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Persons seeking admission to the Prevention Science Graduate Program must submit their application by the admission deadline. Washington State University actively subscribes to a policy of equal educational and employment opportunity.

Preference is given to applicants whose prior academic record and other supporting material show a strong potential for graduate work. Supporting materials may include indications of strong commitment to prevention science, demonstrated ability to write, research experience, relevant volunteer and employment experiences, and cross-cultural background or other indications of social insight.

Admissions Procedures

Persons desiring information about the Doctoral Program in Prevention Science should contact Dr. Sammy Perone, Prevention Science Program Graduate Coordinator. A recently presented informational webinar describes the goals, structure, and opportunities available at Washington State University that applicants may find helpful. Additional information about the program is available on the Program Objectives and Requirements page.

This program is available to students who have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a prevention science-related discipline or have significant prevention science experience.

Only completed applications are evaluated. An application is not complete until the following information and items are on file with WSU Graduate School:

  • Application form
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Graduate Record Examination (G.R.E.) scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytic aptitude tests. (For this year’s application cycle (i.e., students applying to enter the program for the 2023-24 academic year), we are not requiring GRE scores. If they are submitted, they will not be considered during the application review process.)
  • In the section of the online application entitled “Statement of Purpose” please provide a written statement detailing  your: 1) reasons for applying; 2) research interests; 3) relevant research and professional experiences; and 4) career goals. Also list the faculty member(s) you are interested in working with. When listing faculty members, note their location, and only list faculty members at the location you are applying to. The Prevention Science program is offered at the Pullman, Spokane, and Vancouver campuses. A few faculty members are located at other locations; they can advise students at any of the three campuses.
    • If you are a WSU employee working at a research and extension center or at a county extension office, and plan to take your classes from your WSU place of employment, you can choose faculty members from any of the three campuses.

Admission to the graduate program in Prevention Science is determined by the Prevention Science Graduate Committee. Decisions are based on careful appraisal of the material submitted in the application process. Following is a list of considerations when making the selection for admittance to the program.

  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale is required by the Graduate School.
  • Admittance to the Prevention Science Graduate program is competitive. Students admitted to the program typically have GPAs between 3.5 and 4.0.
  • The Graduate Committee considers letters of recommendation, the letter of intent, and other information relevant to the applicant’s chances of successfully completing the Ph.D. program.
  • Performance in an advanced degree program elsewhere may be taken into account by the Graduate Committee.
  • The minimum undergraduate GPA requirement applies even in situations where an applicant with a lower GPA has been admitted to another graduate program, and/or has completed an advanced degree elsewhere. However, performance in an advanced degree program elsewhere may be taken into account by the Graduate Committee.
  • Substantive course work in prevention science related areas is strongly recommended (e.g., communication, educational psychology, human development, nursing, psychology, sociology), but an undergraduate major in one of these areas is not required. Transcripts will be reviewed carefully and the committee will make recommendations regarding coursework necessary prior to admission. The department requires the prospective student to have had a least one undergraduate course in research methodology. A course in basic statistics is highly recommended.
  • International Applicants: The recommendation to admit an international applicant into the Prevention Science Graduate Program is contingent upon clearing requirements administered by the Office of International Programs. These requirements include verification of financial support, visa status, and English proficiency (applicants from countries in which English is not the native language are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language [TOEFL]). Final clearance must be received from the Office of International Programs before a recommendation can be made to the Graduate School.

Deadlines for Admission

Review of applications for Fall 2023 will begin December 1, 2022. Applications must be submitted no later than December 15.