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Graduate Admission

Master of Architecture Tracks

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

Dates and Deadlines

Students who are admitted to the Master of Architecture two-year track begin their studies in Fall term. The School's Graduate Admissions Committee will accept applications for Fall 2017 now through January 30, 2017.  Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis; contact the School of Architecture if you wish to apply.

Notice of acceptance or regret will be sent out in early spring 2017.

Apply online now at https://www.pdx.edu/graduate-admissions/apply.

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Application Requirements

The application process, as outlined in the online application, requires submission of the following items:

  • Completed application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended (See https://www.pdx.edu/ogs/transcripts for more information about acceptable transcript formats.)
  • 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 (See https://www.pdx.edu/ogs/english-language-proficiency for more information about English-language proficiency requirements.)
  • Statement of intent
  • Résumé listing work experience, educational background and travel experiences
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Representative sample of your academic writing on any subject
  • Portfolio of creative work (see below; digital PDF is required)

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 20 pages.
  • 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.
  • Be prepared to upload a digital portfolio file (PDF) as instructed in the online application.

Application Process: Three-Year Master of Architecture

Dates and Deadlines

Students who are admitted to the Master of Architecture three-year track begin their studies at the start of Summer term. The School's Graduate Admissions Committee will accept applications for Summer 2017 now through January 30, 2017. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis; contact the School of Architecture if you wish to apply.

Notice of acceptance or regret will be sent out in early spring 2017.

Apply online now at https://www.pdx.edu/graduate-admissions/apply. 

Apply Now

Application Requirements

The application process, as outlined in the online application, requires submission of the following items:

  • Completed application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended (See https://www.pdx.edu/ogs/transcripts for more information about acceptable transcript formats.)
  • 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 (See https://www.pdx.edu/ogs/english-language-proficiency for more information about English-language proficiency requirements.)
  • 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
  • Representative sample of your academic writing on any subject
  • Portfolio of creative work (see below; digital PDF is required)

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 24 pages.
  • 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.
  • Be prepared to upload a digital portfolio file (PDF) as instructed in the online application.

Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design

The School of Architecture at Portland State University offers the Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design, the first of its kind in the United States, through its Center for Public Interest Design. 

Please follow the application process described below.

Application Process: Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design

Dates and Deadlines

We accept applications for the Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design by July 15 to start in Fall term, and by February 1 to start in Spring term. 

Apply online now at https://www.pdx.edu/graduate-admissions/apply.

Apply Now

Application Requirements

The application process, as outlined in the online application, requires submission of the following items:

  • Completed application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended (See https://www.pdx.edu/ogs/transcripts for more information about acceptable transcript formats.)
  • TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson Test of English-Academic Scores for those applicants for whom English is not a first language (See https://www.pdx.edu/ogs/english-language-proficiency for more information about English-language proficiency requirements/.)
  • Statement of interest in public interest design and intent to study at the graduate level (500 words maximum; not part of portfolio)
  • Résumé listing work experience, educational background and travel experiences
  • Three references, including name, title, firm or institution, email, and phone number
  • Portfolio of creative work (see below; digital PDF is required)

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 20 pages of work.
  • 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.
  • Portfolio may contain academic research, creative work (of any kind), volunteer work, travel experience, and other evidence of your work.
  • Be prepared to upload a digital portfolio file (PDF) as instructed in the online application.

If you have questions regarding the application process and requirements, or if you would like to visit the School of Architecture to learn more about these programs, please contact Karen O'Donnell Stein, kodo2@pdx.edu or 503.725.8422.