Frequently Asked Questions
Master of Science (MS)
- What is the cost of the MS program? Visit Student Accounts Tuition and Fees. The cost of the program can be offset by the use of credit vouchers accrued by your district for hosting student teachers and apprentices.
- What kinds of financial aid are available? For financial aid please contact the financial aid department at (800) 452-8639 or (541) 962-3550 or visit their website. Note: you must be admitted to the university as a Graduate student, as well as to the MS program in order to qualify for Financial Aid.
- How many credits can I transfer from other universities? You are allowed to transfer approximately 15 credits from other universities. These must be reviewed by the education faculty for their appropriateness.
- How many credits can I take before I am admitted to the program? You may take 8 credits or less per term for a total of 15 graduate credits before you are admitted to the program.
- Are any of the courses on campus? The Master of Science coursework may be offered on the La Grande, Ontario and Bend campuses, usually during the summers. However, it is offered online throughout the year. The entire program can be completed online.
- How long is the MS program? Most students will follow a two-three year program to complete the degree.
- What GPA do I need for admittance to the program? You must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 hours completed in either Upper Division or Graduate courses.
- What is the structure of the degree? The degree consists of 45 graduate quarter credits, comprised of a professional core, a focus area and electives.
- What is a focus area? Students select a course of study called a “focus area .” The focus area is a 15-credit block of courses that the student uses to fulfill an emphasis area that is specific to each individual student.
- What focus areas are available? We currently offer the Literacy, ESOL, Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher-Librarian and Physical Education and Health focus areas, as well as the ESOL, Special Education, and Reading Endorsements.
NOTE: Students seeking an “endorsement” to add to an existing license must take all courses approved for the endorsement program and may use that endorsement as one or more of their focus areas within the MS program. In some cases, endorsement programs are more than the 15-credit focus area.