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College of Human Environmental Sciences

How to Apply to Graduate Programs

Thank you for your interest in the HDFS Graduate Program! The application process is a bit different depending on the degree you are seeking. Please click on the corresponding tab below to access information about applying to our on-campus or online degree programs.

For questions about the application process please contact Lindsey Murphy at

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Please follow the application process for either online or on campus students above. For more detailed information about admissions for international students, please visit the International Center's website.

Recommendations are submitted through the Graduate Studies online application. Once you create an account and begin the application, you will be prompted to submit contact information for your letter writers. Specifically, you will enter the names and e-mail addresses of your letter writers into the system and an e-mail form will automatically be sent to them. The e-mail also contains instructions for how to upload his or her recommendation letter. Make sure that you have an updated e-mail address for each letter writer and enter it carefully in the application system.

A representative for the department checks the application system each day and compiles applications for review as soon as they are complete. For on-campus students, applications are reviewed by the faculty all at once after the deadline has passed. For online students, applications are reviewed by faculty committees as soon as they are complete.

You can check the status of your application by logging into the Graduate Studies online application website and reading the information on your applicant dashboard (the home page after you log in). There you can find information about:

  • Whether your transcripts and test scores have been received.
  • Whether your letters of recommendation have been received (and who sent them).
  • Whether your application fee has been paid.
  • Whether the application is complete and pending a decision by the department.
  • Whether the application has been accepted by the Graduate School.

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