Applicants should contact a specific department or program to obtain information. Please be aware that some programs such as Dance, do not accept students every year, check with the department to be sure. Addresses for departments are in the Program Information section of the application or listed on their individual websites. 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. For more information about admissions, visit our Application FAQs.
Application deadlines vary among departments and programs. Please be aware of the deadlines specified by the department to which you are applying. 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 definitive deadlines, please contact the department to which you are applying.
Individual Department Admission Deadlines
|Accountancy (PhD in Management)||February 1||-||-|
|Aerospace Engineering (MS/PhD)||February 1||October 1||-|
|Anthropology (MA/PhD)||February 15(if funding is needed)||-||-|
|Applied Anatomy (MS)||No deadline||No deadline||-|
|Art Education (MA)||No deadline||No deadline||No deadline|
|Art History + Art History & Museum Studies (MA/PhD)||January 1||-||-|
|Astronomy (PhD)||January 15||-||-|
|Biochemistry (MS/PhD)||No deadline||No deadline||-|
|Bioethics (MA/PhD)||No deadline||No deadline||No deadline|
|Biology (MS/PhD)||December 15 (Entrepreneurial Program- International: April 1, Domestic: August 15)||-||-|
|Biomedical Engineering||January 10 (PhD)one month prior to start date (MS)||-||-|
|Biomedical Sciences Training Program (PhD)||January 15||-||-|
|Chemical Engineering (MS/PhD)||January 15||October 15||-|
|Chemistry (MS/PhD)||January 15||-||-|
|Civil Engineering (MS/PhD)||February 1||October 1||-|
|Clinical Psychology (PhD)||December 1||-||-|
|Clinical Research (MS)||-||-||May 15|
|Clinical Research Graduate Certificate (C)||July 31||-||May 15|
|Clinical Translation Science (PhD)||July 31||-||April 15|
|Cognitive Linguistics (MA)||May 1||-||-|
|Communication Science (MA/PhD)||January 15 (MA)No deadline (PhD)||-||-|
|Computer Engineering (MS/PhD)||February 1||October 1||-|
|Computer Science (MS/PhD) (formerly Computing & Information Sciences)||February 1||October 1||-|
|Dance (MFA/MA)||March 1||-||-|
|Design & Innovation (PhD in Management)(formerly Information Systems)||January 31||-||-|
|Designing Sustainable Systems (PhD in Management)||January 31||-||-|
|Developmental, Cognitive, and Affective Sciences (PhD)||January 15||-||-|
|Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences (MS & PhD)||January 15||-||-|
|Electrical Engineering (MS/PhD)||February 1||October 1||-|
|Engineering, Master of (ME)||July 31||December 20||May 31|
|Engineering & Management, Master of (MEM)||-||-||Round 1- November 15Round 2- January 22Round 3 (space permitting)- March 15|
|English (MA/PhD)||January 15||-||-|
|Epidemiology & Biostatistics||June 30 (MS)January 15 (PhD)||-||-|
|Genetic Counseling Training Program (MS)||December 15||-||-|
|Historical Performance Practice (MA)||January 1||-||-|
|History (MA/PhD)||January 31(if funding is needed)||-||-|
|Macromolecular Science & Engineering (MS/PhD)||January 7||October 15||-|
|Materials Science & Engineering (MS/PhD)||February 1||October 1 (international)November 1 (domestic)||-|
|Mathematics & Applied Mathematics||April 1 (MS)December 1 (PhD)||-||-|
|Mechanical Engineering (MS/PhD)||February 1||October 1||-|
|Medical Scientist Training Program (PhD)||November 1 AMCAS app.December 15 CWRU secondary app.||-||-|
|Medical Physiology (MS)||July 15||November 15||April 15|
|Military Ethics (MA)||April 30||-||-|
|Molecular Medicine (PhD)||No deadline||-||-|
|Music Education (MA/PhD)||January 15||-||-|
|Musicology (PhD)||December 15||-||-|
|Neuroscience (PhD)||January 15||-||-|
|Non-degree Clinical Research Fellows||May 15||-||-|
|Nursing (PhD)||February 1||October 1||-|
|Nutrition (MS/PhD)||July 20||November 17||April 16|
|Organizational Behavior (PhD)||January 5||-||-|
|Pathology (MS)||July 10||December 1||May 1|
|Physics||January 15 (PhD)August 15 (MS)April 1 (international MS)||-||-|
|Political Science (MA/PhD)||June 1||November 1||-|
|Psychology- Clinical Psychology (PhD)||December 1||-||-|
|Psychology- Developmental, Cognitive, and Affective Sciences (DCAS) (PhD)||January 15||-||-|
|Public Health, Master of (MPH)||June 30||December 1||-|
|Religious Studies (MA)||March 1||November 1||-|
|Social Welfare (PhD)||January 16||-||-|
|Sociology (PhD)||February 1||-||-|
|Speech-Language Pathology (MA)||January 15||-||-|
|Statistics (MS/PhD)||April 1||-||-|
|Systems and Control Engineering (MS/PhD)||February 1||October 1||-|
|Systems Biology & Bioinformatics (SYBB) (MS/PhD)||June 1||-||-|
|World Literature (MA)||April 15||-||-|
*If not listed here, contact the department directly.
Admission materials include your application and the associated materials listed below. Full instructions are included within your online application. In addition to any materials requested by department, each applicant 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 upload an unofficial transcript from each directly onto the application. Only if you are admitted, then you will be required to submit official transcripts, please do not send them in with your application. Admission to the School of Graduate Studies is conditional on final certification of degrees awarded. International Students: Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by 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. Case Western Reserve University's Institutional Code on ETS for the GRE and TOEFL is 1105. The School of Graduate Studies will forward all official score reports of standardized tests (GRE, TOEFL, etc.) to the program of interest. The GRE is valid for five years after the test date. The TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE are all valid for two years after the test date.
- Note: 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. Additionally, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is accepted with a minimum acceptable score of 7.0; and the Pearson Test of English (PTE-Academic) is accepted with a minimum score of 61. Some departments may require higher scores, in this case, the passing scores would be 100 on the TOEFL, 7.0 on the IELTS and 68 on PTE-Academic. International applicants cannot be admitted without receipt of an acceptable official language score.
- The language test requirement will be waived if you have completed a bachelors or masters degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction. See our Language Score section for more information on waiving the requirement. *There are no waivers for the PhD in Organizational Behavior.
- Application Fee - A nonrefundable application fee of $50 is required at the time of submission for each application submitted. *Note: If you are experiencing a severe financial hardship which prevents you from paying the application fee, please email email@example.com to speak with our admissions staff about your options.
NOTE: If you are in the online application system and see an error message that says 'Application Status: Incomplete' or 'Trascripts: Not Received', there is no need to worry. Although all parts of the application may have been completed and documents uploaded, this message may remain the same even while your application is being reviewed. There is no need to reach out to the department or Graduate Studies to ask if your materials have been received, we will contact you if we need additional documents.
Checking Your Application Status
To check on the status of your application, log into the online application network. If accepted, congratulations, you now must Accept or Decline our offer of admission in the online application system. This step must be done in order to matriculate and enroll in classes through the Student Information System (SIS). If you have been denied but still wish to gain admission to our university, feel free to create a whole new application for a later term using a different email address. We suggest reaching out to the department in this case to determine what may make your application stronger.
Admission is only for the term specified in the letter of admission from the School of Graduate Studies. 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.
If accepted, check out our Important First Steps and Graduate Student Orientation pages. The Checklist 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." Please disregard this message, the checklist most likely has just not opened up for your start term yet. You will also need to submit official transcripts to the School of Graduate Studies. Official electronic transcripts can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that scanned PDFs sent by the student are not considered official. Official hard copy transcripts can be sent by mail to:Case Western Reserve UniversitySchool of Graduate Studies - Tomlinson 20310900 Euclid AvenueCleveland, Ohio 44106 *Note: If your transcripts list an alternate name, please notify your department and the School of Graduate Studies or request that your school include a note so we can match your files.
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.