Admission into Graduate Program:
Applications Processing and Deadlines
While we accept applications year-round, we strongly advise prospective students to apply for Fall admission, especially if financial support is an issue. New teaching assistantships are rarely available in the Spring and never in the Summer. Moreover, most of our graduate-level courses are taught in year-long sequences starting in the Fall; and extensive orientation sessions for new students are offered at the beginning of the Fall semester, but not at other times during the year.
Applications for Fall admission are screened in February; admission and financial-support decisions are usually finalized in early March. To receive full consideration, applications need to be complete by January 31.
Minimum Admissions Requirements
A master's degree is NOT required to apply for admission to the Ph.D. program.
- Bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
NOTE: International Students MUST HAVE COMPLETED A DEGREE EQUIVALENT TO A U.S. FOUR-YEAR BACHELOR'S DEGREE.
- One official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate credits from each school previously attended (except those earned at Auburn University).
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test scores. Auburn University's ETS institution code is 1005.
- Auburn does require Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to be taken. Auburn University's ETS institution code is 1005. Successful international applicants must score at least
- 550 on the paper version (pBT),
- 213 on the computer version (cBT), and
- 79 on the internet version (iBT), minimums of 16 on the listening, reading, speaking, and writing components.
- Auburn will also accept a 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.
- International applicants must demonstrate full financial sponsorship if accepted into a graduate program and submit an Official Statement Of Financing for International Students Form click here and scroll to bottom of page for link to form.
Remark: Issuance of the I-20 immigration form depends on the completion of this step. If admitted into one of our programs as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), the financial support from Auburn University comes close to meeting the requirement.
To Apply ON-LINE:
(1) Complete online application.
(2) Mail to
The Graduate School
106 Hargis Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849-5122
- One official copy of all transcripts (except transcripts from Auburn University).
- If you did not pay online: Application fees are $50 for domestic applicants, $60 for international applicants. Make check or money order (US dollars only) payable to The Graduate School of Auburn University. (Until fees are received, no application will be forwarded to the Department; therefore, no decisions will be made concerning admission and/or assistantships.)
After applying on-line with the Graduate School,
(3) The Department requires three letters of reference for admission to any of its graduate programs. The letters of references for your application to the Graduate program will also be used to consider your GTA application, so no additional letters are required.
Your references need to submit their letters of recommendation through the official Graduate School (Apply Yourself) website. While filling out your application, you will be asked to submit the names of at least three references. They will be contacted by the Graduate School. Letters and documents mailed/emailed to the department will no longer be accepted with the exception of the GTA application.
- A completed TA application form (available here) to be considered for a teaching assistantship. In order to apply for financial support, you need to fill out a GTA application. Without this application, the committee and the GPO will assume that you are not interested in such a position.
Remark: International graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) must have a minimum score of 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) to be eligible to teach at Auburn. New GTAs are expected to achieve this qualification within a year of arriving at Auburn. A score of at least 23 on the speaking section of the iBT TOEFL is accepted as equivalent qualification. Alternatively, this requirement may be met by completing the course INTL-1820, Classroom Communication Skills for International GTAs, with an acceptable grade.
- A list of all mathematics/statistics classes (undergraduate or graduate-level) that you have passed (where, when, with what grade).
Without ALL of the above, your application is not complette and will not be processed by the Graduate Studies Committee.