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Admission Requirements and Process

Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is designed for individuals with a bachelor's degree, regardless of major.

Qualified applicants for the Masters of Business Administration program must have graduated from an accredited baccalaureate program with a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants will be required to provide the following:

  • A completed Graduate Student Application for Master of Business Administration. There is no application fee. After submitting your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours (check your spam). Within several business days, a representative from the Office of Graduate Admission will reach out to discuss next steps and inform you how to have your official transcripts submitted.
  • Official transcript(s) from bachelor degree granting institution, plus any other institution where graduate coursework was completed and regardless of whether a degree was completed.
  • Additional documents may be required as part of the application/admission process. If this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Master of Arts in Teaching/Master of Arts in Education/non-degree

Teacher Preparation Programs

Designed for individuals possessing a bachelor's degree, regardless of major, who seek initial teaching licensure. Completion leads to an Illinois PEL (Professional Educator License) and a master's degree.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Master of Arts in Teaching: Alternative Licensure - Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2). There is no application fee. After submitting your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours (check your spam). Within several business days, a representative from the Office of Graduate Admission will reach out to discuss next steps and inform you how to have your official transcripts submitted.
  2. Official transcript(s) from bachelor degree granting institution, plus any other institution where undergraduate or graduate coursework was completed and regardless of whether a degree was completed.
  3. Additional documents may be required as part of the application/admission process. If this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Master of Arts in Teaching: Alternative Licensure - Elementary Education (Grades 1-6). There is no application fee. After submitting your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours (check your spam). Within several business days, a representative from the Office of Graduate Admission will reach out to discuss next steps and inform you how to have your official transcripts submitted.
  2. Official transcript(s) from bachelor degree granting institution, plus any other institution where undergraduate or graduate coursework was completed and regardless of whether a degree was completed.
  3. Additional documents may be required as part of the application/admission process. If this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Master of Arts in Teaching: Alternative Licensure - Middle Level Education (Grades 5-8). There is no application fee. After submitting your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours (check your spam). Within several business days, a representative from the Office of Graduate Admission will reach out to discuss next steps and inform you how to have your official transcripts submitted.
  2. Official transcript(s) from bachelor degree granting institution, plus any other institution where undergraduate or graduate coursework was completed and regardless of whether a degree was completed.
  3. Additional documents may be required as part of the application/admission process. If this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Master of Arts in Teaching: Alternative Licensure - Secondary Education (Grades 9-12). There is no application fee. After submitting your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours (check your spam). Within several business days, a representative from the Office of Graduate Admission will reach out to discuss next steps and inform you how to have your official transcripts submitted.
  2. Official transcript(s) from bachelor degree granting institution, plus any other institution where undergraduate or graduate coursework was completed and regardless of whether a degree was completed.
  3. Additional documents may be required as part of the application/admission process. If this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education (Grades 1-6). There is no application fee. After submitting your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours (check your spam). Within several business days, a representative from the Office of Graduate Admission will reach out to discuss next steps and inform you how to have your official transcripts submitted.
  2. Official transcript(s) from bachelor degree granting institution, plus any other institution where undergraduate or graduate coursework was completed and regardless of whether a degree was completed.
  3. Additional documents may be required as part of the application/admission process. If this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Master of Arts in Education: Secondary Education. There is no application fee. After submitting your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours (check your spam). Within several business days, a representative from the Office of Graduate Admission will reach out to discuss next steps and inform you how to have your official transcripts submitted.
  2. Official transcript(s) from bachelor degree granting institution, plus any other institution where undergraduate or graduate coursework was completed and regardless of whether a degree was completed.
  3. Additional documents may be required as part of the application/admission process. If this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Master of Arts in Special Education. On your application, choose the Not Yet Licensed option if pursuing this program for your initial licensure or choose the Already Licensed option if already have a license for regular ed and now pursuing credential to teach special ed. There is no application fee. After submitting your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours (check your spam). Within several business days, a representative from the Office of Graduate Admission will reach out to discuss next steps and inform you how to have your official transcripts submitted.
  2. Official transcript(s) from bachelor degree granting institution, plus any other institution where undergraduate or graduate coursework was completed and regardless of whether a degree was completed.
  3. Additional documents may be required as part of the application/admission process. If this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.

Teacher Enhancement Programs

Designed for Illinois licensed teachers who seek to "enhance" their educator credentials.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Early Childhood Special Education Letter of Approval. There is no application fee. After submitting your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours (check your spam). Within several business days, a representative from the Office of Graduate Admission will reach out to discuss next steps and inform you how to have your official transcripts submitted.
  2. Official transcript(s) from bachelor degree granting institution, initial licensure program institution if different than bachelor degree granting institution, and possibly additional institutions' transcripts if determined necessary after receipt of your application.
  3. Additional documents may be required as part of the application/admission process. If this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.

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. There is no application fee. After submitting your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours (check your spam). Within several business days, a representative from the Office of Graduate Admission will reach out to discuss next steps and inform you how to have your official transcripts submitted.
  2. Official transcript(s) from bachelor degree granting institution, initial licensure program institution if different than bachelor degree granting institution, and possibly additional institutions' transcripts if determined necessary after receipt of your application.
  3. Additional documents may be required as part of the application/admission process. If this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Graduate Endorsement: ESL/Bilingual. There is no application fee. After submitting your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours (check your spam). Within several business days, a representative from the Office of Graduate Admission will reach out to discuss next steps and inform you how to have your official transcripts submitted.
  2. Official transcript(s) from bachelor degree granting institution, initial licensure program institution if different than bachelor degree granting institution, and possibly additional institutions' transcripts if determined necessary after receipt of your application.
  3. Additional documents may be required as part of the application/admission process. If this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application for Graduate Endorsement: Special Education - Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS1). There is no application fee. After submitting your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours (check your spam). Within several business days, a representative from the Office of Graduate Admission will reach out to discuss next steps and inform you how to have your official transcripts submitted.
  2. Official transcript(s) from bachelor degree granting institution, initial licensure program institution if different than bachelor degree granting institution, and possibly additional institutions' transcripts if determined necessary after receipt of your application.
  3. Additional documents may be required as part of the application/admission process. If this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.

Master of Science in Exercise Science

The Master of Science in Exercise Science (MSES) is designed for individuals with a bachelor's degree in science or a health care-related field interested in advancing their knowledge within their discipline.

Qualified applicants for the Masters of Science in Exercise Science program must have graduated from an accredited baccalaureate program with a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants will be required to provide the following:

  • A completed Graduate Student Application for Master of Science in Exercise Science. There is no application fee. After submitting your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours (check your spam). Within several business days, a representative from the Office of Graduate Admission will reach out to discuss next steps and inform you how to have your official transcripts submitted.
  • Official transcript(s) from bachelor degree granting institution, plus any other institution where undergraduate or graduate coursework was completed and regardless of whether a degree was completed.
  • Additional documents may be required as part of the application/admission process. If this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.

Applications are on a rolling basis with a final application deadline for each fall semester on July 31.

The School of Nursing Graduate Admission Recognition and Progression Committee make admission decisions based on the criteria outlined above, as well as the quality of previous coursework and demonstrated potential for a productive career in advanced nursing practice.

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

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 Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program or Nurse Educator (NE) program. Registered nurses with a BSN and MSN can apply for one of the Post-Master's Certificate programs.

Our graduate nursing programs begin once per year (the fall term which begins in August). The application deadline date is typically a date in mid-July, but it may vary and so we strongly encourage you to contact our Office of Graduate Admission for details. Completed applications, however, are reviewed on a rolling basis year-round. As such, the sooner a candidate completes the application process, the sooner the candidate can receive a decision.

For more information about the application process and admission requirements, please select the Admission Requirements tab below or contact the Office of Graduate Admission at graduateadmissionFREESXU or 773-298-3053.

After submitting an application, a representative from the Office of Graduate Admission will confirm which supplemental documents are required in your case, and provide guidelines and instructions for submitting them.

For more information about program coursework and schedules, contact Dr. Caroline Wilson, director of our graduate nursing programs, at cwilsonFREESXU or 773-298-3724.

Qualified 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 provide the following:

  • Graduate Student Application. After submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours (check your spam). Within several business days, a representative from the Office of Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines for submitting the required supplemental documents. There is no application fee.
  • Applications are currently being accepted only from Illinois, northwest Indiana and southern Wisconsin.
  • A two-day on-campus Intensive is required in the second and third year of FNP program.
  • Copy of current 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.
  • Two recommendations from nursing professionals who can speak to the applicant's clinical abilities. One must come from a supervisor/manager or recent nursing professor, and the other from a nurse practitioner or other MSN-prepared nurse.
  • 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.

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

  • Graduate Student Application. After submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours (check your spam). Within several business days, a representative from the Office of Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines for submitting the required supplemental documents. There is no application fee.
  • Applications are currently being accepted only from Illinois, northwest Indiana and southern Wisconsin.
  • A two-day on-campus Intensive is required in the second and third year of FNP program.
  • Copy of current 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.
  • Two recommendations from nursing professionals who can speak to the applicant's clinical abilities. One must come from a supervisor/manager or recent nursing professor, and the other from a nurse practitioner or other MSN-prepared nurse.
  • 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.

Qualified applicants for the MSN: Nurse Educator (NE) program and the Nursing Educator (NE) post-master's certificate program must have graduated from an ACEN or CCNE accredited baccalaureate nursing program and hold a current registered nursing license. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is preferred, but applicants with a GPA less than 3.0 will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Applicants will be required to provide the following:

  • Graduate Student Application. After submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours (check your spam). Within several business days, a representative from the Office of Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines for submitting the required supplemental documents. There is no application fee.
  • 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 nursing professional or recent nursing professor that includes 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.

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. In addition, all students 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 FNP program.
  • Your professional goals and how completing the FNP 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 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 a 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 or post-master's certificate program.

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

The School of Nursing Graduate Admission Recognition and Progression Committee make admission decisions based on the criteria outlined above, as well as the quality of previous coursework and demonstrated potential for a productive career in advanced nursing practice.

Nursing students may request credit transfer for courses completed at other accredited institutions prior to enrollment at Saint Xavier University. Subject to faculty approval, a maximum of six 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's admission into the graduate program. See the Saint Xavier University graduate academic catalog for further details.

Master of Science in 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: Do not complete a Saint Xavier University application through the Saint Xavier University website! Only submit an application through CSDCAS.

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:
    1. coursework in biological and physical sciences, mathematics, behavioral and social sciences, statistics, linguistics and psycholinguistics
    2. 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
    3. introduction to developmental and acquired communication disorders, basic clinical methods and up to 50 hours of clinical practicum
  2. For CSDI "Majors," a minimum undergraduate cumulative 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.
  3. Three written recommendations from individuals able to comment on the applicant's academic and clinical achievements and potential for successful graduate study.
  4. 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, as a non-major, you will need to complete a specific set of CSDI coursework. For more information, please visit the CSD Post-Baccalaureate Requirements web page.