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PhD and MS-Thesis Degree Programs

Admission Requirements:

Faculty Sponsorship (PhD and MS-Thesis degree program students only)

  • Visit the Faculty Sponsorship Page for more details
  • PhD and MST Applicants without a faculty sponsor will NOT be considered for admission

Academic Criteria:

  • GPA of at least 3.0*
  • GRE scores of at least 153 on the Verbal and 144 on the Quantitative sections*
  • Required Undergraduate Courses
  • Students without the required courses must correct course deficiencies.

Language Proficiency Requirements (international applicants only):

  • TOEFL iBT scores: A minimum of 16 on each component part (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) for admission. A minimum of 24 on speaking to qualify for a GTA position.*


  • IELTS score of at least 7.0*

*Sponsoring faculty must petition the Graduate Studies Committee to waive the minima requirements


Application Process:

Applications must be submitted online  to the Auburn University Graduate School  using ApplyYourself

  • Biographical information
  • Official GRE scores  (school code: 1005)
  • Official TOEFL (or IELTS) scores (school code: 1005)
  • Official transcripts of previous coursework (One copy from each post-secondary institution attended). Sent to the following address:

The Graduate School
106 Hargis Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849-5122

  • Citizenship Status
  • Application Fee ($60 for domestic, $70 for international applicants

NOTE: An application is NOT considered complete until official transcripts and scores are received by the Graduate School

Three letters of recommendation

  • Recommendation letters can be sent directly to the department at or submitted through ApplyYourself
  • Departmental Recommendation form can be found here.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged (but not required) to ask their recommenders to complete the ETS Personal Potential Index (PPI) in addition to writing recommendation letters. More information can be found here.

Letter of Intent

Additional Information:

Last Updated: 08/07/2018