Admissions Process

  • Student applies to program on-line at
    • Deadline for International students = January 15th
    • Deadline for US citizens & permanent residents = January 15th
  • All documents should be uploaded to the online application, with the exception of official transcripts, which should be mailed.
  • Departmental committee reviews all complete applications and makes recommendation for admission or denial by late February or early March
  • Notification (done by early March)
    • Students recommended for admission are 
      notified by email by the department
    • Students denied admission are notified by 
      the Graduate College
  • Central Administration notifies departments of their budget allocation by late March
  • Financial aid decisions are made by late March and then we send letters out by e-mail to the students specifying what financial aid we are able to offer
  • Students need to notify us in writing (e-mail is fine) by April 15 either accepting or declining our offer of admission and/or financial aid
  • We notify the Graduate College who has accepted our offers and they handle admission and SEVIS processing
  • We mail SEVIS paperwork, original signed admission letter, and original signed financial aid letter to international students by FedEx
  • Once the student arrives in the U.S. and at UofA departmental office:
    • Hiring forms will have to be completed by the student who was offered employment
    • Paperwork will have to be processed for all students
    • International students will have to take the ESPE test (if student has not already taken and passed a TSE test, or have earned at least a 24 on the speaking section of the TOEFL).
    • All students will have to attend orientations
    • All students will have to obtain UofA identification card
    • International students without a Social Security number will have to obtain one (at the International Student Orientation), etc.