Apply for a PhD in Architecture

  • Application Available: September 15
  • Departmental Application Fee: $35 USD
  • Application Deadline: December 2
  • 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 interested in applying to the PhD program in the Department of Architecture are encouraged to contact prospective advisors to discuss research interests. Please review additional information about the PhD program including a typical course of study, the PhD Handbook and funding before starting your application.

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.

It is expected that you will contact the faculty member(s) with whom you are most interested in working well in advance of submitting your departmental application.

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 department needs a complete application before the application committee will consider it:

There are two steps in the application process:

  • Apply to the University of Oregon Graduate School
  • Apply to the Department of Architecture
  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.

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  1. Apply to the Department of Architecture via SlideRoom

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  • 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 professional degree in architecture and a master’s degree in a related field.

  • GRE Test Results: GRE test results and a copy of the score report needs to be uploaded in the 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 Graduate School’s language proficiency requirements.

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


Online Interviews

As part of the admissions process, finalists for admission will be asked to a departmental online interview during which the candidate will give a brief presentation about their proposed research, meet members of the PhD committee, and have an opportunity to answer and ask questions. Interviews will take place in January/February.


Graduate Teaching

Department of Architecture graduate employee (GE) positions will be offered to accepted PhD applicants. Self-supporting PhD students (i.e., those who pay their own tuition) may be offered Graduate Fellowships upon review of GE application, since this is considered a valuable part of the educational process. Graduate employee applications will be given to candidates after candidates have accepted admission to the University of Oregon.


SPEAK Test

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 Graduate School 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 archrecruiter@uoregon.edu or at 541-346-1740.