Before You Apply

Identify Your Program

Identify your program of study and deadlines for your program. You may apply to more than one program, but you must complete and submit your first application before you can apply to a second program. Contact your program if you need additional supporting materials or forms for the online application.

Request Official Transcripts

Request official transcript(s) from institutions you’ve attended, including Rutgers. Your institution(s) should send original, official transcripts, showing your degree awarded, to the appropriate graduate admissions office. If your institution is a sending member of Parchment, eScrip-Safe, or National Student Clearinghouse, Rutgers will be able to receive your official transcripts electronically.

If you attended Rutgers at any time, you can request your transcript be sent to us automatically on the online application by answering "Yes" to the send transcript question.

Request Official Test Scores

You must request your official test scores. When you take the GRE and TOEFL, you will be asked whether you want your scores sent to any schools. Use institution code 2790 to send scores to Rutgers. Rutgers does not use ETS department codes. We will forward your scores to the correct department and update your status.

Rutgers has no universitywide minimum GRE scores. Some programs value high verbal GRE scores and some value high quantitative scores. Your program may also have specific GRE Subject test requirements or may accept GMAT scores in place of GRE.  In general, GRE scores are good for 5 years and TOEFL/IELTS scores are good for 2 years.  The timeframe for both tests is at the discretion of the department.

Please note that once you have taken one of its standardized tests, ETS requires several weeks to grade your results.

While you are waiting for ETS to send us your official score, you should enter your unofficial test scores on the application under the Tests section of Rutgers online graduate application. You can request an unofficial copy of your scores from the ETS website.

Contact Your Recommenders

During the application, you will provide us with the email addresses of the people who will write your recommendations. Contact your recommenders in advance to get their email addresses and let them know that they will receive an email from Graduate Admissions requesting that they submit the recommendation online. You should also inform your recommenders to write recommendations specific to the program to which you are applying.

Your recommenders will be notified as soon as you submit your online application. You may want to contact your recommenders to ensure that they have received the email from the graduate admissions office and understand how to submit it online to our office.

If any of your recommenders cannot submit your recommendation electronically, you should do the following:

  • Download the printed recommendation form.
  • Make sure you have entered your first name, last name, and RUID on the form, which will help us match the letter to your application file. Submit your application first in order to receive your RUID.
  • Place the printed recommendation form inside a pre-addressed, stamped envelope addressed to the appropriate admissions office and give the envelope to your recommender.

Prepare Your Personal Statement

In general, a personal statement is a 500 word essay on why you are interested in applying to your program. Your program may have more specific requirements for what your personal statement should contain.

You should now be ready to apply.

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