Application FAQs

Academic History

What is considered an official transcript?

Unopened transcripts that are sent from higher education institutions directly to our admissions department via email or direct mail are considered official. Transcripts—regardless of format—that are opened by an applicant prior to being sent to Temple University are not considered official.

I earned undergraduate credits at multiple institutions. Are transcripts required from each of those

Yes. You will need to submit a separate transcript from every institution you attended where you completed six or more credits.

International Applicants

Do I need to submit transcripts in English?

Yes. If academic records are not issued in English, official copies of native language records must be accompanied by a literal translation prepared by an appropriate university or government official. Approved translators can be found at the American Translators Association.

Do international transcripts need to be certified by a credential evaluation organization before....

Although not required, you may choose to submit a photocopy of transcripts to the department or program to which you are applying to accelerate the admissions decision process. You may use services from a credential evaluation organization approved by Temple University—as identified by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services—and request that the evaluation be sent to the Graduate Admissions department.

Am I required to submit a score report from TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo?

An English proficiency language test such as the TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo is required if:

  • You have not earned a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a U.S. institution
  • You earned a degree abroad from an institution for which the language of instruction was not English


Can I upload an unofficial GRE or GMAT report to my application?

Yes. We accept unofficial score reports during the application process. However, if you are admitted into the program, we will need your official scores sent to the University directly from the testing service once you matriculate into the program.

Are GMAT/GRE scores required?

GMAT/GRE test score requirements vary per program. Candidates who have earned an MD or PhD degree are automatically waived from the test requirement. Candidates with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 are required to submit a test score. Please speak with an admissions representative to learn more.

Work History

What should I do if I do not have any full-time work experience?

A professional resume or CV should be uploaded regardless of full-time work experience. If you do not have work experience, please upload a resume highlighting your academic achievements.


Who should be selected to be a recommender?

We encourage you to request letters of recommendation from faculty and/or employers who can write about your ability to succeed in graduate study. For applicants to MBA programs, letters of recommendations from your employer/supervisor or previous employer/supervisor are preferred. If you are self-employed, letters may come from long-time clients.

What should I do if my recommender is unable to submit their letter through the application portal

If your recommender is having difficulty uploading their letter to the application portal, they can email their letter to .

What should I do if my recommender is unresponsive?

You may edit or change your recommenders at any point during the application process, even after you have submitted your application. Our application portal also allows you to resend the recommendation invitation if needed. Note: We encourage you to check on the status of your recommendations via the recommendation section regularly.


What are the differences between essay 1 and 2?

Essay 1 is required. This essay gives you the opportunity to share your educational and professional goals—and how our program will help you achieve those goals—with the Admissions Committee. Some programs may have an essay question specific to the field of study. Essay 2 is optional. You may use this optional essay to present additional information to the admissions committee. We recommend providing Essay 2 to address specific circumstances regarding your application, such as an undergraduate GPA below 3.0.

Is there a word limit for my essays?

No, however, we prefer essays to be 500 – 750 words.