Graduate Admission FAQs

Where is the link to the online application for admission?
All application materials, including the link to the online application, can be found on the website of the department to which you are applying. If you cannot find the link on the department's website, please contact the department secretary for instructions.
How do I log back in to my online application?
To log in to your online application, access the online application link from the website of the department to which you are applying.
For what term should I apply?
The University of Oregon is on a quarter system. (See the University Academic Calendar for term dates.) Most departments admit students for fall term only, which begins in late September. Others admit only for Summer or accept applications for any term. Please consult the department for information regarding the appropriate term of admission.
What is the application deadline?
Deadlines vary from department to department, so you should check the website of the department to which you are applying, or contact the department directly if you are unable to find the deadline on their website.
How much does the graduate application fee cost?
The graduate application fee is $70 for domestic applicants and $90 for international applicants. You pay the fee at the end of your application in order to fully submit it to the University of Oregon.
Are application fee waivers available?
A limited number of application fee waivers are available to qualified applicants. For more information, please see: The application fee can be waived for international students only in special cases. International students must contact the Graduate School for approval.
Can I apply to more than one graduate program?
Yes. You must create an online application account for each application and submit a complete graduate application to each program. Only one application fee is required; the first online application you submit will require payment of the graduate application fee, and the fee will be waived on the 2nd and subsequent online applications. PLEASE NOTE: This information must be submitted 10 business days prior to the department application deadline. The approval process is not automated- fee waivers are processed during business hours. If you are seeing a payment page on your application, your fee waiver request has not been approved. 
Do you offer conditional admission for non-native English speakers?
No, conditional admission is not available for graduate students.  International applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement before being admitted.
Where do I send my transcripts?
DO NOT SEND TRANSCRIPTS TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL! We will do our best to forward transcripts that we receive to the appopriate office as they are received, but to ensure proper processing, please follow the instructions below.
Two sets of transcripts are required:
1. When applying, send official transcripts only from schools where you earned a degree (bachelor's degree or higher) to:
Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1217
2. Submit transcripts from all colleges attended to the department to which you're applying.  Some departments collect transcripts electronically through the online application, while others require official hard copies.  PLEASE CAREFULLY REVIEW YOUR DEPARTMENT'S APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR TRANSCRIPTS ARE SUBMITTED ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT'S SPECIFICATIONS.
Do I have to have finished my undergraduate degree by the time I apply?
No, but you do have to finish the degree by the time you begin your graduate studies at the UO. If you are still working on your degree at the time of application, you should submit the most current transcripts available to the department to which you're applying. If you are accepted and enroll at the UO as a graduate student, you will be required to show proof of your degree within the first two weeks of your first term.
What if I have a UO bachelor's degree?
Applicants with University of Oregon Bachelors degrees must be admitted formally to the Graduate School through the same process as a student from any other college or university. However, they do not need to submit UO transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
What if I already have a UO graduate degree?
Applicants with University of Oregon master's or doctoral degrees returning to pursue another graduate degree should apply to the new department following normal application procedures, except that the graduate application fee is not required. The online application will automatically waive the fee as long as you indicate that you have previously attended the UO as an admitted graduate student.
Can I be admitted if I have an unaccredited bachelors degree?
In most cases, no. We require a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or, for international students, an accredited degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree from an institution of recognized standing. On rare occasions, a student from an unaccredited institution, or one that offers the equivalent of bachelor's degree instruction but not the degree itself, may be considered for admission. The Graduate School has more information.
Do I have to take the GRE, GMAT, or other tests in order to apply for graduate admission?
This varies from department to department.  There are no general university testing requirements, but some departments do require you to take a standardized test such as the GRE, GMAT, CBEST, or PRAXIS.  Please review the application instructions for the department in which you are interested for more information.  Links to departmental websites are listed at
What are the Institution and Department codes for GRE scores?
The University of Oregon Institution Code is 4846. Please visit ETS for a list of department codes. If you do not see your department listed, please contact the department to which you are applying to see which code their applicants use.
How do I take graduate classes without being admitted to a degree program?
  • Through the Community Education Program, you may take classes part time (8 credits or less) as a non-admitted student.
  • As a Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Student, you may take classes part or full time as a non-degree-seeking, admitted student. An applicant with a bachelor's degree or the equivalent from an accredited institution who wants to take graduate work as an admitted student but does not intend to pursue a specific graduate degree must submit the official application form, the graduate application fee, a one page statement of purpose, and an official transcript from the college or university for all degrees awarded. Up to 15 credits of the graduate coursework taken may be considered by petition for acceptance toward Master's degree requirements.
How do I change my graduate major?
  • A graduate student who has been admitted and wants to change majors is subject to review for acceptance per admission guidelines held by the new department. Currently enrolled graduate students should apply to the new department following normal application procedures, except that the graduate application fee is not required.
  • Graduate students who are not currently enrolled wishing to return to UO into a new major should apply to the new department following normal application procedures, except that the graduate application fee is not required.
Can I defer my admission offer?
The University of Oregon does not offer deferrals. You must apply for the term you plan to attend. With approval from the admitting department, you may be able to bypass the departmental section of the application and letters of recommendation on your new application. If you are applying for a different academic school year, you will be required to pay the graduate application fee again.
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