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Graduate Admission

Frequently Asked Questions

» Graduate Admission FAQs

This page is designed to help people interested in applying to one of our graduate programs. All answers are applicable to those applying via our General Application

If you can't find your answer below, feel free to contact us at gradadmit@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6711 with your question. 

General Application Questions

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When is the deadline to apply?

Each program has its own application deadline. Visit our list of program deadlines to find the deadline for the program

What are the minimum test scores I need to apply?

Not all programs require test scores. You can view a list of program-specific test score requirements here. Also feel free to contact any individual program for more information.

How do I contact a graduate admission counselor?

You can find contact information for program-specific admission counselors here. Our graduate admission counselors can help with any questions about the application process. 

If you have general questions or can't find your counselor, you can always email gradadmit@chapman.edu with your question. 

Can I get my application fee waived?

After you submit your application, you can apply for a fee waiver. Fee waiver information will be sent via email after you submit an application without paying a fee. You'll need to login using the same email address and password that you used for your application. 

Application Fee Waiver requests are reviewed on a weekly basis. You can submit your application without submitting your fee, but your application will not move forward for review without the fee waived or paid. 

Please note: application fee waiver requests are only reviewed if you have submitted your application. If you have not submitted your application yet, your request will not be reviewed.

What opportunities are there to visit Chapman?

Prospective graduate students have several opportunities to visit our Orange or Rinker campuses: 

Do I have to submit everything for my application before the deadline?

Yes. Please review the specific application requirements for your program.

Can I sit in on a class?

In many cases, yes. Sitting in on a class is a great way to decide if a program is right for you. To request to sit in on a class, reach out to your program contact.

How long do I have to accept an admission offer?

We appreciate knowing as soon as possible, but you can ask your program when they will need to hear back from you. Many programs want an admission reply within 14 days of admission. Your admission letter should provide you with a date of when you should reply to our offer of admission.

Funding Questions

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How much is tuition?

Tuition varies according to program. You can find a full listing of those costs here.

Will Chapman offer me a scholarship?

Academic fellowships and scholarships are awarded by individual schools and departments. Each department establishes requirements for these awards. You can find additional Chapman University Aid programs here. Students are also eligible for outside scholarships.

How do I apply for scholarships?

In most cases, a program applicant will automatically be considered for scholarships, so no additional application materials would be required. However, each school has its own requirements for applying. Contact your admission counselor to obtain more information.

When will I know if I've been awarded any scholarships?

Scholarship award notifications generally go out shortly after admission offers are made.

Letters of Recommendation Questions

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Who should write my letters of recommendation?

We recommend that your letters are written by someone who can attest to your character and speak to achievements related to your desired area of study. This can include professors, supervisors, etc.

What if I don't have an academic reference?

Professional reference letters can suffice if the recommender can discuss achievements that are applicable to the program for which you’re applying.

How should I send in my letters of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation should be sent via the application, in sealed envelopes by your references, or directly via email from your recommenders (to gradadmit@chapman.edu). We cannot accept recommendations sent from the student.

There are also document service sites that allow recommenders to upload letters, providing you with a shareable folder link to send with your application materials.

Where should I send my letters of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation can be sent a few ways:

  • Directly through the application system online. When filling out your application, if you entered your recommenders' information, they will be sent an email inviting them to submit an online recommendation for you.
  • Via sealed envelope to:

Chapman University
Office of Graduate Admission
One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866

We cannot accept recommendations sent from the student.

International Student Questions

For questions about applying as in international student, visit our International Student Frequently Asked Questions page. 

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Find your program-specific contacts on our Contact Us page.  

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