What is the average cost of attendance for graduate school at Oregon State University?

The average cost of attendance is ~$15,000 per term (~$45,000 for 3 terms) in 2020-2021. 

What will be my tuition rate? What if I take a mixture of Ecampus and Corvallis Campus courses?

Ecampus (same price for Oregon residents, out-of-state residents, and international residents)
Corvallis Campus
Summer Session (all tuition is in-state)

See the Tuition Comparison Chart to compare Ecampus and Corvallis Campus rates. Students taking a mixture of courses pay separate tuition and fees for each campus and those are added together. This can end up being quite expensive so students should talk to an advisor if they are unsure what to do.

What are the departmental guidelines for screening graduate applications?

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • A four-year baccalaureate degree in a biological field from a regionally accredited college or university and a combined GPA of 3.00 on the last 90 quarter (60 semester) credit hours of graded undergraduate work toward the first baccalaureate degree plus all work completed thereafter,
    OR
    a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and a 45 quarter-credit-hour graduate degree from a regionally accredited university

Masters (Thesis and Non-Thesis) Program

Do I need a faculty advisor before I can be accepted to the Master's Program?

No, MS students are admitted as non-thesis and are given the opportunity in the Fall term to rotate/meet the research faculty to discuss research interest and identify a mentor/advisor. Students may contact graduate faculty members prior to admission to discuss an agreement to complete their MS under the faculty advisement.

Is there financial aid for the Masters Program?

Yes, federal financial aid is available if you are enrolled at least half time. For graduate students, full-time enrollment is 9 credits and half time is 5 credits. Federal aid is generally available as student loans. OSU does offer a limited number of need-based scholarshipsMS Students are not eligible for department assistantships. There are no teaching assistantships in the department. 

What is the difference between Thesis and Non-Thesis Option?

A MS non-thesis requires a Capstone Project (TOX 505). This is a research paper or outreach product that you will work on independently, with assistance from a mentor. A public final exam is not required.

A MS thesis requires at least 9 credits of thesis credits (TOX 503) which is completed under the direction of a research faculty. A thesis is submitted and an public seminar is required to earn a MS thesis in Toxicology. 

Doctoral Program 

Is there financial aid for the Doctoral Program?

Yes, doctoral students are typically admitted on a departmental assistantship and is financially supported by the faculty advisor for their program of study in EMT.