- PhD Program
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.
Application forms required for admission are available on the OSU Graduate School website.
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.
General graduate admission standards for international students are available at: Graduate School Admissions Information; for specific country requirements also see: http://oregonstate.edu/admissions/international/requirements.html#country_requirements
All international applicants must meet minimum requirements as detailed above.
For calculation of U.S. equivalent grades, see: http://www.wes.org/gradeconversionguide/index.asp
Please note that the Public Policy PhD Program does not consider Conditional Admission for international students who do not meet the minimum OSU TOEFL scores or that is below a combined 90. IELTS scores must be 7.0 or higher for consideration of admission to the PhD.
The Graduate School can grant application fee waivers only in limited circumstances for domestic applicants who meet specific criteria.
All applications for the PhD in Public Policy at Oregon State University must be complete by January 20 for full consideration for a Graduate Assistantship or a Provost's Fellowship or Scholarship (for Fall Quarter admission only). Note that faculty will nominate students for these awards.