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, which includes two steps, before the application committee will consider it:

  • 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.

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

  • Summary of Goals and Intent:

    • Describe your general academic and career goals, the field(s) in which you would like to study, why you wish to attend the University of Oregon, and the issues that are important to your proposed area of research. You may want to refer to specific classes, faculty, or research projects that interest you. Your ideas should be clear, specific, and persuasive.
  • Statement of Research Intent:

    • Describe your intended area of specialization with a specific research proposal for your dissertation. Your proposal should succinctly describe a research question, articulate why it is important to the field of architecture, demonstrate an understanding of the relevant literature and gaps in current knowledge, and identify several research methods that can be applied to the problem and potential outcomes. It is expected that your ideas will evolve when you are here, but the committee will use this proposal to assess your ability to conceptualize and articulate a research plan and your preparedness to pursue these ideas.
  • Vitae or Resume:

    • Upload a vitae or resume that documents your education, professional work, teaching experience, work history, awards, scholarship, publications, and relevant volunteer/public service activities. Clear attributions are required for all collaborative activities.
  • Unofficial 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.
  • Writing Sample:

    • Upload a writing example that demonstrates critical thinking, research, and writing abilities.
  • 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. 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. Official GRE test scores need to be sent to the University of Oregon, Institutional Code: 4846, Department Code: 4401.

      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)
  • 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:

    • Creative work should show design projects and you should cite your contribution in collaborative work. The portfolio should include representative examples of your professional work completed since obtaining your professional degree and describe the major issues explored in the projects and design criteria developed in response to these issues.

      Portfolio Examples:

Skype Interviews

As part of the admissions process, finalists for admission will be asked to a departmental Skype 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.


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.

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.