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Application Checklist

  • Completed Apply Yourself application
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • 3-5 letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement (essay and table in one PDF)
  • CV/ Résumé. The CV should be uploaded in the Curriculum vitae/resume section of ApplyYourself.
  • English language proficiency score (Int’l only, must be official)
  • Submit no later than January 15, 2023.

Application Checklist

Reference Guide

Preparing Your Application

  • Carefully read the application requirements. Exceptions are not made.
  • Before emailing questions, review the content and check the FAQ. It's likely your question is answered in these pages.
  • Obtain copies of unofficial transcripts from all postsecondary institutions. Official copies are required immediately upon admission. International students must include an official English translation, if applicable.
  • Ask your instructor, employer, mentor, PI, or other references if they can provide a positive letter of recommendation. Don’t wait until January.
  • Update your CV.
  • Reflect on what type of experience you want to have in graduate school, what you hope to accomplish during your studies, and your goals following a PhD. This will help you narrow down your top programs and refine your personal statement.
  • Write your Personal Statement: Short essay and table of relevant coursework. Combine into one PDF.
  • Have someone review your personal statement for grammar, content, and length.
  • Schedule your English language proficiency exam (int'l only).
  • Contact current graduate students, postdocs, and researchers to learn more about our department.
  • Read the research pages to determine if our institution suits your interests.

Keep in Mind

  • The application closes January 15th, 2023. Reviews take place until late February and admission offers are sent in March.
  • GRE scores are not required and will not be considered.
  • Unofficial transcripts accepted for application. Official required upon admission.
  • Official English proficiency scores are required. Unofficial scores can be submitted but belated official scores may delay or preclude admission.
  • Acceptance deadline is April 15, 2023.
  • Practice courtesy by reading the available information and allow 2 business days for a response if you do send an inquiry. Emailing multiple contacts the same question is considered unprofessional and will not elicit a faster response.