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Master of Science in Architecture, Urban and Regional Design

NYIT's graduate program in urban and regional design is a three-semester (1.5 year), 36-credit, post-professional master's degree for those holding a first professional degree in architecture, landscape architecture, or planning, with an emphasis on physical design of the built environment. The contemporary field of urban design is fluid, fast moving, and global. Our graduate program confronts the challenges of urban design in the context of 21st-century cities and regions.

The graduate program is located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, drawing from world-class faculty, public and private organizations, and active professionals leading global practices based in the New York City metropolitan area. NYIT's strategic campus setting encourages students to combine theory with experience by living and working in a variety of areas and conducting field study in and around New York City. A study abroad program investigates existing canonical urban design and has been integrated into the design studio sequence.

The program works to prepare graduates to succeed in this interdisciplinary field by providing opportunities for case studies to test and apply new insights, theory, and designs to contemporary and future challenges. The program provides a theoretical and historical understanding of the origin and the sociopolitical function of cities. Students learn to apply a range of design tools, including digital modeling for urban design, demographics, land-use, transportation, and ecological performance indicators. There is an emphasis on the consideration and critique of the historical, physical, social, political, and philosophical context shaping settlements and regions.

The intersection of urban form, sustainability, and climate is at the forefront of urban design research, and this is the focus of the three advanced urban design studios. The three design studios (fall, spring, fall) are organized by themes. New York City: The contemporary metropolis after relentless urbanization. Leveraging New York City as a research platform in design studio, graduate students explore formal urban design precedents while engaging with leading NYC and global stakeholders. Urban Climate Lab: Students research the intersection of urban form, low-carbon cities, and climate to prepare future practitioners confronting a rapidly urbanizing world threatened by climate change. Global Megacities: Students integrate urban and regional design applied to the New York metropolitan region and world cities.

The full-time program requires 10–13 credits enrollment per semester, with limited exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Courses may be taught in a team format, depending on project type, intended product, and the relationship established with public agencies, civic organizations, and research funding. Some courses are organized as colloquia with noted experts providing a series of lectures with a course coordinator.

Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and an acceptable portfolio will be admitted to fully matriculated status. Applicants not meeting these criteria may, at the discretion of the director, be admitted under a probationary period, with the opportunity to demonstrate their qualifications by achieving a graduate GPA of 3.0 or better in their first three graduate degree courses. Students whose graduate academic record includes any failures in coursework may be dismissed from the program at the discretion of the Graduate Program Director.


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The master's degree program is a full-time fall-spring-fall program, and is only offered at the Manhattan campus. It begins in September for a total of three consecutive semesters. Applicants should submit all materials as early as possible in order to ensure enough time for review and to obtain an I-20 (international students). Ideally, applicants (particularly international applicants) should submit all materials including portfolio and references by March 1. Applicants will be accepted after the deadline of March 1 only if there is availability.

The application to the graduate program Urban and Regional Design is primarily an online process. While completing the application form, students will be asked to supply information regarding themselves, their education, and their references. They will need to upload their transcripts, personal essay, curriculum vitae (résumé), and pay an application fee. In addition, applicants will be required to submit a portfolio, both online and separately in hard copy.

Admission Requirements

  • Professional architecture or landscape architecture degree from an accredited college or university approved by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB), or the equivalent if applying with a foreign degree from another country. Applicants must provide evidence of qualifications to participate in advanced studies.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • No standardized tests (including GRE) are required, except TOEFL/IELTS/PTE for international students

If you have any questions about admissions or eligibility, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at nyitgrad@nyit.edu or 516.686.7520. If you have questions about the program that will help you in your decision to attend, please email the graduate program director, Jeffrey Raven, associate professor in the School of Architecture and Design, at jraven@nyit.edu or 212.261.1547.

Application Materials

  • Completed online application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Supplemental Application: Digital Portfolio and Curriculum Vitae
    • Complete this step after submitting your online application, where you will receive an NYIT ID number to upload your digital portfolio and curriculum vitae (résumé).
    • View format instructions and upload your digital portfolio and curriculum vitae (résumé). You must also mail a hard copy portfolio to the School of Architecture and Design.
  • Personal essay
  • Two letters of recommendation from references who have direct knowledge of your professional potential and academic ability. References should send their letters of recommendations directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions at nyitgrad@nyit.edu. For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions directly.
  • Interview: Applicants are encouraged to meet with the Director of Architecture, Urban and Regional Design, Professor Jeffrey Raven. Contact the office at maurd@nyit.edu to schedule an appointment.
  • Copies of undergraduate transcripts for all schools attended. All final, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of your first semester.
  • Copy of college diploma or proof of degree
  • International student requirements: English proficiency, I-20, and transcript evaluation

Academic Standing

Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and an acceptable portfolio will be admitted to fully matriculated status. Applicants not meeting these criteria may, at the discretion of the director, be admitted under a probationary period, with the opportunity to demonstrate their qualifications by achieving a graduate GPA of 3.0 or better in their first three graduate degree courses. Students whose graduate academic record includes any failures in coursework may be dismissed from the program following a review of the situation by a faculty committee including the director and two faculty members of the School of Architecture and Design appointed by the dean.