Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

If you are a domestic student and an Arizona Resident you will need to complete the Residency Classification Process. Only students who are claiming Arizona Residency need to complete this process. Check here for residency requirements or contact the Residency Classification office at (520)621-3636 or at

The best way is to contact the department you intend to study with. They will determine if your file is complete and when it will be presented to their admissions committee for review.

Applicants may log back in to GradApp to check their application status at any time.  Once your application is in our system, it will be visible to your program of interest for review.  The Graduate College will await an admissions decision from your program of interest.  Departmental review timelines vary, however, the Graduate College will send applicants an email with the departmental decision the very same day it is entered.  After a applicant is recommended, the department should forward any official transcripts they have received to the Graduate College.  The Graduate College will notify applicants if any items are missing only after the program has recommended admission.

Contact your department of interest and the Financial Aid office. The Graduate College sponsors many different programs but all decisions about funding are done at the departmental level. Only your department can tell you their particular funding options and what may be available to you. The Financial Aid office can assist domestic students with student loans and grants only after a FAFSA form has been completed.

The Graduate College administers a handful of Funding Opportunities. Current UA students can browse many more opportunities at the UA's Scholarship Universe.

Applying for Graduate Admission can be done completely online using GradApp, our Graduate Admissions Application.

Some academic departments also have a separate application process for their program. Please be sure to consult any program-specific application procedures outlined in our Graduate Admissions Guide and/or in the application instructions within GradApp.

Applicants who wish to apply to multiple graduate programs will need to submit a separate application for each program and pay the application fee for each application. The Graduate College will send you an e-mail confirmation that will serve as your receipt for your online application.

Departmental contact information is listed in the Graduate Admissions Guide. Select the program you are interested in and view contact information along with a description of admissions requirements for the program of study. Some departments keep very specific instructions in this area, others supply general information only, but all departments will provide a link to their specific department websites.

Staff members must complete FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974) training before attending training sessions and before any access can be granted to view student or applicant data in any University system. FERPA is a federal law that governs the rights of students and institutions responsibilities with respect to student records. You may complete the Registrar's Office FERPA training online. The course takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

  • UAccess: If you have previously completed FERPA training, you will be grandfathered into the UAccess system. It is recommended that you review the Faculty/Staff Resources offered by University Information Technology Services (UITS). Your department authorized representative will also need to complete the UAccess Application Access Request Process on your behalf.
  • GradApp: To be granted access, you will be required to attend Graduate Admissions Basic Training provided by the Graduate College. Once the Basic Training course is completed, your Department Head or Director of Graduate Studies can submit the GradApp Provisioning Request form. The Graduate Program Coordinator can provision access for Review Committee members within GradApp without attending additional training.

The University of Arizona's institution code for sending official electronic score reports from ETS is 4832. Once received, your scores will be matched to your student record and will be available to any department that views your record. Please contact the department you intend to study with regarding their specific score requirements. If you are unable to submit the scores electronically, please email your results to the Office of Graduate Admissions at   

All transcripts uploaded to GradApp to complete your application are considered unofficial.   If your program of interest requests official transcripts be sent directly to their office, the department will forward those official transcripts to the Graduate College if you are recommended for admission. 

If you are admitted "Subject To" providing the Graduate College with final official transcripts with your degree posted, you may ask your institution or clearinghouse to send official electronic transcripts to:, or mail/deliver paper documents to:  Graduate College, University of Arizona, Administration 322, PO Box 210066, Tucson, AZ 85721-0066

Contact the department you intend to study with and ensure you have submitted all supporting documents. You may check the status of your application at any time by logging back into your GradApp account.

Send an email to and someone will get back to you, usually within 24 hours, but definitely within 3 business days. If it is an urgent problem, please indicate this in your email.

Contact your department regarding their required documents. They are the only ones who can extend deadline dates or make special allowances for items arriving late.

Our system will not allow you to create multiple applications for the same combination of academic program and term.

We use a secure, third-party vendor to process credit card payments. Normally, your payment will be automatically reflected in your application, however on occasion the vendor service can fail to update GradApp, making it appear the payment failed. If you believe this has happened to you, and/or you subsequently paid the application fee more than once for the same application, please e-mail Be prepared to provide us with details of the failed or duplicate charges. We will need to know your name and student ID (if known), when you applied, how you applied, and the details of why you believe you were charged more than once. Please contact your banking institution to verify that multiple charges have not already been voided before contacting the Graduate College.

The Graduate College does not have posted application deadline dates. Please check the Graduate Admissions Guide for individual program deadlines.

You are not required to submit Financial Guarantee documents with your application. After final admission, International Student Services will contact you regarding immigration document processing.  Students will be required to submit a Financial Guarantee form before any visa documents can be processed. If you receive departmental funding, this funding may be applied towards your total financial guarantee. If you do not require visa documents, you will not need to submit a Financial Guarantee. 

Refer to our Graduate Admissions Guide for admissions requirements and check the University Catalog for additional program completion requirements.  For more detailed inquiries, please contact the Academic Units directly.