General Admissions Requirements

General Requirements

Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work, to be sent by the college or university directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. An applicant whose bachelor's degree is not completed at the time of application must submit an official transcript showing the work completed through the most recent semester. If offered admission, the applicant must submit an official transcript showing completion of the degree prior to enrollment.

A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a four-point scale) in all previous undergraduate and graduate study. (Occasionally, applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be admitted conditionally upon the recommendation of the department.)
Application requirements vary among the programs. Visit the Program-Specific Admission Requirements page to see each program's supplemental requirements. Carefully read the Graduate School Catalog to check.

A non-refundable application fee of $75

Letters of Recommendation

Most programs require letters of recommendation. Visit the Program-Specific Admission Requirements page to see each program's supplemental requirements. Carefully read the Graduate School Catalog to check.

Goals Statement

You may answer each question separately or merge all answers into a singular document. Either way, you will need to submit all your answers as a singular document. (Brief answers don't need a full page.) If you are applying to more than one program, write separate goal statements for each program, clearly indicating which program each statement applies to. Write as much as you wish; you need not be brief.

  1. What kind of career or vocational objective would you like to follow and in what setting (public school, residential school, research center, clinic, corporation, etc.)?
  2. How did you first become interested in your chosen field of study? When did you decide to pursue a degree in this field?
  3. What do you consider to be your greatest asset as a future professional in your chosen field?
  4. Provide any other information that will help us better understand you as an individual and better evaluate you as an applicant for this program.

* Some departments require an essay in addition to the goal statement and some accept an essay instead of a goal statement. Please review all requirements carefully.

Immunization Requirement

If you are offered admission: The immunization laws for the District of Columbia require all students to provide proof of immunizations. Students will not be permitted to register for classes without the required immunizations. All full time students are required to have health insurance that provides coverage in the District of Columbia metropolitan area. (Each) student must either waive or purchase the health insurance online through his/her Bison account. For more information concerning requirements for immunizations and how to waive or purchase the health insurance, please visit the Student Health Services website.