Graduate Application Guidelines

We are pleased to learn that you are interested in applying for admission to our graduate program.  Admission to our program is competitive and students are selected on the basis of their academic preparation, ability, performance on standardized tests, letters of recommendation, and fit of research interests with those of the CERI faculty.  Admission is a two-step process in which all applicants must apply to both the Graduate School and CERI.  The application process is outlined as follows:

  1. Application Procedure Overview
    Note: CERI application deadlines are considerably earlier than those of the Graduate School. CERI's preference is to have students start in the fall semester but we will accept applications for the spring term.  Applicants should apply to both the Graduate School and CERI in a timely manner to assure that the complete application reaches CERI by the following dates:

    Deadline for receiving all application material for admission in the fall semester is January 15.

    Deadline for receiving all application material for admission in the spring semester is September 15.

    We will continue to evaluate applications received beyond the deadlines but missing them may affect your ability to receive support. Normally, we will not admit a student unless full support is available.  Admission to our program is competitive and is not automatic by meeting minimum admission requirements.  Acceptance by the Graduate School does not guarantee acceptance into the CERI graduate program.

  2. Application to CERI - All applicants must submit the following material directly to Michelle Smith, CERI Academic Services Coordinator, 3890 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN 38152. Applicants should also consult the Graduate Catalog for specific information on admission to the graduate program offered by CERI.
    1. CERI application (submitted online)
    2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) – Your CV that was submitted with your CERI Graduate Application should include any honors, awards, publications, and relevant educational or research activities.
    3. Personal Statement (uploaded on the online CERI application form) – Your personal statement should address your reasons for applying to the graduate program offered by CERI and should include the following:
      1. Relevant personal experience
      2. Previous research experience
      3. Current research interests
      4. How your research interests mesh with those of CERI
      5. Career goals.  Your personal statement is a critical component of your application for admission and should reflect your professional goals as well as familiarity with the program and faculty at CERI. The personal statement should be 1-3 pages long.
    4. Three Letters of Recommendation – three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to evaluate your academic and professional qualifications are required.  You should solicit recommendations from individuals familiar with your academic achievements and who can address your potential for success. We will accept PDF versions with signature and letterhead sent via email from the person writing the recommendation letter.
  3. Application to the Graduate School – All applicants must submit the following material directly to Graduate Admissions, The University of Memphis, 101 Wilder Tower, Memphis, TN 38152
    1. Electronic graduate application
    2. Non-refundable application fee ($35.00 for domestic applicants; $60.00 for international applicants)
    3. Official Transcripts from all colleges/universities that you have attended
    4. Graduate Record Examination – the General Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required and scores for the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing sections are an important factor in the admission process.  GRE scores must be official and reported directly by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Graduate Admissions.  Scores must be no more that five years old.  The University of Memphis institution code for reporting GRE scores is 1459.
    5. International students must also supply the following materials to Graduate Admissions:
      1. TOEFL: Acceptable minimums are 550 for paper‐based (PBT) and 79 for internet‐based (iBT) tests. Exam results must be no more than two years old. The institution code for reporting TOEFL scores is 1459.
      2. Applicants whose highest degree is from a foreign university must have their college/university transcripts evaluated by a credentialing agency. A course-by course evaluation report is required. The university will accept evaluations done by any credentialing agency listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services web site. Before contacting a credentialing agency, contact Michelle Smith to determine if CERI will cover this for you.
      3. International applicants should file complete application credentials at least four months before the beginning of the semester for which enrollment is sought.
      4. Financial certificate: Please fill out only the top part of this form. If you are offered support from CERI we will fill in the lower portion for you.
    6. International Students Health Certificate
      If accepted, within 30 days from the first day of classes each international student admitted to graduate school must submit a certificate from a licensed U.S. physician or other qualified U.S. medical authority verifying freedom from tuberculosis.
      Health Insurance: All international students admitted to graduate school must purchase health insurance before they are allowed to enroll.
  4. Your application will not be considered complete until Graduate Admissions and CERI have received all items.
  5. Additional information is available on the following web sites:
    CERI
    UofM Graduate School