University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture

Ph.D. Application Information

Ph.D. in Architecture

December 2 - Application deadline for FALL term


PhD4 to 6 years.  Building upon more than forty years of excellence in environmental design teaching and research at the UO, the PhD program focuses on sustainable architecture and integrated design.

The PhD is an advanced research degree for students seeking careers in teaching, scholarship, and leadership in sustainable design in universities, practice, policy, and consultancy. 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. PhD students need to attend the Eugene campus for at least the first year of study and complete a minimum of two years in residence. Students admitted to this program will carry out a program of advanced study and research in sustainable design.

PhD students need to attend the Eugene campus for a least the first year of study and complete at least two years in residence.

The Departmental (SlideRoom) application generally becomes available for the next academic year (2017) approximately August 1. The SlideRoom application has a $35.00 USD application fee. Need help with your SlideRoom application?  Visit SlideRoom Support.

Admission notifications for fall term are generally EMAILED in the month of March.

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

Application Checklist

The department needs a complete application, which includes both steps as outlined below, before the application committee will consider it.

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 here.  The 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

On the Graduate School Application under the field, "Major Applying for", select Architecture - Ph.D.

  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 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  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. Summary of Goals and Intent (250 words maximum) —Describe your general academic and career goals, the field(s) in which you would like to study, and 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.
  3. Statement of Research Intent (1250 words maximum)Describe 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.
  4. Vitae or Resume — Upload a vitae or resume that documents your education, professional work, teaching experience, work history, awards, scholarship, publications, relevant volunteer/public service activities. Clear attributions are required for all collaborative activities.
  5. Unofficial transcripts — PDF copy of all of your English transcripts and degree certificates. Eligible applicants must have earned an M.Arch. degree; a post-professional degree in architecture; or professional degree in architecture and a master’s degree in a related field.
  6. Writing Sample — Upload a writing example that demonstrates critical thinking, research, and writing abilities.
  7. 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. 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.
  8. English Language Proficiency Competency Scores & Score Reports for Non-Native English Speakers
  9. 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.
  10. 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. The minimum number of upload slots is 1 and the maximum number of upload slots is 5.

Portfolio Example

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

Architecture Graduate Teaching Fellowships (GTF) - GTF positions will be offered to accepted applicants. Self-supporting PhD students (i.e., those who pay their own tuition) may be offered Graduate Fellowships upon review of GTF application, since this is considered a valuable part of the educational process. GTF applications will be given to candidates after candidates have accepted admission to the University of Oregon.

SPEAK Test - Every non-native speaker of English who accepts a graduate teaching fellowship (GTF) for a teaching-related position must submit to a test of his/her English-speaking ability. The following tests are accepted. 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 GTFs. If a passing iBT TOEFL, IELTS, or TSE score is not submitted to the Graduate School prior to the graduate student beginning his/her GTF assignment, the student must take the SPEAK Test administered at the University of Oregon prior to the first term of his/her GTF appointment. NOTE: Students for whom the TOELF/IELTS is waived for admission to their graduate program are still subject to these requirements if they are placed in teaching-related GTF assignments.

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.

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

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 Departmental Application, you can request the Architecture Admissions Department ( 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 admits on the financial verification process.

Applicants will be emailed the Department of Architecture admission decision via their Departmental (SlideRoom) Application email address in mid-March.  Paper copy admission letters are not sent out.

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