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How to Apply

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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 Exceptions:

    • If you are applying to the Physician Assistant Studies program, submit the CASPA application.
    • If you are applying to the Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nurse Anesthesia (BSN-DNP) or Doctor of Nursing Practice, Post MSN-DNP programs, submit the NursingCAS 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.

To Apply

Complete and submit:

  • The application
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended; Note: Transcripts mustbe sent directly from the institution’s Registrar
  • Two 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, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nurse Anesthesia (BSN-DNP)

Applications for the fall class will be accepted the prior March 1-August 15. The deadline for priority admissions is May 15. All completed applicant files will be reviewed by the Nurse Anesthesia Program Admissions Committee and interview letters will be sent at the time of review. Interviews for the fall class will be held in June, August, and October. Applicants will be notified of an admission decision after each interview session.

Submit your application through NursingCAS

Additional requirements include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an ACEN or CCNE accredited nursing program
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.2 and overall science GPA of 3.0 or higher; applicants that fail to meet this minimum must take the GRE and submit their scores
  • Two courses in chemistry; a statistics course is highly recommended.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae, detailing professional positions and accomplishments
  • Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attendedMail Transcripts to:
    NursingCAS
    P.O. Box 9201
    Waterton, MA 02471
  • A current, unencumbered license to practice or eligibility to practice as a Registered Nurse in Indiana
  • At least one year (two preferred) of full-time (or part-time equivalent) continuous, critical care experience within the past five years with adequate documentation*
  • A copy of BLS/ACLS/PALS certifications approved by the American Heart Association (CCRN or equivalent specialty certification strongly preferred)
  • Three professional letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s potential for graduate study. One letter from each of the following is required:
    • Previous faculty familiar with your previous studies
    • Current supervisor
    • Physician familiar with your clinical practice.
  • An essay (not to exceed three pages, double spaced, 12-point font):
    • Explain your educational and professional goals. This should focus on a recent clinical experience, and how the DNP will enhance your professional development and career goals following completion of the program. The goal statements will be evaluated on content and appropriate use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
    • Discuss how you have helped to develop and disseminate knowledge in your past experience as a professional nurse.
    • Discuss what a faith-based education means to you.
  • CRNA Verification of Employment filled out by your employer and uploaded to your Nursing CAS application in the “Documents” section
  • TOEFL and TWE scores – Degree-seeking individuals whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL and TWE scores. Photocopies are not acceptable. Scores of 100 Internet-based total or 250 computer-based total on the general TOEFL and a score of 5.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE) are the minimum score requirements.
  • Completion of the Nurse Anesthesia/DNP interview.

Transfer applicants can transfer 1-9 credits of graduate level courses from an accredited college or university. To do so:

  • Students must request in writing that credit be transferred to USF
  • The BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program Director must approve and request acceptance of the credits from the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  • The Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs will provide written acceptance or denial of the credit to the student.

*Note: USF defines critical care experience as work completed as a licensed RN in an ICU (medical, surgical, neurovascular, or cardiovascular), pediatric ICU, or neonatal ICU. Other experiences considered, on an individual basis, include post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), and emergency room.

Doctor of Nursing Practice, Post-Master of Science in Nursing (Post-MSN DNP)

Admissions Requirements

Candidates to the Post-MSN to DNP program must have the following:

  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from an ACEN or CCNE accredited nursing program
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or greater

To Apply

Complete and submit the following:

  • Application for admission, submitted through NursingCAS
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae, detailing professional positions and accomplishments
  • Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • A current, unencumbered license to practice or eligibility to practice as a Registered Nurse in Indiana
  • Three professional letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant potential for graduate study
  • An essay (not to exceed five pages, double spaced, 12-point font):
    • Explain your educational and professional goals. This should focus on a recent clinical experience, and how the DNP will enhance your professional development and career goals following completion of the program. The goal statements will be evaluated on content and appropriate use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
    • Discuss how you have helped to develop and disseminate knowledge in your past experience as a professional nurse.
  • TOEFL and TWE scores: Candidates whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL and TWE scores. Photocopies are not acceptable. Scores of 100 Internet- based total or 250 computer-based total on the general TOEFL and a score of 5.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE) are the minimum score requirements.

Candidates must also complete the DNO admissions interview. Interview dates are conducted in person and via Skype on select Mondays in October, December, January, March, and April.

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 (new format) on the verbal and quantitative sections and 4.0 on the analytic writing section

If you do not meet all of the above criteria, you may be admitted provisionally. If you are admitted provisionally, you must earn a GPA of 3.20 in the first six hours of graduate nursing courses at USF in order to be fully admitted to the program.

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.
  • 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 as needed by individuals to serve effectively as physician assistants with a special focus on meeting the needs of underserved populations. The Department prepares students to be clinicians who achieve professional standards and have enhanced critical thinking, clinical, and scholarly competencies including research. We offer 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

To Apply

Complete and submit:

  • The 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 will 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.

To Apply

Complete and submit:

  • The application
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended; Note: Transcripts mustbe sent directly from the institution’s Registrar
  • Two 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

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

To Apply

  • The application
  • 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 will 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.

To Apply

  • The application
  • 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 will have an interview with the School Psychology Program Director and/or Psychology and Counseling Admissions Committee.

Studio Art, Master of Arts

Applicants must:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) in Studio Art, Computer Arts or Design.
  • Meet general admission standards for graduate education at the University of Saint Francis
  • Meet portfolio requirements (see below)
  • Have undergraduate GPA in Art of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Application Process

  • Complete the online application
  • Submit official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar of institution(s) attended
  • Submit a DD214 form (United States veterans only)
  • Submit a formal letter of intent/artist’s statement
  • Submit a resume/cv to gradschool@sf.edu.
  • Submit a portfolio of technically and conceptually robust artwork in the form of 20 digital files and an image list to accompany the portfolio with corresponding information for each piece: Title, Media, Year Completed, and Size
  • Submit three letters of recommendation using our program recommendation form.

Studio Art, Master of Fine Arts

Applicants must:

  • Have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • Meet basic art history requirements
  • Meet portfolio requirements (see below)
  • Have undergraduate GPA in Art of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Application Process

Priority application deadline is April 1st but applications will be accepted until May 1st. To apply to the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art program, you must complete the following steps:

  • Complete the online application
  • Submit official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar of institution(s) attended
  • Submit a DD214 form (United States veterans only)
  • Submit a formal essay expressing your goals in pursuing the MFA in Studio Art degree to gradschool@sf.edu.
  • Submit a resume/cv to gradschool@sf.edu.
  • Submit a portfolio of technically and conceptually robust artwork in the form of 20 digital files and an image list to accompany the portfolio with corresponding information for each piece: Title, Media, Year Completed, and Size
  • Submit three letters of recommendation using our program recommendation form.