FAQ for the Doctoral Program
- What is the availability of financial aid?
The department offers a limited number of assistantships each fall. Assistantships are competitive, and awarded based on past academic performance and achievements. Doctoral applicants that are admitted without assistantship are expected to have the resources to finance their graduate education. Requests for assistantships made directly to faculty members are typically unsuccessful.
- How are admission decision made?
Admissions decisions are made by the Graduate Committee based on a number of factors, including past academic performance, transcripts, research experience, GRE scores (Quantitative, Analytical, and Verbal sections), letters of recommendation, the student’s statement of purpose and their performance on an English-proficiency test.
- What are my chances of being admitted?
This depends on the individual qualities of the applicant (as measured by the above-described factors), but also the quality of the pool of applicants. For this reason, the Graduate Committee does not provide preliminary assessments of your qualifications/odds for admission. Click here for more information.
- How do I obtain application materials?
Please see “How To Apply“
- How long does the admissions process take?
The admissions process can take several months, depending on various factors. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all appropriate materials are forwarded to the graduate school and the department. The earlier the graduate school and department receive all application materials, the quicker the process will proceed. Students should apply by the deadlines to ensure full consideration; please read this page for more information
- Is it better to apply for fall or apring admission to the doctoral program?
Students interested in joining our doctoral program are strongly encouraged to apply for fall admission. Spring admissions to the doctoral program are very rare, as they conflict with the natural sequence of classes that first-year students must take, Students interested in spring admission should apply by the deadline to ensure full consideration for spring admissions; read this page for more information. We do not admit doctoral students beginning in the summer semesters.
- How do I check my admission status?
Click here to check the status of your application with the Office of Admissions. If you are unable to check your status through the admissions system, you may contact the ISE Academic Advising representative at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow sufficient time for a response, due to the large volume of inquiries and applications that are received.