Applying for Admission
Applying for Admission
Admission to graduate study at Mills is contingent upon the completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. US institutions must be accredited by one of the six regional accreditation associations listed at the Council for Higher Education Accreditation website. The criteria used for admission decisions vary according to each program. They reflect an evaluation of the applicant's potential for graduate work.
Mills does not discriminate in its graduate admission policy on the basis of race, color, marital status, age, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, or disability, but reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone on the basis of previous academic record, letter of recommendation, or, in the case of the fine arts areas, auditions, portfolios, manuscripts, or other works submitted.
Standardized Test Scores
For those taking the GRE or SAT, Mills College’s code is 004485 and a department does not need to be specified. For those taking the ACT, Mills College's code is 0332. For those taking the GMAT, Mills College’s code is 4485.
Spring: October 15 priority deadline for receipt of spring admission applications.
Many of our programs do not accept applications for spring admission. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission for current information.
If applying online, applicants must pay by credit card or electronic check. Payment by electronic check, rather than credit card, may delay processing by seven to ten business days.
Special Status/Non-Degree Applicants
Prospective students who possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and who wish to enroll in graduate classes for credit but not a degree program must submit one official transcript confirming the baccalaureate degree and one letter of recommendation in addition to completing an abbreviated application for admission available through the Office of Graduate Admission. If approved, students can be considered non-matriculated for up to two terms. At that time, students must apply for formal admission to a specific program, demonstrate the need for continued status as non-matriculated students, audit courses for no credit, or withdraw. Special non-degree students are not eligible for Federal Stafford Loans. English and art graduate programs do not allow special non-degree students.
All programs also require program-specific supplemental applications which may be downloaded as PDF documents from the program's application webpage. Online applicants are not required to submit separate supplemental applications as they are already included within the online application.
All applications and supporting materials submitted to the Office of Graduate Admission are the property of Mills College and cannot be returned to the applicant for later use.
Applicants who are still completing their degree should send official transcripts showing all completed and in-progress academic work. Upon completion of bachelor's degree, accepted applicants must also send one (1) official transcript confirming the awarded degree in order to be eligible for enrollment.
Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from outside the US should reference the International transcript guidelines in this catalog.
Recommendations should come from academic or professional contacts who can comment on the applicant's character and potential for graduate study. The Office of Graduate Admission strongly recommends applicants contact recommenders as early in the application process as possible.
The online application allows applicants to supply the email addresses of three recommenders. Once the application has been submitted and the application fee paid, recommenders are emailed links to an online recommendation form. Applicants may log back in to the online application system and send reminder emails to their recommenders through the Activity Log. Recommendation forms may also be downloaded as PDF documents from the program's application webpage.
Other Application Materials
A completed graduate admission application, a supplemental application, and an application fee are required for all graduate applicants. Applicants should consult the program-specific section(s) on the Mills College website for program application requirements, such as art portfolios, writing samples, or standardized test scores.
Art portfolios, dance samples, music samples, and education enrollment materials should be sent directly to the respective department according to instructions on the program's supplemental application. All other application materials should be sent to the Office of Graduate Admission.
Applicants may use their Banner ID number to access the Mills Resource Portal. The portal allows the applicant to view missing application materials and update her/his contact information. The portal is continually being updated during peak application periods.
2. Approximately two to three weeks after the priority deadlines, completed applications are sent to the program for review. Review times vary.
3. Departmental admission committees consider requests for admission and forward their recommendations to the Office of Graduate Admission for processing.
4. Applicants are notified of the admission decision as well as any financial aid or scholarship, if awarded. The notification letter will come from the Office of Graduate Admission.
5. In order to ensure a place in a program, admitted students must submit their deposit and Statement of Intent to the Office of Graduate Admission.
6. Deposited students receive an email confirming that the Office of Graduate Admission has received their deposit.
7. General orientation materials are sent from the Division of Student Life; orientation information is also available on their website.
Concurrent Enrollment Policy
If accepted to two programs, students will only be offered one financial aid package.
The deposit may be paid online via credit card or electronic check. Deposits may also be made by money order or check and be sent to the Office of Graduate Admission. Cash deposits are accepted if paid in person at the Office of Graduate Admission.
Deposits are required to hold an applicant's space in a graduate program. A student's deferral deposit is applied against the first-semester's tuition. See Deferment Policy below.
An accepted and deposited graduate student who chooses not to attend Mills College forfeits her/his nonrefundable deposit. Refunds are not given.
Please note that any financial aid funding offered does not carry over from the original semester it was awarded, if she/he chooses to defer. Deferred accepted students must reapply for any departmental assistantships, scholarships, and/or governmental financial aid.
Graduate Probationary Admission