Interdisciplinary Studies Program: Admission Information

Please Note: Admission to this program is currently on pause. No applications will be accepted until further notice. 


  • Fall Term Admission (starts at the end of September): Not accepting applications
  • Winter Admission (starts at the beginning of January): Not accepting applications
  • Spring Admission (starts at the beginning of April): Not accepting applications
  • Summer Admission (starts at the end of June): Not accepting applications

Before You Apply

In advance of beginning the online application, applicants need to identify two to three graduate program areas from which coursework will be drawn. Graduate course offerings from each of the departments form the program of study.

Although considerable flexibility is allowed in the design of a program, in all cases, the curriculum must consist of existing coursework from departments that offer a sufficient number of graduate-level courses.

Master's Committee

Prospective students will need to identify a primary advisor and one or two additional committee members—one from each of the departments/areas identified at the time of application to the Division of Graduate Studies.

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 faculty that hold the rank of assistant professor or higher may serve as the committee chair.

Application Form

Application for admission to the Division of Graduate Studies at the UO is an online application requiring payment of the application fee by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or a checking account.

Please note that applications are made to the IS program—not to each individual department comprising the program of study.

Not currently accepting applications


All applicants, including students previously admitted to the UO, will need to upload unofficial transcripts from any and all college or universities ever attended, both graduate and undergraduate, as part of the online application process.

In addition, applicants who accept their offer of admission and matriculate must submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities from which they received a bachelor’s degree or higher. 

More information about the official transcript requirement is available here

Entrance Exams

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are optional. If you have taken the GRE and wish to have your scores considered, please 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, visit the Counseling and Testing Center.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

All applicants for whom English is not a native/primary language must show proof of language proficiency through one of the following options:

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT or TOEFL iBT Home Edition) Score: Minimum Score: 88 
  2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test Score: Minimum Score: 7.0 overall band score
  3. Degree from certain English-speaking countries: A bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from an institution in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom. We are unable to accept certificates of English as a mode of instruction to satisfy this requirement. 


  • Test scores must be less than 2 years old at the time of application.
  • Some graduate programs may require a higher TOEFL/IELTS score than the minimum for University of Oregon admission and some graduate programs may require a TOEFL/IELTS score regardless of educational background. 
  • We are no longer accepting the Duolingo English Test. 

Native/primary language is defined as: A language you used as a primary language in your childhood, rather than learning it as a foreign language.

You will be asked to self-report your scores on the online application, and you must also 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 or 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 requires you to upload a statement of purpose of not more than five typewritten, double-spaced pages clarifying the reasons for applying to the IS program. 

The statement should describe in detail the applicant's plan of study. The statement should also describe how the two or 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

The Tentative Program of Study form must be completed and signed by the proposed committee members. You may upload the signed form to the online application, send it by email, or mail a hard copy.

The form must be approved by each prospective committee member.

Although the minimum credit hour requirement for each area is 12 graduate credits, departments may, at their option, require more than 12 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.

Tentative Program of Study Form

Approval from Each Department

As part of the admission review process, the department head and/or director of graduate studies from each department listed on the Tentative Program of Study will be consulted and asked to commit to: a) allowing the student to enroll in classes in that department; b) adding the student to email lists and other communication channels; and c) generally make efforts to make the student feel included within that department. 

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