Graduate Student Application Instructions


Full instructions are included within the online application. Your application is comprised of the application and any other materials requested by the department or program.

In addition to the materials required for each individual program, you must submit the following:

  • Statement of Objectives
    The statement should be one or two pages and should include your purpose in undertaking graduate work, and an explanation of your study and research interests as they relate to your undergraduate/graduate study and professional goals.
  • Academic Transcripts
    You are required to identify all post-secondary educational institutions you have attended on your application form, and to submit an official transcript from each. Official transcripts can be sent after an admission decision has been rendered. Admission to the Graduate School is conditional on final certification of degrees awarded.
    Note to International Students: Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified translations in English.
  • Letters of Recommendation
    Three letters of recommendation must be submitted from those individuals sufficiently familiar with you, and who can assess your academic preparation, abilities and accomplishments. Letters should be from your most recent instructors in your proposed field of study. If you have been out of school for several years, one letter may be from your employer, supervisor or other person familiar with your most recent activities.
  • Application Fee
    A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required for each application submitted.
  • Test Scores
    The institutional code for Case Western Reserve University is 1105. The Graduate School will forward all official score reports of standardized tests (GRE, TOEFL, etc. ) to the program of interest. The department will inform you which standardized tests are required for your program.
    International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and earn a minimum score of 577 if paper-based, or 90 if Internet-based. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also accepted. The minimum acceptable score is 7.0. Some departments may require higher scores. The TOEFL is valid for two years after the test date. The GRE is valid for five years after the test date.
  • Affidavit of Financial Support (non-US citizens only)
    This is a statement from your local bank confirming you have sufficient financial support. International Student Services will not issue an I-20 without this information.

Please Note: An official, sealed transcript with posted degree should be sent to the Graduate Studies Department at:

Graduate Studies
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Tomlinson Hall Room 203
Cleveland, OH 44106


Application Status

To check on the status of your application, log into Hobsons to see if a decision has been posted. If you are admitted to a program, you are admitted only for the term specified in the letter of admission. If you are unable to enroll in the semester for which you were initially admitted, you may request to defer matriculation up to two academic semesters. In such cases, the department to which you have applied may accept or reject your request, and the terms of readmission may differ from the original offer. If a delay of more than two semesters is requested, your file must be reviewed and reevaluated by the department. If more than two years elapse since acceptance, you must reapply in the same manner as a new applicant. Because non-enrolled applicant files are only kept for a maximum of two years, all documentation will have to be resubmitted.

Applicantion materials should be submitted online by:

  • February 1 for Fall semester admission
  • October 1 for Spring semester admission

Due to the strict SEVIS rules, receiving your material by these dates will allow your application to be processed in a timely manner.


Financial Aid

CWRU has various forms of financial aid available to graduate students. Students interested in being considered for assistantships through their programs must indicate their interest by checking the appropriate box on the application. U.S. citizens can also apply for Federal financial aid and receive student loans.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, you should submit an affidavit of financial support sufficient to cover your anticipated expenses. In the event of your admission to the University without an aid award, such certification on file will facilitate authorization of the appropriate visa.


Official score reports of all standardized tests (GRE, TOEFL, etc.) designated for receipt by the University (Code 1105) will be coordinated with your application by the Graduate Admission Officer. Pending our receipt of your scores from the testing agencies, you may also want to send a copy of your “candidate score report” when you receive it.

The test scores are currently reported electronically. The School of Graduate Studies and the EECS department can view the official scores as needed.

You are free to include with your application any supporting materials of your own selection, e.g., a list of your publications, or a summary of a paper. CD's or full publications are rarely looked at in total so a synopsis is recommended.


Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students

Case Western Reserve University admits students of any race, religion, age, sex, color, disability, sexual orientation, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights and privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the University. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, sex, color, disability, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in administering its educational policies, admission policies, employment, promotion and compensation policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other University-administered programs.