they are available to nondegree students provided they have fulfilled any prerequisites. Please see the undergraduate nondegree info page.
Q: If I move to New York, would I be eligible for in-state tuition?
Possibly. U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and individuals with certain other qualifying statuses who relocate to New York State with the intention to stay can apply for a change in residency status after living in the state for at least one year using the CUNY Residency Form
. Guidelines for completing residency form are on the CUNY website under Section IV. Residency
: “Part II.PROCEDURES TO BE USED IN MAKING DETERMINATIONS OF ELIGIBILITY FOR RESIDENT TUITION STATUS”
Q: Do you have any scholarships available? How can I apply for them?
We do, in effect, offer all students scholarships in the form of tuition that is far lower than institutions with which we compete, given that we are the only public school of architecture in Manhattan. Additionally, each program has one scholarship that covers the amount of in-state tuition for one year and is awarded to an excellent student who is in financial need. No separate application is required for this. There are opportunities for research and assistantship grants as well, generally for students whose studies are already under way. We encourage students to apply for external scholarships, and in fact many students come in with scholarship from outside organizations or, in the case of international students, their home countries. See Paying for School
for some possibilities. U.S. citizens and permanent residents should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
before the priority deadline of March 15 in order to be eligible for federal and state government financial assistance. CCNY’s Federal School Code is 002688. Also see Graduate Financial Aid
for more basic information.
Q: Is financial aid available?
If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, we recommend that you file the FAFSA
(Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in order to be considered for government low-interest loans and eligible for federal work-study positions. Be sure to list CCNY’s Federal School Code: 002688. FAFSA-based financial aid award notifications for admitted students are posted starting in March.
Q: Any other tips?
We’re so glad you asked! Here are some basic but helpful tips.
- Make sure your name appears consistently on all the materials you submit. This could include your transcript, test scores, letters of recommendation, and e-mail correspondence. If your name has changed or appears differently on different documents, please alert the admissions office.
- Whenever you contact the office, specify your name and your specific program of interest. We have several different programs, so it is not enough to say “the master’s program” or “the architecture program.”
- If leaving a phone message, state your name and program of interest clearly, and leave your phone number twice.
- Be polite and use correct spelling and good grammar in all of your correspondence.