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). Various programs may offer seven or fourteen week course options for the Summer term. See below for guidelines. For more details, please refer to our academic calendar.

Programs With Hard Deadlines and Limited Admit Terms

For programs with hard deadlines, the online application and all supplemental items must be received by the posted deadline in order to be considered for admission. 

College of Engineering and Computer Science:

College of Education, Health, and Human Services:

 College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters:

  • Psychology (MS) (Clinical or Health)
            March 15 for Fall Term only

Programs With Rolling Admissions

All other graduate programs not listed above operate on a rolling admissions basis. We recommend all documents be submitted by the posted deadline in order to receive an admission decision for your preferred term. Most programs with rolling admissions will continue to accept applications and supporting materials beyond the deadline if there is space available. The final day to submit a new application is generally two weeks prior to the start of classes. 

Final Day to Submit Winter 2021 Graduate Application: Tuesday, December 15

The graduate application for Winter 2021 will close 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, December 15. Exceptions beyond this deadline must have the approval of the program director. All supplemental items must be ready to submit for an exception to be granted. 

Domestic Applicants:

The following deadlines have been established for applicants with U.S. transcripts that do not require a student visa:

Fall Term - August 1

Winter Term -  December 1

Summer Term - April 1

International Applicants:

The following deadlines have been established for international applicants requiring a student visa and applicants with transcripts from outside the U.S. to allow adequate time for transcript evaluation and processing of student visas. 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.

Term

Begins

Deadline for applying if a student visa is required

Deadline for applying with transcripts from outside the U.S. (no student visa required)

Fall

September

May 1

July 1

Winter

January

September 1

November 1

Summer

May

January 1

March 1

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 Systems Engineering (MSE)
  • Bioengineering (MSE)
  • Computer and Information Science (MS)
  • Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (MS) 
  • Data Science (MS)
  • Human Centered Design and Engineering (MS)
  • Mechanical Engineering (MSE)
  • Software Engineering (MS)

Office of Graduate Studies

1055 -
Administration Building (AB)
Phone: 
313-583-6321
Fax: 
313-436-9156
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