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Prospective UO Students

Students attending our master’s and doctoral programs participate in academic coursework with our world-renowned scholars. They also have the unique opportunity to work in one of our 13 research and outreach units where they learn and contribute to cutting-edge applied research.

Prospective Graduate Students

Special Education Master's Degrees

The master’s degree in special education is designed to prepare early intervention specialists and K-12 special education teachers.

We also offer a master's only option for current teachers interested in pursuing advanced graduate training or individuals with a bachelor’s degree who want to learn more about special education but who do not necessarily want to pursue a career in teaching.

Special Education Ph.D

The Ph.D. in special education at the University of Oregon is designed to prepare the next generation of scholars for the field.

Graduates of the program assume research and teaching positions in higher education or leadership roles in state and federal agencies.

The UO Special Education graduate program has ranked No. 3 overall for 17 years running in the US News and World Review ranking of graduate schools in education. This is the highest ranking graduate program at the University of Oregon.

School Psychology Master's Degrees

School psychology masters students are trained to be practitioner-scholars.

The master's program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and includes coursework, practicum, and a yearlong internship in a K-12 educational setting.

School Psychology Ph.D.

The aim of the doctoral program in school psychology is to develop professionals who are grounded thoroughly in the principles of human behavior and educational psychology. The Ph.D. program is APA accredited and NASP approved. Graduates take positions in academia, school or community practice, or education leadership positions.

Prevention Science Master's Degrees

Training is provided in the design, evaluation, and implementation of effective interventions to reduce risk and enhance protective factors in children, youth, and families.

Graduates obtain employment in community prevention settings, social advocacy centers, university settings, and as research technicians, or can continue their education in pursuit of doctoral training or clinically oriented graduate programs.

Prevention Science Ph.D.

The PhD program is one of only three Prevention Science PhD degree programs in the country and is intended for students who have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a prevention science-related discipline or have significant human development, psychology, social science, education, or prevention science experience.

Graduates are trained to gain employment in academia or in local, state, or national prevention and public health agencies.

Disability Studies Minor

We are pleased to announce the UO’s new Disability Studies Minor! Enroll in the Disability Studies Minor.

To learn more or if you have questions, contact Elizabeth (“Betsy”) Wheeler, Ph.D., Director, DS Minor Program at ewheeler@uoregon.edu.