Skip to Main Content
CWRU Links

School of
Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies

Graduate Program Applications

Graduate Program Applications

Applicants should contact a specific department or program to obtain information. Addresses for departments are in the program information section of the application. All supplemental materials must be submitted to the department to which the applicant applies. All materials become the property of the School of Graduate Studies and will not be returned. Questions should be addressed to the specific department or program.


Application deadlines vary among departments and programs. Know the deadlines specified by the department to which you apply. The following are given only as a general guideline:

March 1 for fall semester enrollment and November 1 for spring semester enrollment if you are applying for both admission and financial aid consideration. Otherwise, you must apply 30 days prior to the proposed date of enrollment (90 days when applying from outside the U.S.). For definite deadlines, please check with the department to which you are applying.

Individual Department Admission Deadlines*

English January 15   
Electrical Engineering February 1 October 1

Computer Science

(Computing + Information Sciences)

February 1 October 1
Computer Engineering February 1 October 1
Systems + Control Engineering February 1 October 1
Master of Public Health June 30 November 15
Organizational Behavior January 5  

*If not listed here, contact the department directly.

Application Procedure

Admission materials include your application and associated materials. Full instructions are included within your online application. In addition to those requested by department you must submit:

  • Statement of Objectives — Some programs have this built into the application. If not, create your own using "Statement of Objectives" as the heading. The statement should be one to two pages and include your purpose in undertaking graduate work as well as an explanation of your study and research interests as they relate to your undergraduate/graduate study and professional goals.
  • Academic Transcripts – You are required to identify all post-secondary educational institutions you have attended on your application form, and to submit an official transcript from each. Admission to the School of Graduate Studies is conditional on final certification of degrees awarded. Note to International Students: Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified translations in English.
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three letters of recommendation must be submitted from those individuals sufficiently familiar with you, and who can assess your academic preparation, abilities and accomplishments. Letters should be from your most recent instructors in your proposed field of study. If you have been out of school for several years, one letter may be from your employer, supervisor or other person familiar with your most recent activities.
  • Test Scores – Your department will identify required standardized tests. When you fill out forms for these use 1105 as the institutional code for Case Western Reserve University. The School of Graduate Studies will forward all official score reports of standardized tests (GRE, TOEFL, etc.) to the program of interest. The department will inform you which standardized tests are required for your program. International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and earn a minimum score of 577 if paper-based, or 90 if Internet-based. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also accepted. The minimum acceptable score is 7.0. Some departments may require higher scores. International applicants cannot be admitted without receipt of an acceptable official TOEFL score. The TOEFL is valid for two years after the test date. The GRE is valid for five years after the test date.
  • Application Fee - A nonrefundable application fee of $50 is required for each application submitted.

Application Status

To check on the status of your application, log into the online application network. Admission is only for the term specified in the letter of admission. If you are unable to enroll for that semester, you can ask to defer for up to two academic semesters. Your department may accept or reject your request, and the terms of readmission may differ from the original offer. If a delay of more than two semesters is requested, your file must be reviewed and reevaluated by the department. If more than two years pass since acceptance, you must reapply. Because non-enrolled applicant files are kept for a maximum of two years, all documentation must be resubmitted.


Students interested in being considered for assistantships through their programs must indicate their interest by checking the appropriate box on the application.

CWRU has various forms of financial aid available to graduate students. U.S. citizens can also apply for federal financial aid and receive student loans.

Nondiscriminatory Student Policy

Case Western Reserve University admits students of any race, religion, age, sex, color, disability, sexual orientation, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights and privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the University. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, sex, color, disability, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in administering its educational policies, admission policies, employment, promotion and compensation policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other university-administered programs.

Graduate Program Admission

Individual departments within the School of Graduate Studies first review and recommend applicants for admission. Applicants must then be approved by the dean of Graduate Studies.