Transferring to the School of Architecture

Whether you're transferring from another university or from one of Carnegie Mellon's other programs, transfer students to the School of Architecture are classified as freshman and will begin in the first year of the accredited five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree program.

We welcome transfer applications to the School of Architecture. However, transfer admission is limited for several reasons:

  • We only accept transfer students to begin classes in the fall semester (not for the spring semester), and we don't offer architecture courses in the summer.
  • Our curriculum is unique to our school’s NAAB-accredited degree program and consists of a specific sequence of co-requisite and pre-requisite coursework. 
  • Regardless of your prior college experience, our unique curriculum doesn't readily correlate with curricula from other NAAB-accredited architecture programs. 

Transfer Application Requirements

In addition to the Office of Admission's transfer application requirements, architecture transfer applicants are required to submit either the architecture portfolio or design project to SlideRoom, and to schedule a transfer interview with the School of Architecture.

Please review the portfolio or design project submission instructions, keeping in mind that we strongly encourage transfer applicants to register to attend an on-campus review in addition to submitting their portfolio or design project to SlideRoom. During the on-campus review, transfer applicants will interview with a faculty member, visit design studios, speak to current students, and conduct your transfer interview. If you're unable to attend an on-campus review, you'll need to schedule your transfer interview by phone with the School of Architecture by February 1. 

For questions regarding the transfer admission process or to schedule a phone interview, please contact Alexis McCune Secosky, Coordinator of Student Programs in the School of Architecture, by email or phone, 412-268-6390.