Apply for a MS in Prevention Science

Application Deadline

Applications for fall admission open January 1 and are accepted on a rolling basis until June 30.

Only complete applications are considered. The online application form must be completed and all letters of recommendation, transcripts, and payment must be RECEIVED for the application to be considered complete. 

We begin reviewing applications and making offers of admission in January.

All applicants will receive an email notification of their application results.

Admissions Information

Admission to the prevention science MS program is competitive. We typically accept 3–6 students per year for the MS program.

Admission decisions are based on a careful review and assessment of the submitted application materials. Below are 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 (e.g., psychology, counseling, social work, communications, human development, medical science, education, sociology, political science)
  • Strong letters of recommendation
  • Strong undergraduate GPA (3.0 or higher preferred)
  • Academic transcript(s)
  • Writing sample

We consider the complete application package. One component alone (e.g., GPA) will not necessarily determine the outcome of an application. 

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.

Application Instructions

Complete the online Graduate Admission Application; select Prevention Science as your major, within the College of Education.

Nonrefundable Application Fee: $70 (Domestic Students)/$90 (International Students), paid by credit card or eCheck. You will need to pay the application fee before you are able to submit the application.

  • You do not need to complete the online application in one sitting.
  • You will be able to log in and work on different sections of your application until your payment is made.

Once you complete the information and submit payment, you can log back in to check the receipt status of your letters, transcripts, and test scores. 

In the application, you will be asked to upload:

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

Your vitae should include the following information, beginning with most recent education, including degree and institution (with dates of graduation):

  • Work experiences in education
  • Presentations at conferences or workshops
  • Publications, if any
  • Organizational affiliations
  • Any other relevant professional information

Purpose Statement

The personal statement should describe your goals and purpose in seeking admission to the program. This document should be no longer than 3 pages, double-spaced, with one-inch margins.

Writing Sample

The writing sample should be recent and independent. Examples include a class/course assignment but not a published paper.

You must also provide the following items:

Letters of Recommendation

You must provide the email contact information for two sources for letters of recommendation, preferably:

  • at least one from a professor or someone able to judge the quality of your academic work
  • at least one from a research supervisor

Once you enter and confirm this contact information, you cannot change it.

  • An email will automatically be generated and sent to your referees requesting a letter of recommendation for you.
    • The email will provide instructions on the information to provide and how to upload the recommendation letter.
    • You will receive an automated email notifying you when each of your references uploads their letter.

Official Transcripts

You are required to send an official set of transcripts to the UO Registrar's Office and upload an unofficial transcript within your online application.

  • You will need to provide transcripts from institutions where a bachelor’s or graduate degree has been attended (not transfer credits or AA degrees).
  • If your school provides official electronic transcripts, they may be emailed from the school directly to, but the UO cannot accept electronic transcripts directly from the applicant.
  •  Otherwise, please mail one set of official transcripts to the following address:

Office of the Registrar
5257 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

  • If the degree is in progress, provide the most up-to-date transcript.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Revised Graduate Record Examination (rGRE) Scores

  • GRE scores are not required for admission to the MS program.

International Applicants

If your transcripts are not in English, you must provide a CERTIFIED English translation of all college or university transcripts.

  • Transcripts must reflect the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree from an institution of recognized standing.
  • If you did not graduate from an accredited US institution or from an institution in an English-speaking country, you must obtain a passing score for one of the three following exams:
    • iBT TOEFL (88+)
    • IELTS (overall band score of 7.0)
    • TSE (50+).
  • Please submit your official test scores to the Graduate School (University Code 4846) and email a copy of your scores to the Prevention Science program,

Additional information is provided by the Graduate School for International Applicants.

Confirmation of Complete Application

  • Once you have paid, you can log back in and check the status of your application, including status of your letters of recommendation.
  • All applicants will receive an email notification of their application results.