Apply for a PhD in Architecture

  • Application Available: September 15
  • Departmental Application Fee: $35 USD
  • Application Deadline: December 2 (grace deadline through January 2, 11:59 p.m., PST)
  • Application Decision: Decision letters are usually emailed by the end of March or shortly thereafter.

(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.

Please do not contact faculty advisors during the application process. Before 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.

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.

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 limited graduate application fee waivers for applicants who meet specific criteria, as outlined on the Division of Graduate Studies' 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.


Graduate Employees: English Language Policy for Non-Native English Speakers

Non-native English speakers in Graduate Employee teaching positions are required to prove their spoken English proficiency by way of the SPEAK Test or the speaking component of the internet-based TOEFL or IELTS.


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.