FAQs

What are the deadlines for application for admission?

Admission to the MSSD on-campus Program is rolling and remains open into the summer preceding the fall start and the fall preceding a spring start. For the on-line program, applications are due seven days prior to the start of each semester. Late August or early January.

What are the deadlines for application for a Graduate Assistantship?

Graduate assistantship applications (for on-campus students only) must be submitted very early. Click here for more info about assistantships. Assistantships are not typically awarded to students who are already in the program. Occasionally, a research project will come in and students will be recruited as a graduate research assistant. Sometimes scholarship opportunities become available. hey are advertised to all on-campus students. In addition, the term "financial aid" is meant to include available loans which students may or may not qualify for. In addition, campus jobs do become available, but they are also competitive and so students should not assume a job will be automatically available.

I am an international student. What should I know before coming to the campus?

Philadelphia is a great City to live in. Like any large American City there is always some risk. The campus is very safe. Students coming from a foreign country should do research on different living options and what the rental rates. in addition, public transportation routes should be studied to makes sure there is direct transit to campus. Its best to have already lined up several places to live prior coming to study. 

Is the MS in Sustainable Design program an Accredited Architecture Program?

Philadelphia University is a Middle States Accredited Institution. 
The MSSD program is a post-baccalaureate program focused on leadership, specialized knowledge, innovative thinking and specific skills. Those wishing to become a registered architect should look into accredited architecture master’s programs. 

Do I need to have taken the GRE's to apply?

No. We did not see a correlation between high GRE scores and success in our program.

I don't have any design experience. Should I apply?

The definition of design has been broadly expanded in this program. The program is a mix of builders, designers, architects, developers, engineers and other professionals. What should I put in my portfolio, especially if I am a non-designer? We look for anything that you may have created or accomplished whether it be technically driven or aesthetically driven. If you have nothing visual to offer, please submit a detailed resume. Please consider placing images on web services such as Flickr or Behance for the portfolio. This saves paper and shipping.

I am an engineer. Will I fit into the program?

There are more than a few engineers in the program and they do quite well, especially those looking to mix in more creativity in their work. In addition, the program is now in a partnership with Villanova University (for on-campus students) to provide advanced engineering courses in renewable energy and water management.

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