Admission Requirements


Admissions to any graduate degree program is granted by the Dean of the Graduate School upon the recommendation of the department of proposed study. Applications and all other relevant material must be received by the Graduate School at least 45 days before the first day of class of the semester in which the student wishes to begin graduate study. International applicants should submit all required materials at least 90 days before the first day of class of the semester in which the student wishes to begin graduate study. Deadlines set by the Graduate School are listed in the Auburn University Bulletin. However, most academic units make admission decisions several months in advance. Thus, applicants should check with the department to which they seek admission to determine when materials should be submitted.

These are general requirements and should be considered Auburn University minimums. Please consult with specific departments concerning additional requirements.

Test Score Waivers

Some graduate programs have agreed to suspend the GRE/GMAT requirement or waive the requirement on an exception basis. For a full list of programs that are waiving test score requirements, please visit Test Score Waivers.

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a (previously referred to as) “regionally” accredited college or university.
    • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
    • Higher Learning Commission
    • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
    • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
    • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
    • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior Colleges and Junior Colleges
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test if required by the department. Auburn University’s ETS institution code is 1005.
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for Management, Finance, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Accountancy programs. Auburn’s GMAT institution codes are:
    Master of Business Administration–Distance Program QSQ-KV-72
    Master of Business Administration–On-Campus Program QSQ-KV-71
    Master of Accountancy–Distance Program QSQ-KV-28
    Master of Accountancy–On-Campus Program QSQ-KV-28
    Master of Science in Management Program QSQ-KV-08
    Master of Science in Management Information Systems QSQ-KV-33
    Doctor of Philosophy in Management Program QSQ-KV-24
    *Executive Master of Business Administration Program QSQ-KV-27
    *Physicians’ Master of Business Administration Program QSQ-KV-07
    Master of Science in Finance Program QSQ-KV-93
    Master of Science in Supply Chain Management – Distance Program QSQ-KV-88
    Master of Science in Supply Chain Management – Campus Program QSQ-KV-37
    *GMAT is not required for these programs.
  • Successful international applicants must score at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper version (pBT), 213 on the computer version (cBT), and 79 on the internet version (iBT). Additionally, successful applicants must score minimums of 16 on the listening, reading, speaking, and writing components of the iBT. Auburn University’s ETS institution code is 1005. Auburn will also accept a 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.

    International applicants required to submit a language test score have several options of certifying their English proficiency.

    The TOEFL or IELTS will be the only accepted language proficiency tests for admission to Auburn University Graduate School. We do not accept the Duolingo English Test.

    ETS has also created the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition to meet the needs of students who are unable to take the test in a test center due to COVID-19. The test is taken on your own computer at home and is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the TOEFL iBT test taken at a test center. Visit The TOEFL Tests ( for more information.

  • Up to three (3) letters of recommendation may be required by the department.  Applicants should contact the department to find out, first, if letters are required.  If so, how many?  And how should these letters be submitted?
  • International applicants must demonstrate full financial sponsorship if accepted into a graduate program, proof of a comprehensive medical insurance plan and submit an Official Statement Of Finance for International Students Form for 2024-2025. For more information, review our International Instructions.
  • One official transcript of all undergraduate and any graduate credits from each school previously attended. If an Auburn University transcript, the Graduate School will acquire the transcript for you. Official electronic transcripts from domestic institutions may be sent to
  • International applicants should provide an official original language transcript and final diploma/certificate(s) accompanied by a certified English translation of each document.
  • Application fee payment: $60 for domestic students; $70 for international students. The following applicants are eligible for a fee waiver:
    • Current Auburn University graduate students enrolled in graduate courses
    • Full-time Auburn University employees
    • Alabama HBCU applicants from the following schools (first 300 received per year): Alabama A&M and Alabama State Universities, Concordia, Miles, Stillman and Talladega Colleges, Oakwood & Tuskegee Universities – submit copy of school ID
    • Ronald McNair Scholars – must submit a memo from sponsoring institution
    • Florida A&M Feeders Program – must submit a memo from Faculty sponsor
    • GEM applicants – must submit a copy of their GEM application
    • Active Duty Military – with a letter confirming duty
    • Applying for an approved dual program – the second application fee is waived

    To qualify for one of the application fee exemptions, you must submit the required documentation to the Graduate School.

The Graduate School
106 Hargis Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849-5122

The Dean of the Graduate School is the only person at Auburn University authorized to admit students, refuse admission, or waive any requirement.

Last modified: March 26, 2024