Master of Science in Prevention Science

The master of science degree in prevention science provides a broad array of opportunities for students to develop enduring collaborations with research centers and faculty members in the College of Education toward the goal of learning scientific skills that serve our diverse communities.

This is a two-year, 65 credit master’s degree program primarily intended for students who have:

  • completed a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline or have human development, psychology, education, biology, human physiology, nutrition or prevention science experience
  • are interested in advanced statistics/methodology and research training beyond what is offered in the one-year MEd program.

Students applying to the MS 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 one-year MEd.

The two-year MS 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 PhD.

PrevSci MS Handbook

Graduation Requirements — Total Credits: 65

CourseS Credits
Psychological Foundations 22
Research Methods 15
Professional Foundations 9
Research/Reading 13
Electives 6

Research Requirements

All students in the program are expected to demonstrate research competence through

  • active participation in research projects
  • communication of theory and empirical findings through professional presentations and publications
  • completion of a minimum of 12 credits of PREV 601 (Research) 
  • completion of 9 credits of PREV 607 (Seminar)

All students must complete a formal, empirical, publishable research paper as their final Master’s Project.

Master’s Project

The MS ends with a final project that is designed to provide an in-depth experience for students as they write a research paper on a topic of their choice.

Students work with their advisor to identify a project by the end of their first year in the program.

The project should include the analysis of data, and may range from a program evaluation to an empirical research project.

A student who has extensive experience with data collection/analysis/empirical research may write a critical scholarly literature review that is of publishable quality.

This project is expected to be:

  • publishable quality, as evaluated by your advisor, and may be supervised by your advisor or another faculty member
  • completed and approved by the advisor by the first week of the term of anticipated graduation (e.g., the first week of spring quarter for a spring graduation). Students will plan their timeline and completion of the project with their advisor.
  • written in APA format

Prevention Science MS Degree Plan

First Year

Fall Term - 12 Credits Minimum

PREV 631 Introduction to Prevention Science 3
CPSY 621 Lifespan Developmental Psychology 3
EDUC 610 Social Science Research Design 3
PREV 607 Prevention Science Capstone Seminar 2
PREV 605 – Reading and Conference 1
PREV 601 Research 0–3

Winter Term - 13 Credits Minimum + Additional Research

  • Have your Masters Program Plan completed and turned in to your advisor by the end of winter term
course and Title CREDITS
EDUC 614 Educational Statistics 3
CPSY 645 Health Promotion and Equity 3
Elective of Choice 3–4
PREV 607 Prevention Science Seminar 2
PREV 601 Research 2-4

Spring Term - 14 Minimum Credits + Additional Research

course and Title CREDITS
EDUC 640 Applied Statistical Design and Analysis 3
SPSY 650 Developmental Psychopathology 4
PREV 633 Contemporary Issues in Public Health 3
PREV 607 Prevention Science Seminar 2
PREV 601 Research 2–3

Second Year

  • Complete research paper by spring term of Year 2

Fall Term - 10 Credits Minimum + Additional Research

course and Title CREDITS
EDUC 642 Multiple Regression in Educational Research 3
Elective of Choice 3–4
PREV 607 Prevention Science Seminar 1
PREV 601 Research 3–8

Winter Term - 10 Credits Minimum + Additional Research

course and Title CREDITS
EDUC 644 Applied Multivariate Statistics 3
PREV 634 Implementation Science 3
PREV 607 Prevention Science Seminar 1
PREV 601 Research 3–8

Spring Term - 6 Credits Minimum + Additional Research

course and Title CREDITS
SPSY 610 Neuroscience for Educators 3
PREV 607 Prevention Science Seminar 1
PREV 601 Research 2–11

Possible Electives

Students are required to take a minimum of 6 credits (two 3-credit courses) of electives in area of their choice related to prevention science (PREV).

Some elective options are listed in the program plan, however, additional electives are possible given a particular student’s interests (for example, seeking to pursue research positions, a subsequent PhD program in a specific field, or become a program evaluator).

The PhD program in prevention science at the UO and the PhD program in Public Health at Oregon State both have specific course requirements for admittance that can be fulfilled via the elective options while completing this MS in prevention science at UO.

course and Title CREDITS
CPSY 610 Social Aspects of Behavior 4–5
CPSY 626 Psychology Services Latinos 2
SPSY 652 Biological Aspects of Behavior 5
SPSY 617 Tests and Measurements in Education 4
SPED 626 Grant Writing 3
SPED 511 Foundations of Disability I 3
EDLD 610 Culturally Adapted Interventions 4
CFT 615 Introduction to Marriage Family Therapy 3
CPSY 617 Theories of Career Development 3
CPSY 614 Theories of Counseling 3
CFT 620 Mental Health and Diagnosis 3
PREV 605 Prevention Science Externship 1–4