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A. We no longer require GRE test scores for admission into our graduate program, nor do we use GRE scores as a criterion for admission decisions. Please do not include GRE scores in your application materials.
A. We generally assume that everyone who is applying wants an assistantship, unless they have arranged a fellowship, but please do check the appropriate box on your application that indicate you would like to be considered for an assistantship.
A. You should be able to make your points in the equivalent of a page or less. Some people go on at more length, but that does not necessarily helps their case (we value concise, clear writing!), unless something complicated needs to be explained.
A. We offer teaching assistantships and research assistantships. The latter usually happen as a result of interactions between prospective students and specific professors, depending on the area of interest. Please see this page if you haven’t already: https://bpp.oregonstate.edu/bpp/graduate-programs/admissions
A. It is important that you to contact those professors in our department with whom you share research interests and start a conversation with them. Our admissions for graduate school often rely on students identifying a faculty member and working with them to discuss opportunities that exist in their labs. Although we do occasionally accept students who have not identified a supervisor, that is the exception. So we suggest that you study the departmental web site and faculty, then contact potential advisors to let them know of your interest and inquire about possible graduate student positions for the coming year.