Admissions Criteria

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Graduate admission is selective and all applicants are evaluated on the basis of both past academic performance and potential for continued achievement. In the holistic review of an application both quantitative and qualitative measures are assessed.

Credentials indicating an ability to succeed in graduate-level work might include cumulative and major grade point average (GPA), caliber of prior institutions attended, progression of academic performance over time, standardized test scores, written communication skills, recommendations from faculty, relevant work experience, indices of leadership, prior research experience and correspondence between research interests and available faculty expertise.

University-wide Minimum Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A total undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.000 on a 4.000 point scale. For graduate level coursework, a minimum 3.000 GPA is expected. Some programs may require a higher minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA.
  • International applicants must meet other minimum requirements, such as visa eligibility and documentation of financial resources, please refer to the International Graduate Application Guide.

Departmental Requirements

Please refer to the academic department for information regarding admissions requirements for specific academic programs; which could include, but are not limited to:

  • Current standardized test score report (GRE, GMAT, etc.) and minimum required scores
  • Goal or Personal Statement
  • Writing sample
  • Portfolio
  • Documented preparatory coursework or licensure
  • Recommendations
  • Application Submission Deadlines


Conditional admission

Applicants who do not meet the minimum University and/or program requirements may be considered for conditional admission. Admission in such cases will depend heavily on other indices of the student’s ability to handle graduate-level work. These might include strong performance on standardized tests, GPA in the major and/or other experiences that are clearly indicative of strong academic ability.

Deferred admission

Applicants and admitted students may ask that their intended admission term be changed for a different term occurring within the next year.