Admissions and how to apply

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  • Domestic applicants should apply six weeks before intended date of enrollment
  • International applicants should apply six months before intended date of enrollment

Some academic department have internal deadlines which need to be followed. We recommend applicants contact the academic department for additional deadline information.

Late applications

The Graduate School will process applications received after the suggested deadlines, however, cannot guarantee admission consideration for the intended date of enrollment.

For applicants not seeking a degree

We welcome applicants seeking non-degree admission. You should follow the same application process as those seeking a degree. Proof of an earned baccalaureate degree is required.

The Graduate School requires that all students applying for non-degree admission provide proof that they hold the equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree. Non-degree applicants may provide such proof by uploading a photocopy of the baccalaureate diploma to their application portal or by requesting the previous institution to send an official transcript to The University of Akron that reflects baccalaureate degree conferral. Letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, resume, etc. are not required under this admission type.

Non-degree admits are ineligible for assistantships and financial aid.

Admission validity

Graduate admission is valid for one year from the term reflected in the letter of admission. Applicants may defer admission to a later semester within the one-year timeframe unless otherwise specified in the admission letter. The offer of admission is null and void should the applicant not register within one year.


Are you eligible to apply to graduate studies?

What's required:

1. Bachelor's degree: A minimum of a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree or international equivalent from an accredited institution.

2. Grades: Minimum 2.50 GPA, based on a 4-point scale (Note: the minimum GPA for assistantship eligibility is 2.75)

3. Additional program requirements: Please refer to the academic department for information regarding admissions requirements for specific academic programs. All of these various scores must be official scores; no photocopies.

4. Qualifying examinations: GRE and GMAT scores (must have been taken within five years). Check with the academic department of your intended program of study to see if these exams are required.

Qualifying examinations

Applicants for admission are advised that their scores on the GRE constitute a desirable credential to submit in applying for admission and may be required for admission to certain programs. Official scores must be received before the application can be considered.

Official score reports are required. Photocopies will not be accepted. Under no circumstances will we accept GRE/GMAT scores that are more than five years old.

The University of Akron Institution Codes:
Graduate School: 1829
CSDCAS: 1722

Arrangements to take the GRE may be made through the Educational Testing Service. GMAT information is available at

5. Transcripts: Submit official transcripts electronically or by mail from all previous institutions. International students have additional transcript requirements (see below).

What is an official transcript? An official transcript is a university's certified statement of your academic record. The official paper transcript is printed on security sensitive paper and contains the university seal and signature of the University Registrar. The official electronic transcript is a PDF secured by a digital certificate from an approved transcript service provider. Personal copies of academic records will be considered unofficial. If the final transcript does not reflect the degree earned (including the date awarded), certification must be provided in the form of a diploma or a letter from the Registrar certifying this information.

Domestic transcripts — The Graduate School requires an official transcript from each institution that you have attended or are currently attending. Applicants are required to submit all undergraduate, graduate, and professional academic records.

Official paper transcripts should be confidential and provided in a sealed envelope by the respective university/college Registrar. Official electronic transcripts from an approved transcript service provider will be accepted. Approved Third-Party Transcript Service Providers: National Student Clearing House, Parchment Exchange, and RapidRequest.

Current and former University of Akron student applicants are not required to order official UA transcripts, but should follow instructions found in the application portal.

International transcripts and degrees — Official transcripts of all college level work completed outside of the U.S. must be sent to a NACES-accredited credential evaluation service for evaluation. The transcript evaluation must be a course-by-course evaluation that identifies and describes each diploma or certificate with periods of education and equivalency of each document.

Preferred NACES-accredited evaluation services:

  • SpanTran: This company has created a custom application and discounted rate for University of Akron applicants to receive a course-by-course evaluation of their non-U.S. transcripts. Please apply to SpanTran through this custom application.
  • World Education Services (WES)
  • Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)

Account creation instructions for WES and ECE can be found in your UA application portal. Evaluations from other accredited members of NACES and IACES may be acceptable. Find a list of members on their websites.

6. Letters of Recommendation are not required of all applicants. Please ask your academic department about letter-of-recommendation requirements for your academic program.

7. English language proficiency (TOEFL/IETLS) for students whose native language is not English


International applicants, U.S. citizens, and Permanent Residents whose native language is not English must submit evidence that they have a sufficient level of English to undertake graduate studies at The University of Akron.

TOEFL or IELTS scores can be no more than two years old.

Graduate School code: 1829

After submitting acceptable academic credentials and proof of English proficiency, applicants who are fully admitted may enroll in graduate coursework and may be eligible for University of Akron-funded assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships.

Prospective teaching assistants must also achieve a minimum score of 23 on the Speaking Section of the internet-based TOEFL, or a minimum score of 7 on the Speaking Section of the IELTS, or a passing score on the U-ADEPT.

For more information on English proficiency requirements and TOEFL/IELTS score requirements, please review the English Language Proficiency Requirements.

8. Additional program-specific requirements and deadlines: Many graduate programs have additional requirements and deadlines. Search for your degree to learn more.


Submit your application to admission for The University of Akron's Graduate School which includes master's, doctoral, and certificate programs. Our community of graduate faculty, staff, and scholarly students will help you feel connected and supported in this thriving academic environment.

Follow these instructions to apply:

  1. Create your application portal account.
  2. An applicant may submit multiple electronic applications to be considered for more than one area of study. In these instances, a separate electronic application will be required for each concentration.
    • Applicants who have not been enrolled for a 12-month period must reapply to The University of Akron Graduate School. You will need to complete a new online application. You will not be able to use your first-time application as a reapplication.
  3. Students will be prompted to upload required admission documents through the online application.

Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

College level work completed outside of the U.S. requires a course-by-course evaluation by a NACES-accredited credential evaluation service. Preferred evaluation services include SpanTran; World Education Services (WES); Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). Account creation instructions for each service can be found within the applicant's portal. When ordering your credential evaluations be sure to designate The University of Akron as the recipient of all the credential evaluations. The electronic evaluation report will be delivered directly to The University of Akron.

Official Transcripts and Test Scores

Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions are required and can typically be ordered through the institution's registrar. Current UA students are permitted to upload their UA transcripts to their application portal - these will be considered official. All official documents MUST be sent electronically or mailed directly to the address below:

The University of Akron
Office of Admissions
Simmons Hall 109
Akron, Ohio  44325-2001                                                                                                                                                                    

4. If you have corrections to the information you have submitted on your graduate application (particularly your email address), please contact the Office of Admissions 

5. International students, please direct questions about immigration to our International Center at


See what to expect after you have submitted your application and after you are admitted.

After you apply



Ms. Deborah Phillipp
Director, Graduate Admissions and Student Services