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Student-centered support

At Warner, you will be exposed to innovative teaching, research, and community partnerships; supportive faculty who are researchers and practitioner leaders; and student-centered, flexible programs designed to meet your needs.

Prospective Graduate Students


Message from Melissa Sturge-Apple, Vice Provost and University Dean of Graduate Education:

COVID-19 has had a significant impact upon the educational system across the United States and across the world. The University of Rochester also understands that the pandemic has had a reverberating effect on the daily lives of every student. On behalf of those in charge of graduate admissions at Rochester, across schools and programs, I want to assure you that we recognize this impact and also understand that colleges and universities across the globe are implementing various grading policies this term that may affect prospective students’ cumulative GPAs. All of these factors will be considered in evaluating applications. We encourage prospective students to include in their personal statements special circumstances as well as achievements that may not be apparent due to modified grading policies.

For more detailed information, please do not hesitate to contact the school or program to which you plan to apply. We appreciate your interest in the University of Rochester and remain committed to attracting the most talented students, regardless of the circumstances they face. We wish you best of luck with your studies this term and with your application to Rochester.


We invite you to apply to the Warner School and encourage you to reach out to admissions staff and program directors with questions. Warner uses a holistic approach to assess applications, considering all aspects of the candidate’s preparation, experience, and potential to contribute to the Warner community and the professions and organizations we serve.

The next application deadline is June 15, 2021. Note that only those completed applications received by the deadline will be considered by the Warner Admissions Committee. Applications received after a deadline or that are incomplete will be rolled over to the next appropriate deadline.

Please contact us if you have any questions about our programs or the admissions process or deadlines.

Learn about admissions

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Take a course

If you are considering applying for a Warner degree program, one of the best ways to experience the quality education that Warner delivers is to take a course as a non-matriculated student. Register with the Warner non-matriculated student application..

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Admissions events

We host on-campus events and invite you to experience Warner.

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International applicants

Join our global community! We provide support and guidance throughout the application process and as you settle into your academics at the University and life in Rochester.

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The admissions team

In the spirit of Meliora, we are here to help you become ever better - so you can make the individuals and organizations you serve ever better.

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Career services

The Warner School supports our students with a dedicated Career Services Office. As your career partner, Warner Career Services provides expertise, tactical skill development, and strategic goal setting to help support your targeted job search.

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Frequently asked questions

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Financing your education

The Warner School and the University of Rochester offer a number of scholarship and financial support opportunities to help make a Warner School education more affordable.

  • Merit-based scholarships
  • Opportunities for master’s students
  • Student loan programs
  • Doctoral assistantships
  • University of Rochester and other employer-based benefits
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Learn more about financial support opportunities

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Admissions deadlines

February 15 • April 15 • June 15 • September 15 • December 15* 
* All PhD applications are due by December 15.

The next application deadline is June 15, 2021.

When you can start

  • June 15, 2021 Deadline
    Master's, Certificate, and EdD Applicants - start as early as Fall 2021 Semester.
    International Applicants (outside of North America) - start online as early as Fall 2021 Semester, start in-person Spring or Fall 2022 Semester.
  • Master’s, Certificate, and EdD
    Apply by September 15 for SPRING semester start
    Apply by December 15, February 15, or April 15 for SUMMER or FALL start
  • PhD
    Apply by December 15 for start as early as SUMMER; most start in FALL
  • International Applicants
    FALL starts only (apply any cycle: September applicants start the following year)

Contact admissions


Thank you for your interest in the Warner School! The admissions team looks forward to assisting you as you explore graduate education at the Warner School.

We would welcome the opportunity to send you more information and answer any questions you may have.

Please feel free to use our inquiry form to contact us with any questions. Register and watch your mail for an information packet that will include a waiver of the $70 application fee.

You can also email us at or call (585) 275-3950.