Admission Requirements & Deadlines

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university*
  • Minimum of a B average: overall GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Official transcript from all post-secondary institutions
  • Statement of Intent: a one-page essay describing your academic and professional goals and how this degree program can help you achieve these goals.
  • Sample of Work: a written sample of an academic research paper, thesis chapter or a published writing sample, no more than 20 pages.
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one from an academic source (Email addresses of recommenders must be entered on application).
  • Applicants must be available for an interview with the director, in person or by phone.
  • Current Resume
  • Applicants from other countries are subject to the same requirements for admission as are applicants from the U.S. Applicants from countries where English is not the language of university-level instruction will be required to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). JDST prefers a minimum score of 223 (computer-based) and 84-85 (internet-based). For information about testing center locations, please visit the TOEFL website at
  • Applicants from other countries will be required to demonstrate proof of funding in order to obtain a visa to attend school in the US. This information is not required for admissions consideration
  • Applicants may be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in International Graduate Admissions.

*See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.