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

  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. 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.

Education Programs Designed Primarily for Licensed Teachers to Enhance Their Credentials

  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.

Graham School of Management

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Our graduate nursing programs are designed for registered nurses with a bachelor's degree, regardless of major, interested in advancing their career by obtaining a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Clinical Leadership (CL), Executive Leadership (EL), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), or Nurse Educator (NE). Post-master's certificates are also available in several areas.

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 2021, an application must be received by December 8 (2020); and all required supplemental documents must be received by December 15 (2020). 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 2021, an application must be received by December 8 (2020); and all required supplemental documents must be received by December 15 (2020). 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 NLNAC or CCNE accredited baccalaureate-nursing program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a cumulative GPA less than 3.0 may be considered on an individual 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)
  • 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 NLNAC 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 NLNAC 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.

Nurse Leader/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.

Special Entry Option for Nurses Without a BSN

The online Special Entry Option (SEO) allows registered nurses who have earned baccalaureate degrees in areas other than nursing to work toward a master's degree in nursing without completing the nursing baccalaureate. This option will allow greater educational flexibility for registered nurses, minimize duplication of previous learning and provide the opportunity to obtain an advanced degree in nursing. SEO applicants have the option of choosing one of the following specialty tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner; Clinical Leadership; Executive Leadership; Nurse Educator.

Qualified applicants must have graduated from an accredited baccalaureate program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a cumulative GPA less than 3.0 may be considered on an individual basis. Applicants will be required to submit one of the following applications:

  • 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)
  • 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 recent employer.
  • Personal Statement
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • At least one year of recent full-time work experience as a registered nurse is required.

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.

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 a graduate level nursing program.
  • Your rationale applying to the FNP specialty track you chose.
  • 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: For individuals applying for fall 2021, the GRE has been waived due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

NOTE: For individuals applying for fall 2021, the GRE has been waived due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.