Frequently Asked Questions

General Application Questions

Where can I find more information about different graduate programs? 

To see the graduate programs offered at Miami University visit our Academics web page. To see the graduate certificate programs offered at Miami University, visit our Certificate Programs web page. If you need further information, contact the appropriate department/program.

I want to take graduate level classes, do I have to apply, or can I just register?

Interested students must apply and be admitted to a graduate degree program, graduate certificate program, or apply as a non-degree seeking (CGS) student.

What is the fee for applying?

A non-refundable application fee is required for each graduate application. When applying to a graduate degree program, the fee is $50. For students interested in pursuing a graduate certificate or non-degree seeking applicant, the fee is $20.

What items does the Graduate School require when applying for a graduate degree program?

Required items are as follows:
  • application and application fee (paid online with a credit card or electronic U.S. check)
  • a PDF of your official or unofficial transcripts from the bachelor degree-granting school and all schools attended after completing the bachelor's degree
  • English language proficiency scores (if applicable)
  • a copy of the green card (if applicable)

All other items required by the department should be uploaded when completing the application or sent directly to the department. If you are admitted, you must have a final/official bachelor's degree transcript and transcript from any courses taken after the Bachelor's degree sent to the Graduate School in order to register for classes.

What is the minimum grade point average (GPA) that is required for admission to the Graduate School?

The Graduate School minimum undergraduate grade point average is 2.75 out of 4.0. Some graduate programs may have higher GPA requirements for admission consideration.

If you were educated outside of the United States, an equivalent U.S. grade point average will be calculated for you as part of the application review process. We do not require applicants to submit credential evaluations, such as WES or ECE.

Do I need to take the GRE/GMAT/MAT?

The GRE, GMAT, or MAT may be required by individual departments or programs. Most programs do not have minimum score requirements, instead test scores are viewed as one factor in the context of a student's overall application file. Because these tests are required by departments rather than by the Graduate School, contact your program of interest for more information about GRE, GMAT or MAT test scores. If you take the GRE test and want to send us your official test scores, our ETS Institution Code is 1463.

What are Supplementary Materials?

Supplementary materials are additional application items that may be required by an academic program. Most supplementary materials are required to be upload with your online application. The following are the most common supplementary materials:

  • Personal Statement: This is a 2-3 page essay that should explain why you want to pursue a graduate degree. You should list your specific area of study or research and list the name(s) of faculty members with whom you would like to have as an advisor. You should also indicate how you plan to use the knowledge, skills, and degree earned in this program in your future career. Some programs have specific question(s) for you to answer in your personal statement, if so, be sure to answer the question(s). 
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume: A document that describes your professional, academic, personal or other related experiences. It should include the names of the schools you attended with the degrees you earned, the names of your previous and present employers with the positions you held and the dates you were employed, awards you have won, publications, presentations, hobbies/interests and any other skills.
  • Letter of Recommendation: These are letters written by individuals who are familiar with your academic or professional work. This includes former professors, colleagues, or supervisors. Family members and personal acquaintances should not be used as recommenders. These letters should convey the relationship between you and the recommender, why they believe you are a good candidate for the graduate program, and what notable skills or academic strengths you possess.
  • Portfolio: A portfolio should include examples of undergraduate and/or graduate/professional work. This can include design projects, studio arts, photography, film, musical compositions, scripts, theatrical reviews, creative writing, or architectural projects. The portfolio should include work that demonstrates creative accomplishments.
  • Audition: A sample of a musical or theatrical performance. While a live audition may be requested, you may also submit auditions digitally through email as well as through the post mail. Acceptable mediums include (but are not limited to): mp3 files, .avi files, CDs, DVDs, YouTube videos. Please contact your academic department to discuss which format is most appropriate for your submission.

I am applying to two graduate programs, do I need to submit 2 different applications?

Yes, you must fill out an application for each degree program and pay the $50 application fee for both. 

I am interested in a graduate assistantship or other financial assistance from Miami University, how can I apply?

On the application, there is a question regarding assistantship to indicate interest. Some departments require additional information and documentation for applicants to be considered for an assistantship. Check with your program of interest to determine what documents must be submitted. You can also visit our Funding and Awards webpage for more funding opportunities.

While filling out an unsubmitted application, I have entered incorrect information and cannot change it. What should I do?

Contact the Graduate School at and we will help fix the incorrect information.

Where can I send updated application materials after I submit my application? 

Once your application is submitted you can log back into your Application Status Page where an Upload Materials section is available. Select the appropriate document(s) to upload and it will be attached to your application.

Are there any application fee waivers?

If you are eligible, there are three fee waivers available.

  • You have earned a graduate degree (masters or higher) from Miami University.
  • If you are a Ronald E. McNair Scholar or Alum.
  • If you are from a low income country designated by the World Bank.

How can I check the status of my application?

You can check the status of your application by logging in to your Application Status Page. From there, you can view your application checklist.

How long does it take to find out if I am admitted or not?

There is no set time limit. It depends on when you apply, submit your required documents and when the admission committee meets to make their decision. Once an admission decision is made, you will receive an email.

How can I check the status of a letter of recommendation?

Log into your Application Status Page and instructions on how to re-send notification emails to your recommenders will be provided under your Application Checklist.

Can I change my recommender(s) after submitting my application?

Sometimes. Log into your Application Status Page and review your Application Checklist section. If the status is "awaiting" and the recommender has not started yet, you will see an option to "edit this recommender" or "Add Recommender." Once a recommender has started their letter, the option to edit/change is no longer available.

Why is my credit card being rejected?

One reason could be your permanent address entered on the application does not match the mailing address for the credit card. If you have any difficulty, confirm the addresses match.

I paid my application fee with a check but it is not listed on my Status Page.

A check payment takes 3-5 business days to process and update.