Use the following Graduate School Application Checklist when applying for Grad School in USA.

If you are applying for Masters Degree in US Colleges and Universities, here is a list of documents you need to prepare and send it along with the 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 [ Resume - India vs US ]
  7. Bank Statement
  8. Financial Affidavit
  9. Transcripts
  10. First and Last Page of your Passport
  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, it’s not required to send copy of GRE and TOEFL score report, but it’s good idea to send 2 additional pages. It’s not going to cost you much, eventhough universities require scores to be forward by ETS.

So, if you think above list is missing some documents, leave a comment below. Also, if you any questions on how to send the above documents, let us know, more instructions can be included here.

Related :  USA Admission Application Timeline.

  • Imran Slote

    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.

    • http://www.happyschoolsblog.com HSB Counselor

      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!

  • prathyusha k

    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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  • oppong frederick

    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.

  • Divyansh

    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.

  • leo

    can anybody please tell me…which documents need to be sent to the admission office and which to the department..like 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.

  • swapnil

    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.

  • Fadunsin Adedayo Timothy

    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

  • Kiran

    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

  • sara

    I NEED SOME INFORMATION ABOUT NEW GRE
    Is 3500 words useful again

  • balaji

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

    • HSB

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

      • balaji

        thanks HSB

  • Fidelia

    please i want to know if i can mail the scholarship form with the application document.

  • green busayo

    i need an admission to any of u s a university

  • shaminder singh brar

    hi
    i have 60.5% in b tech.now i am aiming for good university .
    is it possible to get good university after having low % in btech?
    does my gre score(1170) help me to cover my low %in btech?

    • Greek

      unfortunately your btech score as well as gre scores aren’t competitive/good enough for good univs.

      But in the end, it all depends upon what is good for you. I can say the top 20 to 30 are definitely ruled out. 30-50 ambitious, 50-70 safe

  • anushka

    hi hsbteam

    thank you for your information, can i directly send TOEFL score from ETS,without a copy
    as i have taken TOEFL just few days before deadline

  • narendra naidu

    Hi All,

    here are my details

    * GRE Score – 1040(730Q + 310V)

    * TOEFL Score – yet to Take on Dec 2011, hope to get >90

    * Class 10th – 69.05%

    * Class 12th – 73.52%

    * Engineering Aggregate – 72.5% (up to III year and 2 sem left and with 4 backlogs)

    * Semester Planning to Apply – fall 2012

    * Department and Major – Electronics&Communication, planning to go for MIS/MS in VLSI or EMBEDDED SYSTEM or TELECOMMUNICATIONS

    * Work Experience – NIL

    please let me know the good Univs which I can apply for my score.also please suggset me more universities since i would like to do my major in electrical engineering and with full financial aid low cost of living and job facilities. and I am adaptable to any climate

    Also looking for a budget which is not more then 20 lakhs. In a state to take bank loan

    Thanks in advance.

    • Greek

      With a score like that, you can forget financial aid from the first year itself. You might get it after your first sem provided you perform well.

      And for your profile, you might consider Univ of Texas Arlington.
      Check out univs in the mid west. The cost of living is cheaper

  • MOSES MUCKTARU KAIKA

    I want to thank you very much for this information.Am interested and want an enrolment in a University in America.Looking forward to hear from you.

  • aysha nijhawan

    I have applied online in 5 universities San Jose State university

    Santa Clara University

    California State University Sacramento

    California State University North ridge

    San Francisco State University on 19th January. I have also send all the necessary documents on 24th January. Please guide me about my current status of admission process.

    • Rupak

      aysha nijhawan – will I have to send transcript approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) to Santa Clara or they accept transcript from our university.

  • hassan Abdassalam Ab

    My son ( Rashid ) is now learning English in usa He wants to complete his academic study in the Geology Engineering . He has a scholarship from Libyan government . He has I – 20 . He hasn't the GRE test . He will complete his language period next February . So he wants to apply for an academic admission your university .

    Will you please accept him ?

    Thank you very much

    Hassan Abugoffa / Sabratah City / Libya

  • rahul

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I am from India & want to know about the integrated doctoral program in Engineering (structural engineering), also top university for the same.

    Plese send me the procedure for getting admission,if there are available scholarships for an international student.

    Waiting for your reply.

    thanks

  • Chris

    I m a graduate of mechanical engineering with a CGPA of 2.56 of 5 point. I need a university that can take me for master in system engineering. Thank.

  • hashan

    Dear sir,

    please send a kind of details in undergraduate student. its more helpful to success the visa who attending the universities undergraduate studies. please publish to some articals for help to undergraduate students.

  • Anuja Shah

    NYIT does not require SOP to be submitted but they made me write an essay in the online application form itself. Do I still need to send in the SOP in my application packet? Moreover, should I give abstracts of all projects and seminars developed and delivered by me respectively printed on a paper as I have mentioned almost all of them in my CV. And my CV is of 4 pages. Is that fine?

  • Priyanka

    Hi!

    I'm a bit confused by the list. Do I have to send extracurricular certificates and first and last page of passport even if the university does not ask for it?

    Also, I'm submitting the application online, which gives and option to upload writing sample,CV etc. Should I send paper copies of these as well???

    Please reply! I'd be posting my application package soon!

    • HSB

      - First and last page of passport can be sent along package.
      - Extra curricular – depends on its value/event.

  • Ruth Ntumy

    i want to a guide for a PHd programmes in USA and if there are available scholarships for an international student.

  • Rahil

    Do I need to send all the copies of mark sheets of all the semester attested by principal of my college!!!!

    • Anudeep

      Yes Rahil..

      you need to send all your marksheets attested by the registrar of your University..

      if your collage is an affliated to an University then you need to get your docs attested by your University's registrar..not your college Principal..

  • Amrita

    Hello,

    I wanted to know if we need to send the photocopies of marksheets or degree certificates apart from the transcripts in the application package even if the university hasn't specified it on its webpage?
    ANd if yes, should we get it attested before sending?

  • oge

    I do appreacite the assistance you are providing.Pls; i need help on information as to whether i will need to take the GRE genaral test or a subject test.I hold a degress in Special Educationa and will like to pursue graduate studies in it in the one of US uni.pls advice me on what is required of me.and if posiible provide me with some list of schools i can apply for.I still look forward to taking Gre in 2011

    Thanks

    waiting reply

  • kaushik

    Is it necessary to send the financial affidavits and bank statements along with the rest before deadlines?? We apply for loans after getting the I-20 rite??

    • Anudeep

      Kaushik..

      to get an I20 you need to send in your financial certificates and affidavit..

      till then they will not send your I20..

  • piyush

    Hello

    I am planning to pursue master in pharmacy from USA. But I don't know what is the deadline to give GRE for september 2011 intake. Please let me know how much late I can give GRE so that I can apply for september 2011 intake.

  • RABIUL SUMON

    HALLO,

    I AM A STUDENT OF 12TH CLASS.I AM STUDYING IN INDIA AT BANGALORE.BUT I AM A CITIZEN OF BANGLADESH.FROM HERE I WANT TO GO U.S FOR MY GRADUATION.RIGHT NOW I HAVE A PLAN TO PARTICIPATE SAT & TOEFL EXAM.BUT I AM CONFUSE ABOUT SOMETHING LIKE-

    1.THOUGH I AM A BANGLADESHI , CAN I GO U.S FROM INDIA?

    2.MY 12TH FINAL EXAM WILL BE STARTED FROM MARCH.SO WHICH TIME IS BETTER FOR PARTICIPATING SAT & TOEFL EXAM?

    3.HOW MANY DAYS NEED FOR RESULT OUT OF SAT & TOEFL EXAM?

    4.I WANT TO BE AN AEROSPACE ENGINEER.SO, HOW MANY PERCENTAGE NEED FOR A GOOD COLLEGE?

    HERE NEED TO INFORM THAT , I GOT 79.2% IN MY CLASS 10TH & 79.7% IN CLASS 11TH. I ALSO HOPE I CAN INCREASE MY PERCENTAGE IN 12TH CLASS EXAM.

    PLEASE INFORM ME…….

  • Suresh Gupta

    I have scored Q740, V 480 in this year and I am going to complete my BE with Computer Science in May 2011.

    Do you think can I get admission in top 10 colleges and scholorship, or shall I try for GRE second time to get good scores.

    How much scores is needed to get admission in very good colleges and scholar ship.

    What are the chances of getting job after completion of M.S

    I am totally confused, could you guide me in this situation.

  • jay kishan sharma

    hello

    I am pursuing b-tech in electronics &instrumentation stream from bput university orissa .I have done robotics workshop &continuing CCNA .

    Is it sufficient to take take admission to USA university as M.S. programm.

  • Demir

    Hello

    Please, I need advice on how to decide my future career.

    I am currently in my final year of my undergraduate degree.

    I am studying Public Relations and Advertising in Turkey. My GPA is 70,39 out of 100.

    I have scored 610 on TEOFL exam. My question is whether it is possible

    for me to get admitted to US universities which are between 50 and 100.

    I would like to apply to MSc program in Political Science, International Relations or Public Policy.

    thank you in advance

  • the_shadow

    How much does my present university matter?

    Hello people. I am presently a student of BITS, Pilani. I am in my second year and studying my B.E. (Hons.) in Electronics and Instrumentation along with M.S. (Hons.) in Mathematics. I have been visiting this blog since the beginning of this semester. I might not have read all the posts but I did not find any post mentioning anything about the university where one did his B.E. or B.S. I am not doing very well in my studies presently I have a C.G.P.A. of 7 on a scale of 10. I did two robotics projects, decent ones (automated multi-robot systems and Image Processing) and doing another under the guidance of a prof. I wish to study robotics from a good university.

    My question is if I continue doing projects and do well in GRE will that fetch me a good M.S. despite of my just above average academics?

    One more thing, how much will my university help in my application, do all universities after IITs are the same?

    Will my M.S. in Mathematics help in any way, like getting a part-time job or anything?

    Waiting for a reply.(I couldn't find an apt place to post it. I m sorry if I posted in the the wrong thread.)

    • praveen gupta

      no,actually it doesnt matters,,,,

      all universities are same until u possess some of differentiating feature from others..like as u described robotics is really gud 1 for boosting ur paper of request,,,,.

      me too pursuing b.tech from nit kurukshetra,,and looking forward for ms in same field as u wish…i did hav all sort of knowledge regarding all these …

      hope u get ur queries cleared….

      plz may u answr 1 thng….

      revised gre is better or older one to give…hope u got my questn and soon will report to that……….thnxxxxxxx….

  • Qaiser Habib

    Hey,

    I'd like to corroborate, is the passport's copy really required? I mean, I lost my passport a few days back and the new one takes around two months. What do I do in such a case? My deadlines are in, like, ten days!

    • HSB

      Don't say you never made a copy of your passport? Whenever you get any important document, make a copy of it.

    • Rahil

      You should apply for tatkal passport. You will be able to get in 1 week.