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FAQs

GENERAL PROGRAM CHARACTERISTICS

Do you offer an online program?

We currently do not offer an online or distance-learning degree program. All coursework is completed in residence at the University of Oregon in Eugene. However, in the future, we will be offering online classes and classes in the Portland area. Please check back later for updates.

Where can I find out more about the program faculty and their research interests?

Prevention Science is an inter-disciplinary program. There are many faculty associated with the program, and students will work under the guidance of these faculty. You can read more about the research interests of faculty participating with the program.

How much time does it typically take to complete the degree?

M.Ed. = 1 year M.S. = 2 years Ph.D. = 4 years

Can I attend the program on a part-time basis?

Yes, it is possible to enroll part-time, although a majority of students will complete the M.Ed. in 1 year, M.S. in 2 years, and Ph.D. degree in 4 years, respectively.

ADMISSIONS

What is the application deadline?

MEd and MS: Applications for Fall 2019 enrollment will open on January 1, 2019, and will be considered on a rolling basis through May 31, 2019. We will begin reviewing applications and making offers of admission in January.

PhD: Applications for Fall 2019 admission to the PhD program in Prevention Science will open on mid-October. For full consideration, including consideration for scholarships and funding, apply by January 31, 2019.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through March 31, 2019. Application review will begin in January.

Can I take classes in Prevention Science even if I am not enrolled in the program?

Yes, if you are a graduate student in the College of Education at the University of Oregon, you may be eligible to enroll in the Prevention Science courses. However, many of the Prevention Science courses are offered through the Counseling Psychology program, and may be available only to students in the Counseling Psychology and Human Services department.

Are there required courses or prerequisites that I must complete before entering the program?

No. A background in psychology, social work, human services, or other related field is preferred, but a degree in one of these disciplines is not required. Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree to enter into the program.

What can I do to increase my chance of getting accepted?

Successful applicants are interested in and/or have an understanding of the field of prevention science and psychology, social work, human services or related fields, cultural immersion experiences and/or cultural self-awareness, and research interests that align with prevention science program faculty. Student selection is based on past academic and work performance, grades, GREs, and other academic and professional experiences. It is also highly recommended that applicants take the time to review the program carefully and prepare their application to the program accordingly.

Do you offer conditional acceptance to the program?

No. All applicants must apply and proceed through the standard admissions process.

Can I be accepted into the program in winter or spring terms?

No. Admission to the program is for fall term only. We use a cohort model, and all newly admitted students begin in fall term.

Do I have to finish my undergraduate degree before I can apply to the program?

You do not have to have graduated to apply, but both the program and the Graduate School require that you complete your undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university before you are allowed to enroll in fall. See the Graduate School website for admission requirements.

If I am already a student at the University of Oregon, do I still need to send official transcripts?

No. If you completed, or will complete your degree at the University of Oregon, you do not need to send your UO transcripts.

Can I apply to the CFT master's program, the CPSY doctoral program, and one of the Prevention Science programs at the same time?

Yes, but recognize that they are separate programs with different goals. They are in the same department (Counseling Psychology & Human Services), and students from all three programs (CFT, CPSY, PREV) take some classes together, but the programs function independently. If you apply to multiple programs, you need to create a different application log-in for each application, and complete each online application. You only need to send GRE scores to one program, and one set of transcripts to Admissions, and the materials will be transferred into a file for the other program(s). Be sure to email the Graduate Academic Coordinator and make it known that you are applying to multiple programs in the department. Note: Do not open multiple application accounts at the same time. Doing so causes technical problems. You only need to pay the $70 application fee once. Contact the Graduate School if you have questions about the fee.

If you are applying to additional programs at the University of Oregon outside of the department of Counseling Psychology & Human Services, you need to complete the applications specific to those programs. Supplemental materials (GRE, Transcripts, etc.) cannot be shared with other departments, so you will need to provide those as well.

I would like to be considered for the Ph.D. and Master’s program in Prevention Science. Do I need to submit separate applications?

No. If you would like to be considered for both a master’s and doctoral program, please apply only to the PhD program. Within the application, you will be asked if you would like to be considered for one of the Master’s program if you are not offered admissions into the PhD program.

Can the $70 application fee be waived?

We understand that applying to graduate school is expensive. The Graduate School offers application fee waivers for qualified candidates, such as:

*McNair Scholars, Peace Corps participants, veterans, etc.
*Applying to multiple programs within the same academic year (after paying fee once)
*Reapplying within the same academic year, different term (after paying fee once)
*Current or prior enrollment as a University of Oregon Post baccalaureate Graduate Student
*Concurrent degree applicant (Excluding LAW)
*UO employee
*Former University of Oregon graduate student returning for a different graduate degree

To apply, follow the Instructions; the application must be submitted at least 10 days before the program deadline. If you have any further questions regarding the fee, please contact the Graduate School.

Can I provide more than the required three letters of recommendation?

Yes, however we only need THREE (3) letters of recommendation.

Do the letters have to come from professors?

No. The letters may also come from a volunteer supervisor, workplace administrator, or any other source that has the qualifications to write a relevant letter. However, it is recommended that at least one letter comes from a professor or someone able to judge the quality of your academic work and at least one from a research supervisor. 

How long should my statement of purpose be?

We recommend 2-3 single spaced pages.

Do I have to take the GRE test? What if I already have an MA, MS, PhD, etc.? Do I have to take the test if I am an international student applying for admission?

Yes. All MS and PhD applicants, regardless of academic qualifications and international status, must take the GRE general exam if it has been more than 5 years since your last test date.  GRE scores are not required for M.Ed. applicants. 

Can you help with GRE waiver?

The GRE is owned by ETS. All costs associated with the exam are managed by ETS. Some applicants may qualify for the GRE Fee Reduction Program. Eligibility information and the required form are available on the ETS website.

Do I have to have my GRE scores before the application deadline?

Yes, test scores are due at the same time as the rest of the application materials. Scores may take up to 6 weeks to be received so we recommend that you take the test before the end of January.

Where do I send my GRE scores?

Have your GRE scores sent to:
Institution code: University of Oregon  (# 4846)
Department code: Counseling Psychology and Human Services  (# 2005)

If you do not specify both codes, the program cannot receive your scores. The Prevention Science program is housed in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services.

What is the average GPA of admitted students?

The average undergraduate GPA of admitted students into our prevention science master’s program is 3.52. The average GPA of students admitted into our doctoral program is 3.63.

What if I don't have a high GPA or GRE score, or a background in psychology, social science, etc.? Should I still apply and will I be considered for admission?

Yes. For students applying to the Master’s program, the undergraduate GPA range has been 2.7-3.9. The range of GRE scores is V: 10-95%, Q: 6-83%, W: 11-93%. If you don't meet the admission guidelines in one or two areas, but are strong in other areas, we encourage you to apply to one of the Master’s programs. Gaining acceptance into the Ph.D. program is more competitive than gaining acceptance into the Master’s programs. Individuals who do not meet our average criteria should justify admission via other exceptional credentials. The faculty will review all complete applications.

How are the different components of my application weighted?

All components of your application (grades, letters of recommendation, test scores, purpose statement, and vita) are reviewed and given points based on their strength. Particular attention is paid to applicants' letters of recommendation, purpose statement, and vita.

What if I am not accepted into the PhD program, can I still apply to the Master’s program?

Yes, if you are not offered acceptance to the PhD program, but program faculty believe you would be well qualified for one of the Prevention Science Master’s programs; we will contact you to see if you would like your application materials transferred to the Master’s program.

How do I find about the status of my application?

Please contact the Academic Coordinator with questions about receipt of application materials.

Whom should I contact if I am having technical difficulties?

Please contact the Academic Coordinator if you are experiencing any technical difficulties.

Whom should I contact if my mailing address, telephone number, or email address has changed?

Please inform the Academic Coordinator about these changes.

INTERVIEW

When do you conduct interviews?

We will conduct individual phone or video interviews with applicants following review of the application. Each applicant will meet via phone/video with several faculty members for the interview.

Is everyone who applies invited to interview for the program?

No. After the initial review of application materials, only the strongest applicants are invited for an interview.

After the interview, when will I hear about the admissions decision?

Email letters notifying applicants of their admissions status are sent within three weeks of the interview for the Master’s programs. For the doctoral program, applicants will be notified by April 15th.

How many applicants are accepted into the M.Ed., M.S., and Ph.D. programs?

We anticipate admitting a total of 18-25 students in the M.Ed. and M.S. programs, and 4-6 students in the PhD program. 

If accepted, how many hours can I transfer into the program?

A maximum of 15 quarter credit hours can be transferred towards the masters degree, provided they were graduate level courses and are deemed equivalent to the Prevention Science courses. Course transfer decisions are made by your faculty adviser and course instructor, and are determined after acceptance to the program.

If I am accepted into the program but am unable to attend that fall, can I defer enrollment?

The Prevention Science program does not offer deferred enrollment. You can re-apply the following year.

FINANCIAL AID

How much will tuition & fees cost?

The Registrar provides a breakdown of the tuition & fees as a graduate student, both resident ($6,549/term) and non-resident ($8,997/term) for Fall 2018 [Select 1. Fall-Spring; 2. Resident/Non-Resident; 3. Graduate (Education, Masters/Doctoral)]. Full-time students in the Prevention Science program typically register for 14-16 credit hours each quarter. Duration and minimum credit hours needed varies based on the specific degree (M.Ed./M.S./Ph.D.).

What kind of financial assistance is available?

Students admitted to the program can apply for financial aid as well as the Graduate Teaching Fellowships (GTF) offered through the University Graduate School.  These GTFs may involve research, teaching, or administrative work responsibilities. Some may be program or department specific; others are open to all students. There are also University scholarships and College of Education scholarships (deadlines to apply are usually in January). Additionally, part-time work/study opportunities are sometimes available at the Prevention Science Institute, and with faculty grant-based projects and research. If you are an international applicant, the office of International Affairs offers many resources for international students, including scholarships and financial aid. Please visit the Student Funding page within each program for more information. Although we cannot guarantee funding, Ph.D. students in our department are typically very successful at securing funding. Some Master’s students are also successful.

Is there financial aid available to international students?

The office of International Affairs offers many resources for international students, including scholarships and financial aid.

CONTACT

I have questions that were not answered on the program website or in the FAQ section. Can I schedule an appointment with the faculty or an academic adviser?

You are welcome to visit the University of Oregon and attend a campus tour, but faculty members are typically not available to meet with prospective applicants because of the large volume of meeting requests and their need to prioritize time with current students. You may attend the Prevention Science informational meetings that are scheduled in winter and spring each year. The date, time and location will be provided on the Prevention Science homepage. They are free and open to anyone interested. A RSVP is not needed. Additionally, there is a 1-credit Saturday workshop offered at the University of Oregon in fall, winter, and spring that prepares students for applying to graduate programs in the social sciences: CPSY 408 Grad School Prep. You may also send your questions to the Academic Coordinator.

DEGREE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

M.Ed./M.S.

What is the difference between the Master’s of Science (M.S.) and the Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) in Prevention Science programs?

The M.Ed. program is a 1 year, 45-credit master’s degree program in Prevention Science primarily intended for: (1) students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in a prevention science-related discipline or have human development, psychology, education, or prevention science experience and are currently working in the profession, and wish to enhance their education to improve their career opportunities in the field; (2) students who wish to refocus their education from a non-science or non-education bachelor’s background, such as a humanities undergraduate degree, to gain training and skill development relevant to prevention science, program evaluation, and research in the human service professions for future career or academic study interests; and (3) students who are considering pursuing doctoral study or additional applied masters’ training and wish to improve their content knowledge and research skills to make themselves more competitive for other more advanced high quality graduate programs.

The M.S. program is a 2 year, 65 credit master’s degree program primarily intended for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in a prevention science-related discipline or have human development, psychology, education, or prevention science experience, and are interested in advanced statistics/methodology and research training beyond what is offered in the 1-year M.Ed. program. Students applying to the M.S. will likely have more clearly defined academic goals and seek more in depth scientific and methodological training in prevention science and program evaluation than students interested in the 1-year M.Ed. The 2-year M.S. program also provides greater opportunities for students to develop long-term collaborations in research centers and with faculty members both within and outside the program, but does not require the commitment involved in completing the Ph.D.

Do I need to write a master’s thesis?

No. Students in the 1-year M.Ed. program have to complete a research capstone project. The capstone project is a research paper that typically utilizes 3-4 variables from an existing data set, includes statistical analyses using the research methods learned in the M.Ed. coursework, and is based on prevention science theory. Students present their work to their classmates and as a short written paper using APA writing guidelines.

Students in the 2-year M.S. program will complete a formal empirical research paper as part of the degree requirements. The research paper is expected to be of publishable quality. Students typically present their research paper at a national-level conference.

What courses will I take?

Core coursework will cover the following domains: Applied Human Development and Psychological Foundations, Research Methods, Prevention and Intervention Science, and Professional Foundations.

Students in the M.Ed. program will complete a minimum of 45 credits (33 core credits, including a minimum of 12 research methods credits, and 12 credits of elective coursework).

Students in the M.S. program will complete a minimum of 65 credits (including 22 core psychological foundation credits, 20 research methods credits, and 17 professional seminar and independent research credits).

Students in the Ph.D. program will complete a minimum of 105 credits (including 30 core psychological foundation credits, 32 research methods credits, 9 specialty area credits, 12 professional seminar and independent research credits, and 18 dissertation credits).

What kind of jobs can I get with a master’s degree in prevention science?

Students with a master’s degree in Prevention Science can apply for jobs like - interventionist, human services sector jobs, policy analyst, health educator, research scientist, program evaluator, etc. Our recent graduates have gone on to jobs at universities, health departments, non-profit organizations, research centers, and advocacy organizations.

Ph.D.

What is the difference between the Master’s and Ph.D. programs?

The Ph.D. program is a research-intensive program, with 105 credits of coursework including a minimum of 32 research methods credits and 18 dissertation research credits. In addition, students in the Ph.D. program are required to complete a pre-dissertation research paper, pass a comprehensive exam, and complete and successfully defend their doctoral dissertation, as part of the degree requirements. Students typically take 4 years to complete the Ph.D. degree. All students in the Ph.D. program are expected to demonstrate research competence through (a) active participation in research projects, and (b) communication of theory and empirical findings through professional presentations and publications.

What courses will I take?

Core coursework will cover the following domains: Applied Human Development and Psychological Foundations, Research Methods, Prevention and Intervention Science, Professional Foundations, and Specialty Area.

Students in the Ph.D. program will complete a minimum of 105 credits of coursework.

What kind of jobs can I get with a Ph.D. degree in prevention science?

Students with a master’s degree in Prevention Science can apply for jobs like – academic/faculty positions, research scientist, intervention scientist, human services sector jobs, policy analyst, program evaluator.

Do I need a master’s degree to apply to the Ph.D. program?

No. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree can directly apply to the doctoral program.

In terms of admission decisions, how important is research match to faculty research interests?

Matching faculty research interests is an important consideration in admissions decisions. The Ph.D. is a specialized degree that offers the opportunity to work closely with a scholar knowledgeable in prevention science with particular expertise in their research area. You are better served/advised/guided by working with someone whose interests and expertise match your own.

Are all the faculty accepting new students?

Yes, all core Prevention Science faculty might accept new students. Students are matched to a faculty adviser at the time of admission. Advising matches are based on research interest match between the applicant and faculty member.

 

 

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