How We Select Students
We follow a mentoring model of selection in which individual faculty choose finalists from a pool that is evaluated first by multiple faculty. Each application is read by the preferred faculty advisor (as indicated by your nomination) and at least one other faculty member. We use a compensatory evaluation system. Applications are evaluated in their entirety such that strength in some entry criteria (e.g., strong evidence of research productivity) can offset weaknesses in others (e.g., lower GRE scores). We look especially for compatibility between individual faculty interests and the research interests and, more importantly, actual research experiences of individual students.
Faculty review applications as they become complete, with most reviews occurring between the end of the fall semester and early in the spring semester (December January). Individual faculty contact prospective applicants that they are particularly interested in having enter our program. We conduct interviews of prospective candidates in mid-to late January. Interviews may be live or via phone, if traveling to campus represents a hardship on candidates.
We make offers to students soon after interviews. Students who are offered entry into the program have until April 15 to accept our invitation. In consideration of other students who are waiting for acceptance, we urge you to make your decision as early as you can.
Given this process, it is, therefore, VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU NOMINATE A PREFERRED ADVISOR ON YOUR APPLICATION.Please consult the faculty page to ensure that your preferred faculty advisor is accepting new students. It is to your advantage to complete your application as early as you can, but certainly by the deadline specified on the applications page.