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Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency. A foreign degree must be equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor's degree and must be accredited by its regional or national accreditation agency.
  • U.S. Degree holders must have earned a 2.7 out of a possible 4.0 GPA or a minimum of 3.0 during the senior year of undergraduate study. Foreign degree holders must have earned a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or other equivalent to a 'B' average.   If you have completed previous graduate course work, you must have a grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale or equivalent. In addition to the minimum requirements established by the Graduate Council, most graduate programs require a higher GPA. Please refer to individual program websites.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores. To be fully admitted, applicants must submit a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL; 80 on the TOEFL iBT or 6.5 on the IELTS. Applicants may be eligible for English Proficiency Conditional Admission. More information is available on the English Proficiency Conditional Admission page.
  • Many programs require departmental applications and have additional departmental requirements. Please contact your department directly for the specific program requirements.
  • The Dean of the Graduate School must approve all admissions.
  • Deadlines and other important pieces of information specific to international students may be found in the Admission Guide for International Students and in the Graduate Catalog.

    For additional information, refer to the statement on Admission Requirements and Application Procedures in the Graduate Catalog.

  • For descriptions of the types of admission for graduate study, please click here.