Admission Requirements: Architecture, Health and Design, M.S.

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Science in Architecture, Health and Design (M.S.AHD) program. This program begins in September for two consecutive semesters (fall, spring) for a total of 30 credit-hours.

Admission Requirements

  • A professional architecture or design degree from an accredited institution, or the equivalent, if applying with a foreign degree from another country
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • No standardized tests (including GRE) are required, except TOEFL/IELTS for international students.
  • If an applicant does not meet the admissions criteria, it may be possible, at the discretion of the program director, to be admitted for a probationary period.

Application Materials

All applicants must provide the following information prior to submitting the required supplemental materials (Curriculum Vitae, Personal Essay, and Digital Portfolio).

  • Completed application.
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Two letters of recommendation from references who have direct knowledge of the applicant’s professional potential and academic ability. References should send their letters of recommendations directly to the Graduate Admissions at
  • Optional Interview: You are encouraged to meet with Christian Pongratz, professor and program director. Email 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 (TOEFL/IELTS), I-20, and transcript evaluation.

Supplemental Application Materials

  • Curriculum Vitae: a one-page resume with your portrait photo, name and last name, contact information, degrees, accomplishments, exhibitions, publications, projects, research, associations, skills, etc.
  • Personal Essay/Statement of Interest: (500 – 1000 words).
  • Portfolio with evidence of research or creative work. Evidence of research includes a graded paper or thesis. Applicants wishing to submit a digital portfolio with creative work should following the guidelines below.
    • The creative Portfolio should consist of a maximum of 10 pages of your own work (format PDF/ MP4, size limit 35 MB).
    • The portfolio may include selected creative and/or textual work, assignment-based projects, self-directed work or pieces of a collaborative nature, and could contain drawings, schemes, plans, video, diagrams, graphs, etc.
    • Areas of interest may include: architectural design; healthcare; environmental sciences and technologies (including simulation, visualization, fabrication, robotics, etc.); engineering and bioengineering; urban planning; interiors; industrial design; computational, product, or furniture design; material design; etc.
    • Please identify each work with a date, title, medium, or methodology, and a brief explanation of the work and its context, and organize it into a single, multipage PDF. For any team or collaborative projects, please identify all participants and highlight your own contributions.
    • Name your PDF files in the following format: 020_MS.AHD_Portfolio_LastName_FirstName.pdf
    • Maximum file size is 35 MB. Please be aware of this limitation when formatting files and resolution for your work. Files larger than 35 megabytes may be rejected by the New York Tech server. Links to materials available through web links, YouTube, Dropbox, or other should be included in a table of contents on the first page of the portfolio.



  • Applications for admission to the M.S.AHD program are due January 15.
  • Applications will be accepted after the January 15 deadline as long as space is available.


If you have any questions about admissions or eligibility, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at or 516.686.7520.

If you have questions about the program that will help you in your decision to attend, please email Christian Pongratz, professor and program director, at, or contact Anthony Caradonna, associate dean for academic operations, by telephone at 516.686.7594.

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