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Dear Teachers,

I am very confused with whether "for" or "to" should be used after "apply". Can I say:

I am going to apply for the UCLA MBA program.

Or "apply to" is a better option?

Also, are there any rules for "apply for" or "apply to". I know "apply for a job" and "apply to a school", and would like to learn more if possible.

Thanks a lot for your attention!

Stone.
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AnonymousIs it apply to Phd programs or apply for Phd programs?
It could be either. Is the writer thinking of the set of courses or its administration?
I think that writer means courses not the position.

I have the same question: Am I applying for a Master's program or to a Master's program (not job/position, but the course)?
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Anonymous: Am I applying for a Master's program or to a Master's program (not job/position, but the course)?
You are applying to the university for a master's program.
And when we'd use apply at? because I'd say I am going to apply at Samsung Company
apply to
This is the idiom to use when you are putting yourself forward as a candidate for something such as a course of study, or a job. You apply to graduate school. You apply toa company for employment. You apply to a bank’s loan department for a loan.
apply for
This is the expression to use if your intention is to obtain something. You apply for scholarship money. You applyfor admission. You apply for a job.
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When the purpose is non specific we use apply for and use apply to when our request is specifically directed

Example : This ointment can be applied for different conditions.

But this is applied to the infected area

I applied for a job/position in a bank

I applied to the post of Deputy Manager

Thank you all, that was very helpful.

I think the "apply at Samsung" question wasn't answered yet, or is it "apply at" if it is a proper noun like XYZ company or ABC Corporation or Evil Babies Inc.

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I think the "apply at Samsung" question wasn't answered yet, or is it "apply at" if it is a proper noun like XYZ company or ABC Corporation or Evil Babies Inc.

'at' implies a physical presence.

If you are applying at Samsung, you are physically present in an office used by Samsung as part of its hiring operations. So if you are going directly to Samsung to make your application then you are applying at Samsung to Samsung for a position that Samsung has available.

CJ

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