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.