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How to Apply

Start with:

Questions about the Graduate application process?

Contact Graduate School Admissions at gradschool@sf.edu or 260-399-8000.

How To Apply: 5 Steps

  1. Determine if your program is online or on campus and then submit the appropriate application:

    Not Sure Which App to Use?

    See the Graduate Programs list to determine if your program is online or on campus.

    Note the Following Exception:

    • If you are applying to the Physician Assistant Studies program, submit the CASPA application.
  2. Send official transcripts from postsecondary institutions you attended. Transcripts must come from the institution’s office of the registrar. Please use the official transcript request form.
  3. Be sure to include all program-specific admissions requirements.
  4. If you are a military veteran enrolling in one of USF’s on-campus programs (not online), please send your DD214 Form.
  5. Mail all documentation to:
    University of Saint Francis
    Graduate Admissions
    2701 Spring Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46808

Recommendation Forms

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to USF’s graduate programs must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.

  • Students applying to the RN-MSN Transition Sequence must have an associate of science in nursing
  • International students must have transcripts evaluated by World Education Services

Program-Specific Requirements

Each program requires specific qualifications and/or submission material.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.S.

Candidates for the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program must:

  • Demonstrate proficiency of academic performance with a GPA of 3.0 or greater in undergraduate coursework
  • Have a minimum of nine hours undergraduate coursework in Psychology. Preferred courses include Introduction to Psychology, Lifespan Development, and Abnormal Psychology; candidates may augment their application with courses in closely-related fields or via life experience
  • Indicate sufficient emotional maturity and stability needed to complete the rigors of graduate study, as well as maintain ethical practice regarding counselee welfare. This includes, but is not limited to, openness and introspective ability regarding how applicant’s own issues impact his/her work as a counseling professional.
  • Present a willingness to develop a non-judgmental attitude and awareness of need to refer counselees who are outside the applicant’s range of competence.

Application Deadline

Early Admissions: December 1, 2020
Priority Admissions: February 1, 2021
Secondary Admissions: May 1, 2021
*Rolling admissions after May 1st pending availability of program seats

To Apply

Complete and submit:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended; Note: Transcripts mustbe sent directly from the institution’s Registrar
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from a former professor and one from an employer/supervisor who has observed the applicant in a professional setting
  • A concise, typed, two-page statement of professional goals, including why the applicant wants to be a licensed counselor, along with specific training objectives and long-term career goals. Submit to gradschool@sf.edu
  • If a United States veteran, also submit a DD214 form

Once the Office of Admissions has received all the above-listed materials, an interview with thePsychology and Counseling Admissions Committee will be scheduled

Nursing, Master of Science (MSN)

Traditional MSN Program: Candidates for admission into the master of science in nursing program (MSN) must:

  • Submit a resume
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation
  • Write an essay based on the following prompt: Discuss your contribution to the nursing profession and explain your preparations to be successful in the MSN program at USF. Describe participation in leadership roles, educational roles, mentoring, activity in professional nursing organizations. Please keep your essay to 350-500 words using APA formatting.
  • Have an ASN, BSN or MSN degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States
    • Candidates with an associate’s degree must apply for the RN-MSN track
    • Candidates with a bachelor’s degree can apply for the MSN degree program
  • Hold a current license as a registered nurse
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
    • Applicants with a GPA of less than a 3.0, must have GRE scores of at least 150 on the verbal and quantitative sections and 4.0 on the analytic writing section.
  • Additionally, a statistics course is highly recommended

Nursing, Registered Nurse to Master of Science (RN-MSN)

RN-MSN Transition Sequence: Candidates for admission into the RN-to-MSN Transition Sequence must have prerequisite credit for the following college-level courses:

  • Pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology
  • English Composition I
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Anatomy & Physiology I and II
  • Microbiology

To be admitted, you must have:

  • An ASN degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States
  • A current license as a registered nurse
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
    • If you have less than a 3.0, you will be required to submit GRE scores of at least 150 on the verbal and quantitative sections and 4.0 on the analytic writing section.

Additionally, you must:

  • Submit a resume
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation
  • Write an essay based on the following prompt: Discuss your contribution to the nursing profession and explain your preparations to be successful in the MSN program at USF. Describe participation in leadership roles, educational roles, mentoring, activity in professional nursing organizations. Please keep your essay to 350-500 words using APA formatting.

Physician Assistant Studies

Admissions Requirements and Process

Overview & Timing: USF’s Physician Assistant Studies program accepts 25 students per class; up to seven seats may be filled via our BS/MS Dual Accept Program.

Review of applications begins June 1 and continues through December 1 (for classes beginning the following May).  USF will offer seats to the most competitive applicants in mid-September and continue until the class is filled. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Requirements

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States of America or submit equivalency verification for foreign credentials.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • A minimum overall science GPA of 3.0
  • Satisfactorily complete and submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam, GRE code 1693.
  • Satisfactorily complete 12 semester credit hours in chemistry with a grade of “C” or better including courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Satisfactorily complete 15 semester credit hours in biology courses with a grade of “C” or better including human anatomy/physiology and microbiology.
  • Satisfactorily complete 6 semester credit hours with a grade of “C” or better in the area of psychology.
  • Possess direct patient care experience.
    • The most direct and responsible forms of patient care experience in a compensated position are preferred.
    • Clinical components of the educational experience required for other healthcare professions are considered, but will not totally fulfill this requirement.
    • Volunteer activity and/or appropriate life experience will be considered, but will not totally fulfill this requirement.
  • In order to participate in clinical experiences, clinical requirements as set by the Physician Assistant Studies Program and clinical agencies must be met including, but not limited to, criminal background checks, drug testing, immunizations and health screening.

To Apply

  • Complete the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) application.
  • In CASPA, submit an essay in a single spaced, Times New Roman 12 pt. font Word document. Each question is allotted up to 2 pages but no more than 4 total pages for both questions. Please upload this as one document into the ‘Personal Statement’ section.
    1. Please review the Physician Assistant program’s Mission Statement:
      The Department of Physician Assistant Studies provides education in medical knowledge and competencies needed by individuals to serve effectively as physician assistants who are mindful of the needs of underserved populations. The Department prepares students to be clinicians who achieve professional standards and have enhanced critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and competency in evidence-based medicine. We foster an educational environment of mutual respect, personal growth, and professional advancement How do you see yourself carrying out the mission of the USF PA Program as a student and/or as a graduate of our program?
    2. The Physician Assistant program at the University of Saint Francis utilizes a learning strategy commonly used in medical education called problem-based learning, or PBL. Please describes how PBL enhances medical education and why you could learn effectively in a PBL environment.
  • We recommend that applicants complete all admissions requirements BEFORE submitting their application.

Interview Process

  • After we receive your completed CASPA application, you may be contacted to conduct a program interview. The most competitive applicants will be offered interviews on the University of Saint Francis campus.
  • Concluding the interview process, the admissions committee will review all application data and materials, including evaluations from the interview.
  • Applicants can expect to be notified of the admissions committee’s decision within two weeks of the interview.
  • If accepted, your seat is reserved for three weeks. To indicate your commitment to attend, you will submit a $1000 nonrefundable tuition deposit within three weeks of your offer.

This process will continue on a rolling basis until 25 seats are filled. The admissions committee will then build a “wait list.” If you are offered a seat from your wait-list position, you will commit to your seat with a nonrefundable tuition deposit with a modified due date.

Questions? Contact our Admissions Team

Brooke Corley — For prospective students with last names starting with A-K
Enrollment Services Specialist
bcorley@sf.edu
260-399-7700 ext. 6302

Kyle Richardson — For prospective students with last names starting with L-Z
Associate Director of Enrollment Services for Adult Learning
krichardson@sf.edu
260-399-7700 ext. 6310

Psychology, M.S.

Candidates for the M.S. in Psychology program must

  • Demonstrate proficiency of academic performance with a GPA of 3.0 or greater in undergraduate coursework
  • Have a minimum of nine hours undergraduate coursework in Psychology. Preferred courses include Introduction to Psychology, Lifespan Development, and Abnormal Psychology; candidates may augment their application with courses in closely-related fields or via life experience

Application Deadline

Early Admissions: December 1, 2020
Priority Admissions: February 1, 2021
Secondary Admissions: May 1, 2021
*Rolling admissions after May 1st pending availability of program seats

To Apply

Complete and submit:

  • an application
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended; Note: Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution’s Registrar
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from a former professor and one from an employer/supervisor who has observed the applicant in a professional setting
  • A concise, typed, two-page statement of professional goals, including why the applicant seeks the M.S. in Psychology consistent with the focus of the program, and specific training objectives and long-term career goals. Submit to gradschool@sf.edu
  • If a United States veteran, also submit a DD214 form

Once the Office of Admissions has received all the above-listed materials, an interview with the Program Director and/or Psychology and Counseling Admissions Committee may be scheduled.

School Counseling, M.S.Ed.

Candidates for the M.S.Ed. in School Counseling program must:

  • Demonstrate proficiency of academic performance with a GPA of 3.0 or greater in undergraduate coursework
  • Have a minimum of nine hours undergraduate coursework in Psychology. Preferred courses include Introduction to Psychology, Lifespan Development, and Abnormal Psychology; candidates may augment their application with courses in closely-related fields or via life experience
  • Indicate sufficient emotional maturity and stability needed to complete the rigors of graduate study, as well as maintain ethical practice regarding counselee welfare. This includes, but is not limited to, openness and introspective ability regarding how applicant’s own issues impact his/her work as a counseling professional.
  • Present a willingness to develop a non-judgmental attitude and awareness of need to refer counselees who are outside the applicant’s range of competence.

Application Deadline

Early Admissions: December 1, 2020
Priority Admissions: February 1, 2021
Secondary Admissions: May 1, 2021
*Rolling admissions after May 1st pending availability of program seats

To Apply

Complete and submit:

  • an application
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended; Note: Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution’s Registrar
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from a former professor and one from an employer/supervisor who has observed the applicant in a professional setting
  • A concise, typed, two-page statement of professional goals, including why the applicant wants to be a licensed counselor, along with specific training objectives and long-term career goals. Submit to gradschool@sf.edu
  • If a United States veteran, also submit a DD214 form

Once the Office of Admissions has received all the above-listed materials, an interview with thePsychology and Counseling Admissions Committee may be scheduled

School Psychology, MS

Candidates must have the following qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree in Psychology (preferred) with one course in the area of educational psychology. If a student does not have a degree in Psychology, at a minimum, undergraduate coursework should include 9 hours in the following areas: introduction to psychology, lifespan development, and abnormal psychology (may be augmented by coursework in closely related fields or may reflect life experience). Additionally, a course in educational psychology is highly recommended.
  • Demonstrated proficiency regarding academic performance with a minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate coursework, as recorded on official transcripts.
  • A score of 150 on each of the verbal and quantitative subtests on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), if the candidate’s undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0.
  • Sufficient emotional maturity and stability to complete the rigors of graduate study as well as maintain ethical practice regarding client/student welfare. This includes, but is not limited to, openness and introspective ability regarding how applicant’s own issues impact his/her work as a professional in the field of Psychology

Application Deadline

Early Admissions: December 1, 2020
Priority Admissions: February 1, 2021
Secondary Admissions: May 1, 2021
*Rolling admissions after May 1st pending availability of program seats

To Apply

  • Submit three letters of recommendation and, where appropriate, one from a former college professor and one from an employer or supervisor who has observed the applicant in a professional setting.
  • Submit a concise, typed, two-page statement of professional goals, including why he/she wishes to seek a degree in School Psychology, consistent with the purpose and focus of the program. One could also include specific training objectives and long-term career goals following graduation.

Candidates may have an interview with the School Psychology Program Director and/or Psychology and Counseling Admissions Committee.

School Psychology, Psy.S.

Candidates must have the following qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in School Psychology or a related field (e.g., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Psychology, etc.)
  • Demonstrated proficiency regarding academic performance with a minimum 3.7 GPA in graduate coursework, as recorded on official transcripts.
  • Sufficient emotional maturity and stability to complete the rigors of graduate study as well as maintain ethical practice regarding client/student welfare; This includes, but is not limited to, openness and introspective ability regarding how applicant’s own issues impact his/her work as a professional in the field of Psychology.

Application Deadline

Early Admissions: December 1, 2020
Priority Admissions: February 1, 2021
Secondary Admissions: May 1, 2021
*Rolling admissions after May 1st pending availability of program seats

To Apply

  • Submit three letters of recommendation and, where appropriate, one from a former college professor and one from an employer or supervisor who has observed the applicant in a professional setting
  • Submit a concise, typed, two-page statement of professional goals, including why he/she wishes to re-specialize with a degree in School Psychology, consistent with the purpose and focus of the program; One could also include specific training objectives and long-term career goals following graduation.

Candidates may have an interview with the School Psychology Program Director and/or Psychology and Counseling Admissions Committee.