Admission Criteria

Before you get too far into the decision-making process, you need to have a clear understanding of the criteria by which your application will be evaluated. To have a reasonable chance of success, your grades, test scores, and other required materials should meet or exceed the stated expectations of the program. Admissions committees do consider special circumstances, but if you rank far below the stated expectations, you may not be given serious consideration. Here are some questions to think about:

  • If my undergraduate studies got off to a shaky start, have I shown steady improvement? Are my major course grades mostly A's and B's?
  • If my test scores are just average, should I consider re-taking, and perhaps seeking help to improve my test-taking skills?
  • What other evidence can I present that will strengthen my candidacy?