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GradCAS Quick Start Guide

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What is GradCAS? 

The Graduate Enrollment Management Centralized Application Service (GradCAS) simplifies the process of applying to programs. You start by selecting the programs you wish to apply to, then you submit one application that includes all necessary materials. Once received by GradCAS, your application and materials are transmitted to all of your selected programs. Click here to start your application.

How long does the application process take? 

It's important you apply as early as possible since completing your application can be a lengthy process, and since application processing times vary throughout the cycle. Below is a suggested timeline that includes key actions to keep the application process on track. This timeline may need to be adjusted based on your programs' deadlines and requirements. 

Timeline Key Actions

Prior to the Start of the Application Process

  1. Research programs you wish to apply to. Pay special attention to:

    • Deadline requirements. 
    • Reference requirements. 
    • Minimum requirements, including prerequisites, standardized test scores, supplemental applications, foreign evaluations, etc. 
  2. Begin contacting potential Recommendations to confirm their participation. 

  3. Review the instructions in this Help Center. 

At Least 3 Months Prior to Deadline

  1. Create your account
  2. Complete the Colleges Attended section, and review each program's transcript requirements. Some programs may require that you send official transcripts to GradCAS, some may require unofficial transcripts, and others might not require any transcripts.
  3. Review each program's Transcript Entry requirements. Some programs may require that you enter all of your coursework, some may require that you enter only prerequisite coursework, and others might not require that you enter any coursework. 
  4. If required by your programs, request your References in the Program Materials section.

At Least 10-12 Weeks Prior to Deadline

  1. If required by your programs, ask your schools to send official transcripts directly to GradCAS (you may also need to request that transcripts be sent to you if a program requires that you enter your coursework). If there are any holds on your account at a school, resolve them now to avoid delays in sending transcripts. 
  2. If applicable, begin entering coursework into your application.
  3. Check in with your references to confirm that they received the reference request via e-mail.

At Least 6-8 Weeks Prior to Deadline

  1. If applicable for programs, send official test scores to GradCAS.
  2. Submit your application. Monitor your application for receipt of all required transcripts and letters of reference and follow up on any missing items.

At Least 4-6 Weeks Prior to Deadline

Continue monitoring your application until your status is Complete. 

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