IS:IP Application Information and Requirements

photo of a puzzle piece in the grassApplication Information


  • Fall Term Admission (starts at the end of September): June 1
  • Winter Admission (starts at the beginning of January): October 31
  • Spring Admission (starts at the beginning of April): January 31
  • Summer Admission (starts at the end of June): April 15


Before you apply: In advance of  beginning the online application applicants need to identify three graduate program areas that coursework will be drawn from. Graduate course offerings from each of the three departments form the program of study. The three departments can be in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), or from three professional schools, or from a combination of professional schools and CAS departments. Students wishing to undertake a program using two areas from a single professional school are advised to explore a master's program within that school. Although considerable flexibility is allowed in the design of a program, in all cases, the curriculum is composed of existing coursework from three different departments that offer a sufficient number of graduate level courses. A list of eligible graduate programs can be found here

Master's Committee:  Prospective students will need to identify a chair/advisor and two additional committee members- one from each of the departments/areas identified at the time of application to the Graduate School.  As part of the online application, you will be asked to enter the names and departments of your proposed committee members. Each committee member must agree to your Tentative Program of Study. Once approved this committee shall constitute the student's formal master's committee.  Tenure-related faculty or graduate faculty may serve as committee members, but only facutly that hold the rank of assistant professor or higher may serve as the committee chair.

Application Form:  Application for Admission to the Graduate School at the UO is an online application, requiring payment of the $70.00 application fee by Visa, MasterCard, or a checking account. 

Please note that applications are made to IS:IP not to each individual department comprising the program of study. The online application is available here.

Students who are changing their major to IS:IP from another UO graduate program must submit an application and all required application materials.

Transcripts:  All applicants, including students previously admitted to the UO, will need to submit transcripts from any and all college or universities ever attended, both graduate and undergraduate, as part of the application process.  You may upload scanned copies of transcripts to your online application.

In addition, you must submit official transcripts from any school where you earned a graduate or undergraduate degree to:          

Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR  97403

Entrance Exams:  Graduate Record Examination scores (GRE) are required as part of the application and are due by the deadline for the term of application. Although there is no required level of achievement on the GRE for admission to IS:IP, students are generally expected to have a composite (verbal plus quantitative) GRE score of at least 308. You will be asked to self-report your scores on the online application, and you also must request an official score report to be sent to the University (institution code 4846, department code 5101).  For information regarding GRE Test scheduling at the University of Oregon please visit the Counseling and Testing Center website. 

Applicants whose native language is not English must show proof of language proficiency through one of the following three methods:

Method Requirement
TOEFL Score Minimum Score: 600 (Paper) or 90 (Internet-Based). Scores must be less than 2 years old at the time of application.
IELTS Score Minimum Score: 7.5 overall band score.  Scores must be less than 2 years old at the time of application.
Degree from English-speaking country Submit degree transcripts proving that you have received a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.

You will be asked to self-report your scores on the online application, and you also must request an official score report to be sent to the University (institution code 4846).

Letters of Recommendation:  At least three letters of recommendation are required at the time of application. As part of the online application, you will be asked  to enter the names and email addresses of your recommenders.  They will receive an email asking them to provide their recommendation electronically.  Letters of recommendation should be provided from professors who can specifically address the student's maturity and ability to work independently and creatively at the graduate level.  For students who have been out of school for several years, recommendations from employers or others who can evaluate the applicant's abilities are appropriate.

Statement of Purpose:  The online application will require you to upload a statement of purpose of not more than five typewritten, double-spaced pages clarifying the reasons for applying to IS:IP.  The statement should describe in detail the applicant's plan of study.  The statement should also describe how the three disciplinary areas form a comprehensive program relevant to the applicant's goals.  Tentative plans for the thesis or terminal project should also be described.

Tentative Program of Study:  A form for the Tentative Program of Study will be provided to applicants after the online application is received and reviewed. The form asks applicants to list a minimum of 15 graduate credits in each of three areas (plus the 9 credits for thesis or terminal project) and must be approved by each prospective committee member and submitted before a final admission decision is issued.  

Although the minimum credit hour requirement for each area is 15 graduate credits, departments may, at their option, require more than 15 credits in a disciplinary area.  Advisers may, at their option, also require that a student enroll in specific courses within a department.  Applicants are responsible for determining and fulfilling any prerequisites for graduate courses.  Although the student may not know the exact nature of the terminal project or thesis, a total of 9 hours of IST 609 Terminal Project or IST 503 Thesis are included on the tentative course plan.

Preliminary Hearing (Optional--At the discretion of the Director of IS:IP):  The Dean of the Graduate School or delegate may convene the student's master's committee before the student has been admitted to IS:IP to consider the student's degree proposal and program of study. The committee shall recommend to the Dean of the Graduate School or delegate whether the student's proposal has academic merit and if the course work the student has identified constitutes a coherent body of knowledge.

Admissions Referral Memorandum (Optional--At the discretion of the Director of IS:IP):  An Admissions Referral Memorandum may be circulated by the Graduate School to the Chairs of the Admissions Committees of the three graduate departments listed by the student.  The Admissions Committee Chairs shall make a formal recommendation regarding the admissibility of the student to the Dean of the Graduate School.

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