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University Minimum Requirements for Admission

Every applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Application - Submit an application by the program deadline
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Honor Code Commitment and Ecclesiastical Endorsement
  • Receive at least a 3.0 grade-point average in the cumulative undergraduate GPA from a regionally accredited university in the United States, or a comprehensive grade-point average of 3.0 from an equivalent university outside the United States. GPAs from international institutions will be calculated by a credential-evaluation service as noted below.
    • The following accrediting organizations in the United States are acceptable:
      • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
      • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
      • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
      • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
      • Western Association of Schools and Colleges
      • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Evidence of Bachelor’s Degree and Transcripts

Additionally, international applicants must take the TOEFL or IELTS English Proficiency Exam and meet university English proficiency minimums. Please note that some departments may have higher requirements.

LDS applicants need an ecclesiastical endorsement interview with a bishop and a stake president. Non-LDS applicants need an ecclesiastical endorsement from their local religious leader and a phone interview with the BYU Chaplain. Continuing and currently enrolled BYU students applying for graduate school, as well as full-time BYU employees applying for a graduate program, must also obtain a new endorsement. All applicants are encouraged to complete the Ecclesiastical Endorsement process well in advance of their respective graduate program application deadlines to prevent possible delays in being considered for admission.

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