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Application FAQs

Application FAQs

If you are not a native English speaker or have received most of your education in another language, you must prove your ability to succeed in the English language by scoring at least 7.0 in the IELTS.

If you are not a native English speaker, the TOEFL assesses your ability to use and understand English at the university level. The minimum TOEFL score is 90, if internet-based (iBT) and 577 if paper-based.

Only one test is needed. And then, they’re only for non-native English speakers.

There are no minimum scores on this well-known graduate admission test.

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.

GRE scores are valid for five years. TOEFL scores are valid for two years.

Information on the application cannot be changed after submission. Contact the department to which you applied to explain any mistake.

Within the application you can upload all documents such as CV/Resume and Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement. To ensure you have provided all necessary documentation please read the instructions on the Upload Documents page and/or Program Supplemental pages. No hard copy of these documents need to be sent to the programs or the School of Graduate Studies.

An “affidavit of support” is a bank statement or letter from the person responsible for your financial support; it shows that you have sufficient funds to cover tuition and living expenses for one academic year.

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.

The department to which the student has applied will approve admission. The dean of the School of Graduate Studies makes the final approval.

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.

Within the application you can upload 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. Upon admission to the University you will be required to send official transcripts with degree certification from each school listed on the application to 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 programs website for instructions

Application Status

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