Graduate 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
If you are unable to attend for the semester in which you are offered admission, you may request a deferral of one admission cycle through the Self-Service Center portal. However, deferrals are not routinely granted in all programs. For all PhD programs and any other program with space limitations, you may expect to compete for admission with the applicant pool in that future semester, and thus a deferral is not guaranteed. If you decide to remain at your previous institution, you will be required to submit in-progress grades before their deferred application is reviewed for any new decision. Deferral requests must be made by the deadline stated in the offer email from the university admissions office.
Once you request deferment, it is your responsibility to drop all registered courses by the deadline date listed in the academic calendar. Failure to do so may result in full or partial tuition liability. All classes in which you are enrolled past the drop deadline will remain part of your official academic record, which includes tuition liability and receiving a grade "F."