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Admission Requirements

Click the degree headings below for a listing of admissions requirements for each program. Additional information about the admission process is available in the Graduate Catalog.

View guidelines for international students »

Business and Management

Master of Business Administration

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree in any area from an accredited program. Students with a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than business may be required to take additional courses in accounting and finance.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0

 

Admission process

  1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »
  2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.
  3. Submit two recommendation forms. Download PDF »
  4. Submit scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test taken within the past five years. With approval, applicants meeting either of the following criteria may be admitted without the GMAT score:

    • An undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, and minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA degree of 3.25.
    • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 with five years of full-time business-related management experience.

 

International Students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

Master of Science in Administration

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree in any area from an accredited program
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0

 

Admission process

  1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »
  2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.
  3. Submit two recommendation forms. Download PDF »
  4. Submit scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test taken within the past five years. With approval, applicants meeting either of the following criteria may be admitted without the GMAT score:

    • An undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, and minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA degree of 3.25.
    • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 with five years of full-time business-related management experience.

 

International Students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

 

Computer Science

Master of Science in Computer Science

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science from an ABET-accredited program, or by permission
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0

 

Admission process

  1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »
  2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.
  3. Submit two recommendation forms. Download PDF »
  4. Submit your current resumé.

 

International Students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

 

Counseling

Master of Science in Counseling

School of Education and Psychology

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree in any area from an accredited program

  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25. Students may be admitted who have completed at least 9 semester hours of graduate school with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (with no grade lower than a B-).

  • Six undergraduate upper-division hours in the behavioral sciences (or if on the graduate level, will not count as a part of the graduate program)

  • One undergraduate course in research or statistics (3 credit hours)

 

Admission process

  1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »

  2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.

  3. Submit three letters of recommendation—including one academic and one professional—along with the required recommendation forms. Letters should describe the relationship with you, evaluate ​your skills and accomplishments​, and summarize why they recommend you. Download PDF  »

  4. Submit a Statement of Purpose. Download guidelines »

  5. Submit a professional resumé.

  6. Successfully complete an approved background check. (Verification may be submitted by your current employer.) Download PDF »

  7. Submit results from the 16 PF Personality Test.

  8. Interview with faculty member.

 

International Students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

 

Education

Master of Science in Education

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree in any area from an accredited program

  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25. Students may be admitted who have completed at least 9 semester hours of graduate school with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (with no grade lower than a B-).

  • Nine hours in undergraduate education courses (or in graduate education courses, which will not count as a part of the graduate program).

  • Emphasis in Instructional Leadership—applicants must have two years of successful teaching experience in an accredited institution (Pre-K through university), a U.S. government teaching program, teacher exchange program, or the U.S. Armed Forces. 

 

Admission process

  1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »

  2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.

  3. Submit two letters of recommendation along with the required recommendation forms. Download PDF »

  4. Submit a Statement of Purpose. Download guidelines »

  5. Submit a professional resumé.

  6. Successfully complete an approved background check. (Verification may be submitted by your current employer.) Download PDF »

     

International Students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

 

Southern Union Conference Employees

Southern Union Conference employees are required to obtain conference authorization for tuition subsidy.

 

Global Community Development

Master of Science in Global Community Development

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited program
  • Minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 

 

Admission process

  1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »
  2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.
  3. Submit two recommendation forms. Download PDF »
  4. Submit a resumé or curriculum vitae.
  5. Submit a personal statement. View guidelines »
  6. Submit an online readiness-assessment statement »
  7. Interview with faculty member(s).

 

International Students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

 

Nursing

All application steps are to be completed by May 1 for fall admission.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Prerequisites

  • Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program

  • Minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0

  • Undergraduate or graduate course in statistics (3 credit hours)

  • Current RN licensure in your state/location of practice

  • Acute Care and Acute Care Specialization—applicants must possess current advanced-practice certification and licensure.

  • Work experience as an RN or NP. 
A minimum of one year (2,000 hours) is generally expected. Acute-care applicants must document acute care skills set.

 

Admission process

All application steps are to be completed by May 1.

  1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »

  2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.

  3. Submit three recommendation forms—one academic and two from a clinical setting. Download PDF »

  4. Submit a narrative statement describing your purpose and goals.

  5. Submit a curriculum vitae.

  6. Submit a scholarly writing sample, such as a previous graduate-level paper.

  7. Interview with faculty member(s)—scheduled when all other documents have been received.

 

International Students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

 

Once you are accepted

  • After you receive notification of acceptance, we must have documentation of satisfactory outcomes on the following items:

    • Physical exam  PDF »
    • Background check PDF »
    • Drug screen
    • Current immunizations (to be maintained throughout DNP program) PDF »
    • CPR/BLS certification (to be maintained throughout DNP program)

  • Master of Science in Nursing

    Prerequisites

    • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program

    • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0

    • Undergraduate or graduate course in statistics (3 credit hours)

    • Current RN licensure in the state or country of practice

    • A minimum of two years (4,000 hours) of current nursing experience. Acute care nurse practitioner program applicants should have substantive experience in critical care or a related area and submit documentation of critical care skill set with application.

     

    Admission process

    All application steps are to be completed by May 1 for fall admission (October 1 for winter).

    1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »

    2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.

    3. Submit two recommendation forms. Download PDF »

    4. Submit a written statement describing your purpose and goals for pursuing this degree.

    5. Submit your current resumé.

    6. Interview with faculty member(s).

     

    Once you are accepted

  • After you receive notification of acceptance, we must have documentation of satisfactory outcomes on the following items:

    • Physical exam  PDF »
    • Background check PDF »
    • Drug screen
    • Current immunizations  PDF »
    • CPR/BLS certification

  •  

    International Students

    Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

     

    RN to Master of Science in Nursing

    Prerequisites

    • Associate’s degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited program

    • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25
    • Completion of general education and cognate requirements for the BSN, or an approved plan.
      • Chemistry: Survey of Chemistry, 3 hours
      • Computer: Literacy/skills, 3 hours
      • Communication: Public speaking, 3 hours
      • English: Composition, 3 hours
      • History: Elective, 3 hours
      • General: Hist./gov./econ., philosophy, humanities, fine arts, lang., or lit., 3 hours
      • Religion: Elective, 3 hours
      • SOCI 349—Aging and Society, 3 hours
      • RELT 373—Christian Ethics, 3 hours
      • PEAC 225—Fitness for Life, 1 hour

    • Current RN licensure in the state or country of practice

    • A minimum of two years (4,000 hours) of current nursing experience. Acute care nurse practitioner program applicants should have substantive experience in critical care or a related area and submit documentation of critical care skill set with application.

     

    Admission process

    All application steps are to be completed by May 1 for fall admission (October 1 for winter).

    1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »

    2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.

    3. Submit two recommendation forms. Download PDF »

    4. Submit a written statement describing your purpose and goals for pursuing this degree.

    5. Submit your current resumé.

    6. Interview with faculty member(s).

     

    Once you are accepted

  • After you receive notification of acceptance, we must have documentation of satisfactory outcomes on the following items:

    • Physical exam  PDF »
    • Background check PDF »
    • Drug screen
    • Current immunizations  PDF »
    • CPR/BLS certification

  •  

    International Students

    Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

     

    MSN/MBA

    Prerequisites

    • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program

    • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0

    • Undergraduate or graduate course in statistics (3 credit hours)

    • Current RN licensure in the state or country of practice

    • A minimum of two years (4,000 hours) of current nursing experience.

     

    Admission process

    All application steps are to be completed by May 1 for fall admission (October 1 for winter).

    1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »

    2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.

    3. Submit two recommendation forms. Download PDF »

    4. Submit a written statement describing your purpose and goals for pursuing this degree.

    5. Submit your current resumé.

    6. Submit scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test taken within the past five years. Applicants meeting either of the following criteria may be admitted without the GMAT score:

      • An undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, and minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA degree of 3.25.
      • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 with five years of full-time business-related management experience.

    1. Interview with faculty member(s).

     

    Once you are accepted

  • After you receive notification of acceptance, we must have documentation of satisfactory outcomes on the following items:

    • Physical exam  PDF »
    • Background check PDF »
    • Drug screen
    • Current immunizations  PDF »
    • CPR/BLS certification

  •  

    International Students

    Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

     

    Post-master's Certificates

    Prerequisites

    • Master's degree in nursing from an accredited program

    • Minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0

    • Undergraduate or graduate course in statistics (3 credit hours)

    • Current RN licensure in the state or country of practice

    • A minimum of one year (2,000 hours) of current nursing experience. Acute care nurse practitioner program applicants must have a minimum of two years (4,000 hours) of nursing experience and have substantive experience in critical care or a related area and submit documentation of critical care skill set with application.

     

    Admission process

    All application steps are to be completed by May 1 for fall admission (October 1 for winter).
    1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »

    2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.

    3. Submit two recommendation forms. Download PDF »

    4. Submit a written statement describing your purpose and goals for pursuing this degree.

    5. Submit your current resumé.

    6. Interview with faculty member(s).

     

    Once you are accepted

  • After you receive notification of acceptance, we must have documentation of satisfactory outcomes on the following items:

    • Physical exam  PDF »
    • Background check PDF »
    • Drug screen
    • Current immunizations  PDF »
    • CPR/BLS certification 

  •  

    International Students

    Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

     

     

    Outdoor Education

    Master of Science in Education: Outdoor Education

    Prerequisites

    • Bachelor’s degree (in any area) from an accredited institution

    • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25. Or, if graduate credit has been earned, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on at least nine semester hours (with no grade lower than a B-) may be accepted. 

     

    Admission process

    1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »

    2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.

    3. Submit two professional recommendation forms. Download PDF »

    4. Submit a Statement of Purpose. Download guidelines »

    5. Submit a professional resumé.

    6. Successfully complete an approved background check. (Verification may be submitted by your current employer.) Download PDF »

     

    International Students

    Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

     

    Religion

    Master of Arts

    Prerequisites

    • Bachelor’s degree in any area from an accredited program

    • A minimum of 12 semester hours in religion

    • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25. For an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 to 3.24, the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required with a combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 300 and a minimum analytical writing score of 4.5.
    • Emphasis in Biblical and Theological Studies—applicants must have six semester hours in a biblical language with a minimum grade of C. This may be part of the 12 required hours in religion.

     

    Admission process

    1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »

    2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.

    3. Submit two recommendation forms. If employed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, one of these recommendations must be from the applicant’s employing organization. Download PDF »

    4. Submit a denominational service record (usually available from your SDA employer), if applicable, OR this Record of Service form »

    5. Submit formal paper of at least 3,000 words that meets these criteria:
      • Research-based, demonstrating appropriate use of valid sources.
      • Reflects the ability to write lucidly, with careful organization of ideas.
      • Demonstrates care and consistency in format, style, and mechanics.
      • Meets the standards for at least a B grade when compared with undergraduate research papers.

    6. If the undergraduate GPA is below 3.25, submit qualifying GRE scores.

     

    International Students

    Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

    Master of Ministry

    Prerequisites

    • Bachelor’s degree in any area from an accredited program

    • A minimum of 12 semester hours in religion

    • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0. For an undergraduate GPA of 2.50 to 2.99, the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required with a combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 295 and a minimum analytical writing score of 4.
    • Emphasis in Church Ministry and Homiletics—applicants must:
      • have a minimum of three years of pastoral experience, or approval
      • have taken an undergraduate course in biblical preaching. Otherwise, RELP 401—Fundamentals of Biblical Preaching or an equivalent course is required.

    • Emphasis in Evangelism and World Mission—applicants must:
      • provide a written list of church offices held (such as elder, deaconess, Sabbath School teacher) and church outreach activities (such as conducting Bible studies, working in Revelation seminars, assisting with health-education seminars).
      • have taken an undergraduate course in biblical preaching. Otherwise, RELP 401—Fundamentals of Biblical Preaching or an equivalent course is required.

     

    Admission process

    1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »

    2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.

    3. Submit two recommendation forms. If employed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, one of these recommendations must be from the applicant’s employing organization. Download PDF »

    4. Submit a denominational service record (usually available from your SDA employer), if applicable, OR this Record of Service form »

    5. Submit formal paper of at least 3,000 words that meets these criteria:
      • Research-based, demonstrating appropriate use of valid sources.
      • Reflects the ability to write lucidly, with careful organization of ideas.
      • Demonstrates care and consistency in format, style, and mechanics.
      • Meets the standards for at least a B grade when compared with undergraduate research papers.

    6. If the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, submit qualifying GRE scores.

     

    International Students

    Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

     

    Social Work

    Master of Social Work

    Full-time students entering the MSW program without previous social work training can typically complete the degree in two years. Those with a bachelor of social work degree who qualify for the advanced-placement track may complete the MSW in three semesters (12 months).

     

    Prerequisites

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited program, with coursework indicating a strong liberal-arts background. Advanced placement requires a bachelor of social work degree, obtained in the last six years, from a CSWE-accredited program.
    • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Advanced placement requires that undergraduate transcripts indicate no more than one grade of C or lower in a core social work class.


    Admission process

    • Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »
    • Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.
    • Submit two recommendation forms from a college professor, work supervisor, or social-work field instructor. Download PDF »
    • Submit a personal statement describing your motivation for graduate school in social work. Download PDF  »
    • Submit your current resumé.
       

    International Students

    Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

     

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