Oregon State University offers admission to applicants whose records demonstrate the highest potential for graduate study and promise for substantial contribution to both their academic professions and to a diverse, global society. The university fosters an environment that welcomes inclusiveness.

Admission decisions are based on many factors, such as the quality of the applicant’s prior academic degree and record of accomplishment, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation from professors or others familiar with the applicant’s academic work, performance in aptitude and achievement tests, relevant work experience, preparation in the proposed field of study, and the connection of the applicant’s academic goals with the faculty’s research interests. The MPP Program accepts applications on a rolling basis.

The following minimum entrance requirements guide the university and its graduate programs in the consideration of applicants for graduate admission:

MPP Admission Requirements:

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree (or international equivalent), a professional degree (such as BPharm, BVsc, MBBS, MD, DVM, DPharm, etc.), or an appropriate U.S./Canadian alternative degree, from a regionally accredited (US) or recognized (International) college or university,
  • with a cumulative B average (equivalent 3.00 on a U.S. 4.00 grading scale)
  • on the most recent baccalaureate degree or any subsequent graduate degree from a regionally accredited (US) or recognized (International) college or university, plus all work completed thereafter.

OR:

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree (or international equivalent), a professional degree, or an appropriate U.S./Canadian alternative degree, from an regionally accredited (US) or recognized (International) college or university,
  • and a 45-quarter credit equivalent graduate degree from a regionally accredited (US) or recognized (International) college or university,
  • with a cumulative B average (equivalent 3.00 on a U.S. 4.00 grading scale)
  • on the most recent graduate degree.

OR:

If the applicant has completed his or her baccalaureate degree in a country that is a signatory of the Bologna Declaration, then:

  • A Bologna compliant baccalaureate degree at a recognized college or university of at least three years duration,
  • with a cumulative B average (equivalent 3.00 on a U.S. 4.00 grading scale) on the degree, plus all subsequent graded course work.

OR:

For other three-year bachelor degree holders:

  • A non-Bologna compliant baccalaureate degree of at least three years duration from a recognized college or university,
  • and a 45-quarter credit equivalent graduate degree from a recognized college or university,
  • with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 on the most recent graduate degree.

OSU ADMISSIONS ON-LINE APPLICATION: http://oregonstate.edu/admissions/graduate-students

Further MPP Application Requirements

  • Documented five years of professional experience or completion and submission of Graduate Record Examination Scores [quantitative, verbal and analytical components]. The school code for submitting GRE scores is: 4586. Note: for consideration of a Graduate Assistantship and/or tuition scholarships applicants must be enrolled as full-time students at the Corvallis campus and submit GRE scores as part of the application process.
  • Official course transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation and recent resume. Reference letters and resumes should be submitted through the Graduate School application system.
  • Statement of purpose concerning why the applicant would like to pursue the Master in Public Policy at Oregon State University. The statement should include your reasons for applying to the program, academic and professional background information, policy interests, and any personal experiences or history that are related to your interests in public policy. 

Satisfaction of minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission, since the number of qualified applicants may far exceed the number of places available. As a consequence, many well-qualified applicants may not be accommodated.

International Applicants

General graduate admission standards for international students are available at: Graduate School International Admissions

For international applicants, we require a TOEFL Minimum Score of 80 (18 minimum for each subscore) or IELTS of 6.5.

For calculation of U.S. equivalent grades, see: http://www.wes.org/gradeconversionguide/index.asp

Please note that the MPP program does not consider Conditional Admission for international students who do not meet minimum required TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Application Process:

Application forms required for admission are available from the Graduate School, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331-2106. The office is located on the third floor of the Kerr Administration Building at OSU, and the phone number is (541) 737-4881. An electronic application is also available on the Web at http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/admissions/international.

Deadlines:

For students who want to be considered for a Laurels Graduate Tuition Scholarship, the application deadline is March 1 for Fall Quarter admission.

For students who wish to be considered for a Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantship, which comes with tuition, fees, a monthly stipend, and health care, the application deadline is MARCH 1 for Fall Quarter admission.

All other applications will be considered during the academic quarter they are submitted.  The Graduate School requires that applicants must have all required materials (application, three letters of recommendation, GRE scores, letter of application and TOEFL scores if relevant) at least 30 days before the desired admission quarter.