Apply for a Master of Science in Architecture

  • Application Available: September 15
  • Priority Application Deadline: December 2
    Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis through May 15.
  • 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.
  • Departmental Application Fee: $35 USD

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

Applicants must have an undergraduate professional degree in architecture, structural engineering, architectural engineering, construction management, or a related field. This degree does not provide a path to licensure.

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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 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: Apply Now via GradWeb

  1. Apply to the Department of Architecture via SlideRoom. A UO ID number and GRE scores are not required to start the SlideRoom application, but you will need them to submit 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: Apply via SlideRoom

  • Personal Statement:

    • We value the breadth of experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds that our students bring to the School of Architecture and Environment. Requirements for your personal statement are provided in the SlideRoom application.
  • Research Statement of Intent (required only for Path 1: Architecture):

    • 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. 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 the option to accept GRE submissions after the application is submitted, 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.

    • If you have extenuating circumstances that prevent you from taking the GRE exam, please email the department as soon as possible.

  • 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.
    • Note—For applicants to Path 2: Mass Timber Design, those with a degree in a field other than architecture may submit representative samples of projects completed for their professional degree or from their professional experience in lieu of a portfolio of studio work.

      Portfolio Examples:

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

Need help with your SlideRoom application? Visit the SlideRoom Applicant Help Center.

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