Deadlines should represent the endpoint in the application process (i.e., the final completion of your file) rather than the beginning of that process. The timely completion of your application is your responsibility, and it is most important. Incomplete applications will either not be considered at all or will be rejected on the basis of incompleteness.
To ensure that the Graduate Admissions Office will have adequate time to assemble all items submitted on your behalf, you should submit the online application at least two weeks before the stated deadline.
If there is a discrepancy between the deadline information on this website and other materials you may have received, you should adhere to the deadlines on this website.
FALL DEADLINESDecember 8 - Priority deadline for submission of Ph.D. applications for admission and award for the fall semester. Although some departments will continue to accept applications until December 31, it is recommended that applications be submitted by 11:59:59 pm, Eastern U.S. time, December 8 to facilitate processing. It is important to note that some departments refuse to accept Ph.D. applications after December 8. If this is the case for your department of interest, you will not be able to submit your application after the stated deadline, even if you began the application prior to the deadline. All students seeking fall admission should meet the appropriate deadline, since it is likely that enrollment in many departments will be filled soon after this date. Late applications may be considered for admission only if all spaces have not been filled, and for financial aid only if funds are still available.
January 31 - Priority deadline for submission of Master's applications for admission and award for the fall semester. Some Master's programs accept applications after the January 31 deadline. All Master's programs are currently closed to new applications.
Departments vary in their willingness to consider late applications. Some departments adhere strictly to the stated deadlines and will not look at applications that arrive late. Other departments will continue to review applications until all spaces have been filled. In every case, the earlier the Graduate School receives your materials, the better your chances for full consideration.
SPRING & SUMMER DEADLINES
For Spring Semester
October 15 - Deadline date for submission of all applications for the spring semester, space permitting. Not all departments accept new students for the spring term, and financial aid is not always readily available for spring matriculants. You should carefully review the information in the Departments and Programs section of the Graduate School website to determine if your program of interest accepts spring enrollees.
For Summer Session
If your degree program of interest begins during the summer session, please adhere to the fall application guidelines.