Admissions Policies

Payment Policies:

1. There is a $55 nonrefundable application fee.

a. The fee must be paid electronically via debit/credit card.

b. Exceptions:

i. If you have submitted a duplicate application, your application may be refunded

ii. If you are an undergraduate who has mistakenly applied to a graduate degree, your application can be withdrawn and refunded.

2. Fee waivers

a. Fees will be waived for the following:

i. McNair Scholars

ii. Active USU Honors Students

b. If you fall under one of these two categories, please contact

c. Financial hardship fee waivers are offered by individual department NOT the School of Graduate Studies. Contact the department to which you are applying for more information.

Application Edits

1. Application edits can be made before an application is marked complete and sent to the department for review.

a. Please contact with any application changes.

i. Please include your date of birth and the name with which you applied.

ii. Please provide a complete list of changes you would like.

1. This request does not guarantee that all changes can be made.

2. Transcripts

a. The School of Graduate Studies requires official transcripts to verify your degree as part of the application process. It must be sent directly from the institution to be considered official. All student-submitted transcripts will be considered unofficial and will not be marked received on the application.

b. Please allow the School of Graduate Studies a minimum of 10-14 business days to process your transcript before your application deadline.

c. International transcripts must be in English. If your previous institution does not provide English translations of transcripts, please use an official foreign credential evaluating company for this step. USU’s Graduate Admissions highly recommends SpanTran, a NACES company that has created a custom application to ensure you obtain the right kind of evaluation at a discounted rate. Access the SpanTran application.

d. For questions regarding transcripts, please contact

3. Test Scores

a. The School of Graduate Studies no longer requires graduate examinations as part of the evaluation process.

i. However, some programs still require graduate examinations as part of their evaluation process. Please check with the department website for more information.

ii. Send MAT scores to code 2273

iii. Send GRE scores to code 4857

4. TOEFL/IELTS Language Proficiency Examinations for International Applicants

a. You are required to submit official and unofficial test scores for your application to be considered.

i. This cannot be waived.

ii. Duolingo scores will not be accepted as proof of language proficiency.

b. If you have attended a university where English is the sole language of instruction, please submit an official letter from the registrar’s office to This will count in place of the language proficiency exam requirement.

c. The following are countries with an exemption to the language proficiency exam requirement: Canada (except Quebec), United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia.

d. Send TOEFL scores to code 4857.

e. Have the British Council send your official IELTS scores to Utah State University AND upload your student copy to your application portal. The School of Graduate Studies needs both to find and process scores.

f. Test scores must be issued within two years of application in order to be considered valid.

g. For questions regarding test scores, please email

5. Letters of Recommendation

a. Letters of recommendation must be received from the recommender directly. We cannot accept copies submitted by the applicant.

b. Applicants must fill out the letter of recommendation forms in the supplemental items tab of the application form.

i. Application processors cannot fill out or edit letter of recommendation request forms.

6. Using Old Application Materials

a. The School of Graduate Studies requires all applicants submit new application materials for each application they submit. This includes transcripts and letters of recommendation. This adheres to USU application policy as stated in the Certify and Submit section of the application.

Closing Inactive Applications

1. Applications that have had no activity for three months after the application due date are considered inactive and will be closed accordingly.

b. Once an application is closed it cannot be reopened or be considered for the next application season.

i. If you believe that your application will not be complete within the three-month period, please contact and ask for a deferment of your application.


1. Deferring your application

a. You must have a submitted application in order to defer.

ii. Applications may be deferred for up to one academic year (e.g. Fall 2021 to Fall 2022).

iii. Applications not complete after the one-year deferment period will be closed, and the applicant will have to reapply.

2. Deferring your admission to the University

a. Once you have been admitted to the university and accepted your offer of admission, you have the option to defer your start date for up to one academic year (e.g. Fall 2020 to Fall 2021).

i. To obtain a deferral, please contact your Graduate Program Coordinator and request one.

1. Your Graduate Program Coordinator will contact the School of Graduate Studies and your admission will be deferred to your desired term.

ii. You can only request a deferral within the time period of your original entry semester. If you do not request a deferral in this time period and do not take classes, your request will be denied and you will have to reapply to your graduate program during the next application cycle.