Admission FAQs

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Admissions

No. The School of Graduate Studies only manages the programs listed here. CWRU has many more graduate options at the School of Nursing, School of Law, School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and Weatherhead School of Management. For information about programs housed in other CWRU schools, you should reach out to their admissions offices directly. 

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 encrypted email at gradadmit@case.edu 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.

 

Filling out the Online Application

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, Personal Statement, unofficial test score results, 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. Note that you do not have to submit official test scores unless you are accepted to CWRU. 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.

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

Uploaded the wrong document: 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 offline 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.

If you are submitting an Interfolio packet, please list out each recommender on the application and mark it as an offline recommendation. 

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

Yes, please submit your application as soon as it is completed. Your recommendation letters will trickle in to the department during the review process and will be linked to your application. 

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 in the system until your department verifies that they were uploaded. If the department needs any additional documentation they will reach out to you, there is no need to contact the department to verify receipt of the application or documents. 

 

Application Review

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

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 gradadmit@case.edu 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.

 

Acceptance

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 the only program that requires a deposit is MEM. Watch your personal and case.edu email accounts for more information. 

If you are planning to accept the offer, you will need to log into the online application system and formally accept our offer of admission. If you do not accept, your record will not matriculate into the Student Information System (SIS) and you will be unable to register for courses. For international students, your visa and I-20 process does not begin until you formally accept our offer. 

If you intend to decline our offer, we would still like to have a record that you decline. Additionally, we would appreciate if you could provide a reason as to why you declined our offer so that we may use that information to improve future admissions. 

No, there is no deadline. However, we encourage you to accept early so we can begin communicating with your about registering, orientation, activating your Network ID. For international students, you cannot begin your visa and I-20 process until you accept the offer, so allow yourself at least 2-3 months (minimum) for the immigration process. 

* If your offer involved funding for a Fall term, also see question below about the April 15th Resolution. 

Yes, programs that fall under the School of Graduate Studies must follow the April 15th Resolution. What is the Resolution? The April 15th Resolution says that departments cannot require applicants accepted for the Fall term to commit to a decision that involves funding before April 15th. Applicants are welcome to make their decision before that date, but should not feel pressured to make an early decision until all of their options are available. Note that this only applies to Fall admissions, and only for offers that involve funding. Click here for a full list of participating institutions. 

 

Accreditation

Yes, CWRU receives its institutional level accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Please see case.edu/ir/cwru-facts/accreditation/ for details.