Graduate School Admissions and Financial Aid
While the graduate program has no set requirements for GRE scores and GPA, as a general rule those admitted to the program are among the highest achievers in both categories. In order to offer some guidance, the median scores of those admitted to the most recent class are provided below. It is emphasized that these are median scores, not minimum scores—in other words, half of those admitted stood below these numbers and half stood above. The GRE and GPA, while critical, are not determinative; an applicant’s letters of recommendation also weigh heavily, as do the personal statement, writing sample, and other relevant history. While the entire GRE score is considered, the verbal portion of the GRE is given, by far, the greatest weight.
- Median Verbal GRE, Ph.D.: 164, 94% below
- Median Undergraduate GPA, Ph.D.: 3.750
- Median Graduate GPA, Ph.D.: 3.843
- Median Verbal GRE, M.A.: 162, 90% below
- Median Undergraduate GPA, M.A.: 3.720
- Median Graduate GPA, M.A.: 3.723
Admission to the Graduate School requires the completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Applicants for admission are required to submit the following:
- Official transcripts from all institutions where undergraduate and graduate work has been undertaken. These should be sent directly from the undergraduate and graduate institutions; secure electronic copies accepted.
- Official score report from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), taken within the last five years and sent directly from the testing agency. Electronic copies are accepted. The code for Hillsdale College is 1295.
- Three letters of recommendation. These should be requested from within the online application to enable verifiable, electronic submission.
- A sample of written work—academic writing preferred.
- A concise statement of interest which should include a short intellectual autobiography—a statement of the applicant’s intellectual development and how it influenced the applicant’s desire to study in Hillsdale’s graduate program—and how the degree fits into the applicant’s career plans. This statement should not exceed 500 words.
- A completed application, submitted online. See below link.
- Application fee of $25
Tuition and Financial Aid
Graduate tuition for 2017-2018 is $11,710 per semester, or $23,420 per academic year, for students with full-time status. For students with part-time status (M.A. only), tuition is $1,280 per credit hour.
- Specific offers of financial support will be made at the time of admission
- Doctoral students will normally receive full-tuition scholarships, competitive fellowship stipends of up to $10,000 per semester, and paid research assistantships of $1,500 per semester.
- Full-time master’s students will normally receive scholarships up to full tuition and are normally offered paid research assistantships of $2,500 per semester.
Scholarships and fellowships do not cover student fees, which are $305 for the first semester ($280 + $25 orientation fee) and $280 for all subsequent semesters plus a parking fee of $50 per academic year.
For the Fall semester, applications submitted on or before December 15 are guaranteed full consideration and decisions will be sent out no later than February 1. Applications completed after December 15 may be considered, as circumstances warrant.
As of February 2, 2018, we are no longer accepting new applications for the Fall 2018 semester. Application forms for Spring and Fall 2019 will be available online in early June of 2018.
For the Spring semester (M.A. only), applications must be completed by October 15. Decisions will be sent out no later than November 15.
Applications will not be read by the admissions committee until all materials are received, though applicants may self-report GRE scores so that their applications can be considered unofficially. Offers of admission cannot be made until the arrival of the official score report.
Please contact us if you experience any technical difficulties that delay submitting your application.