24 months
734 USD/credit 27158 USD/year
734 USD/credit 27158 USD/year
503 USD/credit 18611 USD/year
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Portland State University offers two Master of Architecture degree options — a two-year Master of Architecture, for those with a four-year-pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture, and a three-year Master of Architecture, for those who hold an undergraduate degree in any discipline. 

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These two programs provide an educational experience rooted in the poetics of materials and the communication of cultural meaning, speculations on the pleasures and dilemmas of contemporary city dwelling, and the potential of architecture to promote social transformation for the common good.

The Architecture program from Portland State University incorporates a series of design studios taken alongside courses in advanced technology, theory, and the profession, followed by a year-long individual design thesis project. The M.Arch is a two-year professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.


Students graduating with a Master of Architecture typically become licensed architects, through the licensing process described by NCARB.

Other career paths include urban planning, urban design, project management, architectural design, retail design, exhibition design, graphic design, public interest design, and more.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary Architectural Theory
  • Professional Practice
  • Advanced Architectural Technology
  • Architectural Design Studio
  • Pro-Thesis Seminar
  • Design Development Studio
  • Design Thesis
  • Integrated Systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


74 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Scanned official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended (See Graduate Admission Transcript Requirements for more information about acceptable transcript formats. If admitted, you will be required to submit official transcripts in hard-copy form.)
  • Proof of English-language proficiency (See English Language Proficiency Requirement  for more information.)
  • 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)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27158 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 734 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    27158 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 734 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    18611 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 503 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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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