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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 Admission FAQs. 

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Application Procedure

Admission materials include your application and the associated materials listed below. Full instructions are included within the Application Instructions section of the online application. In addition to any materials requested by department, each applicant must submit:

  • Personal Statement - The personal statement should be 1-2 pages and reflect why you want to pursue graduate school or your particular program, your professional goals, any previous research experience, research interests, etc.
  • 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. In order to alleviate the cost of applying, please do not send transcripts in with your application as they will not be reviewed. 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. If you are using Interfolio or having your recommenders send directly to the department, please download the Recommendation form on the application and provide it to the recommenders and mark the recommendation as 'Offline'. 
  • Test Scores - Your department will identify required standardized tests. In order to alleviate application costs, please do not send official language scores unless you have been admitted to CWRU. You can simply upload a copy of your unofficial score report onto the application. If accepted, Case Western Reserve University's Institutional Code on ETS for the GRE and TOEFL is 1105.
    • GRE - The GRE is valid for five years after the test date. There is no minimum GRE score, applications are evaluated holistically and all materials will be evaluated. 
      • The following programs do not require the GRE: Art Education, Astronomy, Biochemistry, all BSTP PhD programs, Clinical Translational Science, Designing Sustainable Systems, Molecular Medicine, Nutrition, Physics, or Theater. The GRE is optional for Chemistry MS and PhD, but required for Chemistry Entrepreneurship.
    • Language scores - The TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE are all valid for two years after the test date. You only need to record scores onto the application and upload your unofficial score report; you do not need to send official test scores unless you are formally admitted. We do not offer conditional admission to applicants who do not meet the minimum language scores. 
      • International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. The minimum language scores to gain admission are as follows (with the exception of the programs listed below):
        • TOEFL: 90 on the Internet-based or a 577 if paper-based
        • IELTS: 7.0
        • Pearson Test of English (PTE-Academic): 61
      • The following departments require higher language scores: Art History, and Art History and Museum Studies, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry Entrepreneurship, Master of Engineering and Management (MEM), and Pathology. Those passing scores are 100 on the TOEFL and 68 on PTE-Academic.  
      • 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 MEM, the PhD in Organizational Behavior or Pathology.
      • Note:  If accepted to a program, international students cannot matriculate without submitting an official language score meeting the minimum requirements. 
    • 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 to speak with our admissions staff about your options. Note that you must first begin an application in the system so we can apply the waiver to your profile. 


    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.

    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. Please email to request a deferral. 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 two 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 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 University
    School of Graduate Studies - Tomlinson 203
    10900 Euclid Avenue
    Cleveland, 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.

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