Honor Code and Ecclesiastical Endorsement
Whether on or off campus or between semesters, all students are expected to abide by the Honor Code, which includes (1) the Academic Honesty Policy, (2) the Dress and Grooming Standards, and (3) the applicable Residential Living Standards. Students are required to be in good Honor Code standing to graduate.
Students who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints must fulfill their Church duties, attend Church meetings, and abide by the rules and standards of the Church on and off campus.
Students who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are also expected to maintain the same standards of conduct. They are encouraged to participate in services of their preferred religion. All students must be in good Honor Code standing to graduate, to receive a diploma, and to have the degree posted.
An ecclesiastical endorsement is a religious recommendation by your religious clergy.
All persons wanting to attend BYU must complete and maintain a valid ecclesiastical endorsement in order to be enrolled at the university. The process can be started at endorse.byu.edu and depending on your situation the process may be different. Below are a few examples of how you can complete this process depending on your individual situation.
Instructions for applicants who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- As a member applicant applying for graduate admission (including currently enrolled BYU students), you must obtain a NEW ecclesiastical endorsement which requires an interview with both your local bishop and stake president.
- Currently enrolled BYU undergraduate students are instructed NOT to complete the "Continuing/Currently Enrolled" endorsement as this option is not relevant to graduate admissions and will cause you significant delays.
- Instructions for applicants who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- As a non member applicant you may elect to complete an ecclesiastical interview with either your local religious leader or a local bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in your area and then a final interview via phone or email with the our on campus BYU Chaplain.
- To find the name and phone number of the nearest Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in your area please click here.
Note: Non member applicants in remote countries with no religious presence such as China should contact Graduate Admissions at (801)-422-5595 or by email at email@example.com for interview assistance.
- Full-time BYU employee applicants
- You must initiate the new "Applicant" endorsement through endorse.byu.edu and complete an interview with both your local bishop and stake president.
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.