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At Utah State University, each student applying to a graduate degree program must apply to both the program and the graduate school office. General USU graduate school requirements are found below. To find your intended program’s requirements, please visit the University Course Catalog.

All graduate applications are completed and processed online. As part of the application, there is a $55 fee. This can be paid with a VISA, MasterCard, or Discover card. The fee may be waived if you are a USU Honors student or a McNair Scholar. Email Joan Rudd, if you think you qualify.

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To be admitted to a graduate degree program at Utah State University, you must meet the minimum requirements. Departments may have additional requirements.

  • Have the requisite degree for your intended program by the time you are matriculated.
  • 3.0 or higher GPA for the terms that include your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits.
  • Score at or above the 40th percentile on appropriate admissions test. Some programs accept a portfolio in place of admission test scores. See individual department web sites or contact the department to learn if this is an option for the program to which you want to apply.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Language Requirements

If you have citizenship in the United States, Canada (except Quebec), United Kingdom, New Zealand or Australia and English is your native language, you will not be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency.  If you have an undergraduate degree, with attendance of at least two years, from an institution in one of these countries in which English is the language of instruction (United States, Canada (except Quebec), United Kingdom, New Zealand or Australia), you will not be required to provide additional evidence of English proficiency.  International applicants who do not meet this criteria must take one of the following tests.

1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Minimum Required Score for Internet-based test: 79
Minimum Required Score for paper-based test: 550

*Departments may require a higher score, and scores that are more than 2 years old are not accepted.

2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Minimum Required Score: 6.0 (and a minimum score of 5 on each subscale)

*Departments may require a higher score, and scores that are more than 2 years old are not accepted.

International applicants with English proficiency scores below Utah State University’s minimum required scores will be denied admission to Utah State University.

3. Intensive English Language Institute (IELI)

International applicants may apply to Utah State University as an undergraduate student in the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) and:

  • Take and pass the IELI placement exam, or
  • Take the IELI placement exam and complete the required classes.

Note: IELI does not offer level 0 or low-beginning English classes.  IELI offers level 1, which is high-beginning.  Students entering IELI must have a basic knowledge of English in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Passing the IELI placement exam or completing the required IELI classes does not guarantee matriculation into a graduate program.

Degree Requirements

A 4-year bachelor’s degree is typically required for admission to Utah State’s graduate programs.

However, If you’ve obtained a 3-year bachelor’s degree, you may still be able to apply. With additional credentials outlined in the Bologna Agreement, Utah State may consider your degree sufficient to meet our requirements. If the School of Graduate Studies determines that courses taken for the 3-year degree are insufficient, you may be admitted but required to take additional coursework. Please contact the School of Graduate Studies directly to make sure you meet all requirements.

Funding Requirements

International students are required to verify that they have adequate funding available for graduate studies before they can apply for a student visa. It is recommended that a student bring enough money to pay the expenses for at least the first academic year. After arrival, a checking account can be opened so various expenses can be paid conveniently and safely.

International students must also submit an I-20 application, an Affidavit of Financial Support and a financial guarantee. Because of immigration regulations, international students cannot be admitted to provisional matriculation.

1. Create a USU account

Whether or not you’ve attended USU before, you need to create a new admissions account. On the Create an Account page, enter your name, contact information, demographic information, academic area of interest and planned start date. Save your information.

* State Authorization Restrictions:  Distance education programs are unavailable to students residing in Arkansas.  Master of Dietetics Administration and Master of Natural Resources are the only graduate distance education programs available to students residing in Minnesota.

2. Start the application

After you select the “Start Application” menu option, choose “New Graduate Application.” Complete and save each section in the left pane.

3. Add supplemental items

Enter additional required information and materials by choosing “Submit Supplemental Items” from the “My Account” page. This is where you will enter names and email addresses for people you want to provide letters of recommendation, and it is also where you will enter other materials that are required by the program to which you are applying (e.g., resume, statement of purpose). Supplemental items will be added to your application after you submit the application fee.

4. Check your application status

The “My Account” page is where you can see what parts of your application have been submitted and what parts have not yet been received by the School of Graduate Studies.

5. Take the GRE, GMAT or MAT test, as required by the program to which you are applying

A score at or above the 40th percentile on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE or GMAT, or the 40th percentile on the entire MAT is required by the School of Graduate Studies. Some departments may require a higher score, so be sure to consult the individual department websites or Graduate Program Contact representing the department.

Test scores must be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies by the testing agency. The institutional code for Utah State University is 4857 (GRE) or 2273 (MAT). A department code is not required. Test scores must be received before an application is considered complete.

6. Send a copy of your transcript(s) to graduateschool@usu.edu

An official transcript must be ordered from each previously attended college and/or university*. Official transcripts should be sent to the Graduate School using the following address: 0900 Old Main Hill, Logan UT 84322-0900. Official electronic transcripts from domestic institutions may be sent to graduateschool@usu.edu. Transcripts must be submitted for all courses above the high school level and for all prior degrees. If all courses taken at one institution are listed individually on a transcript from a second institution, including date, credits and grade for each course, you do not need to submit an official transcript from the first institution.

Transcripts submitted as application credentials become the property of the School of Graduate Studies and will not be returned to the applicant.

* If you attended USU, we will obtain your transcript.

7. International applicants take the TOEFL or IELTS

International students should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and have the score sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies by the testing service.

Once you have completed your application, you can check the status by viewing the ‘My Account’ page. Here you will see what parts of your application have been submitted and what parts have not yet been received by the School of Graduate Studies.

Deadlines vary by department. However, please plan on 6 to 8 weeks before receiving notification of the final decision. As soon as an application is complete, a recommendation is made by the appropriate department to the dean of the School of Graduate Studies, who must approve all admissions. Official notification of acceptance or rejection will come from the dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

To be considered a full-time student, you must: 

  • Be registered for 9 or more graduate credits.
  • Be registered for 6 or more graduate credits, if employed as a graduate assistant for 15 hours or more per week.
  • Be registered for 3 graduate credits, with all required coursework completed and only the research component of the degree remaining.
  • Be registered for 1 credit during the semester of the final thesis/dissertation defense or, in a non-thesis degree program, the last semester of coursework required on the student’s Program of Study form. International students must be registered for 3 credits during the semester of the final thesis/dissertation defense to satisfy visa requirements.

Note: To defer a loan or to receive student loans, graduate students must be registered for at least 6 credits.

Matriculated students have been accepted by a department, with the concurrence of the dean of the School of Graduate Studies, to an approved graduate degree program and has enrolled at the University.

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