Prospective Student 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.

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General Application Information

How is the application fee paid?

The $70 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 the application fee be paid by check or bank transfer?

Our system does not allow for application fees to be paid via check or bank transfer.

What are the minimum requirements to apply to a Graduate Program?

You must hold (or expect to hold prior to the beginning of classes) a bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution.

  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B grade) on a 4.0 scale.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who have knowledge of your background and qualifications, and preferably your research ability and goals; and who can attest to your ability to succeed in graduate level coursework. 
  • Most of the Graduate Programs require the GRE general exam. Some programs will allow the MCAT to substitute for the GRE. Please contact your program for specific standardized test requirements.
  • International applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Can I apply to more than one graduate program at the same time? If so, how?

You are welcome to apply to more than one program. You must submit a separate application form, application fee and statement of purpose for each. If you are accepted into more than one program you must choose the one in which you will enroll; you may only be enrolled in one graduate program at a time.

Can you evaluate my credentials before I apply?

We cannot evaluate your records prior to your application to a graduate program. Each program has it's own acceptance criteria. If you have specific questions for a program, please contact the Program Coordinator directly.

How long will it take me to get my 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 will it take me to get my Masters?

It depends on the program. OHSU allows a maximum of six years to complete the Master degree. The individual program will be able to give you clearer guidance on this issue.

Letters of Recommendation

How many letters of recommendation are required?

Three on-line letters of recommendation are required.  E-mail addresses for references are required on the on-line application.

Do I need to use the 'Letter of Reference Request Form'?

Yes. The form gives your reference important information regarding the letter of reference, including where to send it.



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 Office of Graduate Studies
Mail Code: 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 a certificate program student and have already sent transcripts with the certificate program application. Do I have to send them in again with my degree program application?

If you submitted your official undergraduate transcripts 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,  since the transcripts were submitted. We will need your permission to gain access to the transcripts. Contact our office for the necessary document.

Test Scores

 What Test Scores are needed for the application?

What are the minimum GRE test scores required by your university?

Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing GRE scores of 153 (500 old scale), 148 (600 old scale)  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 testing agency.  However, some programs will accept a copy to be used for the review process until the original is received.

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.The Division of Management programs and the Physician Assistant program have specific GRE requirements, check directly with those programs regarding waiver policies.

Will  you accept the MCAT instead of the GRE?

Yes, the MCAT can be accepted in place of the GRE.  We will need a copy of the MCAT scores.

What minimum TOEFL score is required?

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

Please contact the program coordinator in the program you are apply to.

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

The most recent scores are used for evaluation.

How can I get the TOEFL score requirement 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.

Will you accept the IELTS instead of the TOEFL?

Yes, the International English Language Testing System score is an acceptable substitute for the TOEFL.

I have included a copy of my GRE/GMAT or TOEFL scores. Can you process my application with them instead of the official ones from ETS?

Programs may choose to process applications with copies of scores, however, originals must be in the file prior to matriculation if admitted to the program.

I sent my scores to a department when requesting them from ETS. Did you check with them?

As long as the school code of 4865 is on the request, the Office of Graduate Studies receives all GRE's electronically, regardless of the department designation you entered on your ETS form. Please review the school code on your request as test scores sent to other OHSU school codes cannot be accepted.

Will test scores be held at the Graduate Admissions office until my fees and application are received?

Yes, GRE and TOEFL's will be matched to applications when the application and signature checklist arrive.  If no application and/or check list arrive, the scores are held until the end of the current application season and then filed.

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..

What codes need to be used for reporting scores?

The Oregon Health & Science University institution code for GRE and TOEFL is 4865.  The IELTS is Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine.

Have you received my scores?

Scores are sent directly to the university and matched to the on-line applications.  Applicants may review their application status via the Online Application System using the login and password chosen during the application process. Only receipt of official score reports are recorded as received.

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 using the login and password chosen during the application process. Only receipt of official score reports are recorded as received.

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 using the login and password chosen during the application process. Only receipt of official score reports are recorded as received. If further assistance is required we are only able to release information to the applicant.

I checked the status of my transcript on-line and it says 'In Progress' - what does this mean?

The 'In Progress' notation means we have received a copy of the transcript that shows the degree is in progress and has not yet been awarded. This copy will be used for evaluation purposes.
I just submitted my application for graduate school. When will I receive a decision?

Contact the program regarding your application status.

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?

Applicants invited for an interview will be contacted by the program.

When are the recruitment visit dates?

This varies by Program, please check the programs website or contact the Program Coordinator for this information.

If I'm invited for an interview visit, when will I hear the final admission decision?

PhD admission decisions are finalized by mid-March, except for programs which have rolling admissions. Masters programs vary, please contact the individual program.

I wasn't invited for an interview or accepted into a program and would like to know why. Who do I contact?

Contact the Program Coordinator of the program to which you were applying.

How do I arrange to have my file re-evaluated?

Contact the Program Coordinator of the program to which you were 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 and application fee. GRE's, TOEFL's and Transcripts 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.