Portland State University

24 months
601 USD/credit
280 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The educational experience of the Master of Architecture from Portland State University is oriented toward "situational" investigations, in which the focus of creative activity is on perceiving, interpreting and representing the meaningfulness of human situations through acts of making architecture. Intellectual rigor, imaginative visualization and manual dexterity are promoted in every student.

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The program encourages each student to:

  • Comprehend the value of a creative engagement with the prevailing realities of the city as a primary means of cultural transformation, and to perceive Portland as an "urban laboratory" for experimental investigations of prevalent human issues.
  • Explore the communicative potential of diverse media through continual acts of interpretive making at multiple scales, including full-size construction.
  • Take advantage of the special reality of the academic setting in offering opportunity for speculation unavailable in contemporary practice situations, particularly through the Design Thesis experience.
  • Develop an understanding of the dynamic relationship of individual and collective experience in urban environments through participation in, and fostering of, communication between citizen and institution in negotiating shared territories.
  • Attain a dynamic awareness of the expectations, roles and practices of the contemporary architectural profession coupled with tangible capacities to operate creatively and productively in the field.
  • Participate in, and contribute to, the advancement of knowledge in issues and technologies of sustainable living and environmental responsibility.

Programme Structure


  • Contemporary Architectural Theory
  • Professional Practice
  • Advanced Architectural Technology
  • Architectural Design Studio
  • Architectural Theory Elective
  • Professional Practice Elective
  • Design Development Studio
  • Design Thesis
  • Integrated Systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
  • GRE Scores
  • TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson Test of English-Academic Scores for those applicants for whom English is not a first language - PTE- Academic -- 60 overall
  • 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
Portfolio SpecificationsThe 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.
  • Be prepared to upload a digital portfolio file (PDF) as instructed in the online application.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    601 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 601 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    280 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 280 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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