Graduate Admissions

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Applications for admission are evaluated by the graduate committee on the basis of criteria reflecting academic quality and probable success in advanced study.

For PhD applications, please submit

  1. undergraduate and (where applicable) graduate grades
  2. GRE exam scores (recommended)
  3. letters of recommendation
  4. a statement outlining past accomplishments, professional objectives, special interests, and educational plans

For Master’s applications, please submit undergraduate and (where applicable) graduate grades. GRE and recommendation letters are not required, although applicants are encouraged to submit them if doing so will strengthen their applications.


Fall Admission

December 15: Full consideration for funding/fellowships for PhD applicants
January 15: Masters and PhD applicants
March 1: International applicants who require a visa

We accept masters applications on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Questions? Check our Frequently Asked Questions page or feel free to contact us at

Superior grades and exam scores are, of course, important for admission. However, cases exist where students not having the highest grades were admitted partly on the basis of strong letters of recommendation clearly indicating superior ability and dedication in undergraduate research. It is advantageous to request letters from individuals who have significant knowledge of your abilities-for instance, professors who have taught you in more than one course or with whom you have carried out an independent study project or research. You should give these individuals as much lead time as possible so that they will not be not rushed and will be able to write detailed and thoughtful letters about you.

How to Apply

International Applicants

  1. ALL international applicants MUST complete and return the International Applicant Financial Form, regardless of ability to pay. International students are also encouraged to read the Special Instructions and Information for International Applicants, which are included and will provide information on the amount of funds needed for studies and living expenses.
  2. All applicants who are not native speakers of English must demonstrate proficiency by taking an English language proficiency exam. For more information about these exams please see:


Completed PhD applications to be considered for awards are due December 15, but full consideration will be given to all applications that are completed before January 15. Early submission maximizes the opportunity for merit-based fellowships.

Completed Master’s applications are due January 15 but applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis while space is available. For international students who require a visa, submission by March 1 helps ensure timely processing of requisite documents for Fall admission.