Prospective Student FAQ

Grad Studies
How long does it take to get a Ph.D.?
Typically most graduate students finish in 5 1/2 to 6 years. OHSU allows a maximum of seven years to complete the Ph.D. degree.

How long does it take to get a Masters?
It depends on the program. OHSU allows a maximum of 6 years to complete a Master degree. Individual programs will have clearer guidance on this issue.

Can I apply to more than one Graduate Program at the same time? If so, how?
Yes applications may be submitted for more than one program. A separate application, letters of reference, and payment are required for each program. Transcripts and Test Scores only need to be sent once.

Can my credentials be reviewed before I apply?
We cannot evaluate your records prior to your application. Each program has its own acceptance criteria. If you have specific questions, please contact the Program Coordinator directly.

Application Fee

How is the application fee paid?
The application fee is paid during the application process with a credit card.

Letters of Recommendation

How many letters of recommendation are required?
Generally three letters of recommendation are required, check with the program for specifics. This information is entered on the application, and the system will send the request directly to the reference.

Who should I ask to give a reference?
Letters of reference should be requested from persons who have a thorough knowledge of your background, qualifications, and potential for success in research and graduate school.

Can I submit more than the requested number of references?


Official transcripts are required from ALL colleges or universities attended, whether or not a degree was  received.  The transcript must document coursework completed, grades received, and degrees awarded. Transcripts must be in English or accompanied by a certified English translation.

Where should my school transcript(s) be sent?
We are able to accept secure digital transcripts sent to .
If your previous school does not offer secure digital transcripts as an option, please provide official paper copies of transcripts (in a sealed envelope) directly from the institution sent to:

SOM Graduate Admissions L102-GS
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239-3098  USA

I took some courses at a community college that did not apply to my degree. Do you need the transcript?
Yes. We require transcripts from ALL colleges or universities that you attended, whether or not a degree was awarded.

I am in a certificate program and am applying to a degree program. Do I need to resend transcripts?
If your official undergraduate transcripts were sent when you applied to the certificate program, you do not need to do so again when you apply to a degree program unless you have taken additional courses, or had a new degree awarded.

Transcripts from Foreign Institutions
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. Please contact the program to see if the WES ICAP is required during the application process.

Test Scores

 What Test Scores are needed for the application?

Graduate Record Examination ( GRE) is required for all programs. The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) are accepted in lieu of the GRE for some programs. Please check directly with the program.

What Institutional code is used for the GRE?

What are the minimum GRE test scores required by your university?
Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing GRE scores of 153, 148,  and 4.5 or above, respectively, will generally be considered acceptable for admission. Applicants with scores below those levels may still be considered dependent upon other application strengths; however those will require special review by the admissions committee

If I take the GRE exam twice, how are the scores evaluated?
Most programs will consider the highest scores, however, all scores will be reviewed by the admission committee and may be used for evaluation.

Is an original GRE required for my application?
Yes. The document must come from the ETS testing agency. We receive all GRE scores electronically.

Is it possible to have the GRE requirement waived?
Waivers may be granted, at the program's discretion if the applicant already holds an advanced degree, such as a Masters or MD, from an accredited US or Foreign Institution. Please check directly with the program regarding waiver policies.

Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the English Language Testing System (IELTS)
All foreign applicants for whom English is not a native language must take the one of these two tests.

What Institutional code is used for the TOEFL?

What minimum TOEFL score is required?
Please check directly with the program.

If I take the TOEFL exam twice, how are the scores evaluated?
The most recent scores are used for evaluation.

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

My TOEFL score has expired. Can I have it waived?
Waivers are granted on the above criteria.  If the above criteria is not met, the test must be retaken.

I sent my scores to a department when requesting them from ETS. Did you check with them?
As long as the institution code of 4865 is on the request we will receive them.

Will test scores be held at the Graduate Admissions office until my fees and application are received?GRE and TOEFL Test scores are received electronically and are pulled from the electronic file. Scores will be matched when the application is received.

When is the latest I could 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. If you are submitting for the December 1st deadline we recommend that you plan to take the exams no later than October 1st to allow time for receipt by our office prior to the deadline.

Have you received my scores?
Please check your application. If your scores do not show as received, they may be in the data entry queue.

Status of Application

How can I check on the status of my application? Can you tell me what is missing?
Applicants may review their application status via the Online Application System

I am an international applicant.  Can I have a friend or relative check my status?
Applicants may review their application status via the Online Application System. If further assistance is required we are only able to release information to the applicant.

I just submitted my application for graduate school. When will I receive a decision?
All decisions are made by the program.  Contact them directly for this issue.

Now that my application is complete, how do I find out if I will be invited for interview? 
When will I hear whether or not I'm invited for an interview?
When are the recruitment visit dates?
If I'm invited for an interview visit, when will I hear the final admission decision?
I wasn't invited for an interview or accepted into a program and would like to know why. Who do I contact?
How do I arrange to have my file re-evaluated?
Contact the Program Coordinator of the program to which you are applying.

How do I reapply to OHSU?
You may reapply to the same, or another, program for the next enrollment period by submitting a new application, application fee, and reference letters.
GRE's, TOEFL's are kept for 3 years from the date of first application and do not need to be resubmitted unless the GRE and/or TOEFL have expired. 
Transcripts are kept for 3 years from the date of first application and do not need to be resubmitted unless further courses were taken or a degree was awarded.