- Program admissions criteria and guidelines.
Admissions criteria will vary with discipline but it is up to the DGS to set the tone of expectations for incoming students. Although GRE scores and GPAs may help identify prospective students, program admissions criteria should also include evidence of research capability, sufficient communications skills, and persistence. A broad review which includes interviews and campus visits as well as the student’s anticipated future goals may prove helpful in selecting incoming students. See Ways to Use a Rec Letter for more strategies.
- On-Line application configuration.
The DGS should ensure that application questions are configured such that a good fit between students and the program is likely.
- GRE and TOEFL requirements
GRE and TOEFL or IELTS requirements should be sufficient to meet your program needs while meeting or exceeding the Graduate College minimum requirements (on TOEFL or IELTS only, there is no Graduate College requirement for the GRE). Many of the standardized tests have changed over time as to content and scoring. The links below review the latest of these changes to better inform your decision making processes.
GRE and TOEFL Resource Links
- About the GRE tests: For Institutions
- GRE Guide to the Use of Scores 2012-2013
- Guidelines for the Use of GRE Scores
- About the TOEFL tests: For Institutions