Admissions FAQs

Admissions FAQs

Is the GRE required for admission?

No.  We are no longer considering the GRE in our applications.

Is the TOEFL required for all international applicants?

Proficiency in the English language is vital to the academic success of international students. Foreign students must demonstrate proficiency following the UO Graduate School requirements listed here.  If taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination for this requirement, please request that ETS send your scores to Institution Code 4846. The departmental and university minimum score for the Internet-based TOEFL is 88. Official scores must be received by the application deadline.

If an international student has received a bachelors or masters degree from a college/university within the United States, the TOEFL is not required.

What is the application deadline?

The online application will close at the end of the day on December 22nd.  You will be unable to complete or submit your online application after that point.  Late supplemental materials (letters of recommendation and official test scores) can still be processed after the deadline, but will delay consideration of your application.

Is there an additional form to apply for departmental teaching/research positions?

No additional form is needed.

What about letters of recommendation?

We require three (3) references. Please be prepared to enter the individual’s name, position, institution, phone number and email address. References will receive an automated email requesting that they upload their letter of recommendation to the online application. You can return to your application to view the progress of your letters.

What if the recommendation writer did not receive the automated email?

If the writer did not receive the automated email, you can return to your application and click on the link to have a new email sent. Sometimes entering a different email address for your reference-writer will help the automated message avoid a spam filter.

What are official transcripts?  Do these have to be mailed directly from previous colleges/universities?

Official transcripts are ordered from your former or current institution.  The Graduate School has clear information about what constitutes an official transcript, and how they may be delivered to the UO.  These official transcripts do not need to be received by the application deadline, but will need to be on file if you accept an offer of admission.

Official degree transcripts must be mailed to:

Office of the Registrar
5257 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403

Some universities have an official electronic transcript – see the link to the Graduate School’s information for submission details.

You will need to upload copies of your transcripts in PDF format to complete your application regardless of official transcript requirements.

When will decisions be made?

Immediately after the deadline, the admissions committee begins reviewing applications.  All components of an applicant’s materials (including the statement of purpose, grades, and reference forms) are considered in roughly equal proportions when evaluating potential for graduate study. Successful candidates are typically notified by late March.  All applicants will receive notification of their final status.

Is there an application fee waiver?

The Graduate School offers fee waivers and discounts for applicants who satisfy the conditions described on the Graduate School website.  If you do not qualify for the Graduate School waivers, it may be possible to ask a faculty member in our department to sponsor the application fee on your behalf.

Has the University received my exam scores or transcripts?

Once you have submitted your application, this information will be available on your Application checklist. Test scores are not automatically linked with their applications, but are reviewed and updated on a daily basis. The transcripts you upload to your application are sufficient for initial application review, and you will be informed if your official transcripts at the Office of Admissions are not on file when required.


If you have additional questions, please contact our graduate coordinator.