Graduate Frequently Asked Questions
- Creative potential: based on essays, recommendations and portfolio.
- Academic performance: based on transcripts, SAT scores and GPA.
- Potential program contribution: based on life experience, accomplishments, travel, extra-curricular activities, maturity, demonstrated motivation and potential contribution to the program.
M.Arch Track 1 students must complete ten terms (quarters) of design studio and 80 subject area credits for a total of 144 credits. This track typically takes three years plus one term and begins in the summer.
M.I.Arch Track 1 students must complete ten terms (quarters) of design studio and 83 subject area credits for a total of 147 credits. This track typically takes three years plus one term and begins in the summer.
M.Arch and M.I.Arch Track II students must complete six terms (quarters) of design studio, 47 subject area credits, including 9 seminar credits and 6 research credits, and complete a research terminal project for a total of 87 credits. This track typically takes two years. Track II students begin in the fall term. M.Arch Track II students may study in Eugene or Portland.
Master of Science in Architecture and Master of Science in Interior Architecture students typically complete their research /thesis program in 1 1/2 - 2 years. This program typically begins in the fall term.
Federal financial aid in the form of grants and loans is available to domestic students through the University's Office of Financial Aid. International students should check the Office of International Afffairs for potential scholarships and work study potential. The Iinternational Cultural Services Program awards 30-40 competitive scholarships to international students each year. Scholarships apply to tuition only and range from $6,000-$20,000 per year. The ICSP scholarship has a cultural service component which requires students to give presentations about their home country to children, community organizations, and UO students, faculty and staff.
Employment possibilties include approximately 95 Graduate Teaching positions per year for which enrolled masters students are eligible. For more information and to apply for a GTF position, visit the Employment and Fellowship Opportunities page.
- Establishment of a domicile in Oregon for a period of 12 months or more prior to the beginning of the term for which residency is sought.
- Financial dependence on an Oregon resident or financial independence.
- Primary purpose for being in Oregon other than to obtain an education.
- Nature and source of financial resources.
- Various other indicia of residence (e.g. ownership of Oregon living quarters, permanent Oregon employment, payment of Oregon income taxes.)
Generally students can take up to 8 credits per term while they are establishing residency. All residency issues should be discussed with the University's Office of Admissions.
Interior architecture graduates also need to have some flexibility about their employment location, but there is a shortage of interior designers with the skills acquired in a program like Oregon's. Placement is usually in the larger cities with architectural firms that utilize a design team approach.
Graduate Teaching Fellowships (GTF) Frequently Asked Questions
Decisions are usually finalized in late spring, typically after the May 1 confirmation date.
It never hurts to apply, especially if you have expertise in Enclosures or structures. It will also give you early name recognition as you become part of the student body. GTF positions are typically awarded to second and third year graduate students, but all graduate students are eligible to apply.