University of Oregon

Historic Preservation Program

Admissions Process

The Historic Preservation Program's Master of Science graduate degree program is based at the University of Oregon campus in Portland. 

The Master of Science in Historic Preservation program is still accepting applications for Fall 2017 on a rolling basis.  Applicants who submitted their materials by the February 1 Priority Deadline will be notified of the Committee's decision by mail no later than March 15.  Later applicants can expect to hear about acceptance within 4-6 weeks of completing their application.


Application Process

The department must receive a complete application, which includes both steps as outlined below, before the application committee will consider it. 

There are two steps in the application process:

  1. Apply to the University of Oregon Graduate School
    Includes official transcripts and English Language competency for non-native English speakers. See UO Graduate School requirements here.
    English Language Proficiency Requirements for Historic Preservation: IBT TOEFL Minimum = 88; PBT TOEFL Minimum = 575; IELTS Minimum = 7.0

  2. Apply to the Master of Science in Historic Preservation program through Slideroom

  • Unofficial transcripts — PDF copy of all of your transcripts and degree certificates

  • GRE test results (optional) — A PDF copy is uploaded into the online application and official GRE test scores need to be sent to the University of Oregon. ETS institutional code is 4846 and department code is 4401.

  • Resume or Biographical Summary — Arrange chronologically by year listing your undergraduate/graduate educational history, employment history, experiences and skills in preservation, volunteer work, major travel experiences, creative achievements, and any other experiences which you believe may be of interest to the admissions committee. Please, do not leave major gaps in the chronology without explanation.

  • Educational/Professional Summary — List the course names and number of terms which you have completed of college-level courses in architectural history, architecture, historic preservation, history, archaeology, anthropology, geography, and any other courses of particular relevance to historic preservation. Note other relevant experience in these subjects, apart from formal classes. Also list and describe any publications or major research papers which you have written in these subject areas.

  • Statement of Intent — Describe the reasons for your application and any particular emphasis which you wish to pursue. Discuss your familiarity with the field of preservation and your understanding of the University of Oregon's Historic Preservation Program. In addition, please discuss your academic and career goals relative to historic preservation. Writing effectiveness is consider as part of the Statement of Intent.

  • Portfolio — Selected examples of written material and/or graphic work. If you have not had experience related to preservation, submit selections which illustrate your research and writing skills and/or creative work.

  • 3 letters of recommendation — At least two must be from academic references unless you have been away from a college or university for several years. All three letters should comment upon your potential for independent scholarly research. Recommenders will automatically receive an e-mail inviting them to login and complete the reference requirement through the Slideroom application.

  • $10 administrative submission fee

The Slideroom application saves your application as you work, therefore you can login and update as necessary until you are ready to submit. Once you submit, you will not be able to edit your application.


The two-year course of study is designed to meet the interests of students whose backgrounds are primarily in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, history, anthropology, and architectural history, but all undergraduate majors are eligible.

What are we looking for? There is no simple answer to this question. Each application is examined for individual merit. In order to gauge academic potential we look at GRE scores (if submitted), undergraduate grades, and letters of recommendation. We also look closely at the quality of the portfolio. Of particular importance, however, is the applicant's statement of intent. Potential students need to demonstrate their experience or interest in Historic Preservation, as well as present a clear understanding of what our program has to offer and how our program meets their goals. That being said, please remember that decisions are based on a number of factors and we are looking for well-balanced candidates. Good luck!

Students from western states who wish to participate in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP a tuition reciprocity program) should view our Financial Aid page for more information.

Admission Fee

If admitted to the Program, an admissions fee of $100.00 will be required of all incoming students. This fee is used in support of student orientation materials and the reception.

University of Oregon Graduate School Website
We strongly recommend that applicants review the University of Oregon Graduate School Website for additional information on courses, campus, tuition and fees, etc.

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