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Application Requirements

Admission requirements vary from program to program. For complete details regarding admission requirements and application deadlines, please be sure to review the website of the program to which you are applying. Websites belonging to the admitting programs are accessible via the Academic Programs List.

In general, to apply to The Graduate School (TGS), you will be required to:

Online Applications

TGS only accepts online applications during each application cycle, beginning the first week of September. You do not, however, need to complete the online application in one sitting. You can access your application and change your answers as many times as you like. Keep in mind, once you have submitted your online application, you cannot make changes to it. 

The online application process basically involves three steps. To apply, you will need to:

  • Submit your application and pay the application fee.
  • View our decision.
  • Submit your enrollment decision.

Once you have created an account with the online application tool, please be sure to read the application instructions thoroughly and check with your program department for additional information before submitting. 

Please note:

  • Your application will not be submitted until you have answered all of the required questions and paid the application fee (by credit card only).
  • Many departments accept students for the fall quarter only.
  • TGS only allows applicants to submit one application per year, with the exception of McCormick School of Engineering PhD programs. For example, if you submitted an application for Fall Quarter 2018, the earliest you may submit an application again is for Fall Quarter 2019.
  • Applicants may not apply to more than one program per year, nor may applicants apply to the same program multiple times within one year.
  • Duplicate applications will not be reviewed and duplicate application fees cannot be refunded.
  • All materials submitted in support of your application become the property of the University and will not be returned or forwarded.
  • To expedite the admission process, admission decisions will be conveyed via the online application. You may access the online application as many times as you like to check if a decision has been made on your file. If a decision is available, a "View Decision" link will appear. If a decision has not yet been made, no link will be present.
  • TGS also reserves the right to admit or deny admission whenever it believes that it has sufficient evidence to do so.