ALL applicants for admission are required to:

  1. Complete the Online Application for Admission to Graduate Studies and the application fee of $50. This fee is not returnable and will not be applied toward tuition; fee is waived if your baccalaureate degree is from Bucknell.

The following required supplemental information should be sent to the Graduate Studies Office:

  1. Recommendation letters from two persons familiar with your academic work or performance-related activities.
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and previous graduate work sent directly from the registrar of the credit-granting institution to the Graduate Studies Office.
    International applicants: Certification of your undergraduate degree (in original language and English) including date of conferral, degree title and major. The official transcript from your undergraduate institution should include an explanation of the credit and grading system as well as appropriate translations of coursework or grading as necessary.
  3. Official report of scores on the Graduate Record Examination. Please have test scores sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. (Subject GRE scores may be required in some departments.)
  4. Official report of the TOFEL or IELTS score (required of all applicants whose first language is not English). Please have all scores sent directly from the Educational Testing Service.
  5. Completed Graduate Studies Financial Aid Application form (if applicable), requesting merit-based financial aid through the University.
    International applicants: you must also submit the Confidential Statement of Finances for International Graduate Students form.

Where to Send Your Additional Application Materials

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

Application Deadlines

  • February 1 - fall semester (January 1 for international applicants)
  • April 15 - summer session
  • November 15 - spring semester (Note: not all programs admit in spring)

Additional Information

Transfer Credit

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 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 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.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy

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.