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Master of Applied Computer Science

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Our online Master of Applied Computer Science (MACS) program will prepare you with the theoretical and practical skills to apply toward a career in one of the nation's fastest-growing sectors -- technology!

Available concentrations:

  • Data Science
  • Networking and Cyber Security
  • Software Engineering
  • Web Development
  • General
You may submit the application below:Graduate Student Application

Computer Science Program Application Process/Admission Requirements

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Master of Applied Computer Science (after submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours (check your spam); and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents)
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, please address: (1) how you developed an interest in computer technology, internet, (2) your computer background and proficiency, (3) the skills and experience you bring to the program, (4) your expectations of the program, and (5) your personal/professional goals and how this program meets them.
  3. Resume
  4. Two completed recommendation forms (PDF). Recommendation letters are waived for SXU alumni.
  5. Official transcript(s) from any/all institutions from which a bachelor's or master's degree(s) was/were received, and from any/all institution(s) at which graduate-level coursework was completed.
  6. Applicants who have not worked in the information systems field and/or do not have a computer-based undergraduate degree, and who therefore will need to complete additional coursework, will be notified accordingly after a review of their completed application/transcripts.

 

Master of Arts in Education/Master of Arts in Teaching

Education Programs Leading to a PEL (Professional Educator License) and Master's Degree

(choose from the seven teacher preparation programs below if you have a bachelor's degree and would like to become a licensed teacher)

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Master of Arts in Teaching: Alternative Licensure -- Early Childhood (after submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours {check your spam}; and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents) (no application fee)
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program to which you are applying and assess how your past experiences will support you in your journey to become a licensed teacher.
  3. Resume. Include the name/position/contact information of a minimum of three references with whom you have a relationship that is professional and/or academic in nature. Professional is described as current or former supervisors in the workplace or a volunteer organization; academic is described as current or former professors if enrolled in school within the past year.
  4. Official transcript(s) from any/all colleges/universities attended. If your post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.
  5. Illinois Content Area Test results. Provide evidence of passing the appropriate Content Area Test as provided by ILTS (Illinois Licensure Testing System). We are happy to explain the Content Area Test requirement in further detail and answer questions so please feel free to call our Office of Graduate Admission at 773-298-3053.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Master of Arts in Teaching: Alternative Licensure -- Elementary Education (after submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours {check your spam}; and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents) (no application fee)
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program to which you are applying and assess how your past experiences will support you in your journey to become a licensed teacher.
  3. Resume. Include the name/position/contact information of a minimum of three references with whom you have a relationship that is professional and/or academic in nature. Professional is described as current or former supervisors in the workplace or a volunteer organization; academic is described as current or former professors if enrolled in school within the past year.
  4. Official transcript(s) from any/all colleges/universities attended. If your post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.
  5. Illinois Content Area Test results. Provide evidence of passing the appropriate Content Area Test as provided by Illinois Licensure Testing System). We are happy to explain the Content Area Test requirement in further detail and answer questions so please feel free to call our Office of Graduate Admission at 773-298-3053.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Master of Arts in Teaching: Alternative Licensure -- Middle Level Education (after submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours {check your spam}; and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents) (no application fee)
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program to which you are applying and assess how your past experiences will support you in your journey to become a licensed teacher.
  3. Resume. Include the name/position/contact information of a minimum of three references with whom you have a relationship that is professional and/or academic in nature. Professional is described as current or former supervisors in the workplace or a volunteer organization; academic is described as current or former professors if enrolled in school within the past year.
  4. Official transcript(s) from any/all colleges/universities attended. If the applicant's post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.
  5. Illinois Content Area Test results. Provide evidence of passing the appropriate Content Area Test as provided by Illinois Licensure Testing System. We are happy to explain the Content Area Test requirement in further detail and answer questions so please feel free to call our Office of Graduate Admission at 773-298-3053.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Master of Arts in Teaching: Alternative Licensure -- Secondary Education (after submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours {check your spam}; and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents) (no application fee)
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program to which you are applying and assess how your past experiences will support you in your journey to become a licensed teacher.
  3. Resume. Include the name/position/contact information of a minimum of three references with whom you have a relationship that is professional and/or academic in nature. Professional is described as current or former supervisors in the workplace or a volunteer organization; academic is described as current or former professors if enrolled in school within the past year.
  4. Official transcript(s) from any/all colleges/universities attended. If your post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.
  5. Illinois Content Area Test results. Provide evidence of passing the appropriate Content Area Test as provided by Illinois Licensure Testing System. We are happy to explain the Content Area Test requirement in further detail and answer questions so please feel free to call our Office of Graduate Admission at 773-298-3053.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education (after submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours {check your spam}; and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents) (no application fee)
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program to which you are applying and assess how your past experiences will support you in your journey to become a licensed teacher.
  3. Official transcript(s) from any/all colleges/universities attended. If your post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education (after submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours {check your spam}; and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents) no application fee)
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program to which you are applying and assess how your past experiences will support you in your journey to become a licensed teacher.
  3. Two professional recommendations from individuals with whom you have an academic and/or professional relationship (supervisors, professors, coworkers, etc. Recommenders must discuss your strengths and limitations to the program to which you are applying from their position of knowing you professionally.
  4. Official transcript(s) from any/all colleges/universities attended. If the applicant's post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Master of Arts in Education: Special Education (after submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours {check your spam}; and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents) (no application fee)
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program to which you are applying and discuss how your past experiences and personal characteristics will support you in your journey to become a special educator.
  3. Two professional recommendations from individuals with whom you have an academic and/or professional relationship (supervisors, professors, coworkers, etc. Recommenders must discuss your strengths and limitations to the program to which you are applying from their position of knowing you professionally.
  4. Students applying to the MA Special Education program must, at a minimum, submit their official Bachelor’s degree transcripts. However, if students provide official transcripts from all other schools attended, the Education Department will review transcripts to determine if there are enough credits to pursue additional endorsements. This transcript evaluation is provided as a service to our students at no additional cost.
  5. If the applicant's post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.

Education Programs Designed Primarily for Licensed Teachers to Enhance Their Credentials

(the nine programs below are not teacher licensure programs; none of them lead to teacher licensure)

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Graduate Endorsement: ESL/Bilingual (after submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours {check your spam}; and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents) (no application fee)
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program and assess your strengths and limitations.
  3. Official transcript(s) from the institution(s) from which you obtained a bachelor's degree and possibly additional transcripts if more than one institution was attended. You will be notified as to which transcripts are needed after your application is received. If the applicant's post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.

This is the application requirements for the Master of Arts in Education Dual Endorsement LBS I and Bilingual/ESL.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Master of Arts in Education: Dual Endorsement LBS1 and Bilingual/ESL (after submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours {check your spam}; and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents) (no application fee)
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program to which you are applying and discuss how your past experiences and personal characteristics will support you in your journey to become a special educator.
  3. One professional recommendation from an individual with whom you have an academic and/or professional relationship (supervisor, professor. Recommender must discuss your strengths and limitations to the program to which you are applying from their position of knowing you professionally.
  4. Official transcript(s) from any/all colleges/universities attended. If the applicant's post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluated by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Graduate Certificate: Education Technology (after submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours {check your spam}; and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents) (no application fee)
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program and assess your strengths and limitations.
  3. Two professional recommendations from individuals with whom you have an academic and/or professional relationship (supervisors, professors, coworkers, etc. Recommenders must discuss your strengths and limitations to the program to which you are applying from their position of knowing you professionally.
  4. Official transcript(s) from the institution(s) from which you obtained a bachelor's degree and possibly additional transcripts if more than one institution was attended. You will be notified as to which transcripts are needed after your application is received. If your post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Graduate Endorsement: ESL/Bilingual (after submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours {check your spam}; and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents) (no application fee)
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program and assess your strengths and limitations.
  3. Official transcript(s) from the institution(s) from which you obtained a bachelor's degree and possibly additional transcripts if more than one institution was attended. You will be notified as to which transcripts are needed after your application is received. If the applicant's post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Graduate Endorsement: Special Education - Learning Behavior Specialist (after submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours {check your spam}; and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents) (no application fee)
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program and assess your strengths and limitations.
  3. Official transcript(s) from the institution(s) from which you obtained a bachelor's degree and possibly additional transcripts if more than one institution was attended. You will be notified as to which transcripts are needed after your application is received. If the applicant's post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Graduate Endorsement: Teacher Leader (after submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours {check your spam}; and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents) (no application fee)
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program and assess your strengths and limitations.
  3. Two professional recommendations from individuals with whom you have an academic and/or professional relationship (supervisors, professors, coworkers, etc. Recommenders must discuss your strengths and limitations to the program to which you are applying from their position of knowing you professionally.
  4. Official transcript(s) from the institution(s) from which you obtained a bachelor's degree and possibly additional transcripts if more than one institution was attended. You will be notified as to which transcripts are needed after your application is received. If your post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Graduate Endorsement: Technology Specialist (after submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours {check your spam}; and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents no application fee)
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program and assess your strengths and limitations.
  3. Two professional recommendations from individuals with whom you have an academic and/or professional relationship (supervisors, professors, coworkers, etc. Recommenders must discuss your strengths and limitations to the program to which you are applying from their position of knowing you professionally.
  4. Official transcript(s) from the institution(s) from which you obtained a bachelor's degree and possibly additional transcripts if more than one institution was attended. You will be notified as to which transcripts are needed after your application is received. If the applicant's post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Graduate Certificate: TESOL (after submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours {check your spam}; and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents) (no application fee)
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program and assess your strengths and limitations.
  3. Official transcript(s) from the institution(s) from which you obtained a bachelor's degree and possibly additional transcripts if more than one institution was attended. You will be notified as to which transcripts are needed after your application is received. If the applicant's post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Master of Arts in Education: TESOL (after submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours {check your spam}; and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents) (no application fee)
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program and assess your strengths and limitations.
  3. Official transcript(s) from the institution(s) from which you obtained a bachelor's degree and possibly additional transcripts if more than one institution was attended. You will be notified as to which transcripts are needed after your application is received. If the applicant's post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.

Master of Business Administration

GSM

Completion of any of our graduate business programs, which include MBA and certificate program options, will provide you with the knowledge and ethical training necessary to succeed in the business industry.

Available concentrations:

  • Financial Fraud Examination
  • Forensic And Investigative Accounting
  • Healthcare Management
  • Management

You may submit the application below:

Graduate Student Application

Business Programs Application Process/Admission Requirements

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Master of Business Administration or Graduate Certificate (after submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours {check your spam}; and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents).
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 200 words (1) explain your reasons for choosing Saint Xavier University to pursue a graduate degree in the Graham School of Management and (2) describe any personal accomplishment that qualifies you as a candidate for admission.
  3. Resume.
  4. Two completed recommendation forms.* Recommendation forms must be completed by individuals (supervisors, professors, coworkers, etc.) who can attest to your academic competence, professional skills and character.
  5. Official transcript(s) from any/all institutions from which a bachelor's or master's degree(s) was/were received, and from any/all institution(s) at which graduate level coursework was completed.
  6. The Graham School of Management encourages applicants who cannot acquire certain required documents to contact the GSM Director of Educational Programming or the Dean. Circumstances will be evaluated on an individual basis.

*Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale will be considered priority candidates and are not required to submit letters of recommendation.

Master of Science in Medical Sciences

MSMS

In less than one year, our Master of Science in Medical Sciences (MSMS) program will allow you to further develop and enhance your credentials for entry or re-entry into medical school or alternate health care fields such as dentistry, nursing, podiatry, optometry, chiropractic , pharmacy school, or the pharmaceutical industry.

You may submit application below:
Graduate Student Application

Application Deadlines

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Space is limited so applying several weeks prior to the deadline dates are strongly encouraged.

Spring 2022

Application due December 8, 2021
Supplemental documents required to complete application are due December 15, 2021

Summer 2022

Application due April 8, 2022
Supplemental documents required to complete application are due April 15, 2022

Fall 2022

Application due July 22, 2022
Supplemental documents required to complete application are due July 29, 2022

Medical Sciences Program Application Process/Admission Requirements

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Master of Science in Medical Sciences (after submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours {check your spam}; and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents) (no application fee)
  2. Personal statement regarding interest in a health care career, description of any work/volunteer in health care settings, and expectations for how this program will help in preparation for the career.
  3. 3 Recommendation letters, preferably from a STEM faculty member, pre-health committee, or health care provider. SXU current students or alumni applying to the program are not required to submit recommendation letters.
  4. Official transcript(s) from any/all institutions, including both undergraduate and graduate level coursework.
  5. Professional admission exams such as MCAT, DAT, OAT, etc. are not required; however, we do require your score(s) if you have taken any such exam(s).

Master of Science in Nursing

Registered nurses with a BSN who are interested in advancing their career are eligible to apply to our online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Clinical Leadership (CL) program, Executive Leadership (EL) program, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program, Nurse Educator (NE) program, or one of the Post-Master's Certificate programs. On the other hand, registered nurses who do not have a BSN, but have earned a baccalaureate degree in an area other than nursing, are also eligible for the MSN programs; however, these applicants must complete additional coursework and apply to our online Special Entry Option (SEO) program. SEO applicants and BSN applicants follow the Admission requirements unique to their preferred track, as described in the admission requirements below. 

Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Post-Master's Certificate programs is made on a rolling basis for enrollment in the fall (August) and spring (January) terms. For more information about MSN program coursework and schedules, contact Donna Eastman, assistant to graduate programs, at 773-298-3717 or Caroline Wilson, director of the FNP program at 773-298-3724. For more information about the application process and admission requirements, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 773-298-3053. To be considered for either FNP program for spring 2022, an application must be received by December 8, 2021; and all required supplemental documents must be received by December 15, 2021. Apply Now!

Admission to MSN Clinical Leadership (CL), Executive Leadership (EL), Nurse Educator (NE), Nursing Educator (NE) Post-Master's Certificate, Clinical Leadership (CL) Post-Master's Certificate programs is made on a rolling basis for enrollment in the fall (August), summer (May) and spring (January) terms. For more information about MSN program coursework and schedules, contact Donna Eastman, assistant to graduate programs, at 773-298-3717 or Char Bermele, director of online programs at 773-298-3180. For more information about the application process and admission requirements, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 773-298-3053. To be considered for any graduate nursing program for spring 2022, an application must be received by December 8 (2021); and all required supplemental documents must be received by December 15, 2021. Apply Now!

After submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours {check your spam}; and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents.

Qualified MSN applicants for the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program must have graduated from an ACEN or CCNE accredited baccalaureate-nursing program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a 2.8 GPA or higher may be considered for conditional admission.

Applicants will be required to submit:

  • Graduate Student Application (after submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours {check your spam}; and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents)
  • Applications are currently being accepted only from Illinois, Northwest Indiana and Southern Wisconsin.
  • A two-day on-campus Intensive is required in the second or third year of FNP Program.
  • Copy of current licensured nursing licensure from a state or territory of the United States.
  • Official transcript(s) sent directly from the Registrar of all colleges, universities and professional schools attended including accredited baccalaureate degree-granting college/university and all graduate level coursework.
  • Three professional recommendations from nursing professionals, e.g., recent employers or professors. At least one must be provided by a master's-prepared nurse who has observed the applicant's clinical performance.
  • Personal Statement
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Applicants may be asked to complete an interview with faculty and/or provide a writing sample.
  • At least one year of full-time work experience as a registered nurse is required for applicants for the family nurse practitioner track.

Qualified applicants for the Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate program must have graduated from an ACEN or CCNE accredited master's in nursing program. Applicants will be required to submit:

  • Graduate Student Application (after submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours {check your spam}; and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents)
  • Applications are currently being accepted only from Illinois, Northwest Indiana and Southern Wisconsin.
  • A two-day on-campus Intensive is required in the second or third year of FNP Program.
  • Copy of current licensured nursing licensure from a state or territory of the United States.
  • Official transcript(s) sent directly from the Registrar of all colleges, universities and professional schools attended, including accredited baccalaureate degree-granting college/university and all graduate level coursework.
  • Three professional recommendations from nursing professionals, e.g., recent employers or professors. At least one must be provided by a master's-prepared nurse who has observed the applicant's clinical performance.
  • Personal statement
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Applicants may be asked to complete an interview with faculty and/or provide a writing sample.
  • At least one year of full-time work experience as a registered nurse is required.

Qualified applicants for the Clinical Leadership (CL), Executive Leadership (EL), Nurse Educator (NE), Nursing Educator (NE) Post-Master's Certificate, Clinical Leadership (CL) Post-Master's Certificate programs must have graduated from an ACEN or CCNE accredited nursing program, and hold a current registered nursing license. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is preferred, but applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Applicants will be required to submit:

  • Graduate Student Application (after submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours {check your spam}; and within several business days, a representative from Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines/instructions for submitting the required supplemental documents)
  • Applicants to our Executive Leader program must have a minimum of three years' worth of management experience in various healthcare settings. Examples include Doctors' offices, Hospices, Hospitals and Rehabilitation centers.
  • Copy of current RN nursing licensure from a state or territory of the United States.
  • Official transcript(s) sent directly from the Registrar of all colleges, universities and professional schools attended including accredited baccalaureate degree-granting college/university and all graduate level coursework.
  • One written recommendation from a current professional contact to include information related to the applicant's potential for success in graduate studies (i.e. written and verbal communication, maturity, ability to work effectively with others, independence, ability to initiate ideas and actions).
  • Personal statement.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • At least one year of full-time work experience as a registered nurse is required

Request an information packet for any graduate nursing program.

Before beginning courses, applicants must provide all of the following:

  • Physical Examination
  • Titers
  • Tetanus
  • Annual TB Screen
  • Influenza Immunization
  • Current BLS certification for Health Care Providers
  • Complete Immunization Record

Additionally, students are required to test negative for drugs in a 12 panel drug screening prior to beginning their clinical experience and as required by clinical agencies. The University and School of Nursing and Health Sciences reserve the right to require random drug screenings based upon reasonable suspicion.

Students are responsible for completing and clearing a criminal background check as a condition of admission to the nursing program and must do so annually thereafter. All students shall have an ongoing duty to report any violations of this policy and/or state and/or federal law.

Family Nurse Practitioner Applicants

Your statement should be clear and succinct, double-spaced, 1-2 pages in length and should respond to the following topics:

  • How your previous education, experience and professional interests have prepared you to be successful in the family nurse practitioner program.
  • Your professional goals and how completing the family nurse practitioner track will help you meet your professional goals.
  • Your understanding of the primary care nurse practitioner role and your intentions regarding service in primary care practice with underserved populations.

Clinical Nurse Leader/Executive Leader/Nurse Educator Applicants

Your statement should be clear and succinct, double-spaced, 1-2 pages in length and should respond to the following topics:

  • How your previous education, experience and professional interests have prepared you to undertake graduate level nursing leadership/educator program.
  • Your rationale for the specialty track to which you are applying.
  • Your professional goals upon completion of your MSN program.

Students educated in outside of the U.S./U.S. territories are eligible to apply, however, one year of full-time work experience in the U.S., as well as a current U.S. nursing license is required. For more information please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 773-298-3053.

The decision regarding admission is made by the School of Nursing and Health Sciences Graduate Admission Recognition and Progression Committee on the basis of the criteria outlined above as well as the quality of previous course work and demonstrated potential for a productive career in advanced nursing practice.

Nursing students may request transfer of credit for courses completed at other accredited institutions prior to enrollment at Saint Xavier University. Subject to faculty approval, a maximum of 6 credit hours of non-clinical courses earned elsewhere may be accepted toward completion of graduate degree requirements in nursing. This request must be made formally in writing after the student is admitted into the graduate program. See the Saint Xavier University graduate academic catalog for further details.

Speech-Language Pathology

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program is designed for students who are interested in gaining hands-on experience with speech-therapy clients.

NOTE: The GRE has been waived for individuals applying for the fall 2022 start term. It has not been determined whether the GRE will be waived for applicants for the fall 2023 start term and beyond.

NOTE: Do not complete a Saint Xavier University application through the Saint Xavier University website! Only submit an application through CSDCAS.

NOTE: The GRE has been waived for individuals applying for the Fall 2022 start term. It has not been determined whether the GRE will be waived for applicants for the Fall 2023 start term and beyond.

Applicants to Saint Xavier University's Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program must meet the following specific requirements in addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate study at the University:

  1. Completion of an undergraduate major, or equivalent undergraduate course sequence, in speech language pathology. Undergraduate preparation typically includes:
  2. coursework in biological and physical sciences, mathematics, behavioral and social sciences, statistics, linguistics and psycholinguistics
  3. basic human communication and swallowing processes, including: anatomy and physiology of speech, hearing and swallowing mechanisms; speech and hearing science; phonetics; normal language development; basic audiology; neurological bases of communication and swallowing
  4. introduction to developmental and acquired communication disorders, basic clinical methods and up to 50 hours of clinical practicum
  5. Scores on the general and writing section of the graduate record examination (GRE). A combined general score of 300 and a writing score of 4.0 is preferred, not required. If you take the GRE more than once, then please know that the highest score of yours from each of the three categories -- verbal, quantitative, writing -- is what will be considered when reviewing your scores.
  6. For CSDI "Majors," a minimum undergraduate cum GPA of 3.2/4.0 is required. For "Non-Majors," the cum GPA from either your bachelor's degree or CSDI bridge courses must be 3.2/4.0. If you do not meet either of these GPA requirements, you will not be considered for admission.
  7. Three written recommendations from individuals able to comment on the applicant's academic and clinical achievements and potential for successful graduate study.
Submission of a narrative regarding interest in the field.

In order to apply to the graduate program in communication sciences and disorders at Saint Xavier University, individuals must submit an online application through the communication sciences and disorders central application service (CSDCAS) only. Do not submit an application through Saint Xavier University's website. CSDCAS posts frequently asked questions on the applicant portal. You are encouraged to read the FAQs before submitting your application.

Important CSDCAS Information

  • CSDCAS Application Portal
  • You must have your application and all materials submitted directly to CSDCAS by January 15 in order to be considered for admission into the following fall. The SXU CSDCAS GRE code is 0755. We encourage you to submit your application to CSDCAS by December 31 to allow CSDCAS ample time to process your application, combine it with the required supplemental items, and prepare it for the admission committee.
  • Your application and all supplemental items must reach CSDCAS by January 15 in order for you to be considered for admission. The admissions committee at SXU will not review any applicant's file whose application, three recommendations, narrative statement, GRE results, or official transcripts do not reach CSDCAS January 15.
  • CSDCAS Customer Service Information is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST at 617-612-2030 or csdcasinfo@csdcas.org.
  • Send official transcripts to:

CSDCAS Verification Department
P.O. Box 9113
Watertown, MA 02471

International students have additional application/admission requirements. See Supplementary Admission Criteria for International Students.

If your bachelor's degree is not in CSDI or speech-language pathology, you may still apply to our graduate SLP program. However, you will need to complete a specific set of CSDI coursework. For more information about admission requirements for non-majors, please visit the Transfer into Communication Sciences and Disorders web page.