When should you complete an application?

Application deadlines vary by graduate program. Some graduate programs admit students to all entry terms (Fall, Winter, and Summer) while others limit admission to only one or two terms (Fall and/or Winter). See below for guidelines. For more details, please refer to our academic calendar.

Fall term generally begins in early September. Winter term generally begins in early January. Summer term generally begins in either May or June (various programs may offer seven or fourteen week course options). 

Final Day to Submit Winter 2020 Application(Rolling Admissions): Thursday, December 12

The graduate application for Winter 2020 will close 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, December 12. It is still recommended that you apply by the applicable deadline posted below. Exceptions for late submission must have the approval of the program director. All supplemental items must be ready to submit for an exception to be granted. 

Programs With Hard Deadlines or Limited Admit Terms

CECS Doctoral Programs

CEHHS Doctoral Program (Doctorate in Education)

           March 1 for Fall Term only

MS in Psychology (Clinical Health or Health)   

           March 15 for Fall Term only

MS in Health Information Technology

           March 1 for Fall Term only

Advisory Deadlines for Programs With Rolling Admissions

All other graduate programs not listed above operate on a rolling admission basis. We recommend all documents be submitted by the recommended deadline.  Deadlines are advisory in nature, meaning most programs with rolling admissions will continue to accept applications and review for admission beyond the deadline if there is space available. Advisory deadline guidelines by term are provided below.

Domestic Applicants:

           August 1 for Fall Term
           December 1 for Winter Term
           April 1 for Summer Term

International Applicants*:

           May 1 for Fall Term
           September 1 for Winter Term
           January 1 for Summer Term

*Additional time is required for international applicants due to the additional materials required and the student visa application process. There are separate deadlines set by the Office of International Affairs in order to have a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20/DS-2019) issued. For more information, visit the Office of International Affairs.

If you have international transcripts but do not require a student visa, your recommended deadline is one month prior to the domestic deadline for your intended term of entry. 

Effective January 2018: Applicants who intend to study on a student visa are required to attend full-time (generally equivalent to 3 graduate courses). Due to limited course offerings in the summer term, the following programs do not admit international applicants for the summer term: 

  • Automotive Materials and Design Engineering (Certificate)
  • Automotive Noise, Vibration & Harshness (NVH) (Certificate)
  • Automotive Powertrains (Certificate)
  • Automotive Systems Engineering (MSE)
  • Bioengineering (MSE)
  • Computer and Information Science (MS)
  • Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (MS) 
  • Data Science (MS)
  • Game Design (Certificate)
  • Human Centered Design and Engineering (MS)
  • Mechanical Engineering (MSE)
  • Software Engineering (Certificate)
  • Software Engineering (MS)

Office of Graduate Studies

1055 -
Administration Building (AB)
Phone: 
313-583-6321
Fax: 
313-436-9156
Back to top of page