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Application Instructions

    • Create a unique BYU Net ID which will be associated with your applicant record. Start here.
    • Creating multiple BYU Net IDs will cause complications and unnecessary delays. Applicants are encouraged to keep a record of their BYU Net ID.
    • Begin your application at
    • Submit the application by the applicable graduate program application deadline
    • Submit by 9:59 pm Mountain Standard Time if you want your application marked as submitted by the department deadline.
    • Pay the $50 non-refundable application fee at the time of submission
    • Agree to the Honor Code here
    • After you complete the honor code, a link will be provided to complete the endorsement
    • Please note that the Ecclesiastical Endorsement process may vary depending on circumstances ie. if the applicant is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or not, if the applicant is a current missionary etc. Please refer to our Ecclesiastical Endorsement page for more information.
    • Provide evidence of at least the equivalent of a 4 year U.S. bachelor’s by uploading an unofficial transcript or academic record to the application.
    • Note: Applicants who are subsequently recommended for admission must submit official transcripts before they can formally register for classes. Applicants with international credentials must initiate and submit a foreign credential evaluation report using one of our two preferred credential evaluation service providers. Please refer to our Transcripts page for more information.
    • Self-report your final degree GPA as indicated on your transcript or academic record.
    • Applicants with foreign credentials must convert their grades to a 4.0 scale. All grades will be verified once the official transcripts or credential evaluations are received.
    • Check with your graduate program of interest to determine which tests are required and request to have the official scores sent to BYU.
    • Non-native English speakers (who do not qualify for an exception) are required to provide official copies of their English proficiency test scores to BYU.
    • Applicants with GRE and TOEFL scores should request to have their scores sent by ETS to BYU using the institutional code R-4019.
    • Failure to submit official test scores to BYU could prevent applicants from being considered.
    • 3 letters are required for all programs (except MBA and EMBA which only require 2).
    • Letters should be written by professors or professional acquaintances who can evaluate their potential as graduate students at BYU.
    • Letters of recommendation must be uploaded via the application system well in advance of the applicable application deadline.
    • Recommenders must provide their name and email address in order to submit their letters.
    • Electronic reminders to submit letters can be sent to recommenders by the applicant directly through their application portal.
    • Applicants may also edit their recommender's information, remove, and add recommenders.
    • When adding recommender information to your application, you will see the following question:
      "Do you wish to waive your right to examine this letter of recommendation?"

      • Yes
      • No

      What does this question mean?

      If you check YES: You will NOT be able to view the letters submitted on your behalf, even if you are admitted and choose to enroll at the University.

      If you check NO: Your letters will become part of your student record and you will have the right to inspect that record (including your letters) after you are admitted and enroll at the University. You only have this right if you enroll at the University. If you are denied admission, or if you are admitted but do not enroll, you do not have the right to view your letters, regardless of how you respond to this question

      Why do we ask this question?

      Your recommenders and your graduate program will see your response to this question--they both have the right to know whether the information provided in your letter could be accessible to you in the future.

    • Write a carefully constructed statement that reflects your academic preparation and goals and how graduate school fits into those goals.
    • Statements are generally 1-2 pages but some graduate programs may have additional requirements.
    • This statement gives the admissions committee an opportunity to learn the following:

      1. your preparation and background for the program to which you are applying and the special emphasis you hope to pursue,
      2. your academic or professional goals (both short (3-5 years) and long-term) and reasons for your choice of career,
      3. your particular academic or professional reasons for applying to Brigham Young University and the scholarly or professional contributions you expect to make to your program,;
      4. (optional) any special circumstances you wish the department to consider, such as circumstances that may have affected undergraduate academic performance, test scores, unexplained job gaps, etc.
      5. Briefly describe a time that a goal was not accomplished, an aspiration was not achieved, or your leadership efforts have fallen short. What steps did you take to recover from this defeat? What resources did you use? How and why are you different today?.
      6. (Optional) How have you strengthened your candidacy if you previously applied to this program and were denied admission? (e.g. changes in your professional development, improved academic qualifications, etc.)
    • Upload any supplemental materials as required by your program/department.
    • This may include writing samples, research papers, a resume, art slides, audition recordings, interviews, etc. For specific requirements, refer to your graduate department of interest.
    • Submit the official minimum required E3PT, TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge English Proficiency Exam scores to BYU.
    • Scores must be current within 2 years.
    • Exception: Only applicants who are citizens of the United States, Canada, the U.K., the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, or these other countries (or those applicants who have received their bachelor's degree or higher, from said countries, within the previous 24 months of the intended start date of their respective graduate program) are 'exempt' from this requirement.