Admissions Information

Program Options

Case Western Reserve features top-ranked programs in arts and sciences, dentistry, engineering, law, management, medicine, nursing, social work and nonprofit leadership.

Graduate Admission

For questions about admissions requirements, programs, or the online application, email gradadmit@case.edu.

Graduate Transcripts

Have your previous schools send official transcripts to gradtranscripts@case.edu.

Live Chat

Live Chat is available for admissions questions within the School of Graduate Studies!

An admissions manager is typically available to chat Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm Eastern Standard Time. If someone is available, a chat bubble will pop up in the lower right corner of any of our Graduate Studies Prospective Students pages. ​​If you have trouble accessing the chat feature, or need to request information in an alternative format, please contact gradadmit@case.edu.

Applicants should reach out directly to the program or department to which you are applying for specific program-related questions. Addresses for departments are in the Program Addresses section of the application or listed on their individual websites. Each program within the School of Graduate Studies is responsible for recommending admission of new graduate students. Final decisions are posted by our staff and can be viewed by logging in to the online application system

The admissions team is here to assist in making your application and admissions process seamless. If you have specific questions relating any of the following topics, please call (216) 368-4390, stop by Tomlinson Hall, Room 203, or email gradadmit@case.edu

Application Instructions & Requirements

Deadlines

FAQs

Application Documents

During the initial application process, applicants are discouraged from sending official test scores or transcripts. This helps to alleviate application costs and logistics. If recommended for admission by your department, the School of Graduate Studies will then make the final decision on your application. If formally accepted to CWRU, only then will you need to supply official transcripts and test scores. 

Test Scores: In order to alleviate initial application costs, we do not require applicants to send official test scores during the application process. Only if you are accepted, send official TOEFL or GRE test scores through ETS using the institutional code of 1105 for Case Western Reserve University. Please do not send official IELTS scores; we can verify them online at no charge. 

Unofficial Transcripts: In order to alleviate initial application costs, we do not require applicants to send official transcripts during the application process. Applicants should simply upload unofficial copies of their transcripts onto the application for review purposes. Official documents sent during the application review process will not be reviewed. If accepted, official transcripts must come directly from the institution either mailed in a sealed envelope or sent electronically to the addresses below. International students - Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified translations in English.  

Only if accepted, official hard copy transcripts and degree verification can be mailed to:

Case Western Reserve University
School of Graduate Studies - Tomlinson 203
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

**Ensure that "School of Graduate Studies" and/or "Tomlinson Hall 203" is listed on the address or your transcript may not make it to our office. 

Official electronic transcripts can be sent to:

gradtranscripts@case.edu

* Note: Please do not send official transcripts to the School of Graduate Studies or the program department unless you have been offered admission. 


Admissions Standards

Full Standing

To be admitted to full standing, an applicant must meet all the criteria without conditions or academic provisions:

  • Applicants must have a good academic record, e.g., a B-average or rank in the upper third of his or her graduating class at an institution whose status and programs are readily assessed.
  • Applicants must meet all of the undergraduate prerequisites for the proposed field of graduate study.

In addition to official transcripts, degree verification, letters of recommendation and TOEFL or IELTS exams (English proficiency tests for international students only), some departments require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). 

Ordinarily a bachelor's degree is required for unconditional admission to the graduate school. Under some circumstances, an admissions committee may recommend admission to the School of Graduate Studies on the basis of an equivalent experience. In this case, the dean of graduate studies gives final approval.

Provisional Standing

Applicants who have academic deficiencies and do not qualify for admission with full standing may be admitted provisionally. A student must show enough evidence of ability in their chosen field to warrant provisional admission.

Provisions will be specified by the department to which the student is admitted, and stated in the official letter of admission from the dean of graduate studies. A provisional graduate student is expected to complete appropriate course work and to meet the performance standards of the School of Graduate Studies within the first academic year of study.

The provisional student's record will be reviewed each semester, and the student's status will be reconsidered by the department no later than at the end of two semesters of study. If the student has satisfied the provisions associated with his or her admission, the student will be given full standing; otherwise, they will be separated from further graduate study in that department.

Conditional Standing

Applicants who have missing documentation in their admissions file (such as an official academic transcript with their degree posted or official copies of test scores) may be admitted conditionally. The conditions specified in the letter of acceptance must be satisfied prior to matriculation in the School of Graduate Studies. Students will be unable to register for courses until all of their conditions have been satisfied. 

You can view which documents are missing by logging back into the online application system and viewing your admission letter. To send official test score results, use the institutional code of 1105 for Case Western Reserve University. 

Official electronic transcripts can be sent to gradtranscripts@case.edu. PDFs sent by email are not considered official and cannot be used for verification purposes. Official transcripts must come directly from the institution either mailed in a sealed envelope to the address below or sent electronically. International Students - Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified translations in English. 

Official hard copy transcripts can be sent by mail to:

Case Western Reserve University
School of Graduate Studies - Tomlinson 203
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Postponement of Matriculation (Deferral)

Applicants are guaranteed admission only for the term specified in their admission letter. If unable to enroll, you may request postponement up to two regular semesters. The department may accept or reject that postponement request.

Terms of readmission may differ from the original offer. If entry is delayed more than two semesters, your application must be reviewed again. If entry is delayed more than two years, the applicant must reapply; and because files are kept for a maximum of two years, all new documentation must be resubmitted.

If you would like to defer your enrollment, please email gradadmit@case.edu to request the deferment. We will verify with your department if they approve or deny the deferment and we will update your file accordingly. 


Nondiscriminatory Student Policy

Case Western Reserve University admits students of any race, religion, age, sex, color, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, 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, gender identity or expression, 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.