Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions

 

Welcome to the University of Utah where over 30,000 students, both undergraduate and graduate, learn that if you can IMAGINE it, you can DO it! Graduate study at the University of Utah takes you beyond imagining! As one of the oldest universities west of the Mississippi, the U is proud to be Utah’s flagship institution and a place where graduate students may earn doctoral and master’s degrees in more than 100 different programs. In addition, a number of programs unite disciplines and cross departmental and college lines. Graduate degree programs are offered in the colleges of Architecture and Planning, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Health, Humanities, Law, Mines and Earth Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy, Science, Social and Behavioral Science, Social Work, and in the schools of Business, Medicine, and Dentistry.

See what graduate life is all about on our campus. Learn of our excellent academics, our diverse student body and numerous student organizations, as well as the Research Centers, Institutes, and Bureaus which enhance the research climate of our University.

 


Admission Standards

The Graduate School minimum requirements for admissions are:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college/university,
  • At least a 3.00 or higher undergraduate weighted mean GPA. If the undergraduate GPA is below 3.00, a GPA will be calculated on the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of the undergraduate work for admission consideration,
  • Meeting the academic department’s admission standards, and receiving a recommendation for admission to their program.

Each academic department/graduate program may establish additional or more stringent admissions criteria in addition to the minimum required by the Graduate School. Applicants should note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to a graduate program. Applicants are evaluated with respect to university and departmental requirements and with respect to the pool of available applicants.

The University of Utah is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in all programs, activities and employment. Moreover, students may not be denied admission to graduate work solely because they obtained a prior degree at the University of Utah.

Steps in the Application Process

Here are the basic steps:

  1. The University of Utah's Office of Admissions application deadlines are:
    Summer Term March 15
    Fall Semester April 1
    Spring Semester November 1
    Applications received after the above deadlines (even if your academic program has a later program deadline) will pay an additional $30.00 late fee.
  2. Fill out the online application.
    • All prospective graduate students, including University of Utah seniors, apply for admission through the University of Utah ApplyYourself online application system, found at each graduate program’s website.
    • Domestic applicants are recommended to submit their application 30 days before the department/program deadline. International applicants should apply at least 60 days in advance.
  3. Upload all required documents.
    • You will be asked to upload an official copy of all your college transcripts, including the University of Utah transcript if you have attended or are currently attending the U. These transcripts will be used as working copies during the admissions evaluation process. Failure to list all schools previously attended or making false or misleading statements on the application may result in cancellation of admission status and/or loss of credit.
    • In addition to academic transcripts, you must upload any additional documents required by the academic department/program.
    • Applicants formally admitted to a graduate program will be required to submit official transcripts sent directly from the previous schools attended to the University of Utah Office of Admissions at 201 S 1460 E, Room 250 S SSB, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112. Admitted students may check the “Track Your Application” tracking system found at the Office of Admissions website to be sure all transcripts have been received. The application status tracker only works once a graduate student has received an offer of admission from the Office of Admissions.
  4. Pay the application fee.
    • The nonrefundable fee for domestic applicants is $55 per application.
    • For international applicants, the nonrefundable fee is $65 per application.
    • Some academic programs will pay the application fee for their applicants. Check the graduate academic program’s website to determine how much your application fee will cost.   
  5. Complete and submit the application.
    • We will evaluate your file only after we receive all required fees and documents including transcripts.
    • All documents submitted to the University of Utah become its property and will not be released to students or other institutions. Admission applications and transcripts are destroyed after one year for students who do not attend.

Find Your Department's Deadlines, Requirements, Application Process, and Financial Assistance

Each academic department/program controls the requirements of its application processes. Learn the details on your academic department's admission deadlines and application requirements.

The Application Review Process

  1. Academic departments/programs review applications.
    • Once the academic department/program admissions committee decides what applicants they want to recommend for admission, the academic department/program will complete the department’s referral form advising the University Office of Admissions of their admission decisions.
  2. Office of Admissions processes referrals, reviews qualifications and notifies applicants. 
    • Once academic departments/programs complete the Department Referral form, the University Office of Admissions will do a final review of all applicants to determine that the applicants meet the Graduate School admissions requirements.
    • If the applicants meet all admissions criteria and the academic department/program has recommended them for admission to their respective degree program, the Office of Admissions will complete the admission processes and notify the applicants.
    • The Official Letter of Acceptance for applicants that are admitted will be sent by postal mail from the University Office of Admissions.
  3. Notification of an admissions decision.
    • When a decision has been posted in an applicant’s ApplyYourself account, an email will be sent advising the applicant to sign in to their ApplyYourself account to view the decision.
    • For applicants that are admitted, they will see this decision in their account, but the formal Letter of Acceptance will be sent from the University’s Office of Admissions and will come by postal mail.

After You Are Admitted

  1. Have “official” transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions from all colleges or universities attended.
    • Official transcripts must be:
      1. Sent directly from each previous school you have attended to:
        Office of Admissions, Graduate Admissions Division
        University of Utah
        201 South 1460 East
        Room 250S, SSB
        Salt Lake City, UT 84112
      2. The University of Utah accepts electronic transcripts as official from the following agencies only:
        • Docufide by Parchment
        • National Student Clearinghouse
        • AVOW
        • Utah Transcript and Record Exchange (UTREx)
        • Scrip-Safe
        All electronic transcripts should be sent to admisstranscripts@sa.utah.edu.
      3. Documents submitted for admission become the property of the University of Utah and cannot be returned.
      4. Failure to provide final academic credentials, including proof of degrees received, will cause a registration hold to be placed on your record which will keep you from registering for your second semester until all missing credentials are received.
  2. Become familiar with the registration process of the University of Utah.
    • You will find registration information and class schedules at the Registrar’s Office website.
    • You will also find the academic calendar at the Registrar’s website, which will assist you in meeting all appropriate registration deadlines.
    • Talk with your academic program advisor for questions related to program requirements.
  3. Check on deadlines for financial assistance through the Graduate Fellowships Office, (801) 581-6020, and/or the Financial Aid Office, (801) 581-6211.
  4. Check on housing opportunities through the Office of Housing and Residential Education, (801) 587-2002, or University Student Apartments, (801) 581-8667.

Continuous Registration Requirement and Requests for Leaves of Absence

An offer of acceptance is valid only for the semester the applicant is admitted. If an applicant does not attend during his/her admitted term, the applicant must reapply through the ApplyYourself online graduate admissions application and pay the application fee before the application deadline for the semester he/she wishes to begin.

Once admitted and enrolled, graduate students are required by Graduate School policy to maintain continuous registration during the academic year of fall and spring semesters.

  • If a graduate student must “stop out,” he/she should file for a Leave of Absence through their academic program/department. Review the form that must be completed.
  • Students failing to maintain continuous registration and who have not been granted an official leave of absence will be discontinued in their graduate program.

Readmitting to Your Graduate Program

Graduate School Policy states that graduate students are required to maintain continuous registration and must acquire permission from their Graduate Department for a "Leave of Absence" before leaving the University. A graduate student who fails to register for a term (excluding summer term) and does not file for a leave of absence is immediately made ineligible to register for future terms.

  • Continuing students that have been discontinued will be required to apply for readmission into their graduate program.
  • If you are a previous graduate student that did not maintain continuous registration in your academic program, you must reapply through the ApplyYourself online graduate admissions application found at each graduate program's website. Begin the ApplyYourself application process. 

Non-matriculated Students

Students who do not qualify for admission to graduate studies or non-degree-seeking students may enroll in graduate-level courses on a non-matriculated basis. Credits earned by non-matriculated students may or may not apply to a graduate degree program. Graduate programs are designed and approved by faculty committees assigned to supervise each graduate student. Decisions on accepting course credit are made initially by these supervisory committees. Only nine semester hours of non-matriculated credit, taken no more than three years prior to approval, can be applied toward a graduate degree. Non-matriculated and second baccalaureate students registering for one or more graduate level courses in their undergraduate career, will be charged graduate tuition rates for all courses taken.

Read more about how to apply as a non-matriculated student.

 
Last Updated: 8/12/14