Office of Graduate Programs

Admission Requirements

Graduate Admission Requirements 

Students interested in applying to the University’s Master’s programs must meet the following minimum admission requirements to be considered for admission:

  •  A bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university with an overall GPA of 2.5
    • GPA requirements can vary. Please consult your program.
  • Minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of 280 or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores of 380 for Education and Counseling applicants; GRE or MAT scores for Theology applicants; GRE or MCAT scores for Public Health applicants; GRE scores for Speech Pathology applicants;
  • Passing scores from Praxis I and Praxis II (content exam) for Teaching applicants
    • Praxis 1 may be waived if: Applicants have completed a Master’s degree or higher or earned an ACT composite score of 22 or a SAT combined verbal and math score of 1030
  • A statement of interest is required for Education, Counseling, Public Health, and Speech Pathology applicants
  • Two letters of reference for Education and Counseling applicants; Two letters of reference from professors and one ministerial letter from a pastor or pastoral staff person for Theology applicants; Three letters of reference are required for Public Health and Speech Pathology applicants

 
Application Steps

Students who are applying to the University's Master's programs must submit the following to be considered for admission:

  • An admissions application
  • $30 graduate application fee
  • All official college/university transcripts (including undergraduate and graduate work)
  • Official test scores
    • Education, Counseling, and Theology applicants must submit scores from the GRE or the MAT
    • Teaching applicants must also submit scores from Praxis I and II  
    • Public Health applicants must submit scores from the GRE or MCAT
    • Speech Pathology applicants must submit scores from the GRE
  • Reference letters
    • Education and Counseling applicants must submit two letters of reference from former or current supervisors or instructors
    • Theology applicants must submit two academic letters from professors familiar with the student's academic work and one ministerial letter from a pastor or pastoral staff person familiar with the student's work in their church and/or community
    • Public Health and Speech Pathology applicants must submit three letters of reference
  • A statement of interest
    • Education, Counseling, and Speech Pathology applicants must submit a one-page essay on why the applicant has chosen the proposed program of graduate study
    • Public Health applicants must submit a one page (approximately 500 words) statement of interest that addresses the following: What are your interests in public health and why are you planning to pursue an MPH and What are your future career goals and what have you done either academically or professionally to guide your interest in public health?
  • A writing sample is also required for Speech Pathology applicants


Doctoral Admission Requirements

Students interested in applying to the University’s Doctoral programs must meet the following minimum admission requirements to be considered for admission:

  • A graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Two letters of reference from individuals qualified to appraise the scholastic aptitude, leadership ability, and personal and professional potential in a doctoral program;
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) that indicate a combined score of at least 1000 (verbal and quantitative) or 294 on the Revised GRE or scores from the Millers Analogies Test (MAT) of at least 391 or 37 on the previous test
  • A statement of interest
  • A writing sample


Application Steps

Students who are applying to the University's Doctoral program must submit the following to be considered for admission:

  • An admissions application
  • All official college/university transcripts (including undergraduate and graduate work)
  • Official scores from the GRE or MAT (these scores must be no more than 5 years old)
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to appraise the scholastic aptitude, leadership ability, and personal and professional potential in a doctoral program
  • A statement of interest explaining why the applicant wants to enroll in a doctoral program, the applicant's research interests, and why the applicant chose Xavier's program
  • An example of the applicant's best scholarly writing in APA format that should be no more than five years old and approximately 8-10 doubled-spaced pages, not including the cover page and the reference page


Note for International Applicants

Applicants planning to attend classes on a visa should review the Information for Graduate International Applicants.