Graduate Education: Application Requirements

DEADLINE: December 1, 2014

Complete applications must be received December 1, 2014 to receive full consideration for Fall matriculation

All applicants to the USU Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences and Public Health are required to submit the online Application Form and a set of specified additional credentials to support the Application.

Please use the Application Requirements Checklist below to determine which materials are required for your Program of interest.

DEADLINE: The online application form should be submitted, with all required documents, no later than December 1, 2014 for matriculation in the Summer or Fall of that year. Complete applications must be received no later than January 1st to receive full consideration for Fall matriculation.

Please note that official paper documents, such as transcripts, may not be photocopied, scanned and emailed, or faxed.

The Frequently Asked Questions portion of our website is a wonderful place to gather more information before submitting your application packet.

Questions or Comments? Contact the USU Graduate Education Office via phone at 800-772-1747 or via e-mail

Online Application Requirements Checklist

Please read Application Requirements Checklist in its entirety before completing the online application process.

1. Online Application Form

Submission of the electronic application form will activate your application to the USU SOM Programs. The application form must be submitted by January 1st. When you access the login screen and create an account, please bookmark (or save to your favorites) the page so you are able to return to your online application should you need to complete it later. Once you begin filling out the application, you are able to save your progress and come back later to complete and submit it. Once you submit your application, you are no longer able to update any of your application information. Please email to update any information if you have already clicked 'submit.'

Please read and follow the instructions above and below before you start to fill out your application.

Online Application

1a. Academic Statement of Purpose

You should prepare a statement of purpose in Word or Word Perfect to paste into the application. The Statement of Purpose can be pasted into the application. Do you have questions about the Statement of Purpose? Contact the GEO office at

1b. Personal Information

You will need all of the following information to complete the online Application Form:

  • Statement of Purpose (see #1A above for more details)
  • Personal Data, e.g, name, date of birth, social security number
  • International Students: The application requires a Social Security Number (SSN). If you do not have a SSN, please contact us prior to submission of your application (e-mail or call 800-772-1747). We will assign a temporary identification number to you for use on the Application Form.
  • Education Information - name of institution(s), major, degree, date of degree, dates of attendance, GPA
  • Test Scores: GRE and/or TOEFL scores and date taken
  • Names of the three individuals who will write letters of recommendation
  • Employment Experience - list of all relevant research or teaching experience since college
  • Accountability - clarify any lapses in time since secondary school of three months or longer in duration, not accounted for

2. Official Transcripts, Academic Coursework and Degrees Earned

You must provide hard copy official transcripts of ALL work beyond secondary school - undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, study abroad courses, community college courses, and non-degree courses. A transcript is official when:

  • submitted to the Graduate School in an envelope which is issued by the institution and sealed by your university's Registrar's office (or equivalent office);
  • requested from the appropriate institution's Registrar, returned to you, and included unopened in your self-assembled application packet for mailing.

USU now accepts official electronic transcripts, provided they meet the following guidelines:

  • The transcript originates from a secure site formally linked to the sending institution.
  • The school is located in the United States. We do not accept electronic transcripts from any institution overseas.

3. Official Recommendations

Three (3) official letters of recommendation (LOR) are required by the USU Graduate Education Office. All official letters of recommendation must:

  • be printed on letterhead
  • contain an original signature
  • be place in a sealed envelope with the recommender's signature across the flap, and
  • be mailed into the Graduate Education Office (no electronic submissions will be accepted)

Persons writing these LOR's must be in positions that permit the appraisal of the applicant's potential for graduate study.

4. Official Test Results

GRE scores MUST be from an exam taken within the past TWO YEARS to be accepted.

You need to request that ETS (Educational Testing Services) send your GRE and/or TOEFL scores to the USU Graduate Education Office. To request scores, use the USU Institution code, which is 5824. It is not necessary to specify any other departmental code. We are not able to accept copies or unofficial score reports. You may contact ETS at this link in regard to sending GRE scores and at this link regarding sending TOEFL scores. Testing service websites are and respectively. From the time you request for your scores to be sent from ETS, it takes about a month for them to be received and then processed in the admissions office. Please plan ahead!

The School Code for the GRE and TOEFL is 5824, for both the Department and Institution code.

Curious about a GRE waiver? Click here.

Clinical and Medical Psychology Applicants: GRE waivers are not granted.

5. Supplemental Application Materials

Some departments and programs require the completion of supplemental data...

Clinical and Medical Psychology Applicants: GRE waivers are not granted.

You must complete the Graduate Application Addendum for Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program in addition to the main application form. You can access this form at either of the following two links:

Medical and Clinical brief bio--Civilian Applicants only

6. Check Receipt of Your Materials

Check receipt of your materials by logging into your application. The Graduate Education Office will update the status of your application within 3-5 days of submission. Once your application is complete, it will show in the status section. All complete applications will be reviewed by the admissions committee in January.

The online application is available at Please read and follow all the instructions above before submitting your application.

Questions, Comments, Technical Issues? Contact the USU Graduate Education Office via phone at 800-772-1747 or via e-mail at