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FAQ: Admissions

WHAT IS NEEDED FOR THE GRADUATE ADMISSION PROCESS?

Decisions about graduate admissions are based on all elements of the application, including the student’s academic record, GRE scores, letters of  recommendation, personal statement, and, not least, evidence of accomplishment in the form of publications, papers, reports of laboratory work, and other activities.

WHERE DO I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION?

Our process is typical: applications to the Graduate School - New Brunswick are submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions, which records them and then forwards the materials to the graduate program to which the student has applied. Faculty members in that graduate program assess the applications they receive and inform the Graduate Admissions office of their recommendations.

WHAT ARE THE GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR GRE SCORES?

All students are required to submit GRE scores.

WHAT IF I AM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AND I DON’T HAVE GRE SCORES?

All International Students (unless they come from countries in which English is the first language) are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

WHAT IS THE ADMISSION PROCESS AND REVIEW?

Applications are reviewed by graduate program admission committees in a timely fashion and recommendations are then forwarded electronically to the Office of Graduate Admissions (http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu). Applications and program  recommendations are then reviewed at Graduate Admissions on behalf of the Dean’s Office; if any aspect of the application is found  to be questionable (e.g. baccalaureate equivalence, English language proficiency, academic qualifications) the file is referred to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, who rules on the student’s admissibility and the conditions of his or her admission (this process will often include consultation with the program’s admissions chair or director).

WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR RU UNDERGRADUATES MOVING INTO THE MASTER’S PROGRAM?

All credit requirements for both degrees must be earned.

No credits submitted for the bachelor’s degree may be applied to the master’s. Only credits taken in excess of the baccalaureate requirement may be used toward the master’s.

Credits taken while the student is still an undergraduate are normally usable toward the master’sonly if they are graduate-level credits, i.e., 500-level or higher. In the case of courses that bear both undergraduate and graduate numbers, students must enroll for the graduate number and do the required additional work if they expect credit toward a subsequent master’s degree. Students may petition the Graduate School, through the director of the master’s program, for exceptions to the above rule, within the limit of 12 undergraduate credits toward the master’s degree. A short form for early admission to a master’s program is available from the Graduate Admissions office and may be used by master’s programs for Rutgers undergraduates.

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