University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture

Graduate: FAQ

 

Graduate Frequently Asked Questions

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

How does our program rank nationally?

Nationally, the University of Oregon Department of Architecture is known as one of the best schools of environmental design. In 2011, Design Intelligence's survey--the only national college ranking survey that focuses exclusively on design--ranked our undergraduate architecture program 14th in the nation and 1st in Sustainable Design Practices and Principles. Our interior architecture program is ranked 1st in Sustainable Design Practices and Design, 1st in Design, and 6th in national ranking. All first professional degree programs are fully accredited and have been continuously accredited since accreditation began.

What is the most important part of my application submission?

Each application is evaluated by members of the design faculty to establish its strength with respect to:

  • Creative potential: based on essays, recommendations and portfolio
  • GRE Scores
  • Academic performance: based on transcripts and GPA
  • Potential program contribution: based on life experience, accomplishments, travel, extra-curricular activities, maturity, demonstrated motivation and potential contribution to the program

What are the average GRE scores of admitted students?

Quantitative = 65% and verbal percentile = 65%, which is approximately scores of 155+ on the new GRE test.

When are the application deadlines?

The deadline for the MS and PhD program is December 2.  The deadline for the M.Arch and M.I.ARC program is January 10. Refer to graduate admissions page for more information.

How do I know that I'm eligible to apply to the PhD program?

Students admitted to this program must already hold a master’s degree in architecture from an accredited program or have a professional degree in architecture and a master’s degree in a related field. The intent is that PhD applicants will have completed a master’s degree in architecture and also hold a NAAB-accredited degree that meets the professional requirement. A current architectural license and design practice, may be applied in lieu of a professional degree in architecture; however a Master's degree is still required. Students admitted to this program will carry out a program of advanced study and research in sustainable design.

Who is eligible for which program and at which campus location (Track 1, Track 2, Eugene, Portland)?

TRACK 1 MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE (M.Arch) - Summer Term Admission

  • Eligible applicants must have an undergraduate degree 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

  • Eligible applicants must have a four-year, pre-professional degree in architecture from a NAAB accredited school. The program is two-years, begins in the fall and is available at two campus locations: Eugene and Portland. A four year program is considered accredited if the school has an accredited graduate program.

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.

Are formal interviews part of the application process?

No, but we do schedule Skype interviews for some PhD applicants and we encourage future graduate applicants to visit the department, design studios and/or final reviews, and to direct any questions to the admissions advisor for the department.

What percentage of applicants are offered admission?

Interest in our programs exceeds capacity. Acceptance rates vary depending on the program applied for, but generally, 30% - 60% of qualified applicants are admitted. We do not keep a waiting list but project for a certain amount of attrition during the process.

Is there any prerequisite coursework?

No. Graduate applicants should exhibit a breadth of general knowledge and achievement in a scholarly or design-related endeavor. It is recommended that admitted architecture graduates with no previous background in physics take at least two terms of general physics that includes content on mechanics and fluids, thermodynamics, waves, and optics, and have College Algebra and College Trigonometry in order to be prepared for structures.

How long is the Master's 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.

Students pursuing concurrent degrees can expect to spent 3-4 years completing both degrees. 

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.

What if my GRE Scores will not be received by the application deadline?

If your GRE scores will not be available by the application deadline, be sure and provide your GRE test date information on the Architecture Departmental (SlideRoom) online application and submit your application by the deadline.  Once you have received your GRE scores, contact the admissions manager (archadms@uoregon.edu) to request having your application unsubmitted so that you can enter your scores and resubmit the application.  There's no fee for resubmitting the same application for the same iteration/program.  The risk of submitting your GRE scores after the deadline is the potential for the review committee to review your application with missing GRE scores.

How much will my degree cost?

Please refer to the Office of the Registrar website for an updated fee structure.

Is Financial Aid available?

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 $2,000-$5,000 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 for current graduate students include approximately 45 Graduate Employee (GE) positions per year for which enrolled masters students are eligible. For more information and to apply for a GE position, visit the Employment and Fellowship Opportunities page.

Are scholarships available?

There are many scholarships available university-wide to incoming students. Visit the University's scholarship page for more information. The Department of Architecture does not have department-specific scholarships for incoming students. A limited number of supplemental scholarships are given each year to enrolled students. Information about Department scholarships for current students can be found here.

Can I become a resident while I am going to school?

Once you enroll full time, you no longer qualify to gain residency.  Key considerations used to determine classification as a resident can be found at the UO Admissions website.

If admitted, can I defer my enrollment?

Students can request to defer admission if they are unable to attend the year they were offered admission, but I intend to apply next year and hereby forfeit my acceptance as a GRADUATE student in the Architecture / Interior Architecture program. Tuition Remission Awards (scholarships) that might have been offered with the original admission offer will not carry forward to future Architecture/Interior Architecture applications and students will need to re-apply to the UO Graduate School and the Department of Architecture. Deferring admission does not guarantee admission the following year. The deposit should NOT be paid by applicants who choose to defer.

What computer should I buy?

Computer recommendations are available on our computing & facilities information page, under specifications. Freshman undergraduates are not required to have a computer until spring term of their first year.

What are the job prospects for Architects? Interior Architects?

The Office of Professional Outreach and Development for Students (PODS) serves students in all College of Design disciplines to develop job search strategies, career goals and career development tools. This office works collaboratively with both administrative and academic units to provide comprehensive career services to students through a variety of activities including: linking students with professionals in the field, individual career advising, presentations to classes & student groups, coordinating workshops, panels, and the annual Career Symposium held in Portland.

Oregon graduates continue to find good first placements if they are willing to "move where the action is" - particularly to large cities or even overseas. 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.

Architecture is highly dependent upon the economy. Oregon graduates continue to find good first placements if they are willing to "move where the action is" - particularly to large cities or even overseas.

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.

What are the TOEFL requirements for non-native English speaking applicants?

The minimum TOEFL requirement is 575 for the paper based test, and 88 for the internet test. The IELTS equivalent would be a minimum total score of 7.0.

Architecture Graduate Employee (GE) position (GE) Frequently Asked Questions

Are students who apply to the graduate program automatically considered for a GE?

Applicants are not automatically considered for a GE unless you have a specialized expertise "exceptional capabilities or perspectives." All students interested in being a GE need to complete an application.

Do I just need to fill out the "Department of Architecture Application for Graduate Fellowship" aplication to apply?

Yes. Position descriptions can be found on the "Past GE Positions". The courses and positions do not change much from year to year.

Where do I submit my GE application?

All Applications will be submitted through an online application.

What should I enter for the ID number if I don't have one yet?

You would have received your UO ID number via email about a week after submitting your UO Graduate Application.

Should references include full contact information?

We will use references from your University and Program application materials.

Is "Administrative Program Support" a list for GE positions as well?

Yes, they are considered an Administrative GE.

Where can I find a descriptive list of opportunities / classes?

You can find the descriptions on the "Past GE Positions" link. The courses do not change much from year to year.

When are the decisions made to fill the positions? (i.e. will this come during / before we must accept admissions offers?)

Decisions are usually finalized in late spring, typically after the May 1 confirmation date.

Do students re-apply every term (fall, winter, spring)?

The call is for the entire academic year. If positions do open during the year, an announcement will be posted and emailed to all current graduate students.

What is a "terminal" studio?

This is the final "capstone" studio (ARCH 585/586 or IARC 588/589).

Do you have any recommendations for an incoming student... is it even worth it to apply?

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.

 

UO Graduate Employee Openings

UO GE positions can be found on the UO Graduate School website.