Application Steps

There are three steps to the graduate application process for the Tyler School of Art and Architecture:


Step one: application 

All students must complete the Tyler graduate application before their respective program deadline. We recommend completing the application as soon as possible, then submitting transcripts and standardized test scores (if applicable). If your program requires a portfolio for admission, please submit your portfolio via Temple SlideRoom


Step two: transcripts

All students must submit transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities before the program deadline. Due to COVID-19; Tyler Admissions requests that you submit official transcripts directly from the institution electronically to . If your institution is unable to send transcripts electronically, please contact to make other arrangements. 

Tip: Transcripts sent to Temple University will experience significant internal delays. Transcripts are not considered received until they arrive at Tyler’s Office of Admissions so please make sure to designate Tyler.

Tip: Required supplemental items will automatically populate on your application checklist after you submit the application and pay the fee.

Test scores, if required, should be submitted directly to Temple before the program deadline by the testing agency, and must have been completed in the last five years. This includes the GRE, MAT, TOEFL and IELTS. We cannot accept paper copies of tests.

UPDATE: Due to testing limitations related to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University is temporarily waiving GRE testing requirements for students applying to the Master of Architecture, Master of Science in Architecture, Master of Science in Facilities Management, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Science in City and Regional Planning; Master of Arts in Art History, PhD Art History and Master of Education in Art Education programs for the spring and fall 2021 semesters. Applicants may still elect to voluntarily submit GRE test scores, however scores will only be used as a supplement to required application materials. All other requirements will still need to be met. In some circumstances, the Graduate Admissions Committee may request additional supplemental application materials or an interview as part of the admissions process. Students coming to Tyler from countries where English is not their first language will be required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS.

  • The Art History program is temporarily waiving GRE for 2021.
  • The Art Education program is temporarily waiving GRE for 2021.
  • MFA applicants are not required to submit GRE or MAT scores.
  • Master of Architecture, Master of Science in Architecture, Master of Science in Facilities Management, Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Science in City and Regional Planning are temporarily waiving GRE or GMAT scores.
  • More on required academic materials can be found on the Temple Graduate School website


Step three: Tyler materials

All additional materials must be submitted though the Temple application “Supplemental Items” section (with the exception of the portfolio):

  • Resume (all programs)
  • Statement of goals (all programs)
    o  In approximately 500–1,000 words, please include your interest in Tyler’s program of choice, your research goals, your future career goals and your academic and artistic achievements.
  • Three letters of recommendation (all programs) 
    o  Recommendations are only accepted electronically. You must enter email addresses for your references in the application system. Your references will be contacted automatically and prompted to submit letters by email. 
  • Portfolios (Required for the MFA, MEd, MArch and MS Architecture programs)
    o  Submit 20 pieces showcasing recently completed work in the medium that you are applying to pursue. Note: Art Education applicants should present a variety of their own recently completed work, not their students'. 
  • Writing sample (Art History only)

For programs that require a portfolio, you will be prompted in your application to Temple SlideRoom. Select your program from the list and submit your portfolio by the deadline. 

Upon submission, copy the Submission ID number and paste it into the “Supplemental Items” section of your Temple application to complete that portion of the application.

Requirements vary for programs that require a portfolio. Please visit the Graduate Bulletin for portfolio and other admissions information for your specific program of interest.

For international students: A National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or a World Education Services evaluation is recommended. Transcripts that do not come from an evaluation agency must be translated internally, which adds significant processing time. Students submitting transcripts directly from their home institution should do so electronically, six weeks prior to the application deadline and contact Tyler Admissions; to coordinate submission. Learn more about applying as an international student here.

Tip: If you’ve already been admitted into Tyler, congratulations! You can learn more about the next steps, including paying tuition and housing options, here.