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Application Process

You may start a Graduate School application for one of the following degrees: PhD, MA, MS, MFA in Creative Writing, and MLAS. Please click here to learn which degrees are offered by your program of interest. For any other degree not listed above, please begin looking at the list of disciplines and majors offered through Vanderbilt University.

Applicants with bachelor's or comparable non-U.S. degrees may apply to the Graduate School. Application for admission may be made electronically through the link below. 

Application FAQs

The specifics of the application process are highlighted by each section in the Application FAQs.

Application Requirements 

The following requirements apply to applications for most programs in the Graduate School. For program-specific questions or additional requirements, please directly contact your program of interest.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
Language Proficiency Exam (TOEFL or IELTS)
Statement of purpose
Letters of recommendation

Once all sections are complete, you should submit your application from the Review page by clicking "Submit Application." Please complete all required fields in the online application form. The Review page will indicate any sections with missing information.

Please provide all materials requested in the application form. For any additional materials, you can upload those on your Application Status Page, which you will see AFTER you submit the application.

Application Fee

All PhD Graduate School programs require an application fee. This fee will be $95 with the possibility of a waiver. More information will be posted regarding waivers when available. If your program does require an application fee, you will be prompted for fee payment once you have submitted your application. 

Instructions to Reapply

To access your record you will need to enter your email address and application account password. When you are ready to begin your reapplication, click here or the link above. If you have forgotten your password, you will have the option to reset it. The Graduate School requires applicants to submit separate transcripts and letters of recommendation for every application, including reapplication.

The Graduate School has transitioned to a new online application system, as of August 1, 2013. If you applied to the Graduate School prior to August 2013 and wish to reapply now, you will not be able to use your old application account to start a new application. The Graduate School can only accept applications through the new system.

Deferred Admissions

An offer of admission is made for enrollment in a specific academic term. In some cases, with written approval from the program to which you were admitted, admission may be deferred to a later semester, but no later than one year after the semester for which the offer of admission is made. Please email the office of the program that admitted you for approval. Students who do not accept offers of admission must submit a new application and supporting documents including letters of recommendation and transcripts if they wish to be considered for admission at a later date. Previously-submitted test scores will automatically transfer to the new application. 

Non-Degree Students

With approval of the Graduate School, non-degree students may register for selected courses in areas for which they are qualified. Such students file with the Graduate School an electronic application, including uploaded copies of unofficial transcripts, and written approval of the course instructor. No more than 6 semester hours earned as a non-degree student may be applied to graduate degrees at Vanderbilt.

Technical Support

For questions about the graduate admissions web-based system, please contact