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

Psychological Foundations22
Research Methods15
Professional Foundations9

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 Science3
CPSY 621 Lifespan Developmental Psychology3
EDUC 610 Social Science Research Design3
PREV 607 Prevention Science Capstone Seminar2
PREV 605 – Reading and Conference1
PREV 601 Research0–3

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 TitleCREDITS
EDUC 614 Educational Statistics3
CPSY 645 Health Promotion and Equity3
Elective of Choice3–4
PREV 607 Prevention Science Seminar2
PREV 601 Research2-4

Spring Term - 14 Minimum Credits + Additional Research

course and TitleCREDITS
EDUC 640 Applied Statistical Design and Analysis3
SPSY 650 Developmental Psychopathology4
PREV 633 Contemporary Issues in Public Health3
PREV 607 Prevention Science Seminar2
PREV 601 Research2–3

Second Year

  • Complete research paper by spring term of Year 2

Fall Term - 10 Credits Minimum + Additional Research

course and TitleCREDITS
EDUC 642 Multiple Regression in Educational Research3
Elective of Choice3–4
PREV 607 Prevention Science Seminar1
PREV 601 Research3–8

Winter Term - 10 Credits Minimum + Additional Research

course and TitleCREDITS
EDUC 644 Applied Multivariate Statistics3
PREV 634 Implementation Science3
PREV 607 Prevention Science Seminar1
PREV 601 Research3–8

Spring Term - 6 Credits Minimum + Additional Research

course and TitleCREDITS
SPSY 610 Neuroscience for Educators3
PREV 607 Prevention Science Seminar1
PREV 601 Research2–11

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 TitleCREDITS
CPSY 610 Social Aspects of Behavior4–5
CPSY 626 Psychology Services Latinos2
SPSY 652 Biological Aspects of Behavior5
SPSY 617 Tests and Measurements in Education4
SPED 626 Grant Writing3
SPED 511 Foundations of Disability I3
EDLD 610 Culturally Adapted Interventions4
CFT 615 Introduction to Marriage Family Therapy3
CPSY 617 Theories of Career Development3
CPSY 614 Theories of Counseling3
CFT 620 Mental Health and Diagnosis3
PREV 605 Prevention Science Externship1–4