How do I apply?

Students can apply online.
Note the following important items:

  • SAT-I or ACT scores. Marywood will accept scores reported on official transcripts. Marywood's code number for the College Board is 2407 and for ACT is 3626.
  • Transcript: Official copy of your high school transcript
  • Recommendation: Provide one letter of recommendation from a counselor or instructor who is familiar with your academic background. We also welcome additional letters from teachers, friends or family members familiar with your academic achievements and interests.
  • Visit Campus: Arrange a campus visit and an admission interview to discuss your achievements, your education plans, and your career goals with an admission counselor.
  • Fee: The $35 application fee will be waived if the application is submitted online.
When is the school open for a visit?

The Center for Architectural Studies is open for visitors. We encourage prospective students to schedule an appointment with Undergraduate Admissions so they get the most out of their facilities and campus visit. 

Other visitors are asked to check in with our department secretary. Guided tours can be offered to groups, please email the department secretary at to schedule a guided tour.

How many years will it take to earn a degree?

Pre-professional degree:

  • Four years for the Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture (B.E.D.A.) degree

Professional Degrees:

  • Four years for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture/Design (BFA. I.A) degree
  • Five years for the Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch) degree
  • Five years for the Master of Art in Interior Architecture/Design  (M.A. I.A.) degree
  • Six years for Master of Architecture (M. Arch) degree 
Is there a waiting list?

There is currently no waiting list for admission into the Architecture program.

Is a portfolio required for admissions?

Portfolios are not required for incoming freshman. Transfer students seeking advanced standing in Architecture or Interior Architecture are asked to submit a design portfolio.

How large is the incoming class?

Each fall, we welcome nearly 45 Architecture students and 25 Interior Architecture students.

What is the deadline for application submission?

Marywood University operates on a rolling admissions basis. High school seniors are encouraged to submit their completed applications as early as possible.

Can I transfer my credits?

If you demonstrate satisfactory academic performance at another college or university, you may apply for admission as a transfer student.  Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a case by case basis.

Academic courses presented for transfer should be equivalent to courses required by the programs of study at Marywood.

What opportunities lie ahead for students with Architecture degrees?

Demand for professional architects continues to increase. Architects will play leading roles in addressing conditions in our society affected by population and demographic shifts, healthcare needs, environmental degradation, industrial and commercial growth, the conservation of our noteworthy buildings, and outmoded transportation infrastructure. In addition to the familiar role of architects as designers of buildings and city-scapes, architecture graduates (including those with the B.E.D.A.) are re-shaping the profession by expanding traditional employment opportunities in many other professional areas. Please click the After Graduation link on the menu to see a sample listing.

Who can I talk to about the School of Architecture?

Contact an admissions counselor to set up a campus visit and an opportunity to discuss your achievements, your education plans, and your career goals.

What is Green Architecture?

The practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings use resources (energy, water, and materials), while reducing the impact of buildings on human health and the environment.

What will the learning environment be like for Marywood Architecture students?

Marywood Architecture students will attend classes throughout campus, but most of the work will be done in the new Center for Architectural Studies.  In the Center, each student will have an individualized space designed to accommodate a laptop computer (with wireless Internet connection), drawing board, storage area for personal items, and integral pin-up space. In the Center, learning will be dynamic and often un-programmed - a flexible place designed to foster serendipitous encounters, collective discussions, debates, displays, and project critiques. (See Facilities for more information.)

What is an environmental steward?

Professionals who will bring advanced knowledge, skill, and sensitivity to the design of our built environment. Students enrolled in the School's professional degree programs (B.Arch. and M.Arch.) will pursue coursework preparing them for the LEED Professional Accreditation Exam,managed by the Green Building Council Certification Institute (GBCI). After passing this exam, students will earn a professional credential distinguishing them as graduates with extensive expertise in green building principles and practices. Students receiving both the professional degree and LEED Professional Accreditation will be uniquely equipped to make substantive contributions to contemporary architectural practice.

Is it true that an architecture program can be very rigorous?

Architecture programs are always rigorous. Both national accreditation requirements and the University's Liberal Arts core courses contribute to a very challenging program. Students should expect to spend a considerable amount of time in the studio, in addition to their traditional course work.

Is a personal interview required?

No. However, we have learned that students become more certain about Marywood University after a campus visit, including meeting with an admissions counselor, financial aid counselor, and faculty member.

Can I attend the program part-time?

The curriculum is designed for full-time students.

What are the job placement rates for Marywood graduates?

Ninety-seven percent of our recent graduating class is either working or attending graduate school.