Procedures for Admission
Students may print these forms from the web and send them to Bucknell by mail when completed. Applications may also be obtained from the office of graduate studies. Applications submitted by email are not accepted.
Applicants for admission are required to furnish the following information:
- Completed application form and the application fee of $25. This fee is not returnable and will not be applied toward tuition; fee is waived for applicants whose baccalaureate degree is from Bucknell.
- Personal statement of area of interest. Please refer to specific department web pages for program information.
- Reccommendation letters from two persons familiar with the applicant's academic work or performance related activities.
- Official transcripts of all college and previous graduate work sent directly from the registrar of the credit-granting institution to the Graduate Studies Office. International students should also supply certified documentation of all secondary school exit examinations passed and diplomas issued.
- Official report of scores on the Graduate Record Examinations. Please have test scores sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. Subject GRE's required in some departments.
- Official report of the TOFEL score (required of all applicants whose first language is not English). Please have all scores sent directly from the Educational Testing Service.
- Completed financial aid form (if applicable) , requesting merit-based financial aid through the University.
Application materials should be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 17837.
Please include your : 1) application form, 2) $25 fee, 3) personal statement, 4) two reference letters and 5) financial aid form, (if applicable).
An official transcript from student undergraduate institution or institutions as well as official GRE and GRE subject scores (when required by the department) should be sent directly to Bucknell University, Office of Graduate Studies by the application deadline.
- February 1 - fall semester
- April 15 - summer session
- November 15 - spring semester (not all programs admit in spring).
No more than eight semester hours, the equivalent of two Bucknell graduate level course credits, from other institutions may be credited toward a degree. Graduate students at Bucknell who wish to take special courses at other institutions and to apply these credits toward a Bucknell degree must have permission from their advisers and the dean of graduate studies. Only those courses with the grade of B or above are acceptable for transfer credit.
Non-degree students wishing to enroll in graduate courses may request an application from the Office of Graduate Studies. Individuals who are admitted as non-degree students and who later are approved to become candidates for a degree may receive credit for not more than two course credits of graduate work taken previously. The change in status to that of degree candidate may be authorized only by the dean of graduate studies and is not valid until confirmed in writing.
Any applicant for admission to graduate study or for an award of financial aid, any candidate for a degree in progress or any student pursuing graduate coursework, who knowingly submits false or fraudulent information, conceals material information, or intentionally misleads or misinforms the University, may be denied admission; be subject to revocation of an award of financial aid; if already admitted, be subject to discipline under the University’s student conduct regulations, including dismissal from the University; or if a degree has already been awarded, have the degree rescinded if based on material fraud. Each applicant is required to certify that the information furnished to the University is accurate and complete.