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The Top 10 M.Arch Degrees in the USA without GRE Requirements

Haven’t taken the GRE yet but want to start looking out for M.Arch programmes in the US? What if we told you – you can start your search right this moment?

Kavitha Vijeyavelan

No GRE loosely translates to no pricey prep course, no fretting over which study guides to follow, and mainly no stress over scores and requirements.

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And no-don’t pinch yourself- you’re NOT dreaming! Looks like some U.S. unis offering M.Arch finally heard your prayers from all the way around the globe & want to rescue you from endless GRE-cramming!  No GRE… loosely translates to no pricey prep course, no fretting over which study guides to follow, and mainly no stress over scores and requirements.  Alright-*air punch*!!! For those of you still wondering if this could shake up your academic foundation-the director of student services at the University of Washington Information School assures us, based on a recent analysis done on test scores of numerous applicants, that GRE is not really a strong indicator of how likely you are to succeed in grad school. 

Think about it - did Vitruvius, one of the world’s greatest architects from good old Rome, come out with De Architectura (dating back to 15 B.C.) only after clearing the GRE?  Were world-famous historical works of architecture, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy or the Pyramids in Egypt, built by graduates who met GRE score requirements?  Ha! It seems but silly to let a little thing such as a GRE score define how good you would be as an architect! Words every aspiring architect looking to build a bridge (no pun intended) to their future dream career in the USA- wants to hear! Agreed?

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So, without further ado…we present to you America’s top 10 GRE-free M.Arch providers… 

Arizona State University

Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts tells us that GRE scores are NOT a must for these programmes… MIA 2 year and MIA 3+. Let us decode that for you- the MIA is the Master of Interior Architecture (Two-year programme); MIA3+ is the Master of Interior Architecture (Three-plus programme).  This University has multiple campuses within Phonenix, Arizona. 

California College of the Arts

Based in San Francisco, California College of the Arts takes in international students to its Masters in Architecture without any GRE requirements. 

Columbia University

Located in NYC, Columbia University’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation is another one to your sans GRE list with its M.S. Advanced Architectural Design-Global Metropolis (MSAAD-GM), M.S. Advanced Architectural Design (MSAAD), and M.S. Architecture and Urban Design (MSAUD) programmes. 

Lawrence Technological University 

Another no-GRE uni is the Lawrence Technological University, based in Southfield, Michigan) with its M. Arch programme. 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers the Master of Science in Architecture Studies (SMArchS) –GRE no bar. Ahuh- you heard right!  With this degree, some of the tracks you can choose include Architecture and Urbanism, Architectural Design, Design and Computation, Building Technology, History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art. Here’s a little inside info for you about this one- “About 60 percent of the students in the SMArchS programme come from outside the US, which encourages the exchange of ideas across cultures.” 

The New School 

The New School, based in the big apple (New York City), welcomes international students without GRE scores to these programmes from its Parsons The New School of Design…Theories of Urban Practice (MA), Design and Urban Ecologies (MS), and Strategic Design and Management (MS) degrees.


North Carolina State University 

North Carolina State University in Rayleigh, North Carolina, also falls in our GRE-optional list with its Master of Architecture, Master of Industrial design, and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees.  These programmes only demand you to meet their GRE requirements if you have no previous design degree.

Ohio State University

Set in Columbus, Ohio State University’s Knowlton School mentions within its entry requirements for its Master of City and Regional Planning programmes that GRE scores are only considered a requirement for applicants whose cumulative undergraduate GPA is below 3.0/4.0. Phew! 

Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn-NYC, offers the post-professional M.S. in Architecture and M.S. in Architecture and Urban Design programmes minus the GRE requirements. If, however, you have a bachelor’s degree from an unrelated subject area or if you are looking to get into their Architecture First-Professional (M.Arch) programme, you are required to have taken the GRE.  Heads up- these programmes all require a portfolio. 

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

With campuses in Georgia, Atlanta and Savannah,  the Savannah College of Art and Design states- “While not required of most applicants, submission of GRE scores is strongly encouraged for applicants to architectural history, art history, arts administration, and cinema studies.”   You can apply to their 
M.Arch degree or their other postgraduate degrees in Design for Sustainability, Interior Design, Urban Design, and Furniture Design.

So there you go- these are the best M.Arch Degrees in the USA without GRE Requirements. But hey- hold on to your construction caps – we are not done yet. If you want more choices…you could also glance through M.Arch programmes of the University of the Arts; University of California, Berkeley; and University of Idaho.  

What’s more… if you are interested in enrolling in any of the programmes above- all you need to do is drop us an email or give us a call and our counsellors will help you out with the application process-absolutely free of cost! 

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