How to Apply to CRES

Our Fall 2020 application is now open!

Deadlines for the Fall 2020 cycle are:

  • Early Decision: Apply by December 2, 2019

  • Priority Deadline: Apply by February 3, 2020

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Steps to apply:

Apply online through the University of Oregon Graduate School, at  Please note that you will be applying for Fall term 2020.

Online Application

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 recommendations online. You will receive an email confirmation when each reference is submitted.
  • Your CV or Résumé
  • 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.
  • 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 recommended.

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 the Registrar.

Office of the Registrar
5257 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

Or, for official electronic transcripts sent by a secured provider (e.g., National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, Script Safe),
*We cannot accept PDF attachments via emali.

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.

GRE, LSAT, MAT or GMAT score reports.

Please note, for the 2019/20 application cycle entrance exams are not required but are strongly recommended. Please upload a copy of your score report to the online application. The following entrance exams are acceptable: Graduate Record Examination (GRE); Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Note that we do not have an absolute cut-off score for the GRE, LSAT, MAT, or GMAT. We take a holistic approach and consider each part of the application. 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 advance 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 the Registrar (5257 University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403).
  • Financial documentation for international students, further defined on the UO International Student and Scholar Services website.  (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.