- What are the admissions requirements?
- What should I say in my personal statement?
- Can I apply to more than one program?
- What program or field of study should I choose?
- How long will it take me to complete my degree?
- What is the academic course load for graduate students?
- Can I enroll in a graduate program as a part-time student?
Costs and Funding
Students with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution who possess a grade point average of 3.25 or higher are automatically admitted into the program. All others must demonstrate that they are academically able to undertake graduate-level coursework. More information can be found on the Step-By-Step Process page.
The personal statement should be used as an opportunity to share unique qualifications and interests that may make you stand out from other applicants. While there are no set guidelines for what a personal statement must contain, it is advised that each student answer at least these three questions when composing their personal statement:
- Why would you like to pursue your graduate degree? Please reflect your critical thinking ability.
- How can you guarantee that you will be successful in the program? Please describe your plan of action.
- How are you planning to use your degree once you have completed the program? Please describe your career goals.
It is important to note that each member of the Review Board will review your personal statement, so it is vital that both the spelling and grammar used in your statement be reviewed multiple times before submission.
Students may apply to more than one program, but it is important to note that some programs have different admission requirements and are only offered at certain times in the year. For more detailed information, please contact a Graduate Admissions Counselor.
Up to 12 quarter hours of transfer credit may be applied to the degree requirements for the graduate program. Transfer credit must have been completed at a B level or higher, completed at an accredited institution, be recognized as being applicable to the proposed programs, and have been completed in the last 5 years. No credit for life experience or proficiency examinations will be applied to the graduate programs.
The answer to the question depends on what you want to do professionally: you should select the field of study that provides the content expertise and credentials necessary to be both competent and competitive in your field of interest. There are several ways to determine what field of study or degree is necessary:
- Professionals who work in your field of interest are excellent resources that can help you learn more about what credentials, experience, and skills are required for new employees.
- Professional associations can also provide a wealth of information about what areas of expertise, knowledge, or skills are valued.
It is also important to think about your personal strengths and interests. If you are currently enrolled in a college or university, your career or counseling center should be able to provide some advice to help you focus on what program would be best for you. Last, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the different requirements for each program, as certain programs may have specific GPA requirements, as well as specific undergraduate coursework requirements.
The length of time it would take to complete a master's degree really depends on you and the program you are looking to get accepted to, but on average, master's candidates complete their degree in one-and-a-half to three years with the exception of students who enroll in the Full-Time Day program who complete their graduate degree in ten months.
All programs except the Full-Time Day option can be pursued either full-time or part-time. To be considered full-time, students must be registered for at least 2 graduate courses per quarter. International students must be enrolled full-time to fulfill student visa requirements.
Yes, many of our students attend classes on a part-time basis. Most campus locations offer courses in the evenings, and some offer weekends, online, or midday courses, as well.
Costs and Funding
International students may qualify for certain institutional grants. For more detailed information, please contact a Financial Services Advisor.