Master of Prevention Science

Master of Prevention Science


The College of Professional and Continuing Studies Master of Prevention Science is a 100% online, cutting-edge degree program that combines tested theory and practical training to educate prevention specialists and empower them to help others in the global community. In this program, you will learn the theoretical and real-world skills necessary to help others fight addiction, and you will graduate prepared to pursue the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium’s Certified Prevention Specialist (IC & RC CPS) credential, the most respected credential in prevention.

 Quick Facts

Credit Hours: 33

Duration: 24 months

Start Terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Tuiton: $22,605 ($685/credit hour)*


Degree Details

Substance abuse is an escalating problem in modern culture, and the toll it takes on society can be seen in healthcare and correctional facilities nationwide. Preventing and finding effective treatment at this scale can be difficult, however. All fall and spring semester courses in this program are 16 weeks long. Summer session courses are eight weeks long. When you are admitted into the program, you will be assigned an advisor who creates an individualized graduation plan. This plan will help organize and identify the courses you need for your degree. 

What You'll Learn

  • How substance abuse affects the brain at various stages in development
  • Effective methods of prevention
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to plan, design, implement and evaluate substance abuse prevention programs
  • Behavioral issues caused by substance abuse

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Tuition and Fees - An Investment in Your Future

Online programs are an investment in each student’s future, and OU makes every effort to see that each qualified candidate is able to attend. Current students use many types of financing to cover their expenses such as Financial Aid. To learn more, please fill out the form above to speak with one of our enrollment counselors.

The MPS program tuition is $22,605 ($685/credit hour).*

 *Program rate is pending approval by Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

**Oklahoma residents applying for the Spring or Summer 2022 semester will receive a one-semester partial tuition waiver.


Getting Started: Admissions Requirements

STEP ONE: Complete Online Application Form

You can start an online application here. As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application.

STEP TWO: Provide Your Supporting Materials

The online MPS program requires the following supporting materials:

  • Statement of Purpose: A 300-500 word statement describing your career goals and how the chosen degree program aligns with those goals. The statement should also address educational history, including any disparity in undergraduate GPA, and significant life events leading to the decision to apply to graduate school.
  • Current Resume: Formatted in a professional manner, highlighting past work experience and education.
  • Last Degree Conferring Transcript: Must be uploaded into the online application with the rest of your materials.

Once all required materials have been received, your application file will be sent to our Admissions Committee.

STEP THREE: Review and Evaluation

The review process takes two to three weeks and admitted students will receive communication as soon as an official decision has been rendered. Post-acceptance next steps will be provided to admitted students at this time.


No one knows more about what you want from a university than the people who have already gone through the process—our graduates. Read what our alumni have to say about our programs, and you’ll see why so many nontraditional students choose the OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies as their first step toward a better career.



Alizay Paracha
Transforming Communities with Prevention Science

“Every professor I have had in this program has given me valuable knowledge that I will carry with me as I pursue a career in med­icine, and the biggest benefit I have gained is that I can directly apply my prevention science knowledge into real-world prac­tice.”

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