Start early, plan ahead, and know the application requirements. Application packages require a great deal of preparation and planning.

In the USA, application requirements can vary greatly from one institution to another. Check the specific requirements on the website of each graduate school's admissions office, along with additional requirements for international students.

Postgraduate applications are typically due between December and March to enrol the following autumn.

Things to know

  • You apply to the graduate school in which your chosen programme is hosted
  • Different programmes will have their own application deadlines, fees and requirements
  • Offers of admission aren’t specifically conditional - if they admit you, they expect you to continue working towards your current level, but won’t specify required grades

The slightly longer applications allow you to fully express and discuss why you are a suitable applicant. Each part of your application is taken in context and reviewed holistically.

If you’ve done your research and have chosen suitable degree programmes, you stand every chance of being an attractive applicant to the admissions committee. More British students study in the USA than anywhere else in the world, for good reason: we want to study there, and they want us on their campuses.

Follow the guides within this section to learn about each requirement in detail, how admissions decisions are made, and what you should be doing during the year in order to apply effectively.