Checklist for Graduate School Application [15 Items]

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Use the following Graduate School Application Checklist when applying at grad schools in the USA.

If you are applying for a master’s program at U.S. colleges and universities, here is a list of documents you need to prepare and send along with your application package.

Refer to the links in the checklist for additional information.

  1. Graduate School Application (Online or Paper)
  2. If submitting Application Online, send confirmation page
  3. Application Fee (if paying by check or draft)
  4. Letters of Recommendation
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Resume [ Resumé – India vs. US ]
  7. Bank Statement
  8. Financial Affidavit
  9. Transcripts
  10. First and Last Pages of your Passport (copy)
  11. Copy of GRE and TOEFL Score Report
  12. Extra Curricular Certificates
  13. Portfolio (if any)
  14. Abstract of your research paper and projects
  15. Index Page of Documents

Some of you might argue that it’s not required to send copies of GRE and TOEFL score report, but it’s a good idea to send 2 additional pages.

It’s not going to cost you much, even though universities require scores to be forward by the ETS.

So if you think the above list has missed some required documents, please leave a comment below. Also, if you have any questions on how to send the above documents, let us know, more instructions will be included here.

Related:  USA Admission Application Timeline.

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  1. The universities that I am applying are all asking for financial documents, silly that I didnt knew that. I have my deadlines coming up in 2 wks so I do not have time to get it ready, I will be taking loans. Can I give a rough figure of the available funds with me and submit a sanction letter say from Credlila which can give me the letter on an immediate basis and then later arrange the funds as per the i20 “IF” I get and admit ??

    I’m in a soup !!

  2. Hey.. I have all the docs except TOEFL score reprt. I haven’t given the exam yet. But the deadline for the universities are nearing and if I send it after I receive TOEFL score, I may miss the deadlines.

    If I send it without TOEFL score, will my application be considered for review and will I stand a chance of getting selected.

    I am planning for MS in Spring 2015. Please advise.

  3. I have done IELTS and my I-20 is about to come, but I don’t have my GMAT score yet, it is not the requirement of the university. Do I need this score to get the F1-visa.

    1. Hi Imran, As you have been offered admission without GMAT scores you don’t need the scores for visa processing. Carry appropriate documents mentioning, GMAT scores were not asked for admissions by the concerned University.
      For visa you need an admission offer. You can mention there was’nt any GMAT score requirement for the specific programme.
      All the best!

  4. Hello sir,
    I gave my IELTS instead of TOEFL and scored band-6.5. i did my masers of Science in Biotechnology from VIT University . My percentage is above 85% from schooling till now. I am yet to take my GRE . just preparing for it and am about to take my exam in the month of feb. I wanted to apply for Ph.D programme in USA for august or september.Infact Im not aware of which university to choose and the deadline to apply. I am very confused and clueless. I have other things like transcripts, recommendation letters, SOP,CV and the rest to be sent to the university ready. I appeal you kindly guide me on this regard….

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  6. I want to have my MSc degree in the U.S and I don’t know how it can be possible. I need your help.

  7. Hi,
    Thank you for all the information you provide. I am currently in my 2nd year of BE studies. Your blog extensively covers all aspect of graduate application and admission. But i want you to shed some light on opportunities in USA for undergrad students in India(eg- internships, research projects etc.) as these would add a lot of weightage to our application.

  8. can anybody please tell me…which documents need to be sent to the admission office and which to the for example…the extracurricular certificates…Should we send it to the department or to the admission office.Also can we send the work experience certificate as well?..
    My profile :
    GRE : 1410
    TOEFL : 113
    CGPA : 7.7/10
    Stream : MS in food science
    I applied to 5 universities for fall 2011 .I didnt get any fianancial aid last time .I am applying again this fall 2012.

  9. I want to know that can we send our toefl score later as soon as we get the scores. because I am having my exam on 5th of feb 2012? and I am ready with all the necessary documents except toefl score.

  10. HSB, please can I have your e mail through which you can guide me more closely. Kindly send me a list of universities i can apply to. Thanks

  11. Hi HSB,

    I have a doubt regarding the checklist.
    Is it mandatory to send 10th and 10+2 score cards ?
    If yes, should we send it in a sealed and attested cover.

    Thank you in advance

  12. Would it be worth to send blood donation certificate along with application packet

    1. There is nothing wrong in sending that, but include some info about your philanthropy work in SOP.

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