Graduate Admissions Process
Application to Graduate School is a two-part process. The first part – completing an application for admission and submitting university-required admission materials – is much like your undergraduate application process. The university reviews your application to ensure you meet minimum admission requirements.
The second part, however, is vastly different from your undergraduate experience. The intended major you select is administered by an academic program and each program may have its own admission requirements that you must meet and/or additional admission materials that you must submit to have a complete application.
The admission decision isn’t made solely by the university’s central admissions office. Instead, faculty from the academic program to which you applied will review your application package for an admission decision. Once the program has made a decision recommendation, it will forward that recommendation to the Office of Graduate Admissions, which will review your application for completeness and provide you official notification of the admission decision.
Of note: Every academic program makes admission recommendations on its own time schedule. The program may make decisions as it receives applications, may hold applications until a designated date and make all decisions at one time or may make periodic decisions. Depending on the program to which you have applied and the date of your application, you may receive an immediate decision; however, it is more likely that you will have to wait for a decision. For this reason, it is important to understand the program’s requirements as well as any deadlines it may have.
How can you monitor, change and/or update your application?
Your online Application Status page will display where you are in the application process. On this page, you may submit required documents, answer questions and view the information you need to know about your application and admission decision.
It is not possible to change the term and program of your application, once submitted. Because applications are specific to the initial program and term selected, you must submit a new application reflecting the program and term for which you currently would like to be considered. Any previously submitted documents will be transferred to your new application. Your application fee covers four consecutive terms, so you won’t have to pay it again if you are within that window.
An automated email notifying you that documents (official transcripts, test scores, etc.) have been added to your application will be sent as they are uploaded.
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What happens after you are officially accepted to the University?
You will receive an email with your admissions letter. This letter has important information about registration, including your Access ID and Student ID. Your ID's can also be found in the upper right hand corner of you Application Status page.
International students may check the status of their I-20 with the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). Please note, OISS oversees all of the I-20 process. Any questions should be directed to OISS.
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