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Admissions: Ph.D. in Architecture

Application Process

For general inquiries about the application process and requirements please contact the Department's Graduate Programs Assistant.

Graduate Programs Assistant in Architecture
Nina Bumgarner
Phone: 814.865.0345

Prospective candidates are strongly advised to contact the Department's Director of Graduate Studies to discuss the intended area of graduate study.

Director of Graduate Studies in Architecture
Rebecca Henn
Phone: 814.863.5420

Be advised that the Department accepts students only for entry in the fall semester.

  • The Department will not evaluate your application packet until all materials have been submitted.
  • Applications for entrance in the 2020-21 academic year will be reviewed beginning January 15, 2020.

Application Requirements

  1. Your application must be submitted to the Pennsylvania State University Graduate School at the following website:
  2. Copies of transcripts, degree/study certificates and diplomas in the language of instruction from all institutions of higher education attended, both undergraduate and graduate, should be uploaded online as part of the Graduate School Application. If English is not the language of instruction, copies of all transcripts/documents in the English translation also must be uploaded.
  3. Once an applicant has accepted an offer of admission, he/she will be notified by the Graduate School that official/original transcripts/documents and their official English translation must be sent from the originating institutions for review by the Graduate School, in order to finalize an admission decision. Notarized copies are not sufficient.
  4. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Please request ETS to electronically submit to: Penn State University (institution code 2660).
  5. TOEFL/IELTS scores from non-native speakers of English. Submit to Penn State University (institution code 2660). The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 for the paper-based test or a total score of 80 with a 19 on the speaking section for the Internet-based test (iBT). The minimum acceptable composite score for the IELTS is 6.5. See the Graduate School website for more information; all test scores must be sent from ETS.
  6. The names, addresses, and e-mail addresses for three (3) people who will write letters of reference for you. Once you provide their names, addresses, and e-mail addresses, they will be contacted and prompted to file the letters.
  7. Aside from a one-page CV, a statement of purpose (Ph.D. essay) is required. The statement of purpose is approximately two pages long and provides the following information in a concise manner:
    • Your reasons for pursuing graduate training in terms of your career plans.
    • A clear research focus within your area of interest; articulate, in specific terms, the research topic on which you wish to focus and proposed methods to conduct this research.
    • An explanation of how your previous education, academic background, and/or professional experience provide a foundation for pursuing graduate training in this research field.
    • A demonstration that you have considered carefully our Ph.D. program and are aware of how your interests match faculty expertise and interests; please be sure to identify faculty with whom you are interested in working.

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Financial Aid: Graduate Programs

The department offers a limited number of teaching assistantships, which enables it to provide tuition and a stipend to about 60 percent of the students in residence. From time to time, the department is able to provide limited financial aid to others in the form of part-time employment. These assistantships are extremely competitive. Recipients are chosen primarily on the strength of their applications, as well as on their ability to satisfy the teaching and/or research needs of the department. The University offers other sources of aid, which are described on the Graduate School website.

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