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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Absolutely! You can apply to as many programs as you wish, however, you will need to complete a separate application with a different email address and pay the $50 fee for each application. 

Within the application, you can upload all documents such as CV/Resume, Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement, and unofficial transcripts. To ensure you have provided all necessary documentation, please read the instructions on the Upload Documents page and/or Program Supplemental pages. Test scores can be submitted to CWRU by using the school code 1105. 


* PLEASE DO NOT sent hard copies of these documents to the School of Graduate Studies unless you have received your official acceptance letter. Please note that transcripts uploaded to the application are considered unofficial. If accepted, then the official copies are required to be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies for full standing admission.

No, official transcripts are not necessary during the application process. Within the application you can upload unofficial copies of your transcripts on the Educational History page. These are NOT considered official transcripts but will be used by the programs to perform the application review. ONLY if you are officially admitted to the University, will you be required to send official transcripts with degree certification (if applicable) from each school listed on the application to the School of Graduate Studies. These official copies will then become property of the School of Graduate Studies. 

* Please note some programs do require official transcripts during the application process, those should be sent directly to the program. If you are not sure, please consult the program's website for instructions.

Unofficial transcripts are the ones uploaded onto the application and can be used for evaluation purposes. An unofficial transcript is one that:

  • is sent by email in PDF format from the student
  • has been opened by the student
  • is a photocopy or screenshot of the original
  • was not produced by the school
  • was translated by the student or a nonprofessional translation service

Official transcripts are submitted to the School of Graduate Studies only if accepted; they are used to verify your previous degrees. Transcripts are considered official if they are sent directly to our office from your previous school or are delivered in a sealed envelope. Additionally, we can accept official transcripts via encryped email at if your school participates in a transcript ordering service. 

There are no minimum scores on this well-known graduate admission test. The departments will review each applicant's qualifications individually. The GRE scores are valid for 5 years from the date of the exam. 

Applicants must have a B-average or rank in the upper third of their graduating class at an institution where status and programs are readily assessed.

Nothing on the application can be changed after submission. Contact the department to which you applied or the School of Graduate Studies to explain any errors.


Name error (misspelling or switching first/last name): Contact the School of Graduate Studies

Incorrect applicant email address: Contact the School of Graduate Studies

CV/Resume/transcript upload mistake: Contact the program to which you applied. 

Applied for the wrong term or program: Contact the School of Graduate Studies

Incorrect recommender email address: Recommendations cannot be altered. However, if the recommendation has not yet been completed, you can log back into the online application system, delete the recommender, and add a new one with the correct contact information. 

Those who have agreed to give you a recommendation are notified by email if they will be providing the recommendation online. If the recommendation will be submitted by paper or email, you still need to list each provider and have those documents sent directly to the program to which you are applying.

References will receive a password by following the directions that are emailed to them after submission of your application.

Your program will review all application materials thoroughly. If your department recommends you for admission, the School of Graduate Studies will then review your record and make the final decision. Regardless of the decision, you will receive an email notification prompting you to log back in to the online application system. Please note that a decision is not final until you receive the email notice from Graduate Studies. If accepted, you will need to Accept or Decline our offer of admission. This allows your record to matriculate and you will receive your CWRU Network ID. For international students, accepting our offer will also set the process in visa motion with the Center for International Affairs

If you are in the online application system and see an error message that says "Application Status: Incomplete", there is no need to worry. Although all parts of the application may have been completed and documents uploaded, this message will remain until they have been verified by the department. Once everything has been verified, the status will change to "Completed" or "Under Review" and your application will be reviewed for consideration. 

The department to which the student has applied will review all application materials and recommend admission. The dean of the School of Graduate Studies will then make the final approval. You will receive an email from informing you to log back in to the online application system to view your official decision. Please be sure to Accept or Decline your offer of admission. 

You can always view your official offer letter from the School of Graduate Studies by logging back into the online application system. Your offer letter will list any academic provisions set by the department and any conditions remaining such as missing transcripts or test scores. *Note: If there is a discrepancy in your letter, please contact the School of Graduate Studies. 

No, there is no deadline. However, particularly for international students, we encourage you to accept early so we may begin communicating with you about registering, orientation, activating your Network ID and visas (if applicable).

First off, congratulations! You will want to check out our Important First Steps and Graduate Student Orientation sites. As the directions state, you will need to activate your CWRU Network ID and access your CWRU email account.

You will also need to complete the items on the New Student Checklist. The Checklist link may give you an error message stating "You do not currently have any active checklists. Please wait up to 2 business days after you pay your deposit for the checklist to be active". Don't worry, this usually just means that we have not yet opened it yet for your starting term and typically here is no deposit payment unless your program has said otherwise. Watch your personal and email accounts for more information. 

Yes, CWRU receives its institutional level accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Please see: for details.

Application Status

Once a final decision has been made on your application, you will be able to check the status online.