Applying to Dartmouth

Graduate students at Dartmouth benefit from world-class facilities, outstanding faculty, and a commitment to individual education. Graduate programs admit the most highly qualified applicants whose academic backgrounds and personal and professional experiences have prepared them for achievement and excellence in graduate studies. 

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Please APPLY through the Guarini School for the following graduate programs:


  • Chemistry a 4+1 program
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Musics- We are thrilled to announce that Dartmouth's 2-Year M.A. in Digital Musics is transitioning into a 3-year M.F.A. in Sonic Practice. In light of this shift, applications will close for the current 2024-25 season and reopen to prospective M.F.A. students for the academic year 2025-26.
  • Earth Sciences
  • Master of Arts in Liberal Studies


  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Sciences
  • Ecology, Evolution, Environment and Society (EEES)
  • Health Policy and Clinical Practice
  • Integrative Neuroscience
  • Mathematics
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology Program 
    • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
    • Biological Sciences
    • Cancer Biology
    • Microbiology and Immunology
    • Molecular and Systems Biology
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • Quantitative Biomedical Sciences

For Engineering please APPLY through the Thayer School of Engineering 

Application Requirements

Application requirements vary by program; exact requirements can be obtained from each department. See our complete list of programs for links to department websites.

Application FAQs

How do I receive an application fee waiver?
Application waivers are available in some instances. For the 2023-2024 application season, the only programs requiring an application fee are: Computer Science, Engineering, and MALS. To request a fee waiver please contact the prospective program for more details. 

Do all programs require GRE scores in 2023-2024?
The only program requiring GRE scores this year is Computer Science. For all other programs
 the GRE is optional.

Can I receive a English Language Proficiency waiver?
The language proficiency test can be waived if you are earning or have earned a degree from institutions in the United States, Canada, or from an English-speaking country. Applicants whose language of instruction at their non-US university was 100% taught in English are also not required to report scores. *Some Guarini programs have stricter requirements. Please visit the program websites for more details.
***You do not need to seek our approval or submit documentation to prove eligibility for this waiver. You should indicate eligibility with the check box in the education section of your application.

Which English Language Proficiency exams are accepted?
We accept Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo (DET). We will accept self-reported scores at the time of application. If admitted, you will be required to provide official test results.

Do I need to submit transcripts from every college or university I have attended?
You will be required to upload a copy of the academic transcript(s) issued by the institution(s) from which you obtained your undergraduate (bachelor's or first) degree; any advanced/graduate degrees; and any transfer institutions. If your transcript(s) are not in English, upload both the original transcript and a certified translation. Please do not send official transcripts to the Guarini School or the program you are applying to. All transcripts should be uploaded to your application prior to submission.

Do you convert GPAs?
We do not convert your GPA to a 4.0 scale, nor should you.

How many letters of recommendation may I submit?
You are required to have three letters of recommendation. You may include the information for up to four recommenders.

Who should I select to write my recommendation letters?
Request letters of recommendation from people who can speak to your academic abilities and likelihood to succeed in graduate school. Letters of recommendation from friends, family members, or coaches do not enhance your candidacy.

You are responsible for notifying your references of your application deadline and ensuring your recommendation letters are submitted on time. We review your application only if all required recommendation letters are received by your application deadline.

If you would like to make changes to your list of references, please return to your Status Page.

I hold a three-year bachelor's degree. Is that acceptable for admission?
Yes, we will give equal consideration for admission to applicants with three-year bachelor's degrees.

I received my test scores after submitting my application. How do I submit them?
You can return to your application status page and self-report your unofficial scores after application submission.

What is the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies at Dartmouth code for GRE and TOEFL scores?
3351. Department codes are optional.

Can I update my application materials after submission?
No. All that can be updated after submission are unofficial self-reported test scores, permanent address, and recommender information. This can be done through your application status page

If I apply early, can I receive my application decision early?
No, all decisions are released after the application deadline and after admissions committees have met and evaluated the applications.

Can my credentials be evaluated before I apply?
As faculty members take all components of an application into consideration it is not possible to make an assessment before an application has been submitted.

How can I check on the status of my recommendations/ edit recommenders?
This can be done by returning to your application status page. You can send email reminders to recommenders as well as update/add a recommender after application submission if needed.

How can I find out the status of my application?
We cannot provide updates as to where it is in the review process or provide an early decision. You can access your Status Page to monitor receipt of your LORs and if you do not hear from us regarding missing or late materials you can assume your application is complete. Our individual graduate programs review applications and make application decisions, so we are unable to provide status updates. You can reach out directly to the program in which you have applied for further questions about your status.

What address should official transcripts be sent to?

  • Please do not send official transcripts to the Guarini School or the program you have applied to.
  • Official transcripts are ONLY required AFTER you have been offered admission.
  • Upon admission into your program, you will receive instructions regarding how to submit official transcripts.
  • Official transcripts must show your conferred degree and date of conferral.



Misrepresentation in Admission Materials Policy

Making false statements in admission materials is cause for the College to withdraw an offer of admission.