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 are accepted on a space-available basis through May 1.
  • Departmental Application Fee: $35 USD
  • Application Decision: Decision letters will be emailed mid-February.
    (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 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. 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.

UO Graduate School: Apply Now via GradWeb

  1. Apply to the Department of Landscape Architecture through 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:

      • Your personal statement should address your:
        • Background
        • Strengths
        • Interests and aspirations in the field of landscape architecture
        • Reasons for wanting to study at the University of Oregon
        • Your proposed area of specialization
        • Program of study
        • A prospective major advisor
    • Writing Sample:

      • Show evidence of critical thinking in a research context. This can be:
        • A research paper
        • A technical report
        • A critical scholarship essay
        • Other academic-related writing
        • Current Résumé
    • Upload a PDF copy of all of your English transcripts and degree certificates.

    • GRE Test Score Report with Analytical and Verbal Scores:

      • GRE test results and a copy of the score report need to be uploaded to the SlideRoom application by the application deadline. Official scores must be sent to the University of Oregon. Use Institutional Code 4846 and Department Code 4405. 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.

    • English Language Proficiency Competency Scores & Score Reports for Non-Native English Speakers

    • Three Letters of Recommendation:

      • Two letters must come from academic sources. Recommenders will automatically receive an e-mail inviting them to login and complete the reference requirement through the SlideRoom application.

    • Portfolio of Your Creative Work:

      • Your portfolio should include scholarly, creative, and professional work relevant to the pursuit of doctoral research in landscape architecture.


    Program Deposit

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

    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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