Apply for a Master of Science in Sports Product Design (Portland location only)

Application: Online applications are available through SlideRoom.
Application Deadline: The priority application deadline for the following fall term is January 15, but we will accept applications until space is full. 
Application Fee: $12 USD
Application Decision: Applications will be reviewed after the January 15 deadline. Decisions will be sent via email four to eight weeks after the application deadline.


The master of science in sports product design graduate program accepts applications once each year for the following fall term.

All applications, recommendations and portfolios MUST be submitted online. Please do not send hard copies of your applications, recommendations, or portfolio to the Department of Product Design office.

If you have questions about the application or application process, please contact us at or 503-412-3718.

Application Process

Eligible students wishing to apply for the master of science in sports product design program in Portland will have fulfilled degree requirements for a BA or BS or other professional degree before starting the program.

The sports product design application consists of two parts that must be completed before the application committee will review it.

  1. University of Oregon Graduate School ApplicationThis application includes official transcripts and information on your personal and educational background, as well as English language competency for non-native English speakers.

UO Graduate School: Apply Now

  • UO application requirements
  • Must send a TOEFL score report to the University of Oregon, Institutional Code: 4846, Department Code: 4401

English Language Proficiency Requirements for Sports Product Design:

A satisfactory proficiency in the English language is required for admission to the University of Oregon. All applicants for whom English is not a native/primary language must show proof of language proficiency through one of the following options:

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT or TOEFL iBT Home Edition) Score: Minimum Score: 88 
  2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test Score: Minimum Score: 7.0 overall band score
  3. Degree from certain English-speaking countries: A bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from an institution in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom. We are unable to accept certificates of English as a mode of instruction to satisfy this requirement. 


  • Test scores must be less than 2 years old at the time of application.
  • Some graduate programs may require a higher TOEFL/IELTS score than the minimum for University of Oregon admission and some graduate programs may require a TOEFL/IELTS score regardless of educational background. 
  • We are no longer accepting the Duolingo English Test. 

Native/primary language is defined as: A language you used as a primary language in your childhood, rather than learning it as a foreign language.

Please check with your prospective program for information about their requirements.

  • International students will also be required to demonstrate availability of liquid assets sufficient to support one year of study, including living expenses. For the 2023-2024 academic year, this is estimated at $56,855. This will be required before initiation of a visa application once an offer of admission has been extended and accepted.
  1. Sports Product Design Application:

Sports Product Design: Apply via SlideRoom

  • Transcripts
    • One PDF that includes all of your transcripts
  • Statement of Interest
    • A 300-word statement expressing your specific interest in pursuing a MS degree in Sports Product Design. Tell us how you see yourself influencing the future of sports product innovation. 
  • Work, Internship, or Personal Experience
    • A 300-word statement about your personal and professional experiences in relationship to applying to the program
  • Portfolio
    • The purpose of the portfolio is to provide the admissions committee a sense of your interests in Sports Product Design and your creative potential. We are looking for examples that show your ability to problem-solve throughout the creative process, including: clear problem identification, hand and computer drawing, prototyping skills, and story-telling. Consider the portfolio as a demonstration of your design abilities. The portfolio is submitted via SlideRoom
    • One PDF file, 20 pages maximum, 10MB maximum
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Recommenders will automatically receive an email inviting them to complete the reference letter requirement
    • Please note: No more than one letter of recommendation from UO Product Design faculty members can be used (e.g. John Arndt, Wonhee Jeong Arndt, Trygve Faste, Kiersten Muenchinger, Erdem Selek, and Hale Selek). No recommendation letters can be accepted from Susan Sokolowski or Alex Xu. 
  • $12 administrative submission fee

Degree Info: MS in Sports Product Design


NOTE: Information for academically disqualified SPD students that desire readmission to the SPD program: Students who have been academically disqualified from the SPD program may reapply 2 years after their disqualification date. In the new application package, under “essay of intent” the applicant must explain why they are better equipped to succeed in the program. Portfolio work must also be updated and show proof of innovation and creation progress. Previous SPD performance and GPA will also be considered as part of the application review.