24 months
671 USD/credit 24827 USD/year
671 USD/credit 24827 USD/year
444 USD/credit 16428 USD/year
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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 Architecture 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.

Portland State University teaching and research are inspired by three priorities: 

  • Exploring the poetics of material and the communication of cultural meaning
  • Speculating upon urban issues and the pleasures and dilemmas of city dwelling
  • Promoting community engagement and the application of creative and professional practices toward the common good.


  • NAAB-accredited

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


74 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

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. 

  • 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

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  • International

    24827 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    24827 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    16428 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 444 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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