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About the Application Process

The application process for the program is entirely online; therefore, we do not distribute paper application forms. For more information regarding our application process, please visit the website for the Office of Admissions.

Two letters of recommendation are required.

You can find the most up-to-date tuition costs on the website for the Office of Financial Aid.

These figures vary from year to year. In recent years, we have received approximately 800 applications each year. We have an acceptance rate of approximately 15%.

We evaluate each applicant on his or her own merits. We look for unique candidates that we feel would make a contribution to the program, their fellow students, and eventually the profession. Many areas are considered including, but not limited to, previous academic performance, leadership experience, commitment to multicultural values, volunteer or community engagement activity, strong supporting letters that address the applicants academic potential and suitability for clinical practice.

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is January 15th. Please note that this is a received-by deadline, not a postmark deadline.

No. All our applicants begin the program in the fall.

Yes, we do require the GREs for admission. There is no minimum score required.

For applicants submitting transcripts from the U.S. or Canada, unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the Online Application for the review process.  If offered admission, students will be required to submit official transcripts to the Office of Admission.  Visit the Office of Admissions application instructions page for more information.

Applicants to the program are required to have at least 100 on the Test TOEFL IBT.  The Office of Admission strongly prefers that all application materials, including TOEFL scored, be submitted online through the online application system.

If your transcripts do not show GPA or, if the transcript has a different system for documenting your performance the Office of Admissions requires international transcripts to be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). More information is available on the Office of Admissions website.

The average GPA is approximately 3.6 – 3.8. However, please note that GPA is only one factor taken into account during the admissions process.

The Office of Admission strongly prefers that recommendations be submitted online through the  online application system. Letters should be submitted in a format that verifies they were submitted by the sender (e.g., on official letterhead) and should be signed.

Appointments (in-person or phone) can be scheduled with the Admissions Liaison to your program of interest.  He or she can answer questions you may have about the program as well as any questions regarding the admission process. For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions.

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