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Admission Requirements

A Masters Degree in Folklore

Please submit all applications through the Online Graduate School Application (unless otherwise specified). The link for this application can be found to the right.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications are processed for Fall term (September) admission only and must be received by January 15th.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: (everything except GRE scores can be submitted through the Online Graduate School Application)

  1. A completed Online Graduate Application
  2. Transcripts, either official or unofficial, from all institutions of higher education ever attended.
  3. A Graduate Record Exam (GRE), including scores for Verbal Reasoning, Analytical Writing, and Quantitative Reasoning. Self-report your scores on the online application and submit official scores to the program. Use English code (2501) and the University of Oregon code (4846)
  4. Applicants whose native language is not English please visit the Graduate School’s website for English language proficiency requirements
  5. Three formal letters of recommendation from three referees, submitted directly by referees
  6. A statement of academic objectives NOT to exceed five double-spaced, printed pages
  7. A current résumé or curriculum vitae
  8. A writing sample that demonstrates your academic abilities is required (20 pages maximum)


  • The application requires a $70 nonrefundable fee, which can be paid by credit card or e-check with your online application.
  • If you have any questions or problems concerning this process, please contact the Folklore Program Secretary by phone 541-346-1505 or email


Admission to the Folklore Program requires an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.30 (B+). With the exception of University of Oregon graduates, send official transcripts only from schools where you earned a degree (bachelor’s degree or higher) directly to the Office of Admissions: 1217 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1217. Make sure to send degree transcripts. If you have not yet graduated, send a current transcript once your degree is complete.

In addition, a set of either unofficial or official transcripts from all institutions of higher education ever attended, both undergraduate and graduate, must be included in the materials uploaded to the online application.


Submission of verbal and analytical GRE scores is required at the time of application. The minimum GRE score is 153 verbal (500 on the prior scale), plus 4 or above on the analytical writing section (GRE-AW). Self-report your scores on the online application and submit official scores to the Folklore Program. Use English code (2501) and the University of Oregon code (4846).

The GRE is typically offered six times each year on most campuses. GRE scores are valid for 5 years. Contact the Testing Center, 1590 E. 13th Ave., Room 270, University Health and Counseling Building, Eugene, OR 97403, Phone: 541-346-3230,, for information on testing dates.


  • At least three formal letters of recommendation are required, ideally from instructors who can speak to your academic abilities.
  • For an applicant who has been out of school for several years, letters from employers or others able to evaluate your abilities are appropriate.
  • Provide name and contact information for referees on the Online Graduate School Application. Your referees will then be contacted and instructed how to submit their letters online.


  • Given the interdisciplinary nature of the Folklore Master’s Program, provide a statement addressing your academic objectives.
  • Explain how the academic resources associated with the UO Folklore Program would enable you to meet your goals.
  • Make sure to specify which track (general or public sector) you would like to follow.
  • The statement is not to exceed five double-spaced, printed pages.

ADMISSION ACCEPTANCE: The Folklore Program Admissions committee will consider each application in accordance with the factors listed above. Each applicant will be notified in writing of their acceptance or denial into the Folklore Program. The director of Folklore shall also notify the Dean of the Graduate School of the status of each applicant. The Director of Folklore shall have the final determination on the admissibility of an applicant into the Folklore Program.

Conditional Acceptance: The admissions committee accepts students conditionally when its members feel that a student has great potential to succeed in our program, however, some aspect of their application is weaker than what is required to be admitted into the program. Moving from conditional to regular status depends on faculty evaluation of grades (minimum 3.0 GPA), written and oral work, and progress toward a thesis or terminal project during the first two terms of attendance (at least 18 credits, with no incompletes). Failure to meet these requirements will result in the student’s removal from the program at the end of the second term of their attendance.

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