Graduate Admissions FAQ

General FAQ

Our faculty will continue to review all applications holistically, taking into account all materials, including personal statement, letters of recommendation, and academic achievement.

We understand that some universities may have changed their typical grading systems temporarily in response to COVID-19.

The inclusion of pass(P) or satisfactory (S) grades on transcripts for Spring 2020 will not be viewed negatively in the evaluation of applications for Fall 2021 admission.

Please address what draws you to the fields of public health and human sciences in relation to the specific program (degree/concentration/option) to which you are applying. Describe your goals in pursuing a graduate degree, discuss your relevant background, including educational, professional or volunteer preparation and leadership experience, and specify why you have selected this OSU program and the degree/concentration/track/option to which you are applying. Offer any additional information that would help us to best understand your application materials.

Yes! If you are a current graduate student at OSU, you can apply to add a concurrent degree to your existing program of study by filling out this form on the Graduate School’s website. Fill out the “Work on Concurrent Degree/Certificate” section and submit the form. This will prompt the Graduate School to send over your initial graduate application. Please send a personal statement reflecting your goals for the concurrent degree to Suzanna Chase once you have submitted this concurrent degree form. There is no deadline for this process, and you can add a concurrent degree in any term.

Applicants for graduate programs should have completed the GRE within the last 5 years, with the exception of Nutrition applicants, for whom the GRE must be taken within the past 2 years

For ALL programs that require the GRE, your official GRE scores must be received by the deadline for which you are applying. GRE scores can take up to a week to arrive at SOPHAS or OSU, so please plan accordingly. Only complete applications are reviewed by faculty.

Applicants for the MPH, MS/PhD in Nutrition and PhD in Public Health should send GRE scores to code 0031. Applicants for all other programs requiring the GRE should send scores to 4586.

MPH applicants who have earned a master's degree from an accredited US institution are exempt from the GRE requirement. MPH applicants may submit MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) scores in lieu of GRE scores. MPH Applicants to the MPH in Health Systems & Policy may substitute GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) scores.

Applicants for all other programs (with the exception of the Master of Adapted Physical Education) must submit GRE scores.

No, there are no official cutoff scores for the GRE.

The minimum TOEFL score for directly entry into a graduate program at OSU is an 80, with a score of 18 in each section. For the IELTS, it’s a 6.5. Scores must be no more than two years old at the time you start the program. See Graduate Admissions - International Applicants for more information about international graduate student requirements.

We do not have rolling admissions. MPH and PhD in Public Health applications are reviewed after each deadline. If you submit your SOPHAS application for the priority deadline, but are still missing materials (transcripts, letters, etc.), your application will be reviewed at the following deadline (assuming your materials are received by that deadline).

For all other programs, applications are reviewed at the priority deadline, and review continues until the final deadline with admission pending space/availability in the program. You should try to submit your application by the priority deadline for the best chance at admission.

For MPH and PhD in Public Health applicants, if all materials are received by the first deadline (December 1), and you have submitted your supplemental application, you should expect to receive your decision by mid-February. March 1 applicants will receive their decision by early May. The MPH online degree program in Public Health Practice has a final deadline of June 1, and applicants will receive their decision by early July.

For Kinesiology and Nutrition applicants, even if applying at the priority deadline, you may not receive your decision until as late as mid-April.

Deferrals may be granted on a case by case basis. In general, deferrals will only be granted for applicants in the military or those facing extreme circumstances (e.g., major medical issues). The Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs will consider deferral requests for MPH applicants. School Heads will consider deferral requests for applicants from all other degree programs.

For questions about funding, please contact the School Head for your program. For Human Development and Family Studies, Health Promotion and Health Behavior, and Health Systems and Policy/ Health Policy, contact Dr. Rick Settersten. For Adapted Physical Education, Athletic Training, Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Global Health, Kinesiology, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Public Health Practice contact Dr. Norm Hord.


SOPHAS offers a limited number of financial-based fee waivers, as well as service-based fee waivers for participants in AmeriCorps, McNair Scholars Program, Gates Millennium Scholars. SOPHAS also waives fees for active or veteran military service members, and there are a limited number of financial-based fee waivers. You can check to see if you qualify for a fee waiver at SOPHAS Specialized Fee Waivers.

Yes, there is an OSU Graduate School supplemental application. After you submit your application through SOPHAS, the supplemental application will be sent to you via email after each deadline. We currently send out the supplemental application once after each deadline (mid-December, mid-March, mid-April, and mid-June).

Your SOPHAS application must be submitted before we can send the supplemental application.

Yes, the fee is set by the OSU Graduate School. The fee is $75 for domestic students and $85 for international students. Learn more about requesting a fee waiver for the supplemental application.

All application materials should be sent directly to SOPHAS. You should not be sending anything directly to OSU if you are applying through SOPHAS first (unless you are an international applicant with IELTS scores).

Do NOT send official transcripts to Oregon State University.

Send ALL official transcripts to:

SOPHAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471-9111

If you have taken ANY courses at an institution, you are required to submit the transcript from that institution (even if credits have been transferred and appear on other transcripts); otherwise SOPHAS will not be able to verify your application.

The verification process can take quite a while, so we recommend submitting your transcripts as soon as you begin your application. If you wait until the deadline to request your transcripts, it is extremely unlikely that your application will be considered for that deadline. Your application cannot be reviewed until all transcripts are verified.

Your GRE scores must be received at SOPHAS by the deadline for which you are applying. It takes about a week for SOPHAS to receive the scores after you have them sent, so please plan accordingly. Do not wait to take the GRE until the week of the deadline; faculty will only review complete applications. Send your scores to OSU’s SOPHAS code: 0031.

Students who have completed a degree in a foreign country (other than Canada): you will need to submit a foreign evaluation through World Education Services. This process can take up to a month from when WES receives your official transcripts from your international university. For more information and instructions on how to get started, visit Credential Evaluation for Centralized Application Services and select SOPHAS from the dropdown list.

Once you submit the order for your evaluation, be sure to designate SOPHAS as a recipient of the results. SOPHAS only loads foreign evaluations once a week, so we recommend getting this process started as soon as possible in order to meet the deadline for which you are applying.

If you are a domestic student and you participated in study abroad as part of your undergraduate program, you do NOT need to complete a foreign evaluation.

If your question was not addressed in the FAQ, please email Suzanna Chase