Admission

Individuals whose undergraduate record is predictive of success in advanced studies may qualify for admission as either matriculated or non-matriculated students. Inquiries regarding admission to graduate study as well as requests for bulletins and application forms should be made to the respective Graduate Studies Office in the College of Arts and Sciences or the Boler College of Business. The appropriate dean will communicate with the applicant concerning all admissions decisions.

To qualify unconditionally for admission to Graduate Studies as a matriculated student, the applicant must hold, minimally, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (based on a four-point system). Some programs may require a higher average. The applicant must also have adequate undergraduate preparation and such other prerequisites as may be required or specified for the intended course or program. Please refer to the appropriate section of this Bulletin.

Graduates of non-accredited colleges, or students who do not have a baccalaureate degree but who do have equivalent training, may be admitted provisionally on the basis of academic records, standardized test scores, and letters of recommendation.

Provisional admission may also be granted to applicants whose undergraduate records are below the 2.5 minimum. (Some programs may require a higher minimum.) In such instances the Graduate Studies Office considers the applicant’s academic accomplishment in the junior and senior years of undergraduate study, particularly in the major; performance on standardized tests; and recommendations and professional or occupational experience and achievement.

Every applicant for matriculated status must file official transcripts from each college attended, even though credit has been transferred from one to the other. An official transcript carries the institutional seal and is sent directly from the issuing institution to the John Carroll University Graduate Studies Office. No application can be considered for unconditional acceptance until all necessary documents are on file. At least 30 days should be allowed for processing the application. Certain programs, workshops, and courses for non-matriculated students may not require the full procedure.

To qualify for admission to graduate studies as a non-matriculated or post-baccalaureate (general) student, the applicant mut hold, minimally, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (based on a four-point scale). The applicant must also have adequate undergraduate preparation and such other prerequisites as may be required or specified for the intended course. Please refer to the appropriate sections of this Bulletin or the Undergraduate Bulletin. Students wishing to apply as a non-matriculated or post-baccalaureate (general) student must submit an application and transcripts for highest degree earned. Students who choose to change status to matriculated must follow the application procedures.

Seniors of exceptional ability in the undergraduate programs of the University may apply to receive credit for graduate courses completed in excess of the undergraduate degree requirements. Application for Graduate Studies and written approval of the appropriate undergraduate dean must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the date of registration.