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    Maryville University
   
 
  Oct 21, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Graduate Admission Requirements


Graduate Admissions

Common General Requirements:

  1. Application for admission.
  2. Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions.
  3. International students: English language proficiency requirements vary by program, please review the requirements for the program of interest.

Admission requirements at the graduate level vary by program.  Please review the requirements for the program of interest.

Transfer of Credit

No more than six credits can be transferred into any master’s degree program. Only credits from a regionally accredited college or university may be transferred into Maryville.*

Graduate Programs

Graduate Bridge / Early Access Programs

 

* - Some academic programs will accept more than 6 credits in transfer.  Please see the individual programs for specific details.


College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Science in Actuarial Science  

  1. Application for admission.
  2. Non-refundable application processing fee
  3. GRE (Graduate Record Exam): a minimum score of 600 on the mathematics quantitative sections.
  4. GPA (Grade Point Average): at least 3.0 (on 4.0 scales) on the last two years of the baccalaureate degree.
  5. A baccalaureate degree in mathematics or science or related field from a regionally accredited college or university verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Maryville University. The student should be able to demonstrate a strong mathematics background through grades in mathematics courses, an undergraduate B.Sc. thesis involving mathematics, sciences, or risk analysis, or work experience involving actuarial science.
  6. Two letters of recommendation.
  7. A letter of intent.

International applicants to the graduate programs in the John E. Simon School of Business must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  1. TOEFL IBT 79 (low sub-scores may disqualify a student even though the overall score meets the requirement). Test date must be within five years of application.
  2. IELTS Score of 6.0 (low sub-scores may disqualify a student even though the overall score meets the requirement) Test date must be within five years of application
  3. PTE Score of 58 (low sub-scores may disqualify a student even though the overall score meets the requirement). Test date must be within five years of application.
  4. Undergraduate degree earned in the United States.
  5. Undergraduate degree where medium of instruction is English and is documented on the transcript or in writing from the university official.
  6. Many programs may also require an interview and/or writing sample.

Maryville University does not offer admission without the submission of a test score or other proof of English proficiency. At the discretion of the graduate program, a lower English proficiency score may be considered in combination with a strong essay, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and any other requirements. 

Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership  

  1. Completed online application;
  2. A 300-word written statement of purpose that explains why you have chosen the Strategic Communication and Leadership program and how it will help you accomplish your education and/or career goals;
  3. Resume;
  4. Official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate work;
  5. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

International applicants to the graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  1. TOEFL IBT 79 (low sub-scores may disqualify a student even though the overall score meets the requirement). Test date must be within three years of application
  2. IELTS Score of 6.0 (low sub-scores may disqualify a student even though the overall score meets the requirement) Test date must be within three years of application
  3. PTE Score of 58 (low sub-scores may disqualify a student even though the overall score meets the requirement)
  4. Undergraduate degree earned in the United States
  5. Undergraduate degree where medium of instruction is English and is documented on the transcript or in writing from the university registrar or other institution level administrator with a rank of Dean or higher

Maryville University does not offer admission without the submission of a test score or other proof of English proficiency. At the discretion of the graduate program, a lower English proficiency score may be considered in combination with a strong essay, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and any other requirements. 

Conditional Acceptance

For those students whose grades do not meet the overall minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or whose admissions application is incomplete, conditional acceptance may be granted provided there is other evidence that the applicant has the ability to do satisfactory graduate work. Such evidence might include an excellent record of graduate work at another institution, high scores on any of the graduate school tests, or exceptional professional experience.

Students whose undergraduate GPA is under 3.0 will be re-evaluated after they have taken 6 graduate credits. If their graduate GPA is lower than 3.0, they will be asked to withdraw from the program. Students who have been granted conditional acceptance due to incomplete admissions applications must complete their application prior to beginning their third course. Their applications will be re-evaluated as soon as all documents have been received.


The John E. Simon School of Business

All Graduate Programs in the John E. Simon School of Business have the same admission and application requirements.

  1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  2. Application for Admission
  3. Admission Essay / Personal Statement
  4. Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  5. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  6. Resume (Optional)

Conditional Admission:
Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA below a 3.0 may be considered for conditional admission.


International applicants to the graduate programs in the John E. Simon School of Business must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  1. TOEFL IBT 79 (low sub-scores may disqualify a student even though the overall score meets the requirement). Test date must be within five years of application.
  2. IELTS Score of 6.0 (low sub-scores may disqualify a student even though the overall score meets the requirement) Test date must be within five years of application.
  3. PTE Score of 58 (low sub-scores may disqualify a student even though the overall score meets the requirement). Test date must be within five years of application.
  4. Undergraduate degree earned in the United States.
  5. Undergraduate degree where medium of instruction is English and is documented on the transcript or in writing from the university official.
  6. Many programs may also require an interview and/or writing sample.

Maryville University does not offer admission without the submission of a test score or other proof of English proficiency.  At the discretion of the graduate program, a lower English proficiency score may be considered in combination with a strong essay, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and any other requirements.

Current Programs in the Simon School of Business include:

Master of Business Administration  

Master of Science in Accounting  

Master of Science in Cyber Security  

Master of Arts in Management and Leadership  

 


School of Education

Master of Arts in Education

  1. Application for admission.
  2. Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
  3. Three satisfactory professional recommendations.
  4. Submission of an acceptable essay demonstrating critical writing skills.
  5. Many programs may also require an on-site interview and/or writing sample.

International applicants to the graduate programs in the School of Education must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  1. TOEFL IBT 79 and speaking sub-score of 23 (low sub-scores may disqualify a student even though the overall score meets the requirement). Test date must be within five years of application.
  2. IELTS Score of 6.5 (low sub-scores may disqualify a student even though the overall score meets the requirement) Test date must be within five years of application.
  3. Undergraduate degree earned in the United States.
  4. Undergraduate degree where medium of instruction is English and is documented on the transcript or in writing from the university official.
  5. Many programs may also require an interview and/or writing sample.

Maryville University does not offer admission without the submission of a test score or other proof of English proficiency. At the discretion of the graduate program, a lower English proficiency score may be considered in combination with a strong essay, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and any other requirements. 

Prospective students who already have obtained a baccalaureate degree and who wish to become certified in the State of Missouri to teach early childhood, elementary, middle-level or K-12 art education may apply to the Post A.B./ Certification/M.A. in Education program upon entrance to the M.A.Ed. A transcript analysis is required to verify any additional certification requirements.

Provisional Acceptance

Applicants to the M.A.Ed. program who show potential for success but lack one of the criteria for full admission, such as a GPA below 3.0, may apply for provisional acceptance. This status must be changed to full admission by the completion of nine hours of graduate coursework at Maryville University with a 3.0 GPA and evidence of satisfactory writing skills.

The School of Education Graduate Admissions Committee reviews the completed files and recommends for admission. Candidates who do not meet the criteria may be assigned a provisional acceptance; decisions are made on a case-to-case basis (see above). Candidates also pursuing an initial teaching certificate in Elementary, ECE, Middle School or K-12 Art will have their criteria reviewed by the Pre-Service Student Personnel Committee after they have completed initial course work for admission into the certification program of their choice.

All candidates in graduate programs in the School of Education must maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade point average and exhibit acceptable levels of professional behavior. A student may receive no more than one “C” semester grade in their program. A candidate will be dismissed from the program during the semester when they receive a second grade of “C” or the first “D” or “F” grade.

Master of Arts in Education/Secondary Teaching and Inquiry

Students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree in English, history, mathematics, or biology, chemistry or physics and who wish to teach in the secondary school may apply to the Master of Arts in Education/Secondary Teaching and Inquiry. Students with a B.A. or B.S. should have their undergraduate transcripts analyzed for certification requirements in the content area. This is the only way to obtain secondary teaching certification at Maryville University.

  1. Application for admission.
  2. Cumulative B.A. grade point average of 3.0.
  3. Grade point average of 3.0 in teaching area (major).
  4. Three satisfactory recommendations from past teachers or employers.
  5. Satisfactory completion of on-site essay.
  6. Satisfactory interview with the mentoring triad.
  7. Passing score on the appropriate Missouri Content Assessment certification test.

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

These programs are designed for practicing professionals. The Ed.D. with a concentration in educational leadership is for those who have already completed an M.A. in Education and initial licensure for the principalship. The Ed.D. with a concentration in higher education leadership is for those employed in higher education institutions or in schools or organizations with an expressed interest in working within higher education. The Ed.D. with a concentration in teacher leadership is for experienced teachers who want to lead from their classrooms or schools.

  1. Application for admission.
  2. Cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0.
  3. Three satisfactory professional recommendations.
  4. Successful interview.
  5. Successful on-site writing sample.
  6. Upon evaluation of individual credentials, up to nine hours of post-M.A. credit may be transferred to the Ed.D.

College of Health Professions

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology  

  1. Application for admission, either online or paper, must be completed.
    1. A non-refundable application processing fee of US $40.00 assessed for paper version only, online appilcation is free
  2. Official transcripts of all college and university courses completed must be sent directly to Maryville University from the registrar of each institution attended. Students who have attended institutions outside the United States should provide comparably certified and evaluated documents (the use of services such as World Education Services –WES is highly recommended).
  3. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required for acceptance into the master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Maryville University.  This degree must be in communication sciences and disorders or speech-language pathology; alternatively, the “bridge” program or “leveling” sequence of undergraduate courses may be completed here at Maryville in lieu of a Bachelor’s degree in the major. Please see below for listing of our undergraduate courses, with courses required for the “bridge” program appearing in bold-faced font. 
  4. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  5. Applicant must complete and submit official scores from the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), including Verbal, Analytical, and Writing components. 
  6. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation.  Please use references who know your professional qualifications and academic readiness for graduate study.  Please use the reference forms located under “Downloadable Forms” which contains portions to be completed by both you and your references.  Reference forms should be sent (by your references) directly to the Maryville University Graduate Admissions Office.
  7. Applicants must submit a Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  8. International students must submit proof of English proficiency. The TOEFL or IELTS exam is the most common test of English proficiency. Conditional admission is not available for graduate applicants. A combined score of 100 or higher on the TOEFL is acceptable with minimum sub-scores of the following: speaking sub score of 27, writing sub-score of 23, reading sub-score of 23, and listening sub-score of 27, for students whom English is a second language. A TOEFL paper-based score of 603 with sub-scores of speaking 62, writing 60, reading 57, and listening 62 is acceptable. An IELTS score of 7.0 or higher is also acceptable. 

Additional Admission Requirements

  1. Degree: B.S. in Communication Science and Disorders, Communication Disorders, Speech Pathology OR an undergraduate degree in another area plus completion of the essential coursework in Communication Science and Disorders equivalent to the Maryville University courses below:

    Required Undergraduate Courses (or equivalents).  The Bridge Program (leveling) courses appear in bold.
    • CMSD-100, Introduction to Communication Disorders
    • CMSD-210, Phonetics
    • CMSD-310, Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
    • CMSD-320, Speech and Hearing Science
    • CMSD-330, Nature and Foundations of Language
    • CMSD-340, Audioogy
    • CMSD-350, Speech Development and Disorders
    • CMSD-360, Language Development and Disorders
    • CMSD-370, Aural Rehabilitation
    • CMSD-380, Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders
    • CMSD-410, Clinical Methods and Management
    • CMSD-415, Clinical Observation
    • CMSD-430, Professional Issues in Communication Disorders
    • CMSD-450, Clinical Observation 2
    • CMSD-490 & CMSD-495, Capstone Experience
  2. Demonstrated knowledge, likely through undergraduate coursework, is required for each of the following: biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, social/behavioral sciences.
  3. Essay: Please provide a double-spaced, typed statement (maximum 500 words) that expresses why you wish to enter the graduate program in speech-language pathology at Maryville and/or the profession of speech-language pathology.

Clinical Requirements

  1. Completed physical examinations annually
  2. Immunity to Measles/Rubeola, Mumps, Rubella, and Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap), Polio, Varicella or Positive Varicella Titer and Hepatitis B (a Hepatitis B declination statement is acceptable in lieu of immunization)
  3. TB-Tuberculin PPD test (documented 2-step initially, then annual)
  4. Annual flu vaccine
  5. CPR and First Aid Certification
  6. Criminal background checks and urine drug screening records
  7. Verification of health insurance to cover injuries that students may incur while engaged in the Educational Program at the Clinical Center
  8. Fitting for a respiratory isolation device (i.e. N95 mask), if required by Clinical Center
  9. Nicotine screening, if required by Clinical Center 
  10. Signed release of information forms to allow Criminal Record Background Check, Urine Drug Screen, health and other pertinent data to be provided to the Clinical Education Program and to the Clinical Center facilities where the student completes clinical experiences.

Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling  

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Official transcripts of all college and university courses completed, sent directly to Maryville University by the registrar of each institution attended.  Students who have attended institutions outside the United States should provide comparably certified and evaluated documents.
  3. Application for admission.
  4. Admissions essay
  5. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for full acceptance to program. Conditional acceptance for one semester may be given to those individuals who do not meet this standard but have demonstrated exceptional strengths worthy of review.
  6. Resume or Curriculum Vitae.  Please include the contact information (including name, professional title, organization, phone number and email address) for two professional references.  Submissino of your resume serves as permission to contact references.
  7. International students must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 563.  Applicants who take the revised TOEFL must achieve a speaking sub-score of 23, writing sub-score of 21 and reading and listening scores of 21 or higher, and a combined score of 85 or higher.  Applicants who take the IELTS must achieve a minimum score of 6.5.  Students not obtaining these scores are encouraged to contact LSI or ELS in order to contract with them for English proficiency classes.

Master of Music Therapy  

Applicants are expected to have a bachelor’s degree and board certification in music therapy. Applicants who hold a degree in another area of music but who are not certified in music therapy are eligible to apply for the combined master’s/equivalency program. This program integrates undergraduate courses in music therapy required for certification with the master’s degree curriculum. Applicants who do not have at least 60 undergraduate credits in music will apply initially for the bachelor’s degree.

Application requirements include:

  1. Application for admission
  2. Non-refundable application processing fee
  3. Career goal statement
  4. Official transcripts of all previous academic work
  5. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  6. Three letters of recommendation
  7. On-site or telephone interview
  8. Music audition
  9. International students must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 550. Applicants who take the revised TOEFL must achieve a speaking sub-score of 23, writing sub-score of 20 and reading and listening scores of 21 or higher, and a combined score of 79 or higher (85 total for Health Professions and Education). Students not obtaining these scores are encouraged to contact LSI or ELS in order to contract with them for English proficiency classes

An audition and interview may be scheduled after an application has been filed. If a telephone interview is required the applicant must submit an audition DVD for review by the Maryville music and music therapy faculty. The live or recorded audition must consist of two pieces in different styles in the applicant’s major performance medium and two standard songs sung by the applicant.

Applicants will be interviewed by Maryville’s music therapy faculty. In addition, faculty from the music department will participate in the interview process. Applicants will be expected to discuss their professional goals, their musical strengths and weaknesses, their philosophy of music therapy and the efforts they have made to advance their knowledge in music therapy.

The applicant’s goal statement should be a one to two page, typed document in which the applicant discusses his/her professional goals and reasons for pursuit of a graduate degree in music therapy. It is expected that this would be a well reasoned and professionally presented statement.

Master of Occupational Therapy     

To qualify for entry to hte post-baccalaureate masters program applicants must:

  1. Have completed a baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).  The degree must be completed by the end of hte spring semester in which they submit their application.
  2. Completed the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better. All pre-requisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester in which they submit their application.
    1. Human Anatomy & Physiology I
    2. Human Anatomy & Physiology II
    3. General Psychology
    4. Human Development Through Lifespan
    5. Abnormal Psychology
    6. Understanding Statistical Inference (Psychology or Math Statistics)
    7. Introduction to Sociology or Anthropology
    8. Medical Terminology
  3. Complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Maryville’s Institutional GRE code is 6399. 
  4. Submit an essay and two letters of recommendation.
  5. Complete and document at least 20 hours of observation with an occupational therapy practitioner(s).
  6. Document pertinent health related, volunteer/community, employment, internship, research and extracurricular activities.
  7. International students must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 563. Applicants who take the revised TOEFL must achieve a speaking sub-core of 23, writing sub-score of 20 and reading and listening scores of 21 or higher, and a combined score of 85 or higher. Students not obtaining these scores are encouraged to contact LSI or ELS in order to contract with them for English proficiency classes.
  8. Submit application through the Occupational Therapy Common Application System (OT-CAS). Application must be submitted and verified by February 1, 2017. Please note that the verification process can take from 2 – 4 weeks.

The Occupational Therapy Program encourages and gives full consideration to all qualified applicants for admission.

Doctor of Physical Therapy  

Maryville’s program in Physical Therapy is a freshman-entry graduate program. For information on admissions requirements, click here .

Master of Science in Nursing   

The following MSN concentrations are offered by the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing:
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (ACPCNP) – on ground and online options
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) – on ground and online options
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) – online only
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PPCNP) – online only
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) – online only
Admission Requirements
  1. Completion of a BSN from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the United States.
  4. Three letters of recommendation (minimum of one academic, one clinical).
  5. Copy of curriculum vitae/resume.
  6. An essay, typed and double-spaced, describing reasons for pursuing a career as a nurse practitioner and how you plan to use your education to affect patient outcomes.
  7. An interview may be requested

Post Master’s Advanced Practice Nurse Certification Programs  

Each of the concentrations listed in the Master of Science in Nursing section are available as post-master’s certificates.
Admission Requirements
  1. Completion of a MSN from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the United States.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)  

Post-MSN
  1. MS or MSN from an ACEN or CCNE accredited nursing program.
  2. Proof of current board certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse.
  3. Minimum of 3.25 GPA in Master’s program in nursing on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Three letters of recommendation (suggest a minimum of one academic, one clinical).
  5. Copy of curriculum vitae.
  6. An essay, typed and double-spaced, addressing the following topics:  Describe three experiences that have prepared you for doctoral study and describe an issue in your current practice that would lend itself to scholarly inquiry.  This essay should be no longer than 3 pages.
  7. An interview may be requested.

BSN-DNP

  1. A BSN from an ACEN/CCNE accredited nursing program.
  2. A minimum of 3.25 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Three letters of recommendation (suggest a minimum of one academic, one clinical).
  4. Copy of curriculum vitae/resume.
  5. An essay, typed and double spaced, addressing the following topics: reasons for pursuing a career as a nurse practitioner, how do you plan to use your education to affect patient outcomes and describe a potential clinical issue that would lend itself to scholarly inquiry.

Graduate Bridge/Early Access Programs

Business Programs

The early access program provides students the opportunity to accelerate their progress toward a Simon School of Business graduate program.  Qualified undergraduate students may take 12 credit hours at the graduate level that count toward the undergraduate and graduate degree. Students must have completed 75 undergraduate credit hours (at least 20 credit hours at Maryville) and have a grade point average of 3.25.  Click here for a listing of the graduate programs offered through the Simon School of Business.

Elementary Education

Qualified Maryville psychology or English majors may apply for admission to the elementary education bridge program during the fall of their junior year. Students complete a program of combined coursework in psychology or English and education and then, during the fifth year, complete the requirements for a Master of Arts in Education and for certification to teach the elementary grades (1-6) in the Missouri public schools. Early Childhood majors bridge into M.A.Ed. coursework in their fourth year.

Secondary Education Bridge

Qualified English, biology, chemistry, mathematics, or history majors may apply for admission to the Secondary Education Bridge during the fall of their junior year. Students complete a program of coursework in their major and selected education undergraduate and graduate courses prior to bachelor’s degree graduation. In their senior year, they apply for admission to the Master of Arts in Education/Secondary Teaching and Inquiry (a 14-month program) for certification to teach in grades 9-12.

Application for access to candidacy for this program does not guarantee admission to the MAE/STI program.

Actuarial Science

All Maryville University Actuarial Science students in good standing are eligible for early access to the graduate program in Actuarial Science. Qualified undergraduate students may take 12 credits hours at the graduate level that count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree. Students must have completed 100 undergraduate credit hours (at least 20 credit hours at Maryville) and have a grade point average of 3.6 to be eligible for early admission.

Early access students are not required to take the GRE or TOEFL.

Music Therapy

Students can achieve early access to the Master of Music Therapy in their final year of preparation. Qualifying undergraduate and equivalency students are encouraged to take graduate level coursework as a bridge to the graduate degree.

Rehabilitation Counseling

Baccalaureate students who meet the requisite grade point average and coursework may be eligible for the bridge/early access program to the M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling at Maryville. The graduate Rehabilitation Counseling program is nationally accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education and provides the educational preparation for Missouri Licensing as a Professional Counselor and national certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor. Additional coursework is available for specialization in marriage and family therapy, and substance abuse. Please contact the director of Rehabilitation Counseling at 314.529.9437 or 314.529.9625  for eligibility and requirements of this program.

Social Work

Baccalaureate students majoring in Sociology or in the Psychology/Sociology double major are eligible to apply for early acceptance in the Master of Social Work program at Saint Louis University. See the academic course listing for Social Sciences for information on this program.

Strategic Communication and Leadership

Early Access Option - Maryville undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 100 credit hours, with at least 20 credit hours from Maryville, and who have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 and/or have demonstrated significant academic ability in the major through the last two years of academic work may apply to take courses toward the Early Access Option. Students should consult with their academic adviser and the Graduate Director for more information. Early access students may earn up to 12 credit hours of coursework in the graduate Strategic Communication and Leadership program in consultation with the Graduate Director.