M.Arch Admission

M.Arch Admission2024-01-19T18:11:57+08:00
Photo credit: Michelle Gouw (M.Arch Class of 2020), Winner, Global Design Graduate Show Award 2021 for Architecture

Photo credit: Michelle Gouw (M.Arch Class of 2020), Winner, Global Design Graduate Show Award 2021 for Architecture

SUTD’s M.Arch students are defining the future of the architectural profession — combining award-wining design studios with research on computational design, circular economy, advanced fabrication and smart social architecture. The architecture profession is changing fast: find out how our programme prepares you to design the future of our cities.

The application window for the M.Arch 2024 intake will be from 1 August 2023 – 31 January 2024. More details can be found under “Admissions Process” below.

Please submit your application here – https://admission.sutd.edu.sg/

Admissions Criteria

  • At least a bachelor’s degree in architecture from an accredited university*
  • Demonstrated relevant work experience and its duration, to fulfil the Board of Architects’ requirements of undertaking an accredited master’s course

Applicants should also process the following:

  • English language proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS may be required if English is not your medium of instruction_
  • Some experience in programming with modern languages such as Python, JavaScript, C++, C#
  • Some knowledge in Rhino 3D, Grasshopper & Digital Fabrication

For non-SUTD graduates, applicants must provide proof of accreditation by a National Accreditation Board or the Board of Architects of the country of orgin; or Board of Architects (Singapore), subjected to approval by the Office of Graduate Studies in consultation with the Architecture & Sustainable Design Pillar.

  • 4 years university-level architecture education required as stipulated in Board of Architects’s requirement.

Applicants with only 3 years of formal university education in architecture may apply for admission to the MArch two-year track programme. Under the two-year track programme, students will attend two academic terms in the SUTD Undergraduate Architecture programme (Term 7 and Term 8). Upon successful completion of these two academic terms students will be directly enrolled into the ASD MArch programme without additional applications. The MArch two-year track programme is also open to applicants with four years of formal university education who nonetheless require additional skills or knowledge to align with the SUTD curriculum.

 Admissions Process

Follow the steps in the Admissions Exercise Module to complete your application. This will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete and we recommend having the following information ready to facilitate your application:

  • Your Statement of Objectives (1,000 words)
  • Original Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree transcript and certificate
    Please provide your latest official transcripts and official letter of certification from your institution stating the expected date of graduation or award of degree if you have not graduated from your degree programme. For non-English documents, an official English translation must be provided.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report
    If the medium of instruction during your last degree was not in English, please submit your IELTS or TOEFL scores no later than 2 weeks after the application deadline.
  • Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score report
    Not required, but GRE scores will be considered if they are included in the application.
  • Names, titles & e-mail addresses of your 2 recommenders/referees
    Optional. Do notify your recommenders beforehand as they must submit their respective online recommendations within 1 week after you submit your application.
  • Relevant supporting documents
    Academic and/or industry portfolio, awards, publications, etc.
  • Identity Card or Passport

Please submit your online application early to facilitate processing. Short-listed applicants may be interviewed face-to-face, via Skype or over the telephone.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, we welcome applications from the public.

Students enrolled into the programme may apply for LOA after completing their Structured Internship at the end of April. The maximum LOA period is one year, and students must return to complete the course requirements in Term 9 and 10 in the third year, failing which, their candidacy will be terminated.

No, as part of the graduation requirements, all students enrolled into the programme have to pass Thesis.

While the process will be facilitated by the pillar, students are highly encouraged to approach early faculty whose research interests match theirs. Faculty research interests may be found at their faculty profile pages on the ASD website. Details on the selection process will be shared when programme commences.

Yes, our Career Development Centre team oversees the Structured Internship for the Master of Architecture programme. Upon successful admissions, students will be required to attend a briefing on Structured Internship. More details will be shared during the session.

No, the University does not have provisions for postgraduate students to pay their fees using their own CPF/their parents’ CPF.

We regret to inform applicants that the University does not provide specific reasons for unsuccessful applications, except that selection is based on a competitive basis for limited places for the programmes.

Applicants will be notified via email sometime in April/ early May.

After the closing date, all applications will be passed to the Admission Panel for consideration. Some applicants may be required to attend an interview.

Upon receiving the Admission Panel’s recommendations, ASD pillar will put up the list for approval before informing applicants of the outcome via email.

Successful applicants will have to attend a briefing on the Structured Internship sometime in May. More details including application and requirements will be given during the session. Alternatively, you may wish to write in to march@sutd.edu.sg.

Successful applicants will have to attend a briefing on the curriculum sometime in May. More details on the curriculum including thesis preparation will be shared during the session. Alternatively, you may wish to write in to march@sutd.edu.sg.

Yes, it is possible. To apply for Advanced Standing, please write in to march@sutd.edu.sg before submitting your application.