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Application Questions

Yes. Once you have applied online, you can check the status of your application by emailing It is your responsibility as an applicant to ensure that all your application materials arrive in our office.


Yes. Please be sure to submit all application materials by December 1st. Once your application is complete, an email will be sent to you. If you do not receive a email within 14-21 days after submitting your application, it is your responsibility to contact and confirm that all materials have arrived in our office. Programs will not review incomplete application packets.

Yes, all of the USU Graduate Programs use the same online application form, which is now required.  Some Departments require supplemental application forms. Please read the application instructions carefully for this information.

YES! You do need to request official transcripts from every institution you have attended beyond secondary school, even if you did not receive a degree. Examples of such institutions include junior and community colleges, study abroad institutions, and online degree Programs. How do I know if the documents I have submitted are official?

Documents, such as letters of recommendation and transcripts, are official if they arrive at the USU Graduate Education Office in a sealed envelope with either the recommender or the registrar's signature across the seal of the envelope.

GRE scores are only considered official if they arrive directly from ETS. Score reports received from the applicant are not considered official.
If you have questions about the documents you have submitted you can send an email to

Please contact your individual Departments for information on interviews.

Once all materials arrive, we will send you a email confirming that your application has been received and processed. If you do not receive an email, it is your responsibility to contact and confirm all materials have arrived in our office. Programs will not review incomplete application packets. If you have questions regarding the status of your application, please contact us. Our e-mail address is We are in the office on Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

You must request that ETS (Educational Testing Services) send your GRE scores to USU Graduate Education Office. To request scores, use the USU Institution code, 5824. It is not necessary to specify any other code. We are not able to accept copies or unofficial score reports. You may contact ETS in regard to sending GRE scores. Testing service websites are and respectively. From the time you request your scores to be sent to USU, it takes about a month for them to be received and then processed in the admissions office. Please plan ahead!  All supporting documents should be received by December 1st!

All supplemental materials, including original letters of recommendation, resumes, statement of purpose and test scores, can be mailed into the USU Graduate Education Office at the address below or emailed to .

Official transcripts can be sent electronically from the University to or by mail to the Graduate Education Office address below. If you have multiple transcripts, it is preferable to send these items together.


Graduate Education Office

4301 Jones Bridge Rd, A1045

Bethesda, MD  20814

When you complete your online application, you will be able to apply to up to two Programs at a time. All supplementary materials submitted (statement of purpose, transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation) will be automatically available to both Programs.

If you wish to mail in supplementary materials, please mail them in one large envelope to:


4301 Jones Bridge Road


Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799

Once the USU Graduate Education Office has received your application, we match any documents that might have arrived before the application and include them in your file. As your materials are received (via email and mail), they are updated in our computer system. Once your application is complete in the USU Graduate Education Office (GEO), the application is sent to each Program/Department for review. Once the Department Program Admissions Committee has reviewed your file, they will send a recommendation to the Graduate Education Office. An official decision letter will be mailed to every applicant by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education.

In general, your personal statement should be approximately 500 words and should state your goals and objectives for graduate study overall and at USU specifically. The personal statement allows you to highlight areas of your background or interests that may not be clear in other sections of your application. Therefore, it is very important to write a clear and concise statement that expresses your interest in the Program, your goals for graduate study, and experiences that enhance your chances of success in the Program. You may address special features of the Program that made it the right fit for you, or you may address specific topics of interest to you and your experience related to these topics. You may wish to address aspects of your personal, academic, and work-related experiences that would make effective contributions to the Program or would showcase your knowledge and interest in your chosen area of study.

Application review dates vary greatly by department/Program. The majority of the USU Graduate Education decisions are sent out in the mid-March to late May time frame. For a more exact report time, though, you should contact your Program directly.

Your recommendation letters should be written by an authority on your academic and/or professional experience. These individuals may be professors, advisors, supervisors, etc.

You will receive, via email stating your application is complete and has been processed.  You can check the status of your supplemental materials by sending an email to  Please allow 14-21 days to process your application.