Apply for a PhD in Landscape Architecture

  • Application Available for Fall Admission: September 15, for the following academic year
  • Application Deadline: January 4 
    Late applications may be accepted on a space-available basis through May 1.
  • Departmental Application Fee: $35 USD
  • 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 day.)

Prospective students must either have:

  • previously completed a professional degree in landscape architecture or architecture (BLA, MLA, BArch or MArch), or
  • hold a master's degree (e.g., MA or MS) in a related and/or relevant field and show clear evidence of academic experience and goals suitably aligned with landscape architecture

A record of demonstrated research is an important admission criterion for all applicants. In particular, a clear capacity for and commitment to research will be strongly considered in admissions.

We strongly recommend that you contact the faculty member(s) with whom you are most interested in working well in advance of submitting your application.

Prior to admission, 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 provisional major advisor.

Before beginning your application, please read the PhD program handbook. It provides you with a sense of the timeline and requirements for graduation with a doctoral degree in landscape architecture at the University of Oregon. You can also view completed Landscape Architecture PhD dissertations and MLA theses.

Degree Info: PhD in Landscape Architecture

Application Process

The application process consists of two parts:

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

The Slideroom application saves your application as you work, so you may login and update as necessary until you are ready to submit. Once you submit, you will not be able to edit your application.

Landscape Architecture: Apply via SlideRoom

Application elements include:

  • Personal Statement: 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.

  • 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 needs to be uploaded to the departmental SlideRoom application. Official GRE test scores must be sent to the University of Oregon, Institutional Code 4846, Department Code 4405.

  • 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 and the Department of Landscape Architecture’s minimum requirements. The Department of Landscape Architecture's preferred minimum language proficiency requirements are as follows:

  • IBT TOEFL = 94
  • PBT TOEFL = 587
  • IELTS = 7.0
  1. 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.

UO Graduate Studies: Apply Now

Program Deposit

Once admitted to the program, a deposit of $500 will be required of all incoming students.

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.

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

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