Undergraduate Degree

Applicants must hold from an accredited American college or university a bachelor’s degree comparable to one offered by Bucknell, or certification of corresponding achievement from a foreign institution. A final official transcript, verifying final grades and conferral of the baccalaureate degree, must be filed with the registrar before acceptance to graduate standing can be confirmed and finalized.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on a scale of A=4.0) in coursework comparable to that offered at Bucknell and a grade point average of 3.0 (a) in the undergraduate major, and (b) in courses of the proposed graduate major.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

All applicants for admission must submit their scores on the Graduate Record Examination general test and a subject test (if required by department) . The minimum score on the general test is 1000 or the equivalent in the new scoring scale.

Undergraduate Major/Minor

The student must have completed an undergraduate major or a minor of at least four courses or the equivalent in the department of the proposed graduate major. The following exceptions should be noted:

a. In education, a candidate’s undergraduate work will be appraised in relation to graduate objectives in professional education. Requirements for graduate work and, possibly, for additional undergraduate work will be designed to meet requirements for certification and for a graduate degree from Bucknell.

b. In psychology, undergraduate majors in other subjects may be acceptable, provided the applicant has a background in experimental science. Additional undergraduate prerequisites may be specified.

c. In engineering, an undergraduate major in one of the physical sciences from an accredited institution may be acceptable. However, each engineering department lists areas of emphasis, normally covered in its undergraduate degree program, which must be satisfied in addition to the standard graduate course requirements for the master of science degree. Therefore the number of actual courses required will vary, depending upon a candidate’s previous academic experience.

Graduate Adviser

In some programs, admission will be contingent on the availability of an adviser for the area or project of interest.

Additional Requirements for International Students

Minimum TOFEL score of 100 points on internet-based test or Minimum IELTS score of 7.0

Admission to graduate studies does not imply financial assistance will be given. Admission means only that the student may take graduate courses. Admitted international students must be able to finance at least one year of school (12 months in 2011-12 cost $33,425) which also includes the purchase of mandatory Bucknell student health insurance. The Graduate Student Financial Guarantee sheet provides information concerning the cost of attending Bucknell University. Further information concerning the Guarantee can be found on the International Student Services webpages.

Prior to attendance at the University, international students must:

  • Complete and submit to the Office of Graduate Studies the Confidential Statement of Finances for International Graduate Students form, including an original bank statement indicating U.S. dollar amount of personal/parent savings or notarized affidavit indicating guaranteed support from a relative, government or other sponsoring agency.
  • Obtain a student visa (F-1 status) from the U.S. consulate in their home country. Graduate students are not required to submit the $500 deposit. This visa requires a Form I-20 document issued by the Director of Immigration Services. An I-20 will only be issued to international students who have completed the confidential statement of finances form.
  • International students must show sources of support in the amount of $2000 in addition to the financial aid award before an I-20 can be issued.

International Student Orientation is required of all new international students. This program is scheduled 10 days before the start of fall classes

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