International Applicant FAQ

Graduate Program applications and process

Grad Studies
If your application does not indicate all items received it may be in the data entry process.



If your transcript is noted 'In Progress' the transcript has been received but does not show a degree awarded. These transcripts will be used for evaluation purposes. You do not need to request the transcript be resent until you have been offered admission, accepted and the in process degree has been awarded.

If you have questions regarding material receipt please email us at


Are the deadlines for International Students the same as domestic students?

For some. Check the Admissions section for the deadline of the program you are applying for.

Do you accept applications after the deadline?

Some programs will accept applications after the deadline.  Please contact the program directly.

Letters of Recommendation

How many letters of recommendation are required?

Three on-line letters of recommendation are required. 

My references do not have email, how can they send the recommendation?

Unless otherwise instructed send Letters of Reference, signed and on letterhead, in a sealed envelope to:
SOM Graduate Studies Admissions
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239-3098  USA

General Application Information

I am applying from overseas, and want to know if one of my relatives/friends residing in USA can pay the application fee for me by means of check? 

The application fee is paid on-line during the application process. Instructions for payment via credit card or bank transfer are given during the application process.

Can you evaluate my credentials before I apply?

We cannot evaluate your records prior to your application to a graduate program. Each program its own acceptance criteria. If you have specific questions for a program, please contact the program coordinator directly.

Status of Application Questions

How are International applicants interviewed?
Applicants are generally interviewed via telephone.


Official transcripts documenting coursework completed, grades received and degrees awarded from all universities attended are required. OHSU strongly encourages all applicants with foreign degrees to obtain a World Education Service (WES) ICAP course-by-course credential evaluation. Please consult WES's website for instructions Applicants are responsible for the full cost of this service. Some OHSU graduate programs do not require the WES evaluation up front, but reserve the right to subsequently require it to verify your foreign education.

Test Scores

What are the test(s) required to apply to your program?

The GRE is required for all applicants except those applying to the MBA program.
The GMAT is required for MBA program applicants.
The TOEFL or IELTS is required for all International Students who do not speak English as a native language and don't have a Bachelor's or Master's degree from an accredited US Institution.

What minimum TOEFL score is required?

Most programs do not have a minimum and choose to base their decision on a combination of the TOEFL, references, and interviews.

  • The Master in Public Health Program guidelines are TOEFL scores of Computer- based 213, Paper-based 550, Internet-based 80
  • The Biomedical Informatics Program requires scores of 600 paper-based, 250 computer based, and 100 internet-based

My TOEFL score is below the required minimum. What should I do?

Contact the program coordinator in the program you are applying to for this information.

If I take the TOEFL / IELTS exam twice, how are the scores evaluated?

The most recent scores are used for evaluation.

How can I get the TOEFL / IELTS score requirement waived?

If you have a Bachelor's degree (or higher) from an accredited US Institution, the TOEFL or IELTS requirement will be waived.

My TOEFL / IELTS score has expired. Can I have it waived?

Waivers are only granted on the above criteria.  If the above criteria is not met, the test must be retaken.

When is the latest I can take the exam(s)?

You should plan to take the test so that scores are reported to the Oregon Health & Science University no later than the program deadline. Check with the testing agency for score report dates and timelines. However, if the deadline is December 1,  we recommend that you plan to take the exams no later than October 1 to allow time for receipt by our office.

What codes need to be used for reporting scores?

The Oregon Health & Science University institution code for GRE and TOEFL is 4865.

Have you received my GRE and/or TOEFL / IELTS scores?

Scores are sent directly to the university and matched to the on-line applications.  We cannot verify receipt of the scores until the application has been received.  Send inquiries to .