Graduate Admissions in Architecture

The School of Architecture at Portland State University offers a NAAB-accredited professional Master of Architecture degree program in two tracks: 

Please follow the application process for the track you are interested in, described below.

Application Process: Two-Year Master of Architecture

To apply for the two-year track of the Master of Architecture, all applicants must submit two separate application packets. One is sent to the PSU Office of Admissions and the other is sent directly to the PSU School of Architecture. To view the curriculum for the two-year track of the Master of Architecture, click here.

Deadlines

Students are admitted to the Master of Architecture two-year track each Fall term. The School's Graduate Admissions Committee will accept applications for Fall 2015 through February 1. Notice of acceptance or regret will be sent out beginning the first week in April.

PSU Office of Admissions Checklist

Full details about the PSU Graduate Admissions Application process, including international graduate admissions, are found at www.pdx.edu/admissions/graduate-applicant.

School of Architecture Checklist

  • Completed School of Architecture Two-Year Master's Degree Application (download and print pdf)
  • Copy of your completed University Application for Graduate Admissions form (see PSU Applications Checklist above)
  • Sealed official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Portfolio of creative work
  • Statement of Intent (not part of portfolio)
  • Résumé listing work experience, educational background and travel experiences
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE Scores (indicate both the Department Code 4401 and the Institution Code 4610 when requesting your scores)
  • TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson Test of English-Academic Scores for those applicants for whom English is not a first language 

Portfolio Specifications

The Admissions Committee is especially interested in each applicant's creative capacities, use of imagination in architectural design and other creative pursuits, intellectual curiosity, and the ability to communicate ideas through an exploration of diverse media and representational formats. These qualities are best presented in a well-composed portfolio. Please adhere to the following format in putting together the portfolio.

  • The portfolio must be no larger than 9" x 12" and can be either portrait or landscape format.
  • Use no more than 10 bound pages (20 sides).
  • Include your name, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address on the first page.
  • Use supporting text and annotation informatively and with strong editorial control.
  • Illustrate your work in a manner that enables a reviewer to perceive the creative journey you experienced in pursuit of design propositions, including a sense of process as well as final resolution.

Application Process: Three-Year Master of Architecture

To apply for the three-year track of the Master of Architecture, all applicants must submit two separate application packets. One is sent to the PSU Office of Admissions and the other is sent directly to the PSU School of Architecture. To view the curriculum of the three-year track of the Master of Architecture, click here

Deadlines

Students are admitted to the Master of Architecture three-year track each Summer term. The School's Graduate Admissions Committee will accept applications for Summer 2015 through February 1. Notice of acceptance or regret will be sent out beginning the first week in April.

PSU Office of Admissions Checklist

Full details about the PSU Graduate Admissions Application process are found at www.pdx.edu/admissions/graduate-applicant.

School of Architecture Checklist

  • Completed School of Architecture Three-Year Master's Degree Application (download and print pdf)
  • Copy of your completed University Application for Graduate Admissions form (see PSU Applications Checklist above)
  • Sealed official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Portfolio of creative work
  • Statement of interest in architecture and intent to study at the graduate level (not part of portfolio)
  • Résumé listing work experience, educational background and travel experiences
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE Scores (indicate both the Department Code 4401 and the Institution Code 4610 when requesting your scores)
  • TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson Test of English-Academic Scores for those applicants for whom English is not a first language 

Portfolio Specifications

The Admissions Committee is especially interested in each applicant's creative potential, use of imagination, engagement in different forms of three-dimensional expression, intellectual curiosity, and ability to communicate ideas and concepts in writing and other forms of discourse and media. These qualities are best presented in a well-composed portfolio. Please adhere to the following format in putting together the portfolio.

  • The portfolio must be no larger than 9" x 12" and can be either portrait or landscape format.
  • Use no more than 12 bound pages (24 sides).
  • Include your name, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address on the first page.
  • Use supporting text and annotation informatively and with strong editorial control.
  • Illustrate your work in a manner that enables a reviewer to perceive the creative journey you experienced, including a sense of process as well as final resolution.
  • Include a representative sample of your academic writing on any subject.