A summary of the general requirements, application fees, deadlines, and procedures for graduate admission follows. Prospective students should refer to the Graduate Catalog for further information.
Requirements. General requirements for admission to the Graduate School are
International students whose native language is not English must also submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language.
Applicants may apply simultaneously to more than one graduate program. All complete applications are forwarded to the Graduate Studies Committee(s) to which they are directed. Admission decisions are based on a careful review of all aspects of the applicant's file. Scores on standardized tests such as the GRE are not the sole criterion for making an admission decision or ending consideration of the application. Each applicant's test scores are compared with those of other applicants of similar socioeconomic status. Information about admission criteria for each graduate program is available from the graduate adviser.
When there are more qualified applicants than can adequately be instructed by the faculty or accommodated in the facilities, the Graduate Studies Committee for the proposed area may deny admission to students who have met the prescribed requirements. All admissions must be approved by the graduate dean.
Applicants who feel that their grade point averages or test scores are not valid indicators of ability should explain their concerns in a letter to the graduate adviser of the program to which they are applying.
Admission tests. The Graduate Record Examinations General Test (GRE), the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) may be taken by appointment at computer-based testing centers throughout North America and at selected international sites. A paper-based version of each test is also offered.
Current information about GRE, GMAT, and TOEFL test dates, locations, and registration procedures is published by the Educational Testing Service.
Applicants to dual or combined programs with the School of Law must also take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), administered by the Law School Admission Council. Information about the LSAT is published by the council.
Graduate School Select Admission Program. The Graduate School Select Admission Program allows graduate programs to recommend academically outstanding University undergraduates for admission to seek a graduate degree.
Nominations are forwarded to the Graduate School by the program's graduate advisor or graduate admissions office with the recommendation of the Graduate Studies Committee. Undergraduate candidates may be extended an offer of admission and financial aid as early as the junior year, conditional upon completion of the baccalaureate degree. Application and transcript fees are waived; some graduate programs may waive submission of GRE scores. Admitted students may enroll in graduate courses at undergraduate tuition rates during the senior year and reserve the courses for graduate credit.
Additional information about the Graduate School Select Admission Program is available on-line and from the Office of Graduate Studies.
Conditional admission. Almost all of the students who are admitted to the Graduate School have qualifications equal to or better than the minimum standards outlined above. However, a Graduate Studies Committee may recommend, with the consent of the graduate dean, that a student be admitted to the Graduate School with conditions. The Graduate Studies Committee may require the student to maintain a certain grade point average or to take a certain number of semester hours of coursework. A conditionally admitted student may also be required to remedy deficiencies in undergraduate preparation by taking upper-division or graduate courses. The graduate adviser notifies the student of these conditions at the time of admission. A student who does not fulfill the conditions within the specified time may be barred from subsequent registration in the Graduate School. If the student changes his or her major before the conditions have been fulfilled, the conditions remain in effect unless the graduate adviser for the new program, on behalf of the Graduate Studies Committee, petitions the graduate dean and receives approval for them to be changed.
Admission as a nondegree student. A person who would like to take graduate coursework without becoming a candidate for an advanced degree may apply for admission to a graduate program as a nondegree student. The applicant must submit an application and transcripts of all college coursework to the Graduate and International Admissions Center; Graduate Record Examinations scores are not required. Admission must be recommended by the Graduate Studies Committee for the program and approved by the graduate dean. Enrollment as a nondegree student is limited to one year. Nondegree students are not eligible to be teaching assistants, assistant instructors, graduate research assistants, academic assistants, or assistants (graduate).
A graduate nondegree student who decides to seek a graduate degree must submit an application for admission to the Graduate and International Admissions Center by the program's deadline, meet all admissions requirements, and pay the normal application fee. A degree-seeking student may petition to have applied to the master's degree up to six semester hours of graduate credit earned while he or she was enrolled as a graduate nondegree student.
Exchange students. A graduate student who is admitted to the University through a reciprocal exchange program is classified as a nondegree student. An exchange student may not register for more than two long-session semesters and one summer session. The transferability of academic credit to the student's home institution is determined by the home institution.
An exchange student who wishes to take a graduate course must obtain the approval of the instructor and of the graduate adviser for the program that offers the course, must meet all course prerequisites, and must meet any other requirements affecting nondegree students. An exchange student may later apply for admission to the University as a degree-seeking graduate student. To do so, he or she must submit the usual test scores, application fee, and other required material by the graduate program's deadline.
Exchange students admitted as graduate nondegree students. If the graduate nondegree exchange student is later admitted to the Graduate School as a degree seeker, the Graduate Studies Committee may ask for the graduate dean's approval to include on the student's master's degree Program of Work up to six hours of graduate coursework that he or she completed as a graduate nondegree exchange student. All requirements related to courses that may be counted toward graduate degrees apply, including rules concerning courses counted toward another degree.
Exchange students admitted as undergraduate nondegree students. If the undergraduate nondegree exchange student is later admitted to the Graduate School, graduate courses that he or she took as an undergraduate nondegree exchange student may not be counted toward a graduate degree.
Recommended application dates for graduate study. Each graduate program sets its own application deadline. February 1 is often the deadline for the summer session and the fall semester, but some programs set different dates. Few graduate programs admit new students for the spring semester; those that do have deadlines no later than October 1. It is the applicant's responsibility to meet the deadline set by the graduate program. A list of program deadlines is given in the Graduate Admission Bulletin.
Financial aid deadlines. The usual deadline for an applicant seeking financial aid to submit all materials is February 1 for summer or fall admission or October 1 for spring admission. Individual graduate programs may have earlier or later deadlines. Financial aid decisions are made soon after these program deadlines, and applicants whose materials have not been received may not be given full consideration. Applicants should contact the program of interest to them for current deadlines.
International students. International students should apply as early as possible. The international student's record of work (including the score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language taken within the past year) will be evaluated by Graduate and International Admissions and then forwarded to the appropriate Graduate Studies Committee and the graduate dean.
Fellowships. University fellowships, which are administered through the Graduate School, are awarded to both new and continuing graduate students in most academic areas. Students must be nominated by their graduate advisers for any fellowship administered by the Graduate School. Additional information on University fellowships is published by the Office of Graduate Studies.
University fellowships for entering graduate students are awarded on the basis of scholastic excellence and adequate preparation for graduate study in the student's chosen field, as shown by his or her academic record and letters of recommendation. University fellowships for continuing students are awarded on the basis of the student's record since entering the Graduate School, including performance in relevant coursework and research or creative activity, letters of recommendation from University faculty members, and the endorsement of the graduate adviser; financial need is also considered. There are additional specific qualifications for many of the competitive fellowships awarded by the University and by graduate programs.
Generally, fellowships require no service from the recipient. Some fellowships provide for payment of tuition and required fees in addition to the stipend.
Application processing fee. All applicants to the Graduate School must submit a nonrefundable application processing fee along with their credentials. Applicants may apply simultaneously to more than one graduate program with no additional fee. When more than one fee is applicable, only the higher one must be paid. An applicant may be eligible for a waiver of the fee on the basis of documented financial need.
U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and University undergraduates. The fee for applicants to the Graduate School is $50. The fee for applicants to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is $125. The fee for applicants to the Master in Professional Accounting (MPA) program, including students in the Professional Program in Accounting (PPA), is $80.
International applicants. The fee for applicants who present academic credentials from any country other than the United States is $75. The fee for applicants to the MBA program is $125. The fee for applicants to the MPA program and the PPA is $100.
Enrollment deposit. Some graduate programs require students to pay a nonrefundable enrollment deposit upon admission to indicate that they accept the offer of admission. For students applying to dual degree programs, one deposit serves to confirm the student's intention to enroll in both programs. When both programs require a deposit, only the higher fee is required. The deposit is applied to the payment of fees when the student enrolls. Students who demonstrate financial need may qualify for assistance to cover the deposit.
An enrollment deposit is assessed in the following graduate programs:
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