Applying for admission

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General requirements

Academic preparation

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution or a degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. baccalaureate degree from a college or university of government-recognized standing.

Grade point average

For regular admission consideration, master’s degree applicants should have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or its equivalent in upper division coursework. Doctoral applicants should have a minimum of 3.0.

English proficiency scores

English proficiency minimum requirements set by the program supersede those set by the Graduate School. Applicants are expected to learn and meet the minimum requirements set by their program of interest.

If you earned your degree outside of the US you must establish English proficiency (some countries are exempt from this requirement). Applicants are required to submit an official qualifying score meeting our minimum Graduate School requirements:

  • TOEFL
    • 79 internet-based (IBTT)
    • 550 paper-based (PBTT)
  • MELAB
    • ​85
  • IELTS
    • 6.5 (overall band)

Program requirements

Some academic programs may have GPA and/or English proficiency standards that are higher than the university’s minimum requirements. Academic programs may require supplementary admission materials and entrance exams that must be submitted before an application is considered complete. Applicants should contact their program of interest to learn about specific requirements.

Note: Some doctoral programs require the completion of a master's degree before admission is granted to a doctoral program. Doctoral applicants should also have substantial specialized coursework in the proposed area of study.