How to Apply

All applicants for admission are required to complete the Online Application for Admission to Graduate Studies and submit the application fee of $50. Application fees are non-refundable and will not be put toward tuition. If your baccalaureate degree is from Bucknell your fee will be waived. The application allows for your personal statement to be uploaded at time of submission. The application and all required application materials should be submitted by Feb. 1.

Send your application materials to:
Office of Graduate Studies
Bucknell University
1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 17837

Required Information

Please send the following information to the graduate studies office:

  • Recommendation letters from two persons familiar with your academic work or performance. 
  • Official transcripts of your undergraduate and any graduate work should be sent directly from the registrar of the credit granting institution to the Graduate Studies office.
  • Official report of scores on the Graduate Record Examination. Please have test scores sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. Subject tests may also be required by some departments.

    *Note: For the 2022-23 application process, the animal behavior, biology, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil & environmental engineering, English and psychology departments have moved to test-optional admissions for their graduate programs and do not require GRE general test or subject test score submission.
  • For applicants whose first language is not English, official report of the TOEFL or IELTS score. Recommended minimum scores are 100 on the TOEFL internet-based test or 7.0 on the IELTS. Please have all scores sent directly from the Educational Testing Service.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants 

In addition to the requirements above, international applicants for graduate admission must: 

  • Provide certification of your undergraduate degree from your undergraduate institution, in the original language and English, including date of conferral, degree title and major. 
  • Provide an official transcript from your undergraduate institution, which should include an explanation of the credit and grading system as well as appropriate translations of coursework or grading as necessary. 

Additional Information

Transfer Credits

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 apply these credits toward a Bucknell degree must have permission from their advisers and the dean of graduate studies. Only courses with the grade of B or above are acceptable for transfer credit. 

Non-degree Applications

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 are later admitted to become candidates for a degree may receive credit for no more than two course credits of graduate work taken previously.

Notice of Non-discriminatory Policies

Bucknell University admits students of any race, national or ethnic origin, religion or gender to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Bucknell, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other University-administered programs. It complies fully with the prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of sex contained in Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972.

Contact Details

Graduate Studies


210 Marts Hall