Idaho State University invites applications for admission to Graduate School from students holding undergraduate degrees from any accredited college or university in the United States or with equivalent preparation acquired in another country. Prospective students may apply as degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking students. Non-degree-seeking students include those seeking certification, professional growth, or strengthened backgrounds for various professional and industrial occupations.
The Application Procedure
Prospective graduate students must initiate the admission process as follows:
Application forms must be completed and returned to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research no later than May 1st for summer session enrollment, August 1st for fall semester enrollment, and December 1st for spring semester enrollment, or the following Monday should these dates fall on a weekend. Some programs require much earlier deadlines for admission; departments should be contacted for these dates.
Notification of Admission
Applicants who have been accepted into Graduate School will receive a copy of the Approval for Admission form from the Office of Graduate Studies and Research. Those who have been rejected will receive a letter from the Office of Graduate Studies and Research or from the department/college to which the applicant applied.
Admission to the Graduate School allows a student to enroll in graduate courses in the specified department and college. It does not imply admission to courses in other departments. Only those admitted as degree-seeking students may assume that they are permitted to seek an advanced degree in the discipline/department which approved the admission. Non-degree-seeking students who are admitted are permitted to take courses in the department which admitted them, but this does not imply they will later be approved for admission as a degree-seeking student.
Re-Enrollment or Re-Admission of Graduate Students
Graduate students who have been admitted to Graduate School may enroll for graduate or undergraduate classes by pre-registration or registration without further application activity if they enroll within two years from the beginning of the term for which the applicant was accepted. In general, admission to the Graduate School is valid for two years and a student is not required to reapply for admission within the two year period. Therefore, students who were not enrolled in the previous term may register. However, some departments may have more restrictive requirements and admission may be valid for only a particular semester or year. Students should contact departments to determine these more restrictive requirements.
Graduate students who fail to enroll during the two year period or more restrictive period of the department must reapply for admission. Graduate students who fail to enroll for two years after an initial enrollment are dropped from admission to Graduate School and are required to submit a completed application form. Students who were previously admitted to Graduate School are required to pay the application fee if they fail to enroll for over five years.
All applicants who have received notice of admission into Graduate School may pre-register during the appropriate pre-registration periods or during the regular registration times prior to each semester or summer session. All recipients of graduate teaching assistantships, graduate fellowships, or scholarships to be applied toward tuition and fees should pre-register if at all possible.