Apply for a PhD in Architecture

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.

  • Application Available: September 15
  • 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 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.

Do not send any paper copy materials to the Department of Architecture (transcripts, recommendations, portfolio, etc.). We do not create departmental application files since the departmental process is online via the SlideRoom application.

If you need to make changes to your SlideRoom application, you can email the architecture admissions department at and request them to unsubmit your application to allow for revisions and a re-submission.

Need help with your SlideRoom application? Have questions on completing the SlideRoom application? Need to contact the SlideRoom technical support team? Visit SlideRoom Support.

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

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 will email you a UO ID number approximately one week after submission of the graduate application. To check on the status of your UO ID number, please contact the Graduate School at
  • UO application requirements
  • Send official degree transcripts and related degree certificates directly to Office of Admissions, 1217 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1217, USA. To check delivery of official degree transcripts, email Official transcripts can be sent to the Office of Admissions after the admission deadline.

  • TOEFL scores must be sent directly from ETS directly to the Office of Admissions—University of Oregon, Institutional Code: 4846, Department Code: 02
    • Scores must be less than two years old at the time of application.
    • To check delivery of ETS scores, email
      TOEFL Exempt: Submit degree transcripts to UO Admissions proving that you have received a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom. Scores must be less than two years old at the time of application. Test scores must be sent directly from ETS to the University of Oregon. IELTS score reports should be sent directly to UO Admissions. You can check the status of ETS scores received by sending your query to Find additional information for International Applicants.
  • English language proficiency requirements 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.
  • Review additional information for international applicants—the Department of Architecture does not accept financial verification information from international applicants. If an international applicant is offered admission, the UO Office of Admissions will work directly with the new admits on the financial verification process.
  1. Apply to the Department of Architecture via SlideRoom—A UO ID number and GRE scores are required for 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.
  • 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 IntentDescribe 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—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)
    • GRE Test Guide
  • 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.