Admissions Decisions

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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, the faculty evaluates all elements of an application very carefully. They consider the applicant's past academic performance, rigor of the curriculum taken, standardized test scores (if required), letters of recommendation, goals statement, writing sample (if required), professional experience, applicant's fit with the program, 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 College of Health and Human Services, the Office of Graduate Admissions, and applicants is email. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application and admission decision via email. Applicants must make sure their email stays active since it will be used to communicate with them throughout the application process. Applicants will receive periodic emails on the status of their application as it is processed.

University Deferment Policy

Students unable to attend for the semester in which they are offered admission may request deferral consideration. However, deferrals are not routinely granted in all programs. For all PhD programs and any other program with space limitations, an applicant may expect to compete for admission with the current applicant pool in a future semester, and thus a deferral is not guaranteed. Applicants who decide to remain at their previous institution will be required to submit in-progress grades before their deferred application is reviewed for a decision.

Once an applicant applies for deferment, it is the student's responsibility to drop all registered courses by the deadline date listed in the Schedule of Classes. Failure to do so may result in full or partial tuition liability. All classes in which a student is enrolled past the drop deadline will remain part of the official academic record, which includes tuition liability and receiving a grade "F."