Apply to the Prevention Science Program

Acceptance Rates

Admission to the prevention science program is highly competitive.

We typically accept 3–6 students per year for the MS program and 10–20 students each year for the MEd program.

Each year, our cohort for the PhD program is typically 2-6 students. A master’s degree is not required for applying to the PhD program.

The following faculty are accepting PhD students for Fall 2021:


Admission Criteria

Admission decisions are based on a careful review and assessment of the submitted application materials.

Some of the items and benchmarks considered when making the admissions decision:

  • Compelling purpose statement with the goals and purpose for seeking admission into the program.
  • Previous course work, research, and work experience in areas related to prevention science is strongly encouraged (but not required for master’s students)
  • Strong letters of recommendation
  • Strong undergraduate GPA (3.0 or higher preferred)
  • Academic transcript(s)
  • GRE scores are not required
  • We have implemented a temporary modification to the Graduate School’s English Language Proficiency Requirement for International Students. For Fall 2021 admissions, our program and the Graduate School will accept scores of 115 or higher on the Duolingo English Test (DET) in addition to our standard options for international applicants to meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement.
  • For international applicants, TOEFL/IELTS scores are required per the UO Graduate School and information can be found via this link: https://gradschool.uoregon.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/english-proficiency
  • Writing sample (optional)

We encourage individuals from racial/ethnic minority backgrounds, first-generation college students, LGBTQ students, international students, undocumented immigrants, and all other underrepresented groups to apply.