The Application Process

Once you have narrowed your choice of graduate or professional programs, you are encouraged to start the application process as early as possible.

Get an Early Start

Applying early can be an advantage — especially if a program has rolling admissions — and can sometimes affect the amount of funding available. Generally speaking, you want to start the entire process about one-and-a-half years in advance of when you wish to enroll.

Assess Your Application Components

Certain application components tend to be standard from program to program. These include:

  • An essay or personal statement
  • Standardized test scores
  • Recommendation letters
  • Undergraduate transcripts

Some programs might also ask for supplementary material such as a writing sample, portfolio, resume or audition. Make sure you understand what is required and prepare accordingly.