Radford University College of Graduate Studies and Research Online Applications

Instructions for Completing the Application

Visit our home page at http://www.radford.edu/gradcollege

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View information regarding our programs and degrees at https://www.radford.edu/content/grad/home/academics/graduate-programs.html

If you are completing the College of Graduate Studies and Research Application for admission as a degree, certificate, or non-degree seeking student, please review the information below carefully.

If you are completing the RU Supplemental Application for Admission to the Graduate College for CAS Applicants Only, you are required to complete this application in addition to submitting a completed application through CSDCAS or PTCAS. International applicants must also complete the Supplemental International Application portion of this form. Similarly, all applicants who wish to be eligible for in-state tuition rates must also complete the Application for Virginia In-state Tuition Rates portion of this form. The $50 supplemental fee is required in addition to the standard CAS application fees. Your application cannot be reviewed by the department until your supplemental application has been submitted.

Supporting Materials

Complete the application online. Except for your official transcripts and test scores, all supporting materials may be submitted online. Please see below for the specific supporting materials required by your program.

Test Scores

Official scores (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, GMAT, MAT) must be submitted directly to the Graduate College from the testing services. Radford University's test submission code is 5565. Unofficial test scores will not be accepted. An official TOEFL or IELTS score is required for all international applicants from non-English speaking countries or who graduated from universities whose primary language of instruction is not English.

Recommendation Forms

The number of recommendations required by each program varies from zero to three. You are only required to submit what is asked by your program. However, you will have the opportunity to include information for an additional reference in order to have an alternate reference if necessary.

The online application system allows you to identify individuals who will provide references for you and allows your references the opportunity to submit the recommendation form and an uploaded personal letter through a secured electronic server via email. You must include valid email addresses for your references and indicate whether your references will be using the online reference form. If you opt out of using the online reference form for any of your references, you will not be allowed to opt in after your application is submitted. Electronic recommendations are only accepted as official if they are submitted using the online reference form associated with the online application. Recommendations that are emailed directly to Graduate Admission will not be accepted as official.

If you are not using the online reference form available through the online application for one or more of your references and your recommendations are sent to you directly, do not open them. Hardcopy recommendations must remain in their original sealed envelopes, with signature of the reference across the seal, to be submitted with your application. Hardcopy recommendations may be forwarded directly to Graduate Admissions using the address listed below.

Be very attentive to the requirements of your program. Some programs require submission of both the online form and a formal letter of reference. Your references will have the opportunity to upload a formal letter to the online form. Applicants using the RU Supplemental Application for Admission to the Graduate College for CAS Applicants Only do not need to submit additional recommendation forms in addition to what is available/used by CASPA, CSDCAS, or PTCAS respectively. You must submit the references available/used in CASPA, CSDCAS, or PTCAS when applying to one of these programs.

After your application is submitted, you may edit the names of your references and waiver permission in your Activity Log. You may not change the name of a reference that has already begun the recommendation process; you may edit the name of someone who has not. Also, you may only change your waiver permission from "no" to "yes."


Degree seeking and certificate seeking applicants: Request official transcripts from the Registrar of each college or university from which you have earned a degree or additional course credit following the conferral of your degree. An unofficial transcript is sufficient for any course credit that has been transferred. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application for all institutions attended; however, your application will not be complete and eligible for review until the required official transcripts are received. In order to be considered official, your transcript must be received to the Graduate College unopened in the original envelope from your institution. If your institution provides electronic official transcripts, you may request that the Registrar send the document to gradcollege@radford.edu.

Non-degree seeking applicants: Request an official transcript from the Registrar of the college or university from which your most recent degree is conferred (bachelor’s degree or higher). If your institution provides electronic official transcripts, you may request that the Registrar send the document to gradcollege@radford.edu. Non-degree applicants may also opt to submit a certification of eligibility as a transient graduate student in good standing, with transfer permission at your home institution for coursework to be completed at Radford University or an Educator's Degree/Employment Verification Request Form for Non-Degree Enrollment or a Degree verification form, showing completion of a conferred baccalaureate degree in lieu of an official conferred transcript.

For all applicants who are graduates of Radford University, only transcripts for course work taken at other institutions after graduation need to be submitted. An official transcript can be obtained on your behalf from the RU Registrar.

International applicants:  International applicants must submit an official record for each college or university attended to the Graduate College. All records from non-U.S. institutions must be certified and translated into English by an evaluation service. International applicants are required to use one of the following credential evaluation services: World Education Services (WES), Foreign Credential Service of America (FCSA), International Educational Equivalency Evaluation Services Inc. (IEEES), or Transcript Research. Applicants are required to select the course-by-course report option from the preferred credential evaluation service. General reports are not sufficient.


All Virginia residents must complete the application for in-state residency by the first day of classes. If you are a non-Virginia resident and wish to apply for residency, you will need to complete the application along with all supporting materials for in-state residency, also by the first day of classes.

International Students

A minimum TOEFL internet-based score of 79-80 or paper-based score of 550 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required of all international applicants from non-English speaking countries or who graduated from universities whose primary language of instruction is not English. The Supplemental International Student Application (included as a section of the online application) must also be completed. Additional documentation of financial ability is required if an offer of admission is received (see the Graduate Catalog or contact Graduate Admissions for information).

Financial Aid

Several types of financial aid are available for graduate students. Information about financial aid may be found online at https://www.radford.edu/content/grad/home/cost.html, or you may contact the Office of Financial Aid directly at:

Office of Financial Aid
Radford University
P. O. Box 6905
Radford, VA 24142
(540) 831-5408

Honor Code

I shall uphold the values and ideals of Radford University by engaging in responsible behavior and striving always to be accountable for my actions while holding myself and others to the highest moral and ethical standards of academic integrity and good citizenship as defined in the Standards of Student Conduct.

Equal Opportunity

Radford University does not discriminate with regard to race, color, sex, sexual preference, disability, age, veteran status, national origin, religion, or political affiliation in the administration of its educational programs, activities, admission, or employment practices.

For Additional Information or Assistance in Completing the Application:

PHONE (540) 831-5431
FAX (540) 831-6061
TDD (540) 831-5128

Regular hours are 8:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M.
Summer hours are 7:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
(All times are Eastern Standard Time)

Submit the Completed Supplemental Application Materials To:

Graduate Admissions
Radford University
P.O. Box 6928
Radford, Virginia 24142

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