Application process and deadlines

Application process and deadlines

M.A./M.S. and Ph.D. applicants


December 1 is the application deadline. Applications received by December 1 will be given priority consideration for admission and financial support. The majority of applications are reviewed in January for admission for the following fall semester. A few applicants with exceptional credentials or exceptional situations may be considered for admission outside this review period or for semesters other than fall, but these are rare and are subject to adviser availability.

Review process

Faculty with expertise in the emphasis areas identified by the applicants will review the M.S./M.A. and Ph.D. applications. Based on the comments and recommendations of the faculty, the director of graduate studies makes the final recommendations to the Graduate School, which informs students of the School's decision.

Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. In making admission decisions, faculty reviewers and the director of graduate studies consider level of achievement in previous college work, performance on standardized graduate exams, experience, congruence of the program with an applicant's stated goals, advising and teaching load of faculty in the identified emphasis area, and academic records of other applicants for the same emphasis.

Admissions decisions

An admission decision notice will be emailed to you once your application is carefully reviewed by the School’s admission committee and your transcripts and any credentials (test reports, diploma copies, etc.) are authenticated by University officials. You can expect a decision by late January or early February.