Types of Admission
A student meeting all requirements of the Department is normally granted unconditional admission. Applicants who fail to meet requirements, but who are nevertheless judged by the Department and the Dean of the Graduate School to show promise may be considered for probationary admission on the merits of their individual cases. Applicants who appear to be qualified but who are unable for good reasons to supply the required credentials prior to the stated deadline may request provisional admission. In such cases, their complete credentials must be received by the Graduate School no later than sixty days after the first day of classes (forty-five days in the summer term). Probationary students cannot be supported by departmental or university funding.
Admission and funding is normally for the Fall Term. Only in special circumstances are new students admitted to start in the Spring Term. Applicants desiring financial support must submit credentials by January 31st, though applications for Fall admission without financial support are considered after January. It is highly recommended that applications be submitted early because we may start looking at applications before the deadline or stop accepting any applicants after a certain date. There is typically no support available for late applicants regardless of their qualifications. However, students who are admitted without financial support may be considered for assistantships as resources become available.
Applicants whose native language is other than English are not exempt from the requirement of the Graduate Record Examination. The applicants must also submit as part of their application credentials their scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The test is administered by the Educational Testing Service at testing centers throughout the world. A minimum score of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer based test), or 79 (Internet-based test) is required for consideration as an applicant.