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Prevention Science Practice M.P.S.P.

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Build the applied knowledge you need to make a lasting impact

Start developing the skills to plan and implement evidence-based prevention programs that make a lasting, positive difference within the community. Learn to strategically mitigate and address the complex impacts of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.

Specific topics of study in this program include:

  • Prevention science theory
  • Prevention program development, implementation, and evaluation
  • Strategic program planning and administration
  • Normative family functioning
  • Lifespan development
  • Risk and resilience
  • Research design and analysis
  • Grant writing
  • Technical communication

Combine theory and applied knowledge to become a more effective program administrator or researcher

This degree’s curriculum adheres to Society for Prevention Research criteria for online master’s programs in Prevention Science. The combination of formal education and functional knowledge will prepare you for advancement opportunities in a range of fields that relate directly to the development and evaluation of prevention programming, including:

  • Community agencies
  • Governmental and human services agencies
  • For-profit and not-for-profit research
  • Advocacy organizations
  • Educational institutions

What is prevention science?

Broadly speaking, prevention science focuses on the development of evidence-based strategies to reduce risk factors and increase protection measures with an overall goal of improving the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, and the community.

Effective prevention science utilizes a multifaceted approach that draws from several disciplines, including human development, psychology and behavioral science, neurobiological sciences, and epidemiology. A central tenet of prevention science is the promotion of health equity and the reduction of disparities by studying how socioeconomic, cultural, and racial inequalities influence healthy development and wellbeing.

Study in a flexible, online format

This online program allows you to earn your master's degree from a respected, regionally accredited public research university in Colorado without traveling to a campus. Study in a convenient, asynchronous online format. Review course materials and complete assessments when it works for your schedule.

Career Opportunities Open Accordion

Behavioral health disorders, such as depression and substance abuse, are a leading cause of illness and premature death in the U.S. Although many behavioral health problems can be prevented, effective programs still don’t reach many Americans due in large part to lack of funding and a shortage of adequately trained prevention science professionals.

Prevention science is a continuously evolving field, and this graduate program was designed to prepare you for a variety of career paths, including but not limited to:

  • Prevention program administrator or director
  • Prevention science researcher
  • Human services consultant
  • Policy analyst
  • Educator

Requirements and Curriculum Open Accordion

The Master of Prevention Science Practice is a 30-credit, coursework-only graduate degree program and does not require completion of a thesis.

Required Courses:

Select two courses from the following for a total of 6 credits:

  • HDFS 611 – Early Child Development (3 cr.)
  • HDFS 612 – Adolescent Development (3 cr.)
  • HDFS 613 – Adult Development and Aging (3 cr.)

Total Program Credits: 30

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall: July 15
Spring: December 1
Summer: April 15

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

This master’s degree requires applicants to have the following:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate coursework*
  • No GRE required

Note that meeting the minimum department standards does not ensure admission to the program. Admission to Colorado State University graduate programs is based on several factors, including prior academic and professional experience and the personal statement.

*GPAs of under 3.0 may be considered with particular attention paid to prevention science, human development, family studies, and psychology related coursework.

2 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online:

  • Three letters of recommendation: Three professional recommendations are required. You will provide information about your recommenders in the online application. CSU will contact them with instructions and a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf.
  • Resume or vita
  • Statement of purpose – The statement of purpose is typically 1-2 pages and briefly describes:
    1. Your background
    2. Your educational and career goals
    3. Your motivation for pursuing graduate studies
    4. Why you are a good fit in the program

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Select "Prevention Science Practice (M.P.S.P.) – Distance" when choosing the Program of Study.

4Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from all institutions attended. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary)
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

6Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

Information for International Students

Official transcript translation

Ensure official copies include a certified translation into English (only one set of transcripts is required).

Official test scores

Colorado State University requires that proficiency in English language be demonstrated either by the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE academic tests prior to admission. Please submit one of the official scores from the list below. Tests must be taken within two years prior to admission and submitted directly from the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075).

  • The minimum TOEFL score for admission without condition is 550 (paper-based), or 80 (internet-based).
  • The minimum IELTS score for admission without condition is 6.5.
  • The minimum PTE Academic score for admission without condition is 58.

All applicants who are citizens of countries in which English is not the official language, and who do not have an undergraduate degree from the U.S. must submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores.


We love learning about your goals and answering any questions to help you on your journey.

Nicole Schmidt
Prevention Science Practice M.P.S.P.
Prospective Student Support Coach
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Program Details

Online (Asynchronous)
$630 per credit
Degree Awarded
Master of Prevention Science Practice (M.P.S.P.)
Time Frame
Varies based on intensity of study

Application Deadlines

Fall semester
July 15
Spring semester
December 1
Summer semester
April 15

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