Prevention Science: MS

The prevention science MS program is a multidisciplinary, research-intensive program focused on promoting health and well-being in human populations, with a commitment to improving outcomes for underserved populations.

Students participate in both basic and applied research that helps advance the understanding of risk and protective factors and translating the research findings into effective programs and policies.

Students also get opportunities to develop successful partnerships with local, national, and international organizations to disseminate effective programs into routine practice.

This 2-year master’s degree program is primarily intended for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline or have human development, psychology, education, biology, human physiology, nutrition or prevention science experience, and are interested in advanced statistics/methodology and research training beyond what is offered in the 1-year MEd program.

The 2-year MS program also provides greater opportunities for students to develop long-term collaborations in research centers and with faculty members both within and outside the program but does not require the commitment involved in completing the PhD.

Graduates of the program typically obtain employment in community prevention settings, health departments, non-profit human service agencies, social advocacy centers, or university settings.

Recent graduates, for instance, have obtained employment as:

  • Behavioral health specialists
  • Case managers
  • Interventionists
  • Prevention specialists
  • Program managers
  • Research project coordinators

Many of our graduates also choose to continue their graduate education in pursuit of doctoral training in the fields of counseling psychology, couples & family therapy, psychology, prevention science, school psychology, public health or social work, to name a few.

Application at a Glance

You apply for admission through your program. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website. The following are required for your application:

Program-Specific Application Requirements:

  • CV
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample


Master of Science (MS)
College of Education
Campus: Eugene
Fall Term: Final Deadline - June 30