Admissions + Financial Aid
Applicants with good academic records from fully accredited universities and colleges will be considered for admission to graduate study at Case Western Reserve University. Admission must be recommended by the department or professional school of the university in which the applicant proposes to study and must be approved by the School of Graduate Studies. Prospective students apply for admission through the School of Graduate Studies. The full list of programs offered through the School of Graduate Studies can be found here.
Admission of International Students
The admissions criteria for international students are the same as U.S. residents and permanent residents except for the following:
- Applicants whose first language is not English must be able to speak, read, write, and comprehend English. English proficiency must be demonstrated by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum score to be considered for admission, depending on the format of the examination, is 577 (paper-based) or 90 (internet-based). IELTS test scores are also accepted with a minimum score requirement of 7.0, as well as the Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 61. Note that some programs have higher minimum language scores to gain admission. For only Course Focused Masters Programs within the School of Engineering, the minimum language scores to be considered for admission are an 80 TOEFL or a 6.5 IELTS.
Applicants are exempt from the TOEFL requirements if they:
- are citizens of a country where English is the primary spoken language
- have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher at a foreign university where the instruction was in English
- have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher at a U.S. college or university
Please note that we are not able to offer "conditional admission" to students who do not meet the English language requirement.
International Student Visas
- To obtain a student visa, international students must demonstrate financial sufficiency by submitting bank statements and other financial documents indicating sufficient funds to support the tuition and living expenses for one academic year.
- For those students who are to receive financial aid from the department, the amount of funds required will depend on the amount of aid awarded. In some cases, it will be living expenses, and in others, more funds will be required.
Only after an applicant accepts their offer of admission will International Student Services process the I-20 and send it to the student, who must then obtain a student visa in order to begin study in the U.S.
Acceleration Toward Graduate Study (BS/MS and IGS)
Students admitted to the School of Graduate Studies through the IGS, BS/MS, or BS/ME program should refer to the Acceleration Toward Graduate Study page, maintained by the Office of Undergraduate Studies, or the Integrated Programs page maintained by the School of Graduate Studies, for additional requirements for the completion of their degrees.
Individuals with earned bachelor’s degrees who want to enroll in classes for personal enrichment or to satisfy prerequisite course requirements for later admission to graduate programs must enroll as non-degree students through the School of Graduate Studies. Prospective non-degree students should apply for admission through the School of Graduate Studies and submit an official transcript to verify their bachelor's degree. Students may enroll in undergraduate and graduate level courses. Continuation in non-degree status is at the discretion of the School of Graduate Studies. Non-degree students are not permitted to enroll in more than 21 hours of coursework in one program. In order to continue taking courses in that program, the student must apply and be accepted into the graduate degree program. More information about enrolling as a non-degree student can be found at the School of Graduate Studies website.
Transferring Non-degree Coursework
Applicants who are interested in transferring coursework into graduate degree programs are encouraged to seek early advice from the departments to which they intend to apply to ensure that courses taken as non-degree students will satisfy departmental requirements. Non-degree students cannot assume that they will be admitted to any graduate degree program, or that all coursework taken will transfer into the program. Courses transferred from non-degree status must have been taken within five years of the first term of matriculation as a degree seeking student and passed with a grade of B or better. Students considering transfer into a degree program will need to meet a minimum matriculation requirement of two semesters and nine semester hours of coursework once admitted into a degree seeking program.
Deferral of Matriculation
Applicants are guaranteed admission only for the term specified in their admissions letter. If unable to enroll, applicants may request a deferral up to one academic year. If the student would like to defer, they should email their department and firstname.lastname@example.org to request the deferral. The School of Graduate Studies will verify with the department to determine whether they accept or reject the deferral request.
The application will be reconfirmed before readmission; terms of readmission may differ from the original offer including but not limited to changes in funding and faculty availability. If entry is delayed more than two academic years, the student must reapply and all new documentation must be submitted.
Postgraduate Audit Program
A Postgraduate Audit Program allowing registration for coursework is available to individuals who hold a doctoral degree such as MD, DNP, DDS, or PhD and are involved in research or clinical programs at Case Western Reserve University. Auditors pay only 10% of regular graduate tuition, plus the cost of books and materials. Additional information is available on the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs website.