Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are made by faculty committees. They review only complete application files, including all required supplemental documents. Their decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

In the admissions review process, applicants are evaluated on the strength of their academic background, results of standardized exams (if required by the program), work experience, and any additional evidence of potential success in the program. The number of students admitted each semester is based on the resources available to the program.

The official mode of communication between the university and applicants is email. You will be notified via email to log into the Self Service Center when your admission decision has been made.

Important information and resources for admitted students is available on the Office of Graduate Education Newly Admitted Students page.


University Deferment Policy

If you are unable to attend for the semester in which you are offered admission, you may request a deferral of one admission cycle through the Self-Service Center portal. However, deferrals are not routinely granted in all programs. For all PhD programs and any other program with space limitations, you may expect to compete for admission with the applicant pool in that future semester, and thus a deferral is not guaranteed. If you decide to remain at your previous institution, you will be required to submit in-progress grades before their deferred application is reviewed for any new decision. Deferral requests must be made by the deadline stated in the offer email from the university admissions office. 

Once you request deferment, it is your responsibility to drop all registered courses by the deadline date listed in the academic calendar. Failure to do so may result in full or partial tuition liability. All classes in which you are enrolled past the drop deadline will remain part of your official academic record, which includes tuition liability and receiving a grade "F."