The student is normally notified of an admission decision 6 weeks
after the completed application and supporting documents are received.
This period is usually sufficient for receipt of transcripts and test
results, and departmental review of the application. If transcripts or
test results are delayed, the process will take longer. Questions regarding admissions should be directed to the
Admissions Specialist in Applications Processing.
NOTE: The above paragraph refers to admission to degree or certificate granting programs. There is no delay for admission as a non-degree student.
NOTE: Before course work can be started, a student must apply for
and be admitted to a program or be admitted as a non-degree student.
Courses taken as a non-degree student may or may not be counted toward a
graduate degree program.
Letter of Admission
Applications Processing alone determines non-degree
admission. Admission to a degree or certificate-granting program is
always contingent upon departmental approval. All applications for
degree or certificate-granting programs are sent by the graduate studies
office to the appropriate departments. After a department evaluates the
student's application and determines whether to recommend the student
for admission, the department forwards its recommendation to Applications Processing.
Applications Processing either sends the student a letter of
admission or denies admission, based on the department's
recommendation. The letter indicates the student's admission status: regular, conditional, non-degree, provisional, concurrent, or accelerated as a graduating senior. International applicants are generally not considered for non-degree or concurrent admission.
NOTE: Only Applications Processing has the authority to admit
graduate students. A letter of admission is valid for one year. If a
student does not register for classes within one year after being
admitted for graduate study, the student is required to reapply before
Students have one year to enroll in
graduate course work after being admitted into the College of Graduate
Studies, or their file becomes inactive and they can no longer register for classes. For additional information on admission status, see duration of admission status.