Apply for a Master of Science in Architecture

The master of science degree allows students to complete advanced research or design work that builds on an existing professional degree in architecture. This degree allows students to focus on a research thesis or a design thesis. This is a non-professional degree and is not accredited. These students must have completed a NAAB-accredited degree or the international equivalent prior to enrolling. There is a minimum four-term thesis program that begins in the fall. There are no prerequisite courses required in order to apply.

  • Application Available: September 15
  • Priority Application Deadline: December 2
  • Second Round Application Deadline: June 1
  • Application Decision: Applicants will be emailed the Department of Architecture admission decision via their SlideRoom application email address no later than the end of February. Paper copy admission letters are not sent out by the department.
  • Application Fee: $35 USD

(Note: If the application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the following business day.)

There are no prerequisites courses required in order to apply.

Do not send any paper copy materials to the Department of Architecture (transcripts, recommendations, portfolio, etc.). We do not create departmental application files since the departmental process is online via the SlideRoom application.

If you need to make changes to your SlideRoom application, you can email the architecture admissions department at archadms@uoregon.edu and request them to unsubmit your application to allow for revisions and a re-submission.

Need help with your SlideRoom application? Have questions on completing the SlideRoom application? Need to contact the SlideRoom technical support team? Visit SlideRoom Support.

For questions about the program or for more information, please contact us at archrecruiter@uoregon.edu or at 541-346-1740.


Application Process

The department needs a complete application, which includes two steps, before the application committee will consider it.

There are two steps in the application process:

  1. Apply to the University of Oregon Graduate School via GradWeb. The Graduate School will email you a UO ID number approximately one week after submission of the graduate application. To check on the status of your UO ID number, please contact the Graduate School at gradsch@uoregon.edu. The Graduate School offers graduate application fee waivers for applicants who meet specific criteria, as outlined on the Grad School’s UO application fee waiver page.

UO Graduate School Application

  • UO application requirements
  • Under the field "Major Applying for,"select select Architecture—MS

  • Send official degree transcripts and related degree certificates directly to Office of Admissions, 1217 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1217, USA. To check delivery of official degree transcripts, email registrar@uoregon.edu. Official transcripts can be sent to the Office of Admissions after the admission deadline.

  • TOEFL scores must be sent directly from ETS directly to the Office of Admissions—University of Oregon, Institutional Code: 4846, Department Code: 02
    • Scores must be less than two years old at the time of application.
    • To check delivery of ETS scores, email uoadmit@uoregon.edu.
      TOEFL Exempt: Submit degree transcripts to UO Admissions proving that you have received a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom. Scores must be less than two years old at the time of application. Test scores must be sent directly from ETS to the University of Oregon. IELTS score reports should be sent directly to UO Admissions. You can check the status of ETS scores received by sending your query to uoadmit@uoregon.edu. Find additional information for International Applicants.
       
  • English language proficiency requirements for non-native English speakers:
    • IBT TOEFL Minimum = 88
    • PBT TOEFL Minimum = 575
    • IELTS Minimum = 7.0. ETS​
    • A bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom will also satisfy English proficiency requirements.
       
  • Review additional information for international applicants—the Department of Architecture does not accept financial verification information from international applicants. If an international applicant is offered admission, the UO Office of Admissions will work directly with the new admits on the financial verification process.

 

  1. Apply to the Department of Architecture via SlideRoom—A UO ID number and GRE scores are required for the SlideRoom application. Receiving a UO ID number from the Grad School can take up to seven business days after the UO Grad Application has been submitted. Please plan accordingly.

Architecture SlideRoom Application

  • Personal Statement—We value the breadth of experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds that our students bring to the School of Architecture and Environment. Why are you interested in Architecture at the University of Oregon? How will your unique experience and background contribute to our programs?
     
  • Research Statement of Intent—Please describe the issues important to your research, potential questions for study/inquiry, the methods and materials you might use, and possible outcomes. The committee will use this statement to assess your ability to articulate an area of study.
     
  • Vitae or Resume—Upload a vitae or resume that documents your education, professional work, teaching experience, work history, awards, scholarship, publications, relevant volunteer/public service activities. Clear attributions are required for all collaborative activities.
     
  • Writing Sample—Upload a writing example that demonstrates critical thinking, research, and writing abilities.
     
  • Unofficial transcripts—PDF copy of all of your English transcripts and degree certificates.
     
  • GRE Test Results (Mandatory)—GRE test results and a copy of the score report needs to be uploaded to the SlideRoom application by the application deadline. Unfortunately, the department does not have an option to accept late GRE submissions, as they are part of the review for your total application package. Official GRE test scores need to be sent to the University of Oregon, Institutional Code: 4846, Department Code: 4401. Unfortunately, the Department does not have an option to accept late GRE submissions, as they are part of the review for your total application package. GRE scores need to be reportable by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Reportable history with ETS is generally available five years following the test date. Visit the GRE website to learn more.

    GRE scores of admitted students:
    • Quantitative: 65th percentile (approximate score of 155+ on the new GRE test)
    • Verbal: 65th percentile (approximate score of 155+ on the new GRE test)
    • GRE Test Guide
       
  • English Language Proficiency Competency Scores & Score Reports for Non-Native English Speakers
    • IBT TOEFL Minimum = 88
    • PBT TOEFL Minimum = 575
    • IELTS Minimum = 7.0. ETS​
    • A bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom will also satisfy English proficiency requirements.
  • Three Recommendations (Two from academic sources is preferred)—Recommenders will automatically receive an e-mail inviting them to login and complete the reference requirement through the SlideRoom application. You may submit your SlideRoom application even if your recommendations have not been received.
     
  • Portfolio—Upload a portfolio which documents your creative endeavors. It should include representative examples of your studio work completed for your professional degree, and other environmental design and creative work. Describe the major issues explored in the projects and design criteria developed in response to those issues. If you have been engaged in environmental research or the practice of architecture, submit materials which describe that work and your responsibilities. For any collaborative work, clearly identify and explain the nature and extent of your contributions. The portfolio should be clearly organized, easy to understand, and representative of the applicant’s care with visual materials.

    Portfolio Examples:


Once admitted to the program, a deposit will be required of all incoming students.