Application Guidelines

You have gathered materials and reviewed what you need in Before You Apply. You have identified your program requirements and deadlines. Let’s apply!

Apply Online

Our secure, online application uses high-grade encryption to protect your information and requires an updated browser with pop-ups, cookies, and JavaScript enabled.

Application Requirements

While programs may require additional materials, here are the basic application requirements:

  • Online application
  • $65 nonrefundable application fee
  • One official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • Current test results, as required by the program
  • Supporting materials, as required by the program

During the online application, you will:

  • Create a login user ID and PIN
  • Fill in biographical data and residency information
  • Self report any test scores
  • Provide information on each institution you obtained a degree from
  • Enter the email address for each of your recommenders
  • Type your personal statement
  • Submit the application
  • Pay the application fee

While applying, you can always save what you have entered and come back later to finish your application.

Submitting Your Application

Once completed, read over your application carefully. Then hit Submit Application to submit your online application. If you have left any information out that is required or is incorrectly entered, you will get a message at the top of page, in red, telling you what is missing.

Changing Your Application

Once submitted, online applications may not be altered.  If you need to make a change or correction to your application, send it in writing to the appropriate graduate admissions office.

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Pay the Application Fee

After you submit your application, you will be requested to pay the nonrefundable application fee. We recommend you pay online by credit card or e-Check using our secure, encrypted website.

Making a Payment Later

You can pay the application fee at a later date by logging in as a returning applicant. Click on the Pay link under Application Fee for your program. However, your application will not be reviewed until we have processed your fee payment.

Express Mail Fee

If you are living abroad, you can pay an additional $40 to have us expressmail your decision notification by logging in as a returning applicant and clicking on the Pay link under Express Mail Fee for the program you are applying to.

Scholars

If you are a McNair, Project 1000, GEM, or other scholar, you do not have to pay the application fee. Enter your scholar program name in the box under the field labeled Academic Honors Awards or Publications in the Aid section of the application to confirm your scholar status.

Fee Waivers

We normally do not waive fees, but we may defer a fee under extraordinary circumstances. You can request a fee deferral by mailing us a statement of need and supporting evidence of need, such as tax returns or a letter from a financial aid officer from your school.

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Applying to More Than One Program

After you have submitted an application, you may apply to another program by logging in as a returning applicant.  Use the login ID and PIN you originally created in order to avoid generating multiple accounts and RUID's.

You will need to pay a separate fee and provide supporting credentials for each program you are applying to. If you have sealed recommendations or other paper credentials that you cannot submit electronically, you may send them in one envelope, but clearly mark each set of credentials with the program name.

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