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 2024:

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)
  • Writing sample
  • We have implemented a temporary modification to the Division of Graduate Studies' English Language Proficiency Requirement for International Students. For Fall 2022 applications, our program and the Division of Graduate Studies 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 Division of Graduate Studies and information can be found via this link:
  • GRE scores are not required

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