Graduate Admissions

The graduate certificate in Indigenous, race, and ethnic studies (IRES) offers graduate students the opportunity to enroll in a concentrated program of study centered on race, indigeneity, and intersectionality. We offer both a graduate certificate and a PhD.

Graduate Certificate Application Requirements

Admission into the graduate certificate program in IRES requires current standing in any University of Oregon MA or PhD program and an approved application with a prospective plan of study.

To apply to the program, you'll need to submit:

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PhD Application Requirements

*The application portal will re-open in Fall 2024 for Fall 2025 admission.

This program is intended for students who:

  • Have already completed a bachelor's and/or master's degree.
  • Have significant experience studying race, ethnicity, and indigeneity.

Applications and materials must be submitted and uploaded online through the Slate application platform. 

Required Materials

  • A completed application. The application includes a questionnaire to see if you might qualify for an application fee waiver or reduction, so fill that out as you begin. The application fee is $70 for domestic applicants and $90.00 for international applicants. The Division of Graduate Studies offers graduate application fee waivers and discounts for applicants who meet specific criteria.
  • A statement of purpose explaining your educational background in IRES or related fields, your research interests and goals, and how you see the PhD program in IRES ideal for you.
  • A CV (curriculum vitae) or a resume.
  • The names and contact information of three recommenders. These are people who can best speak to your academic strengths and weaknesses, and how you will contribute to the field of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies.
  • One writing sample (8-10 pages of content) that reflects your highest quality of work in IRES or related field.
  • College transcripts for all graduate and undergraduate work. Our program accepts unofficial transcripts. Please see the Division of Graduate Studies' policy on when to submit official transcripts.

The GRE is not required or considered for admission to the IRES PhD program.

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Apply to Our Graduate Program

Ready to apply? Start your application on Slate, the centralized application portal for graduate admissions at the University of Oregon.

*The application portal will re-open in Fall 2024 for Fall 2025 admission.

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