Apply for a PhD in Architecture

  • Application Available: September 15
  • Departmental Application Fee: $35 USD
  • Application Deadline: December 2 (grace deadline through December 31, 11:59 p.m., PST)
  • 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.

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

Students admitted to the program must already hold either a master’s degree in architecture from an accredited program or have an accredited professional degree in architecture and a master’s degree in a related field. A current architectural license and design practice may be applied in lieu of a professional degree in architecture; however, a master’s degree in a related field would still be required in this scenario.

Before beginning your departmental application, please review the PhD Handbook carefully so you can align your application with the program’s capabilities. You can also review doctoral student profiles.

Prior to an admission offer, our department will establish whether there is a sufficient match between your scholarly goals and aspirations with the skills, interests, and availability of at least one faculty member who would be willing to serve as a major advisor.

Degree Info: PhD in Architecture

Application Process

The application process consists of two parts:

  1. Apply to the Department of Architecture (SlideRoom Application)
  2. Apply to the UO Division of Graduate Studies (UO Grad Application)

Apply to the Department of Architecture via SlideRoom

Architecture: Apply via SlideRoom

  • Summary of Goals and Intent: Please refer to the departmental application for details.

  • Statement of Research Intent: Please refer to the departmental application for details.

  • Writing Sample: Please refer to the departmental application for details.

  • Vitae or Resume: Please refer to the departmental application for details.

  • Transcripts: Upload a PDF copy of all of your English transcripts and degree certificates. Eligible applicants must have earned a MArch degree, a post-professional degree in architecture, or a professional degree in architecture and a master’s degree in a related field.

  • GRE Test Results: Please refer to the GRE General website or the GRE at-home website for more information from ETS. GRE test results and a copy of the score report need to be uploaded to the departmental SlideRoom application. Official GRE test scores need to be sent to the University of Oregon, Institutional Code: 4846, Department Code: 4401.

  • Three Recommendations: Please refer to the departmental application for details.

  • Portfolio: Please refer to the departmental application for details.

Non-native English speakers need to meet the UO Division of Graduate Studies’ language proficiency requirements.

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

Apply to the University of Oregon Division of Graduate Studies.

The Division of Graduate Studies offers graduate application fee waivers for applicants who meet specific criteria, as outlined on the Grad School’s UO application fee waiver page.

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Online Interviews

As part of the admissions process, some applicants will be asked to participate in a departmental online interview during which the candidate will have an opportunity to answer and ask questions. Interviews generally take place in February.

Graduate Teaching

Department of Architecture graduate employee (GE) positions will be offered to some Ph.D. applicants who have been offered admission.


Every non-native speaker of English who accepts a teaching-related position as a graduate employee (GE) must submit to a test of his/her English-speaking ability. Individuals who score below the minimum scores as noted will be required to attend language support classes and may be subject to limitations on the kinds of activities they may carry out as GEs. If a passing iBT TOEFL, IELTS, or TSE score is not submitted to the Division of Graduate Studies prior to the graduate student beginning his/her GE assignment, the student must take the SPEAK Test administered at the University of Oregon prior to the first term of his/her GE appointment.

Note: Students for whom the TOEFL/IELTS is waived for admission to their graduate program are still subject to these requirements if they are placed in teaching-related GE assignments.

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.