University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture

Master of Science Application Information

Master of Science in Architecture or Interior Architecture Applications

  • DECEMBER 2 - Application deadline for FALL term


Master of Science – M.S. in Architecture, M.S. in Interior Architecture, 4 to 6 terms

The Master of Science degree allows students to complete advanced research or design work that builds on an existing professional degree. This degree allows students to focus on a research thesis or a design thesis. This is a non-professional degree and is not accredited. The M.S. degree program for students who already hold a professional degree in the area for which they are applying (architecture or interior architecture). These students must have completed a NAAB accredited degree or the international equivalent prior to enrolling.  This is a 1.5-2 year thesis program that begins in the fall.  There are no prerequisite courses required in order to apply.

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 either Architecture - M.S. or Interior Architecture - M.S.

  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 your GRE Scores are required for the SlideRoom Departmental Application.

  1. Architecture Departmental Application (SlideRoom).  SlideRoom FAQ
  2. Autobiographical Essay (300 words maximum) — An outline in narrative form that describes significant experiences relative to your professional interests and opportunities.
  3. Research Statement of Intent (1,000 words maximum)—Please describe the issues important to your research, potential questions for study/inquiry, the methods and materials you might use, and possible outcomes. The committee will use this statement to assess your ability to articulate an area of study.
  4. Resume or Vitae — 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. Writing Sample - Please upload a writing example that demonstrates critical thinking, research, and writing abilities.
  6. Unofficial transcripts — PDF copy of all of your English transcripts and degree certificates.
  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 — Upload a portfolio which documents your creative endeavors. It should include representative examples of your studio work completed for your professional degree, and other environmental design and creative work. Describe the major issues explored in the projects and design criteria developed in response to those issues. If you have been engaged in environmental research or the practice of architecture or interior design, submit materials which describe that work and your responsibilities. For any collaborative work, clearly identify and explain the nature and extent of your contributions. The portfolio should be clearly organized, easy to understand, and representative of the applicant’s care with visual materials. 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

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 during the first week in April.  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.