How to Apply to CRES

Our 2017/18 application cycle is now closed. The 2018/19 application will open in mid-October 2017.

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Steps to apply:

Our 2018/19 application is not available yet. When it becomes available, you'll be able to apply online through the University of Oregon Graduate School, at  Please note that you will be applying for Summer term 2018. If you are a current UO JD student or have applied to the UO Law School in the last 2 years, please contact Kata Bahnsen-Reinhardt for specific instructions.

Please prepare the following, to be included in your online graduate school application:

  • The email addresses of at least three individuals who are in a position to write recommendations evaluating your potential for successful completion of the program. When possible, have at least two of the individuals be academic references. Your references will receive emails prompting them to fill out their recommendation online. You will receive an email confirmation when each reference is submitted.
  • Your CV or Résumé
  • An unofficial copy of your GRE, LSAT, or GMAT score report, or the date that you plan to take the test. Please note, an entrance exam is not required but strongly reccomended.
  • Unofficial copies of all transcripts from post-secondary institutions at which you took 12 or more credits, including the University of Oregon.
  • A two to four-page double-spaced statement of interest outlining your interests in conflict and dispute resolution, your career aspirations, any relevant work or life experiences that have led you to apply, and your reasons for seeking this degree.
  • A recent academic or professional writing sample, minimum 5 to 10 double-spaced pages in length (a longer paper is ok, if you prefer). This must be an accurate reflection of your writing but does not need to be related to the field of conflict resolution. If you do not have a recent writing sample, please contact Kata Bahnsen-Reinhardt to talk about suitable alternatives.

International applicants, please see the section below for additional requirements.

Official Transcripts

Have each post-secondary institution at which you took 12 or more credits or earned a degree from, send your official transcripts, in an unopened envelope, to the Office of Admissions.

Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1217

Or, for official electronic transcripts,

If you have not yet finished your degree at the time of application, please send the most current transcripts available. If you attended or are currently attending the University of Oregon, you do not need to send official versions of your University of Oregon transcripts.

Send your GRE, LSAT, or GMAT official score reports.

Please note, for the 2018/19 application cycle entrance exams are not required but are strongly reccomended. If you choose to submit your exam scores, keep in mind that it takes five or six weeks for scores to reach us, so make sure to take your exam well ahead of the application deadline. If you think you will have a problem meeting this deadline, please contact Kata Bahnsen-Reinhardt.

GRE or GMAT score reports should be sent directly from the testing entity to the UO Graduate School. The GRE code for our Institution is 4846. For information, visit the GRE website.

If you plan to submit LSAT scores, please contact Kata Bahnsen-Reinhardt directly for instructions.

Note that we do not have an absolute cut-off score for the GRE, LSAT, or GMAT. We look at the whole application package and make our admissions decision based on the whole picture. We accept score reports for tests taken within the past five years.


An interview with a representative of the CRES Program will be scheduled with those candidates whose applications get to the final stage of review. These interviews are conducted in person when possible, or via Skype or phone. This is an opportunity for us to get to know you beyond what paper and numbers can tell us. We want to be sure not only that are you a good match for the program but that the program is also a good match for you. The interviews are not a test! They are a relaxed conversation.

In addition to the above requirements, international applicants must submit:

  • Proof of fulfilling the University's English language proficiency requirements as defined on the Graduate School website. Proficiency is most commonly addressed with a TOEFL score report, where the exam date must be no older than two years.
  • A certified English translation (if necessary) for all your college or university work in addition to your official transcripts.  You should also include the official degree certificates (with accompanying certified English translation) if your transcripts do not list your degree (equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree) and conferral date.  These items should be sent to the UO Office of Admissions (1217 University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403-1217).
  • Supporting financial documents and/or bank statements, further defined on the Graduate School website under "Financial Verification".  (Please note that this information is not required before you submit your application, and will not be seen by the admissions committee.)

For more information specific to international students, please see International Applicants.

If you have questions to which you are not finding answers, please check the Applicant FAQ or Student Resources pages or contact us.