You're sure to have questions as you explore graduate programs within the Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences. Below are answers to a few of our most frequently asked questions. For more information, please feel free to contact us.
The 2019-2020 rate per credit hour is $1,700.
There is a non-refundable $75 fee for each application you submit to MCGS.
The application fee is not usually waived; however, the Graduate School will consider waiver requests meeting specific criteria. Full details regarding the application fee waiver process, requirements and procedure may be found within the Application Fee tab. An application fee or approved application fee waiver is required to complete your application.
Yes. Separate applications and requirements must be submitted for each. Official test scores and transcripts may be shared among files. Please contact the MCGS Admissions Office with questions regarding multiple applications.
All students must reapply with new and revised application materials.
Degree-granting programs generally offer admission starting in fall terms, only. Non-degree course options are available in fall, spring and summer terms.
Students interested in non-degree coursework may apply to the GSAS as Special Student status by submitting the application form, the non-refundable application fee of $75, all transcripts, and a statement of purpose. Admission as a Special Student does not guarantee subsequent admission to a degree program.
Students are admitted for one semester and can only take courses within the department they were admitted. Permission to take courses beyond the semester originally admitted must be obtained from the Graduate Program Director.
Special Students are not eligible for departmental financial aid. International students will not be considered for Special Student status unless they are currently enrolled full-time at another U.S. institution.
You do not necessarily need a master's degree to enter into a Ph.D program; however, the faculty will look for the proper coursework, experience, and maturity when admitting applicants into a Ph.D program.
To be considered, your completed application must be submitted to the Graduate School by the appropriate deadline.
Request that the transcripts be sent directly to our Admissions Office. Official transcripts sent when applying will be kept on file.
You must send transcripts from each institution where you have done coursework, including transcripts containing non-degree coursework and, if applicable, transcripts from a study-abroad program.
You must send both, the official transcript in the foreign language and a certified English translation of the transcript. Unofficial copies are acceptable for review purposes during the application process, but you must submit an official copy following matriculation.
Yes. If your supplemental materials arrive at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences before you have submitted your application form, we will keep them on file and match to your application once submitted. Please allow at least one standard business day for hard copy items to be processed and reflected as received once your application form is submitted.
No, GSAS maintains a self-managed application process. Applicants may monitor receipt of application requirements through their application status page.
Ideally, letters of recommendation should come from academic sources. If, however, there is no one who can write an academic recommendation on your behalf, you may seek one from an employer. The faculty review committee is primarily interested in your intellectual abilities and potential for success in graduate study.
GRE scores usually arrive three weeks after the test date; therefore, November results will most likely arrive prior to the deadline. However, in case of a delay, the Graduate School strongly recommends that you take the GREs as early as possible. And if you know your scores will not reach us by the deadline, please contact us so we can indicate in your file that your scores are the way.
The Graduate Admissions Office is not responsible for tracking down GRE scores. It is up to the applicant to contact whichever school received the scores, to request that the information be forwarded to the Graduate School via campus mail.
Please alert the Admissions Office of your name change. This would also apply if your name is different on previous collegiate transcripts. You will need to submit documentation proving the name change.
Contact ETS to have them resent. Make sure you use the code 3083.
TOEFL scores are only valid for two years.
TOEFL/IELTS scores can be waived if the student has studied for two years at an institution where English is the language of instruction.
Applications will be held on file for up to one year.
Each department sets its own timeline for admissions review. Official notification from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Admissions Office will be sent via e-mail before the reply-by deadlines of April 15 and May 31 for Ph.D. and Master's files, respectively.