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Application For Admission

Applying to graduate school is a multi-faceted process that warrants careful consideration and preparation. Determining admission to a Temple University graduate program involves more than the numerical total of standardized test scores and grade point averages. Each program's graduate faculty members evaluate admissibility based on a comprehensive package of admissions materials. Although tests and grades are important, research interests, past employment, portfolios, and the statement of goals also contribute to the process of deciding admission for the limited spaces available in many of Temple's programs.

Therefore, to present the most comprehensive admissions package, students need to think about each component of the process. For instance, consider judiciously who can provide recommendations that demonstrate thoughtful insight into your abilities; prepare carefully a statement of goals with emphasis on individual strengths, interests, and future endeavors; and choose attentively a portfolio or writing sample that accurately represents your abilities and talents. Although these are just a few steps in the application process, each stage is a building block for your graduate career.

Admission procedures for graduate studies at Temple University are conducted on the departmental level. Because the procedures and requirements for entrance into graduate study vary from program to program, application packets and information regarding specific requirements and deadlines should be requested directly from the graduate program in which the applicant is interested.

Applications may be submitted to more than one program, but no student may pursue two degrees simultaneously, with the exception of the dual degree programs listed in this Bulletin.

Applications must be submitted directly to the program to which the applicant is applying.

Application Deadlines

Deadlines vary by program. Consult the graduate application packet for the exact deadline date for each program.

Please be aware that while every program has a stated application deadline, many admit qualified applicants on a rolling basis so long as spaces are available. Because spaces are often filled earlier than the deadline date, applicants are urged to apply as early as possible. For more information on space availability, contact the program.

Applications are not considered complete until all required credentials and fee are received. Applications will not be reviewed until they are complete.

Financial aid in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships is awarded directly from the graduate programs and departments. The aid usually is awarded in February regardless of department/program admission deadlines; therefore, students interested in this type of financial aid should apply by January 15. Contact the appropriate program for further information and application deadlines.

The application deadline for financial aid and loan forms for incoming students is May 1. The deadline date for returning students is March 15. These forms must be completed and returned to the Department of Student Financial Services. For more information, contact the Department of Student Financial Services 215-204-2244.

Application Deadlines for International Students

Unless the department has an earlier deadline, international students are expected to submit complete applications no later than the following dates:

January admission -September 1

September admission -January 15

Summer admission -January 15

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission vary among the graduate programs, but the applicant should expect to submit the following:

Application Fee and Documentation

  •  A nonrefundable $40 application fee.
  •   Completed application packet.
  • Proof that a bachelor's degree or its   equivalent has been awarded by an   accredited institution of higher   learning.
  • A copy of an official transcript from every institution, regardless of the amount of work/courses completed (i.e., a transcript must be forwarded even if only one course was taken), where undergraduate and/or graduate courses were completed, including Temple University.
  •   At least two letters of reference.
  •  Standardized test scores (e.g., GRE,   MAT, GMAT) sent directly by the   testing center to Temple.

Minimum University Criteria

The following are the minimum criteria for admission as approved by the Graduate Board. Due to the competitive nature of many of Temple University's programs, individual departments may stipulate higher minimums or more extensive requirements. All programs use multiple criteria in considering applications and use all submitted materials and interviews to make informed choices about candidates.

  •  A baccalaureate degree awarded by   an accredited American institution or   its equivalent as determined by   Temple University.
  • On a 4-point scale, applicants must   minimally have a cumulative grade   point average of at least 2.8 for all   undergraduate work, or 3.0 for the   last two years, or 3.0 for all   coursework within the major.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not ensure admission. Many departments require standardized test scores from one or more of the following:

  •  Graduate Record Examination   (GRE)
  •  Graduate Management Admission   Test (GMAT)
  •  Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

While individual departments set their own levels of acceptable performance, current University policy is that applicants are expected to score at or above the 50th percentile.

Applicants who score below the 50th percentile yet demonstrate ability to do graduate work may be considered.

Scores (other than TOEFL) must be from tests taken within the last five years, with the exception of those submitted by applicants to the doctoral program who have completed their master's degree at an accredited institution in the field for which they are applying.

For additional information on standardized tests, contact the appropriate program.


Students may apply for readmission for a number of reasons. The following outlines the procedures involved in each instance.

A. After withdrawing or being administratively withdrawn (e.g., for non-continuous enrollment), a graduate student must file a new application for admission. In essence, the graduate student is considered a new admit and must comply with any new program guidelines. Graduate students who are readmitted may bring in a maximum nine (9) hours of course work from the previous program.

B. After being dropped from a program for failure to maintain standards of scholarship, a graduate student may appeal to the Graduate Board to be reinstated. The appeal must be filed within one calendar year of the date of dismissal. Decisions of the Graduate Board are final.

C. A student also may be dismissed for failure to make academic progress. In this case, the student may appeal to the department, then to the school/college for substantive review, and finally to the Graduate Board. Decisions of the Graduate Board are final.