Required Application Materials for Admission
The online application system will open October 1 to receive prospective student applications for Fall 2015 entry, with a priority deadline of February 1, 2015. Questions about admission can be directed to Professor Renee Irvin.
The application process for the Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) program is an online process. You will need to create electronic copies (in PDF format) of your transcripts, your statement, and your resume for uploading. We encourage you to begin the online application process - you may return later and complete the process as you gather the necessary application materials. Please contact Linda Dent (LDENT@uoregon.edu) if you encounter any difficulties with the online system. We encourage prospective students to visit us at their convenience. Please email the program director, Professor Renee Irvin. If you have missed the priority deadline for admission (February 1st), please email Linda Dent.
Currently enrolled graduate students interested in concurrent degree program, please contact Linda Dent, LDENT@uoregon.edu, for application procedures to the nonprofit management master’s program.
- The University of Oregon online Graduate Application; If you are applying to more than one program at the University of Oregon, you must complete one Graduate Admission Application per program. There is a checkbox on the application form, to avoid paying a second application fee.
- Transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, uploaded within the online Graduate Application; also have official transcripts sent officially by your university/institution to our department and to the Office of Admissions.
- A comprehensive employment and education resume, uploaded into the online Graduate Application;
- A personal statement, 2-3 pages in length (double- or single-spaced, 1" margins, 12pt font), describing your motivation and preparation for furthering (or entering) a career in the nonprofit sector, and providing a hypothetical blueprint for the next 20 years of your career, uploaded into the online Graduate Application.
- Three letters of recommendation from references who can evaluate a candidate's academic potential, (provide email addresses for your references within the online Graduate Application);
- Scores on the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) sent from the testing center; the University's institution code is "4846 UO," and use the program code "Public Administration"; GMAT score also accepted;
- A spoken English test score (see below for qualifications/exemptions).
The secure online application form and complete instructions are available here. Payment of application fee can be made by Visa, Master Card, Discover Card, or check.
The MNM admissions committee meets soon after the February 1st application deadline to evaluate application materials. Applicants will be notified by mail of their admission status. Students typically begin the program fall term.
About the GRE
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is strongly recommended. Applicants who do not submit their GRE scores will be considered for admission on a space available basis. Applicants without GRE scores will not be eligible for consideration for graduate teaching fellowships (GTFs) or other types of merit-based financial assistance from the department. Please request GRE scores to be sent to university code "4846 UO" and program code "Public Administration." We do accept the GMAT score instead of GRE--select "University of Oregon College of Business."
Some financial assistance in the form of graduate teaching fellowships (GTFs) is available to MNM students. GTF awards include a full tuition waiver, health insurance and a competitive monthly stipend. Students may also be eligible for summer support, either in the form of teaching or research fellowships. For full consideration of a GTF award, application for admission to the MNM program and financial aid should be complete by February 1 of the academic year prior to admission. For further information on GTF appointment, rehire criteria, and evaluation procedures, please go to General Duties and Responsibilities, (select Planning, Public Policy and Management) for the document describing the specific relationship between GTFs and the PPPM Department. This document is entitled the General Duties and Responsibilities Statement.
Non-Native Speakers of English
A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to the University of Oregon. Applicants whose native language is not English must show proof of language proficiency through one of the following three methods:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), minimum score: 88 (Internet-Based). Scores must be less than 2 years old at the time of application.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination, minimum score: 7.0 overall band score.
- Degree from English-speaking country: Submit degree transcripts proving that you have received a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.
Scores should be sent directly from ETS to the Office of Admissions, 1217 University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403-1217 (select institution code 4846 and use the program code "Public Administration." Also have a copy sent to the department.
Information can be obtained from Educational Testing Services' official web site at:
International Students' Financial Support Verification:
U.S. Government regulations require that the University of Oregon verify the availability of sufficient financial support for non-immigrant students before a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or DS-2019) can be issued. International students must submit supporting financial documents (e.g., Graduate Teaching Fellowship (GTF) appointment contract, scholarship award letter and/or bank statements) with their applications. Students planning to be sponsored by an agency, government or other sponsor should have proof of financial support sent from the sponsoring agency (e.g., a letter from the sponsor and copies of the sponsor's bank statement). Financial verification documents should be sent to:
Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1217
The Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM) strongly encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. PPPM is dedicated to fostering an academic environment that will prepare our students to flourish in diverse communities found both locally and abroad. We recognize that a diverse student body brings multiple perspectives (e.g., cultural, historical, spiritual, political, etc.) that enhance the curriculum and offer various sources for learning. We also recognize that a familiarity and comfort with diverse viewpoints, backgrounds, and real-life experiences will help produce better future public leaders.
The University of Oregon offers Diversity Excellence Scholarships for graduate students who are US citizens. The deadline is before the department's application deadline. For more information and the application, go to:
International students interested in financial aid opportunities should visit the U of O's International Affairs web page for additional information.
For more information
University of Oregon
Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management
119 Hendricks Hall
1209 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1209
Telephone: 1 (541) 346-6018
Further information on the application procedures, E-mail Linda Dent: LDENT@uoregon.edu
Further information on the program, E-mail Prof. Renee Irvin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated September 10, 2014
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