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Accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), the Master of Architecture (M. Arch.) is the professional degree required by most state registration boards as a condition of licensure for architectural practice. At Clemson, the M. Arch. program seeks to develop students’ proficiency in responding to contemporary architectural, social, and global issues with a balance of theoretical knowledge and practical abilities. As the only school of architecture in the state, Clemson Architecture gravitates toward the middle of the theory-practice spectrum, offering an educational foundation that respects both the theoretical, conceptual, and historical knowledge needed by educated leaders with the skills needed in the contemporary architectural practice. Each semester, major emphasis is placed on the work of the design studio, where design solutions—architectural, environmental, conceptual, or constructed, as appropriate—are proposed for a broad range of local needs and global issues. The design studio is complemented by coursework in building technology, architectural history and theory, representation and fabrication, research methods, and professional practice topics, and these courses are integrated with studio whenever possible.

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  • Degree Tracks

    Clemson offers four tracks toward earning the professional, NAAB-accredited (NAAB accreditation) Master of Architecture (M. Arch.) degree:

    • The M. Arch. I  is a three-year, 90-credit hour degree track for students without a portfolio of 6-8 semesters of strong architecture studio work. Students in the M. Arch. I track have diversity of undergraduate majors, including architecture and architectural studies, and various design (art, city planning, urban design, landscape architecture, industrial design, and others) and non-design backgrounds (business, economics, engineering, literature, psychology, and other fields).      
    • The M. Arch. II is a two-year, 60-credit hour degree track for students with a pre-professional Bachelor degree (BA or BS) in Architecture and strong portfolios documenting 6 to 8 semesters of design studio work. The M. Arch. II track is an advanced placement track and a BA or BS in a pre-professional architecture program is a minimum requirement. A competitive portfolio is also required. In the context of applicant pool, advanced placement is determined by the Admissions Committee during the application and portfolio review process. 
  • Plan of Study

    Within the framework of the accredited and highly structured M. Arch. degree program, Clemson Architecture seeks to offer students as much choice as possible. Some students seek to focus their studies in the highly respected Architecture + Health program. Others focus their interests in the Architecture + CommunityBUILD program or Digital Ecologies certificate program. Some spend one or two semesters in Charleston, Barcelona, or Genoa. Others pursue up to 12 credit hours of elective coursework (nearly one semester) outside of architecture.

    As seen in the Master of Architecture Plan of Study, the M. Arch. curriculum is described as a three-year curriculum with 6 semesters of coursework. The semesters are numbered 1 through 6 and described as Semester 1, Semester 2, etc. Three-Year, M. Arch. I students begin in First Year, Semester 1; Two-Year M. Arch. II students receive advance placement for their pre-professional studies and begin in Semester 3. 

    All three-year M. Arch. I students take the same coursework in the First Year. After the First Year, students may begin to specialize their studies. Students admitted to the Architecture + Health program move into the A+H studios and concentrate on A+H coursework. All other M. Arch. students have 12 credit hours (4 courses) of open electives in any graduate level subject, may pursue certificate programs, and have greater flexibility for up to two semesters of off-campus study in Charleston, South Carolina; Barcelona; and/or Genova, which together comprise Clemson's Fluid Campus.

    Master of Architecture Plan of Study

    FIRST YEAR: CORE STUDIOS
    Three-Year (M. Arch. I) Track (90 Credits) begins here

    Semester 1 | FALL | Clemson Campus

      6  ARCH 8410  Architecture Studio I

      3  ARCH 8100  Visualization I

      3  ARCH 8600  Architectural History and Theory I

      3  ARCH 8700  Structures I

    15 credits

    Semester 2 | SPRING | Clemson Campus

      6  ARCH 8420 Architectural Studio II

      3  ARCH 8200 Visualization II

      3  ARCH 8610 Architectural History and Theory II

      3  ARCH 8710  Structures II

    15 credits

     

    FIRST SUMMER

    Summer Session | Clemson Campus

    ARCH XXXX   Electives (if offered)

         GRAD XXXX 

    *Note: Electives taken during the summer may be substituted for electives otherwise required during the spring and fall semesters.


    SECOND YEAR: INTERMEDIATE STUDIOS
    Two-Year (M. Arch. II) Track (60 Credits) begins here

    Semester 3 | FALL | Clemson Campus

      6  ARCH 8510 Design Studio III

      3  ARCH 8210 Research Methods

      3  ARCH 8720 Productions and Assemblies + 8721 Lab 

      3  ARCH 8810 Professional Practice I

    15 credits

    Semester 4  | SPRING| Clemson Campus Option

      6  ARCH 8520 Design Studio IV (Clemson)

      3  ARCH 8730 Environmental Systems + 8731 Lab ONLINE

      3  ARCH 8620 Architectural History and Theory III

      3  GRAD XXXX ELECTIVE (or Structures II: See Notes)

    15 credits

    Semester 4  | SPRING| Charleston Option

      6  ARCH 8520 Design Studio IV (Charleston)

      3  ARCH 8730 Environmental Systems + 8731 Lab ONLINE

      3  ARCH 8620 Architectural History and Theory III

      3  ARCH XXXX CA.C OPTION (See Notes)

    15 credits

    Semester 4  | SPRING| BARCELONA or GENOA Option

      6  ARCH 8520 Design Studio IV (Barcelona/Genoa)

      3  ARCH 8730 Environmental Systems + 8731 Lab ONLINE

      3  ARCH 8620 Architectural History and Theory III

      3  ARCH 6160 Field Studies

    15 credits

     

    SECOND SUMMER 

    Summer Sessions

    ARCH XXX ELECTIVES (if offered)

    GRAD XXXX   

    *Note: Electives taken during the summer may be substituted for electives otherwise required during the spring and fall semesters.

     

    THIRD YEAR: ADVANCED STUDIOS

    Semester 5 | FALL | Clemson Campus Option

      6  ARCH 8570 Design Studio V (Clemson)

      3  GRAD XXXX ELECTIVE

      3  GRAD XXXX ELECTIVE

      3  GRAD XXXX ELECTIVE

    15 credits

    Semester 6 | SPRING | Clemson Campus

      6  ARCH 8920 Comprehensive Studio (Studio VI)

      3  ARCH 8640 Architectural History and Theory IV

      3  ARCH 8740 Building Processes: Technical Resolution + 8741 Lab

      3  ARCH 8820 Professional Practice II

    15 credits

    Semester 5 | FALL | CHARLESTON Option

      6  ARCH 8570 Design Studio V (Clemson)

      3  ARCH XXXX CA.C OPTIONS

      3  ARCH XXXX CA.C OPTIONS

      3  ARCH XXXX CA.C OPTIONS

    15 credits

    IMPORTANT NOTES:
    CREDIT HOURS: Credit hours must total 15 each semester to complete graduation requirements in a timely manner, except if electives are taken during the summer. No more than 15 credit hours may be taken in a semester.
    STRUCTURES II: All students must have taken the equivalent of ARCH 8710 Structures II as undergraduates or take this course, even if this requires staying on campus for Semester 4 and excludes other electives.
    ELECTIVES: Any Clemson Univ. graduate level courses numbered 6000 and above.
    CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS IN DIGITAL ECOLOGIES AND COMMUNITY BUILD: Visit the certificate programs web pages at the SoA website.
    FLUID CAMPUS COURSE OPTIONS: Off-ca,[us study is an elective. Off-campus centers have limited second-tier elective options. Barcelona generally has a fixed slate of courses; Genoa may have a few options; and Charleston has more, as well as College of Charleston nearby. For details, contact the program/resident director.
    THE GS2 PLAN OF STUDY FORM: The GS2 form is for graduation and it has information about graduation requirements. 

    Semester 5 | FALL | BARCELONA or GENOA Option

      6  ARCH 8570 Design Studio V (Barecelona/Genoa)

      3  ARCH 6160 Field Studies

      3  ARCH 6140 SEMINAR

      3  ARCH 6120 SEMINAR

    15 credits

    Download a printable version here. 

  • Certificate Programs

    Architecture + Community Build
    Architecture + Community Build is an application-based, 18-credit hour certificate program focused on community engagement and a holistic approach to design-build.

    Digital Ecologies
    Digital Ecologies is an elective course focused, 9-credit hour certificate program focused on architectural technologies.

    Integrated Project Delivery
    Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is an elective course, interdisciplinary, 9-credit hour program focused on collaborated project delivery. In this project delivery system, architects, contractors, owners and other building disciplines work together throughout the life of the project to deliver a better project and increase efficiency.

  • STEM Designation

    This is a STEM designated program:  CIP code 04.0902 (architectural and building sciences/technology)

    STEM designated graduate degree programs:

    CIP Code 04.0902 (architectural and building sciences/technology)

    Other (non-STEM) graduate degree programs
  • Assistantships and Employment

    Employment versus Financial Aid
    The School of Architecture does not offer financial aid. For financial aid, see the University's Financial Aid webpage. The School of Architecture offers employment in the form of assistantships and hourly positions. The School offers a limited number of assistantships to new M. Arch. II students based on the strength of their applications and their standing in the applicant pool; however, these students must still apply for placement to determine their best assistantship role among available positions. (The School also offers a limited number of recruiting fellowships sponsored by the state chapters of the AIA and other benefactors.) The number of assistantships available is limited by the School of Architecture's budget in a given year; fellowships are limited by the amount and timing of funds; hourly positions depend on the budget and School employment needs. No assistantships or fellowships extend beyond the number of semesters offered in the official award letter; all are limited in time and none renew automatically.  

    Graduate Assistantships
    Assistantships are employment where a full-time graduate student serves the School of Architecture as a graduate teaching assistant (GTA), graduate research assistant (GRA), or graduate administrative assistant (GAA) in return for a paycheck and tuition credit. See the Graduate School's Graduate School's Student Employment/Graduate Assistantships webpage.   

    Application Process and Timing
    Assistantships are for one year and follow the academic calendar. Applications are requested one time per year, during the late spring or early summer—probably in May—before the start of the next academic year. At this time, a call for applications is sent by email to all registered graduate students with a list of available positions. Under normal circumstances, no positions will be offered or available after positions are awarded until the next call for applications, in the next summer, in advance of the next academic year.  

    Qualifications
    Full-time graduate students (i.e., minimum enrollment of 9 credit hours) in good academic standing (i.e., GPA 3.0 and above) are eligible for consideration. For School of Architecture assistantships, the primary considerations for appointment are 1) academic performance for continuing students or applicant ranking for new students, and 2) fitness, experience, or other qualifications for the employment role.    

    Employment Period
    The employment period is August 15 to May 15. Graduate Assistants work on the same schedule as faculty, including term breaks (but not official holidays). See the Graduate Assistantships, Holiday Leave policy.   

    Payroll Paperwork
    Assistants must complete employment paperwork on campus and no later than August 15. Please see or contact Michelle McLane, Student Services Coordinator, for more information. 

    Responsibilities
    Graduate assistants (GAs) serve faculty and the School of Architecture as teaching, research, and administrative assistants. GAs in architecture are required to work an average of 10 hours per week, for a total of 200 hours per semester. Given the required 15-credit hour workload in the Master of Architecture program, M. Arch. students are limited to a "1/4 time" assistantship, with maximum of 10 hours per week. See the Enrollment Limits policy and chart and the Maximum Work Hours policy. Assistants cannot be scheduled for more than 10 hours per week, but must account for 200 hours of work per semester. Assistants must keep a current timesheet and work log, and must be prepared to give a copy of this to their primary supervisor, student services coordinator, or department head upon request. Also see the "Aspire" program requirement below. 

    "Aspire for Graduate Students" Training
    All graduate assistants are required to complete an "Aspire for Graduate Students" session. "Aspire for Graduate Students" is a comprehensive program that provides a dialogue-based educational session focusing on sexual violence prevention in adherence with Title IX guidelines, alcohol and other drug misuse, mental health, and campus resources. Graduate students will learn about beneficial personal health resources and also how to respond to and seek professional help for their peers and the undergraduates with whom they work. The program is administered by the Student Health Services, Division of Student Affairs, Healthy Campus initiative. 

    Off-Campus Assistantships
    Assistantships are employment related to the needs of the School, its programs, and its faculty. The Clemson campus, since it is the hub of School activities and has more students in residence, has more employment needs than our smaller off-campus centers. It is therefore our policy to limit assistantships to no more than two students at our off-campus centers. Because assistantships may not be deferred, if there are more than three students awarded assistantships who are slated to study at the same off-campus center, it may be the case that someone (based on rankings and other considerations) awarded an assistantship will be asked to defer their off-campus study to another semester or forfeit their assistantship for that semester.  

    International Students 
    International students must have a high level of English language ability to qualify for most assistantships; teaching, administrative, and research assistants all need a high level of English language proficiency. International students employed in labs must also have the requisite skills. See the International Student Employment, Graduate Assistantship policy.  

    Tuition/Fees
    Students with assistantships pay fees but no tuition. See the Graduate School Tuition & Fees webpage.

    Renumeration
    Graduate assistants are paid. The pay is sometimes referred to as a "stipend." See the Graduate School's Student Employment/Graduate Assistantships webpage.    

    Renewal
    Assistantships are for one year only and do not automatically renew. Even if your financial aid account shows an assistantship as continuing, this is due to a lag in the accounting process—assistantships do not automatically renew. However, all registered graduate students may apply for an assistantship in the annual call for applications, and the applications of students previously awarded an assistantship who have performed their duties well will be considered.  

    Termination 
    Assistants may be terminated for not carrying out assistantship responsibilities, including not working the required 10 hours per week, and will be required to pay the balance of remitted tuition. See the Graduate Assistants, Termination for Cause policy. Assistants are required to maintain good academic standing; students on academic probation (i.e., with a GPA below 3.0) will not be eligible for an assistantship, and GAs placed on academic probation after the fall semester will lose their assistantship for the spring semester. See the Termination for Academic Deficiency policy.    

    Graduate School Policies 
    For all Graduate School policies related to assistantships, see the Graduate School's Financial Policies webpage.

    Hourly Employment
    For some needs and special projects, the School will employ students on an hourly basis. Hourly employees are limited to 10 hours per week in accordance with the Enrollment Limits policy and chart and the Maximum Work Hours policy.

    Graduate School Policies
    The following Graduate School policies apply to hourly employment:

  • Architectural Licensure

    Clemson’s IPAL program
    INTEGRATED PATH to ARCHITECTURAL LICENSURE (IPAL) - provides an opportunity to fulfill the requirements for architectural licensure while completing the architectural degree. Clemson University’s School of Architecture has been selected by NCARB as one of the accredited programs to participate in this initiative, and has developed a rigorous curriculum track that integrates the academic and experience components essential to architectural licensure. Architecture students selected for the program during their second year of undergraduate study will embark on a 4 ½ year track that integrates the academic components of architectural study with the internship and examination components of architectural practice. Two semesters of undergraduate study and two semesters of graduate study will take place at the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston (CAC.C), and summer internships will be necessary to fulfill requirements.

    Architectural Experience Program™ (AXP™)
    The Architectural Experience Program (AXP) provides a framework to guide you through gaining and recording your professional experience. Developed by NCARB, the program is required by most U.S. jurisdictions and is a key step on the path to earning a license.

    Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®)
    As developed by NCARB, the ARE® assesses a candidate's knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture.  It has been adopted for use by all U.S. registration boards and the Canadian provincial architectural associations as the registration examination for all candidates seeking architectural licensing. NCARB tracks the pass rates for the ARE® in two ways - one by division and the other by NAAB-accredited schools of architecture.

Student Spotlight

Michael Urueta

“I chose the M.Arch program because of the professors. I was able to work with a few of them during undergrad and knew I wanted the chance to continue to learn from them. They take the time to get to know me and are invested in my success. They also support me beyond academia. I am the president of GAPP and the graduate advisor of cNOMAS. Both of these organizations allow me to build community with others in the School of Architecture. The connections with the faculty and my peers are what the Clemson experience is all about. ”

Michael Urueta
M. Arch '23
School of Architecture

Admissions Application Information

  • Things to Consider Before Applying to the Master of Architecture Programs

    Architectural education and practice are both challenging and demanding endeavors that require a high level of commitment, a dedication to self-education, and an ability and desire to deal with complex problems that sometimes do not have easy or clear answers. At the same time, architecture is also a highly collaborative field, and the ability and desire to work with others is necessary.

    Before applying, you are encouraged to learn as much as possible about the field, including what architectural education and practice are like. Talk with architects as well as current and former students. Read books, websites, and magazines on the profession.

    For more information about becoming an architect, the profession, careers in architecture, and what it's like to work as an architect, start with ”The Basics” on the NCARB website. See also the "Career" section from the American Institute of Architects website. As you will learn there, an accredited Master of Architecture degree is the first step in a lifelong education. For those intending to become licensed architects, it is followed by a structured internship program (IDP), a licensing exam (the ARE), and continuing education to keep pace with a changing profession.
  • Criteria for Admission to the Master Degree Programs

    Admission to our Master's degree programs is determined by an Admissions Committee of graduate architecture faculty. Admission is very competitive and based on an evaluation of the candidate's potential to respond successfully to the rigors and creative challenge of graduate study in architecture. Based on prior architecture education, there are two degree tracks from which to choose; M. Arch. I, which is a three-year program, and M. Arch II, which is a two-year program. Those admitted to the M. Arch II program will have a strong portfolio documenting the 6 to 8 semesters of design studio coursework typical of a BA or BS in Architecture. Those without 6 to 8 semesters of strong architectural design studio work should consider applying to and may be offered admission to, the M.Arch I track. (See the section below on Degree Track Selection and Prior Coursework for further information about advanced placement.)

    The most important materials reviewed to estimate this potential are the applicant's design portfolio; and prior academic work (GPR/GPA). In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic the GRE requirement is being waived for all Master of Architecture applicants for the 2021 application cycle. As described below, the most important part of the application is the portfolio, which is required of all applicants regardless of prior experience and degree track.

    There are no cut-off scores for GPA (so we cannot tell you whether to apply or not on this basis); scores are relative to other applicants in the applicant pool. However, since graduate students at Clemson University must maintain a B average in their coursework, undergraduate GPA is considered an important factor for admission.

    Satisfactory performance (90 or above preferred) on the TOEFL examination is also required of international applicants; international applicants with lower TOEFL scores may be offered conditional admission. Additional information about admission is available on Clemson's Graduate School website.
  • Application Requirements, Steps, and Information

    Admission to graduate programs at Clemson University follows procedures established by the Clemson University Graduate School and the School of Architecture. Please follow the procedures below and submit the requested information as follows:


    Step 1: Transcripts, Portfolio, and References

    • Obtain an unofficial copy of your transcript/s.
      • An unofficial transcript is one that the applicant attaches to their online application; an official transcript is one sent directly from the applicant's college or university to Clemson University Graduate Admissions.
    • Prepare your portfolio
    • Identify three people to complete online reference or recommendation letters.

    International applicants, go to Step 2; others go to Step 3.


    Step 2, for International Applicants: Take the TOEFL.

    • The School of Architecture does not recommend the IELTS test unless the score is above 7.0. Request your test scores be sent to Clemson University Graduate Admissions, using school code 5111.
    • Calculate your US 4.0 GPA. Please note that we will not convert your grades and we may reject applications that have not supplied an accurate US 4.0 GPA conversion.
    • See Information for International Applicants below.

    Step 3: Complete an online application for admission through the Graduate School.

    • Attach a PDF copy of unofficial transcripts to the online application.
    • International applicants must attach a PDF of their WES/NACES evaluation to the application.
    • Supply contact information for your three references as part of the online application.
    • Note that you do not need to supply official transcripts unless you are offered admission.
    • Similarly, international applicants do not need to supply original or official WES/NACES evaluations unless offered admission.

    Step 4: Send your digital design portfolio using the information below:

    • Include portfolio and resume
    • Size Limit: 25 MB single compressed file as a PDF (min. 250 dpi)
    • File Name Format: Last Name, First Name_Degree Program.pft (Example: Harding, Dan_MARCH2.pdf)
    • Degree Program Codes:
      • MARCH1- Master of Architecture (3-year program)
      • MARCH2- Master of Architecture (2-year program)
      • MARCH1_AH – Master of Architecture+Health (3-year program)
      • MARCH2_AH – Master of Architecture+Health (2-year program)
    • Subject Line: Same as Filename (Example: Harding, Dan_MARCH2.pdf)
    • Submit to: graduatearchitecture@clemson.edu
    • Deadline: January 15 by 11:59 pm.

    Step 5, if offered admission:

    • If offered admission, you will be requested to supply official copies of your transcripts and credential evaluations.
    • Official transcripts and credentials are not handled by the applicant or the School of Architecture. Official transcripts and credentials must be sent directly to Clemson University Graduate Admissions (not to the School of Architecture).

     

     

    The Online Application: The online application is accessed through Clemson University's Graduate School website.

    • When you proceed with the online application, please note that MARCH-ARCH-2 is an application system code beyond our control that does not correspond to our M.Arch II degree track. All Master of Architecture applicants will select this application code. You will later select the appropriate degree track, M.Arch I or M.Arch II.
    • If you have technical problems with the online application, you may alert us to the issue, but please take a screenshot and contact Clemson's Graduate Admissions Office, which manages the application portal.

    Degree Track Selection: Within the online application, you will be asked to select your degree track for consideration.

    • The degree tracks are described above and in more detail on our Graduate Degrees webpage.
    • International applicants should make sure to observe the difference between the Master of Architecture (professional degree) track and the Master of Science in Architecture (non-professional degree) track.
    • Applicants with prior coursework in architecture should note that the M. Arch. II track is an advanced placement track. However, prior coursework does not guarantee admission or advanced placement. Some pre-professional students should pursue admission to the M. Arch. I track.
    • Similarly, some M. Arch., II applicants will be offered admission to the M. Arch. I track. Apart from a strong portfolio documenting up to 8 semesters of architectural design studio coursework, other prior coursework (including two structures courses and other courses typical of a pre-professional program) is considered for advanced placement.
    • In the admissions process, portfolios are reviewed by degree track selection. As noted above, the second offer letter, from the School of Architecture, will indicate the degree track to which the applicant was admitted. These guidelines apply equally to the M. Arch. I and II Architecture + Health degree tracks, where offers of admission are even more competitive due to the limited number of spaces available.

    Personal Statement:

    • A personal statement is not required; however, a personal statement may be submitted (attached to the online application, sent with, or included in your portfolio). A statement is suggested for M. Arch I applicants and other applicants to specialty programs.


    Except for your digital portfolio, all application materials must be sent ot the Clemson University Graduate Admissions office at this address:

    Graduate Admissions Office

    E-209 Martin Hall

    Clemson SC 29634-5124

    Contact, Gabby Lollis, Student Services Coordinator (glollis@clemson.edu) or Dan Harding, Graduate Program Director (hardin4@clemson.edu) with any questions or concerns. Please follow the instructions above carefully so that your submission is valid.

  • Digital Portfolio Content and Requirements

    M. Arch. II Program: for applicants with a pre-professional undergraduate background in architecture

    For applicants with a pre-professional undergraduate background in architecture applying to the two-year M. Arch. II programs, the portfolio will include examples of studio projects, including titles, brief descriptions, and information about the date and year level when the work was completed. Any group work, whether in an academic or office setting, must be clearly identified as such, and include a brief description of the applicant's contribution. Failure to acknowledge group or collaborative work as such will result in the rejection of the application. Although the portfolio may present other aspects of the pre-professional applicant's experiences and interests, there is an expectation that the portfolio of a pre-professional student will present a substantial amount of their work and experiences as a pre-professional architecture student.


    M. Arch. I Program: for applicants without a pre-professional undergraduate background in architecture

    For applicants without a pre-professional background in architecture applying to our three-year M. Arch. I programs, the portfolio is equally important. Any two-dimensional creative work, or representations of three-dimensional work, such as photography, graphic design, interior design, sketching, painting, sculpture, etc., may be included. Published writing samples, website designs, and other relevant design work may also be included. Any collaborative work must be clearly identified and include a brief description of the applicant's contribution. Since the M. Arch. emphasizes architectural design, candidates who do not have any creative work and do not submit a portfolio will not present the Admissions Committee with satisfactory evidence of their design abilities or sensibilities. Applicants without art or design backgrounds should consider taking courses in the arts or design before applying.

     

    Format Requirements

    Both presentation and content are important, and all portfolios must follow the format requirements described below. The portfolio provides evidence of design abilities and design sensibilities, and the opportunity for applicants to demonstrate preparation, prior experiences, accomplishments, and research interests relevant to their graduate degree program goal.The Admissions Committee considers not just the content of the portfolio but also the presentation and the way the portfolio itself is put together—including adherence to the following guidelines:

    • The cover of the portfolio must include the applicant's name and the degree track(s) applied for. Portfolios that do not include the degree track may not be considered for advanced placement.
    • Current contact information should be included on the cover or within.
    • The applicant's resume or cv will be contained within, whether as part of the portfolio in the beginning or end of the document.
    • All design projects presented must be clearly labeled with dates (year and semester), the context of the work, and the supervisor (studio instructor or office supervisor).
    • All team, group, and office work must be identified; team members must be listed, and your role in the work must be clearly and specifically described.

    Send your digital design portfolio using the information below:

    • Include portfolio and resume
    • Size Limit: 25 MB single compressed file as a PDF (min. 250 dpi)
    • File Name Format: Last Name, First Name_Degree Program.pft (Example: Harding, Dan_MARCH2.pdf)
    • Degree Program Codes:
      • MARCH1- Master of Architecture (3-year program)
      • MARCH2- Master of Architecture (2-year program)
      • MARCH1_AH – Master of Architecture+Health (3-year program)
      • MARCH2_AH – Master of Architecture+Health (2-year program)
    • Subject Line: Same as Filename (Example: Harding, Dan_MARCH2.pdf)
    • Submit to: graduatearchitecture@clemson.edu
    Deadline: January 15 by 11:59 pm.
  • Deadlines and Important Dates in the Application Process

    The deadline for receipt of the application and all supporting materials including the portfolio is January 15 for the following academic year which begins in mid-August. The School of Architecture does not offer mid-year (spring semester) admission.

    Offers of Admission: Initial offers are made six to eight weeks after the deadline, around March 1, at which time a waitlist is also determined. Offers of admission are extended only by Clemson University's Graduate School following the review of a recommendation of admission by the School of Architecture, and approval and processing by the Graduate School. Newly admitted applicants will first receive a letter from the Graduate School through the admissions portal and will be instructed to accept or decline the admission through the online portal. When accepting the admissions offer, indicate the MARCH-ARCH-2 code. This is a University degree code and it does not indicate the degree track. Following the Graduate School letter, an offer letter will come from the School of Architecture will indicate the degree track to which the applicant was admitted.

    Waitlists: Waitlisted applicants will not see an indication of this status in the Application Status Check, but will be notified by the School of Architecture. If a place becomes available, the School of Architecture will recommend admission to the Graduate School. All admissions correspondence is communicated in writing, by email, or through the admissions portal; no official admissions information is communicated by phone.

    Deadline for accepted applicant replies: The deadline for replies to early offers of admission is April 15, or the date indicated on the letter from the School of Architecture. The number of places remaining for wait-listed applicants may not be known until after April 15. The admissions system status of waitlisted applicants will indicate pending until the application is approved or removed from further consideration.

    Waitlisted applicants who applied for advanced placement should consider moving their application to the three-year Master of Architecture track.

  • Language and TOEFL Score Requirements for International Applicants

    Language Requirements: All coursework is in English and there is no time within the demands of the Master degree curriculum to add coursework in English language study; therefore, international applicants are required to submit their TOEFL scores, and the admissions committee looks at scores for strong language abilities. The examination must have been taken no more than 24 months prior to application. A TOEFL score of 90 or better is an indication that the applicant will be able to satisfactorily understand and complete coursework in English.

    TOEFL Exam and Scores: The IELTS examination is accepted; however, 97% of applicants submit TOEFL scores and we convert IELTS to TOEFL scores for comparison. The School of Architecture, therefore, does not recommend the IELTS test. The reason for this is that an IELTS score of 6.5 can be converted to a TOEFL score of 79 to 93. However, a score of 79 is not acceptable for admission, while a score of 93 is acceptable. Therefore, unless your IELTS score is above 7.0, your language abilities will not be considered acceptable. For conversion information, see the ETS TOEFL Compare Scores Page. A TOEFL score of 90 or better is an indication that the applicant will be able to satisfactorily understand and complete coursework in English.

    In order to ascertain language abilities, international applicants may be requested to participate in a Zoom or Skype interview. After admission, any enrolled student whose English language abilities are found to be insufficient will be required to take supplemental language instruction although this may delay degree progress. Applicants with lower TOEFL scores but otherwise strong applications may be offered conditional admission. Conditional admission at Clemson requires attendance at Clemson's ESL center.

    Conditional Admission: Strong international applicants with lower TOEFL scores may be offered "conditional admission". Conditional admission requires an applicant to complete Clemson's ELS program. Clemson's ELS program is located in Greenville, SC (not on campus). There is a bus service between Greenville and Clemson but conditionally admitted ELS students may not take classes and are not admitted to the University by the Graduate School until the ELS program is successfully completed. ELS is a private language instruction provider approved by the University. Visit the ELS website for more information about costs and housing. Conditional Admission will typically delay the start of formal studies by one year. Language sessions begin every 4 weeks; however, because conditional admission requires four 4-week sessions (4 months) of study, it is usually not possible to complete successful studies before the start of classes in August. If the conditionally admitted student begins and completes ELS requirements between May and December, the student may be permitted to take some classes in the spring semester beginning in January. The student will then join the class matriculating/starting in August. Students offered conditional admission who do not complete the Clemson ELS program must reapply - after additional English language study and earning a higher TOEFL score - and are encouraged to do so.

    This is a STEM designated program:  CIP code 04.0902 (architectural and building sciences/technology)

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Dan Harding

Director of Graduate Architecture

Email: hardin4@clemson.edu | Phone 864-506-6645

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School of Architecture
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