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At Utah State University, each student applying to a graduate degree program must apply to the program through the graduate school office, and meet the requirements of both the Graduate School and the program to which they are applying. General USU graduate school requirements are found below. To find your intended program’s requirements, please see the program’s listing on USU’s DegreeFinder.

As part of the application, there is a non-refundable $55 fee. There are two exceptions to the no-refund policy: if you submit a graduate application by mistake when you meant to submit an application to Undergraduate Admissions, or if you accidentally filled out duplicate application. We cannot refund applications that were waiver eligible, so please make sure to get the waiver code before paying the fee. This can be paid with a VISA, MasterCard, or Discover card. The fee may be waived if you are currently a USU Honors student (i.e., a member of the USU Honors Program) or a McNair Scholar. Email Chelsea Adams if you think you qualify. Supplemental items cannot be added to your application until the $55 fee has been paid.

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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.
  • *If you submit your official transcripts prior to receiving the requisite degree, you will need to provide verification of your degree once it has posted. This can be an updated official transcript, or you can bring your original diploma into the School of Graduate Studies office for verification.

In addition to the General Admissions Requirements, International students must meet the following requirements:

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: 59

The institutional code for Utah State University is 4857.

*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.

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. Once all supplemental items have been received, your application will automatically be complete and will then be referred to the appropriate department for review.

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.

If the identifying information on your test (name, birthdate, email address, ect.) does not match exactly, your test scores may not load to your application correctly. If your test scores are not marked “received” after 4 weeks from the time you request they be sent to Utah State University, please call our office.

6. Send a copy of your transcript(s) to

An official transcript must be ordered from each previously attended college and/or university*. Official transcripts should be sent directly from each previously attended college and/or university 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 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. Once an application review is complete, a recommendation is made by the appropriate department to the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies, who approves all admissions. Official notification of acceptance or rejection will come from the official email of the School of Graduate Studies ( The final deadline for admission into Graduate School, is the pay deadline before the upcoming semester (TBD).

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. The Full-Time at 3 Credits form must be approved for a student to be considered full time while taking 3 credits.

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 Vice Provost of Graduate Studies, to an approved graduate degree program and has enrolled at the University.

Supplemental Items Quick Reference

Electronic Transcript* Address:

Mailing Address: School of Graduate Studies, 0900 Old Main Hill, Logan UT, 84322-0900

GRE and TOEFL code: 4857

*Please see the Entrance Exam Policy for whether or not the department you are applying to requires GRE scores.

MAT code: 2273

*All transcripts MUST be sent to Utah State University from the issuing institution. If you attended USU, we will obtain your transcript.

Please review the “Steps to Apply” tab above for more specific instructions.

Approved Alternatives to Entrance Exam Requirements

The Utah State University Graduate Council has approved the following alternatives to the entrance exam for admission to the School of Graduate Studies.
Important note: Using an alternative to an entrance exam meets admissions requirements only. It does not change the requirements associated with any tuition waivers applied by the School of Graduate Studies. Please contact the department for more information.
DepartmentDate Approved by Graduate CouncilRequirements to qualify for alternativeReviewed byNotesWebsite
Art & DesignMarch 25, 2015Portfolio: 20 digital images of recent original works created by applicantThe department's Graduate Committee and all faculty in target area of emphasis
MAccMarch 23, 2016GPA of 3.5 (from USU) or 3.7 (outside USU) in three categories: overall, accounting, and last 60 creditsDirector of Accounting Graduate Program and School of Accountancy department headThis is a GPA waiver, not a portfolio waiver. Students who use this option are not eligible for any tuition waivers which require that SGS admissions requirements are met (i.e. WRGP).
MBA Professional/Executive ProgramJanuary 11, 2017Portfolio: Summary of applicant's body of work in industry which much contain significant, meaningful administrative leadership experience.Four professional/executive MBA faculty: one from each Huntsman School Department Discipline, who will make recommendations to the MBA Program Director, MBA associate Director, and Academic Associate Director who make the final decision.
Master of Social WorkApril 10, 2019ResumeThree faculty membersThis is an elimination of the GRE, not a waiver, and will effect applicant's eligibility for any SGS scholarships and tuition waivers which require SGS admissions requirements be met.
MPH Health Education and PromotionSeptember 12, 2019Portfolio: Resume and one-page letter focused on public health work experience including pubic health employment, scope of responsibilities, number of people supervised, and reach of influence.Director of MPH Health Education and Promotion.
MPH Public Health NutritionSeptember 12, 2019Bachelor's of dietetics from an ACEND accredited dietetics program and Registered Dietician ExamDirector of MPH Public Health Nutrition program.
English department, all master'sNovember 11, 2018Portfolio: Statement of Intent, preface to writing sample(s), writing sample(s)Admission's committee review according to rubric proposed to and approved by Graduate CouncilThis is in place of the GRE, not as an option.
MusicDecember 11, 20191. Audition/Interview.
2. 500-1000 word writing sample.
Music Department Graduate Committee and a full-time faculty in the applicant's primary area of emphasis.For specific repertoire requirements for your instruments or program, please refer to the Music Department website and select the tab "Audition Requirements" and complete the form and click “Submit.”

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