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Domestic Graduate Admissions

Prospective graduate students, including University of Utah seniors, must apply for admission through the University of Utah ApplyYourself online application system, found at each graduate program's website.

  • Applicants may apply to multiple academic programs. A separate and complete graduate admission application must be submitted for each program of interest through the University of Utah ApplyYourself online application system.
  • An application fee (and any applicable late fees) will be charged for each application submitted.
  • An applicant should research their department's deadlines, requirements, and application process.
  • Many academic departments will require an applicant to submit the following items as part of their online admission application:
    • Resume/statement of purpose
    • Test scores i.e. GRE, GMAT
    • Letters of recommendation
  • Admission is valid only for the term an applicant is admitted. If an applicant fails to register for the term he/she is admitted, he/she must reapply for admission for a future term.
  • Graduate students are required to maintain continuous registration from the time of formal admission through completion of all degree requirements unless granted an official leave of absence.
  • Students who do not maintain continuous registration and do not file an official leave of absence must reapply for admission to their academic program.
Applicants should apply by the published semester deadline. An additional $30 late fee will apply if applications are not complete by the following deadlines:
Fall Semester April 1
May 1
All programs except approved pre-screening
Approved pre-screening programs
Spring Semester November 1  
Summer Term March 15  
  • The fee for domestic graduate applicants is $55 per application.
  • A late fee of $30 will be charged for any application received after the Office of Admissions term deadlines of April 1 (Fall), November 1 (Spring), and March 15 (Summer), unless a department has been approved by the Office of Admissions to pre-screen applications for the fall semester, in which case the late fee will be charged after May 1.
  • Former University of Utah domestic graduate students who are reapplying for admission to a program they were discontinued in must pay the application fee on the readmit application.
  • All fees are subject to change without prior notice and are nonrefundable.
  • Applicants must upload transcripts from all schools attended, including the University of Utah, into the ApplyYourself online application system. This includes concurrent enrollment, study abroad, correspondence, etc.
  • Failure to list all institutions attended, or degrees pursued, may result in denial of admission, loss of credit, and dismissal from the University of Utah.
  • Uploaded transcripts are not considered official and are used for initial admissions calculations only. If admitted to the University of Utah, students must provide official copies of their college transcripts, sent directly from each previous school to the Office of Admissions.
  • Failure to provide final academic credentials will cause a registration hold to be placed on a student's records, which will keep him/her from further registration until all missing credentials are received.
  • We strongly urge all graduate programs to post instructions on their websites to their applicants advising that official transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions and not to the academic department/program.
  • The Office of Admissions will prepare a graduate academic worksheet for each applicant in ApplyYourself.
  • As part of the evaluation process, the Office of Admissions will check each school's regional accreditation and determine the applicant's undergraduate weighted mean GPA. Admissions evaluators will list all undergraduate coursework up to an applicant's first bachelor's degree under the Undergraduate Academic Record section of the Graduate Academic Record Worksheet. All coursework completed after an applicant's first undergraduate degree will be listed under the Post-Baccalaureate and/or Graduate Record section of the worksheet.
  • Admissions evaluators will check to make sure that either official or unofficial transcripts have been received for all schools attended by an applicant and that all schools were listed on their admission application. If a transcript is identified as needed, an email will be sent to the student listing the missing transcript. If less than 17 semester hours are missing, the evaluator will proceed with the evaluation. If greater than 17 semester hours are missing, the evaluation will not be completed until the missing information is received by the Office of Admissions.
  • If the applicant's undergraduate weighted mean GPA is below a 3.00, the evaluator will manually calculate the GPA for the student's last two years of undergraduate work (Counting from the term in which the bachelor's degree was earned, an evaluator will go back 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours).
  • Academic department admission committees review all application packets and make decisions on admission recommendations. The recommendation options include:
    • Admit to Program of Interest
    • Admit to BS/MS Combined Program of Interest
    • Readmit Student to Program of Interest
    • Graduate Admissions Committee Exception Rule Recipient; Admit to Program of Interest
    • Deny
    • No Action
  • Academic departments must prepare a graduate referral form for every applicant. These referrals must be submitted online through ApplyYourself.
  • The Department Referral Form must be completed by the first day of class of the term for which the applicant has applied. The Office of Admissions recommends that departments submit referral forms as soon as they make a decision regarding an applicant. Referrals must include the following information:
    • Recommendation
    • Type of Referral (Original or Revised)
    • Program
    • Term
    • Program Coordinator
    • Date Posted
  • A department can change the degree or the semester for which the student has applied. A department may accept a student for one term (not counting summer) after the semester that the student applied for or one term before the semester that the student applied for (as long as the term hasn't yet begun).
    • If you have not yet submitted a referral, complete the Department Referral Form. You will submit an original referral, changing the Verified Term and/or Verified Program as needed.
    • If you have already submitted an original referral for the student and it has been processed by the Office of Admissions, submit a revised referral with the changes you would like made.
    • Check with the Graduate Admissions Supervisor for more information on allowable degree changes.
  • Once the referral form is received by the Office of Admissions, evaluators will complete processing based on the department's recommendation.
  • If the academic department has recommended admission, the Admissions staff will determine if the applicant meets the Graduate School's requirements for admission. In addition to the academic department's recommendation, applicants must have:
    • At least a 3.00 or higher undergraduate weighted mean GPA, or at least a 3.00 or higher last two years GPA. Please note: The last two years GPA calculation includes undergraduate coursework completed prior to the student's first bachelor's degree.
    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college/university. The regional accreditation agencies are:
      • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
      • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
      • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
      • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
      • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
      • Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • If a department recommends an applicant who does not meet the Graduate School's requirements for admission, the academic department's Director of Graduate Admissions or Department Chair must prepare and upload a Letter of Support indicating reasons for recommending acceptance requiring exception to policy.
  • Departments should upload this letter at the same time they complete the Department Referral Form recommending admission for the applicant.
  • The file will be referred to committee review for final approval. The Committee will not review files without this documentation. (See the section on the Graduate Admissions Committee in this manual.)
  • It is strongly recommended that academic departments not notify an applicant whose file must go to Committee of their recommendation until after the file has cleared the committee process.
Last Updated: 1/12/17