Fall admission:
Domestic application deadline: December 1
International application deadline: December 1

Spring admission:
Domestic application deadline: October 1
International application deadline: October 1

For admission in the fall semester with full consideration for financial assistance from the department, complete domestic and international applications must be received by December 1. While late applications and application materials (letters of recommendation, GRE scores, etc.) will be considered until all positions are filled, it is in the applicant’s best interest to submit the application and all application materials by the December 1 deadline.

While ATOC does admit students in the spring semester, it is rare.  Your chances for admission and financial support from the department in the form of a teaching assistant or research assistant position are much greater in the fall semester.


An applicant for admission must present complete application materials that include:

  • The graduate application (online)
  • For review and decision purposes you are required to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) in the online application (see more information below).
  • Four letters of recommendation (submitted online or mailed to the department)
  • A personal statement of academic interests 
  • $60 non-refundable application fee for domestic applicants or $80 non-refundable application fee for international applicants

At a minimum, the personal statement of academic interests should describe the following:

  • Motivation for applying to graduate school
  • Experience or other relevant qualifications
  • Long-term goals

If known, please also describe your specific field of interest, including faculty members or scientists with whom you would like to work. The personal statement will be evaluated not only for content, but also to gauge writing ability.

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the application process can be found here.

How to submit transcripts

For review and decision purposes you are required to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) in the online application. We require one copy of the scanned transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you attended. This includes community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs. While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, unofficial transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of the length of attendance, and whether or not courses were completed.  Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university.

ONLY after you are recommended for admission will you need to provide official transcripts. Click here for Instructions for Uploading Unofficial Transcripts to Your Application.