University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture

M.Arch and M.I.Arch Admissions Information

Master of Architecture and Master of Interior Architecture Application Information

  • January 10 - Application deadline

 

Professional Degrees

Master of Architecture (M.Arch)
Master of Interior Architecture (M.IArc)

There are two tracks leading to a professional master's degree in architecture or interior architecture, with eligibility depending on prior education.

♦ TRACK 1 MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE OR INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE (M.Arch or M.IArc) - Summer Term Admission

  • This Master of Architecture program is open to applicants with a B.A. or B.S. degree in any field from a four-year college or university. The program is three-years plus one term (or ten terms) in length, begins in the summer, and is available at the Eugene campus location.

♦ TRACK 2 MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE (M.Arch)- Fall Term Admission

  • This track is open to applicants with an exceptional undergraduate record in a focused pre-professional degree, including the B.A. or B.S. with a major in architecture from a  NAAB accredited school. A four year program is considered accredited if the school has an accredited graduate program. This M.ARCH Track 2 is generally two-years, beginning in the fall and is available at two campus locations: Eugene and Portland.  Standing in the program is based on a transcript analysis following admission and is based on studio work, coursework, and academic achievement.  

♦ TRACK 2 MASTER OF INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE (M.IArc) - Fall Term Admission

  • Eligible applicants must have a four-year degree in Interior Architecture/Design or Architecture.  The program is two-years, begins in the fall and is available at the Eugene campus location.

Portland Campus Track 2 Master of Architecture Applicants - Track 2 Master of Architecture students who choose the Portland location should have completed coursework in Building Construction, introductory course in structures, and the basic technical requirements as shown in our program outline guides, prior to fall term admission.  Note that the Portland campus is approximately 200 miles north of the Eugene campus. See also an Oregon map. Track 2 Master of Architecture applicants who are offered admission to the Portland campus will have a transcript evaluation completed late spring term to determine individual requirements.  Students who have not completed pre-requisites may be advised to start their program at the Eugene campus based on their respective backgrounds and the availability of the required course offerings. More details about the Portland Program may be found here. Applicants with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture must begin in the Eugene program.

Transfer applicants can check course equivalencies here.

Concurrent Master's Degrees, 14 terms - Graduate students in the Department of Architecture can earn two master's degrees. Within the department, students apply to one degree first (M.Arch or M.I.Arch). After enrollment, students need to make an appointment with their academic advisor and request their intent to complete both degrees. Students need to submit a new UO Graduate Application and a new SlideRoom Departmental application in order to apply to the other major. You can find more information about the options on our Concurrent Master Degrees in Architecture and Interior Architecture page.

Scholarships and Graduate Employees (GEs) - A limited number of recruitment scholarships will be offered to accepted students.  No additional application is necessary. Students are encouraged to pursue funding opportunities or financial aid resources to plan for graduate school expenses.  Applicants who accept admission to the Department of Architecture will be sent Architecture GTF application information for consideration. These positions are very competitive and the department reserves some GTF appointments for the purpose of recruiting graduate students who bring exceptional capabilities or perspectives to the program.

Application Details - There are no prerequisites courses required in order to apply. The Departmental (SlideRoom) application will become available for the next academic year (2016) approximately August 1. The application has a $35.00 USD application fee. Need help with your SlideRoom application?  Visit SlideRoom Support.

Application Checklist

In order to review your application it must be complete. An application is not considered complete until all of the materials listed below have been received by the application deadline. Please review the following detailed application instructions carefully before completing the application.

There are two steps in the application process:

  1. Apply to the UO Graduate School
  2. Apply to the Department of Architecture

(1) Apply to the University of Oregon Graduate School (Grad Web).  See UO Graduate School requirements hereThe UO Graduate School will email you a UO ID number approximately one week after submission of the UO Graduate application.  To check on the status of your UO ID number, please contact the UO Graduate School at gradsch@uoregon.edu.

On the Graduate School Application under the field, "Major Applying for", select either Architecture - M.Arch. or Interior Architecture - M.IArch.

  1. Send Official Degree Transcripts and related degree certificates directly to UO Admissions (Office of Admissions, 1217 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1217, USA).  To check on the delivery of official degree transcripts, email registrar@uoregon.edu.  Official transcripts can be sent to UO Admissions after the admission deadline.
  2. English Language Proficiency Competency Requirements for Non-Native English Speakers A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to the University of Oregon and Department of Architecture. Applicants whose native language is not English must show proof of language proficiency through one of the following three method: (1) TOEFL Score: Minimum Score: 88 (Internet-Based) or 575 (Paper); (2) IELTS Score: Minimum Score: 7.0 overall band score; (3) 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 2 years old at the time of application. Test scores must be sent directly from ETS to the University of Oregon. The institution code is 4846, Department Code: 4401. IELTS score reports should be sent directly to UO Admissions. The status of ETS scores received can be checked at uoadmit@uoregon.edu.  Additional information for International Applicants should be reviewed here.

(2) Apply to the Department of Architecture (SlideRoom)A UO ID number and GRE scores are required for the SlideRoom Departmental Application.

  1. Architecture Departmental Application (SlideRoom).  SlideRoom FAQ
  2. Autobiographical Essay/Personal Statement (1,000 words maximum) - Your autobiographical essay/personal statement is a narrative that outlines significant experiences in your life, including childhood experiences, study and work, your strengths and aspirations in the field of architecture, and why you want to come to the University of Oregon.
  3. Vitae or Resume — Upload a current resume.
  4. Unofficial transcripts — PDF copy of all of your English transcripts and degree certificates.
  5. 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.  Official GRE test scores need to be sent to the University of Oregon. ETS institutional code is 4846 and department code is 4401. 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. Average GRE scores of admitted students: Quantitative percentile = 65% and verbal percentile = 65%, which is approximately scores of 155+ on the new GRE test.  See also the GRE Test Guide.
  6. English Language Proficiency Competency Scores & Score Reports for Non-Native English Speakers
  7. 3 Recommendations (2 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.
  8. Portfolio — Applicants should include projects or other independent work that demonstrates a potential for visual and spatial thinking and an environmental awareness. A photographic essay, observations and analysis of a place, travel sketches, fine arts or craft studies are some of the possibilities. If group work is included, clearly explain the nature and extent of your contribution. Track II applicants should provide samples of their design work. The applicant should use the portfolio as a visual complement to the Autobiographical Essay. The minimum number of upload slots is 1 and the maximum number of upload slots is 10.

Portfolio Examples

Graduate Portfolio Sample 1  /  Graduate Portfolio Sample 2  /  Student Gallery


Applicants will be emailed the Department of Architecture admission decision via their Departmental (SlideRoom) Application email address generally during the first few weeks in April.  Paper copy admission letters are not sent out.

For questions on completing the SlideRoom application or contacting the SlideRoom technical support team, see the SlideRoom FAQ.

If you need to make changes to your SlideRoom Departmental Application, you can request the Architecture Admissions Department (archadms@uoregon.edu) to unsubmit your application to allow for revisions and a re-submission.

The Architecture department does not accept financial verification information from international applicants.  If an international applicant is offered admission, UO Admissions will work directly with the new admit on the financial verification process.

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.

The Departmental (SlideRoom) application will become available for the next iteration approximately the first Monday in August.

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