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Graduate Admission Requirements

Flexible programming. Jesuit values. Successful outcomes.

You'll find all of this - and more - when you choose The University of Scranton for your graduate studies.

All students applying to a campus-based graduate program must submit the following:

  • on-line application requiring each applicant to create their own account with their own unique email address (for applicants to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, please see application information below).
  • official academic transcripts from every college/university attended
  • 3 professional letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate your ability to perform graduate level coursework; the recommendation requests are sent electronically through the online application.
  • Graduate Chemistry Programsplus or minus

    Offers three distinct master's degree programs: Biochemistry, Chemistry and Clinical Chemistry.

    Real World Results:

    • Data from the ACS Committee on Professional Training Annual Report indicate that the University was tied for 18th in the nation in producing master's graduates (17) in 2013-2014 as noted in the 2014 edition of the ACS Directory of Graduate Research.
    • Biochemistry: Graduates have found employment with Sanofi Pasteur, Merck and with the federal governement, enrolled in Ph.D. programs at Thomas Jefferson University, the University of Florida, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Notre Dame and have been admitted into medical, dental, pharmacy, and podiatry programs. 
    • Chemistry: Graduates have found employment at Sanofi Pasteur and have enrolled in Ph.D. programs at Yale University and Princeton University.
    • Clinical Chemistry: Graduates have been admitted into medical, dental, pharmacy, podiatry or optometry programs.

    Additional Admission Requirements & Information:

    • Minimum GPA requirement of 3.00 overall and 2.75 GPA for science courses
  • Graduate Accountancy Programplus or minus

    The demand for flexible, high quality accounting education at the masters level is at an all-time high and is expected to continue growing at a rapid rate. 

    Real World Results:

    • Those working in accountancy leadership roles may work in a variety of professional environments, including the Big 4 accounting firms: Deloitte LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Ernst & Young, and KPMG.
    • Someone working in accountancy leadership may support a number of job functions including financial advisory services, consulting, growth enterprise, taxes, audits and more.

    Additional Admission Requirements & Information:

    • Minimum GPA requirement of 3.00 overall
    • Students must hold an undergraduate bachelors in accounting degree or hold an undergraduate bachelors degree in business with the completion of satisfactory accounting coursework at the intermediate level such as:  ACC 361-Intermediate Accounting I,  ACC 362-Intermediate Accounting II, ACC 363-Federal Taxation, ACC 461-Cost Accounting, and ACC 464-Auditing Theory, as determined by the Accounting Department Chair.
    • The Master of Accountancy program is offered on-campus as well as on-line.
  • Graduate Counseling Programsplus or minus

    Offers 3 distinct, nationally accredited master's degree programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling and School Counseling.

    Real World Results:

    • According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, faster than average growth will occur through at least 2020 in the fields of rehabilitation counseling, school counseling, clinical mental health, marital and/or family difficulties, alcoholism, drug abuse and aging.
    • Clinical Mental Health Counseling career paths include community mental health agencies, private practices, interdisciplinary medical offices, substance abuse treatment, and crisis counseling agencies.
    • Rehabilitation Counseling career paths include drug and alcohol treatment, community rehabilitation agencies, university settings, career counseling, behavioral health, psychiatric rehabilitation, rehabilitation hospitals, vocational rehabilitation, advocacy, private practice and disability management.
    • School Counseling career paths include Pre K-12 school counselor, transition to higher education counseling, transition to career counseling, transitional mental health practices, higher education and university settings, admission offices and career counseling.

    Additional Admission Requirements & Information:

    • The priority application deadline for all graduate Counseling programs is November 15th. The regular application deadline is March 1st for admission into the following fall term. Applications received after the March 1st deadline may be considered at the Program Director's discretion.
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale; Students falling below this level may submit other evidence of their ability to successfully complete a graduate program, such as grades in other graduate-level courses, a record of progressively higher work responsibilities, or scores from the Miller Analogies Test or Graduate Record Examination.  
    • Interview with counseling department required.
    • School Counseling Supplemental Essay Questions (submitted within the on-line application)
    • Clinical Mental Health Counseling Supplemental Essay Questions (submitted within the on-line application)
    • Reduced tuition for the master's degree programs in Counseling at $757 per credit!
  • Graduate Educationplus or minus

    Offers 2 distinct, nationally accredited master's degree programs: Secondary Education and Special Education.

    Real World Results:

    • Obtaining an advanced degree often provides an additional educational certification as well as incremental gains on a school's pay scale.
    • The Special Education program is newly revised to meet the latest state standards, with an emphasis of developing working knowledge of responsible inclusion.
    • Secondary Education students achieving certification in any of the areas offered can expand their certification areas by taking targeted state examinations.
    • All graduate education programs prepare teacher candidates to take the edTPA assessment, a new certification requirement adopted in many states.

    Additional Admission Requirements & Information:

    • Copy of valid U.S. teaching certificate for admission into the Special Education program.
    • Priority application deadline of March 1 for admission into the fall term.
    • Some education graduate programs are also offered on-line.
  • Graduate Health Administration Programplus or minus

    The CAHME-accredited MHA program is 44-credit hours (plus required fieldwork) and is oriented to the real world of hands-on health care administration. The program is specifically designed to help students learn to use and apply many health care management tools, principles, techniques, theories, methods and strategies.

    Real World Results:

    • Careers for MHA graduates include administrative positions in health-related organizations including hospitals, ambulatory care settings, physician group practices, social service agencies, medical centers, clinics, long-term care facilities, managed care plans and rehabilitation centers.
    • Alumni work in leadership and administrative positions that involve marketing, finance, strategic planning, management, community relations, information systems, internal operations, and education.

    Additional Admission Requirements & Information:

    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale; Students falling below this level may submit other evidence of their ability to successfully complete a graduate program, such as grades in other graduate-level courses, scores from the Graduate Record Examination, and/or a record of progressively higher work responsibilities.
    • Departmental interview required.
    • This on-campus program only accepts students to begin in the fall semester.
    • The MHA program is also offered on-line.
  • Graduate MBA Programplus or minus

    The AACSB-accredited MBA program is 36-credit hours and allows you to customize the program to meet your educational and career goals. MBA focus areas include Accounting, Enterprise Resource Planning, Finance, Health Care Management, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing and Operations Management.

    Real World Results:

    • Employers of MBA graduates include:Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, CIGNA Healthcare, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Ernst & Young LLP, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, GlaxoSmithKline, Integrated Financial Management, J P Morgan Securities, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, KPMG LLP, Liberty Mutual, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Lowes, Metlife Inc., Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, PNC Financial Services Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Prudential Financial, Qualcomm, Sanofi-Pasteur, McGraw-Hill Companies Inc., Times Shamrock Communications Inc., USDA-OIG, US Military, and Verizon Communications Inc.
    • Average salary for graduates with a Scranton MBA is over $85,000.00 per year. 

    Additional Admission Requirements & Information:

    • Official GMAT score report. Students with 3 or more years of official, full-time work experience may be eligible to submit a solution to a case study in lieu of the GMAT. 
    • The MBA program is also offered on-line.
  • Graduate Nursing Programsplus or minus

    Offers distinct, nationally accredited master's degree programs: Adult Gerontology-Clinical Nurse Specialist and Family Nurse Practitioner.

    Real World Results:

    • Our nursing graduates have a 95% employment rate.
    • Graduates of our Family Nurse Practitioner program have had a 100% first-time pass rate on their nurse practitioner national certification exam since the inception of the program.
    • The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program prepares nurses to develop advanced competencies in nursing practice of adult and geriatric patients, including direct practice, consultation and education. Students also take courses in nursing education.
    • The Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to assess, diagnose and treat common acute and chronic disorders, and to provide health promotion and disease prevention interventions and counseling in primary care settings.

    Additional Admission Requirements & Information:

    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or other evidence of ability to complete successfully a graduate program such as grades in other post-baccalaureate courses, scores from national graduate school entrance examinations, or a record of progressively higher work responsibilities.
    • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.
    • Licensed Registered Nurse in the state of Pennsylvania; License copy can be uploaded through the online application.
    • Satisfactory completion of undergraduate or equivalent approved courses in basic physical assessment and statistics.
  • Graduate Nurse Anesthesia Programplus or minus

    A nationally accredited program requiring 68 credits for degree (28 months, full-time study).

    Real World Results:

    • Nurse Anesthesia graduates have averaged a 90% first-time pass rate on their national certification examination over the past five years.
    • The Nurse Anesthesia program prepares nurses to function in the role of certified registered nurse anesthetists, able to administer all types of anesthesia in a variety of clinical settings.

    Additional Admission Requirements & Information:

    • Nurse Anesthesia Supplemental Packet
    • Clinical Experience Verification form
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or other evidence of ability to complete successfully a graduate program such as grades in other post-baccalaureate courses, scores from national graduate school entrance examinations, or a record of progressively higher work responsibilities; 
    • Bachelor's degree in nursing from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited program;
    • Licensed Registered nurse in the state of Pennsylvania; License copy can be uploaded through the online application;
    • One year of Critical Care nursing experience;
    • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification - Can be uploaded through the online application;
    • Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification - Can be uploaded through the online application;
    • Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification - Can be uploaded through the online application;
    • Successful completion of two courses in college chemistry;
    • Satisfactory completion of undergraduate or equivalent approved courses in basic physical assessment and statistics;
    • We are currently accepting applications for enrollment in the fall term of 2017. The preferred deadline for application submission is October 1, 2016.
  • Graduate Occupational Therapyplus or minus

    Additional Admission Requirements & Information:

    • For University of Scranton undergraduate students within the 5-year program, you must complete the on-line application during the spring semester of your senior year. To be eligible to matriculate into the graduate program you must graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences  and maintain an undergraduate cumulative GPA over 2.75.
    • For undergraduate students intending to matriculate in the Summer 2017 term, you must maintain a 3.00 undergraduate cumulative GPA in addition to the admission requirements listed above.
    • For additional information, please refer to the undergraduate and graduate course catalogs.
  • Graduate Software Engineeringplus or minus

    The Software Engineering program is designed to develop software professionals who are knowledgeable about and skilled in the application of principles related to the development and maintenance of computer software.

    Real World Results:

    • Students will have access to a number of computing platforms, including MS Windows, Linux, and FreeBSD. These resources are networked and accessible on and off campus.The Computing Science Department is a member of the MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDNAA), which offers a wide range of Microsoft software development tools such as Visual Studio .NET. Open source systems and tools are extensively used in the program including Oracle's Java, PHP, Linux, FreeBSD, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Apache and Eclipse.
    • Graduates of the Software Engineering program have been hired by companies such as IBM, Los Alamos National Lab, Tyco Electronics, Compaq, MetLife, Prudential, GTE and Alltel.

    Additional Admission Requirements & Information:

    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale; Applicants that do not meet this requirement may be required to submit an official GRE or GMAT test score.
    • Applications are welcomed on a rolling basis for admission into the fall term.
  • Graduate Theology Programplus or minus

    The Master of Arts in Theology program is a well-balanced program of rigorous study in key theological areas, with the possibility of specialization. There is an emphasis on small-group discussion and the reading of primary texts with classes being scheduled to permit participation by working adults.

    Real World Results:

    • Program graduates have gone on to work in parishes and Catholic schools and to doctoral level of study.

    Additional Admission Requirements & Information:

    • Minimum undergraduate GPA requirement of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale with a solid background in the humanities.
    • Writing sample; This should be an academic paper of at least 1,000 words in the humanities that explores some theologically related issue. Papers previously submitted in undergraduate classes are suitable. This requirement can be uploaded/submitted as part of the online application process.
    • The rate of tuition for the master's degree program in Theology will be set at one-half of the regular graduate tuition.
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)plus or minus

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is comprised of an executive model format that meets over one weekend per month, designed to accommodate full-time practice and academic commitment.

    Real World Results:

    • Designed to prepare graduates for independent practice in advanced nursing practice specialties.
    • Graduates will possess enhanced organizational and leadership skills in health care delivery, expertise in the application of evidence-based practice to improve patient and health care outcomes, and the ability to lead inter-professional teams.

    Additional Admission Requirements & Information:

    • Applicants must possess a master's degree in nursing (MSN) from a CCNE or ACEN accredited program with preparation or certification in an advanced nursing practice specialty with a GPA of 3.2 or higher;
    • 3-4 page essay describing current and past clinical practice, scholarly career achievements, and the proposed topic for the scholarly project - Essay uploaded/submitted as part of the online application.
    • RN licensure - Licensure copy can be uploaded as part of the online application;
    • Evidence of certification in an advanced practice nursing specialty.
    • The preferred application deadline is May 1 of the year of expected enrollment. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a space available basis. 
    • At a reduced tuition of $772/credit, the tuition cost for our DNP program is among the most competitive in PA and for regionally accredited universities.
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)plus or minus

    The Doctor of Physical Therapy program develops doctors of physical therapy who are knowledgeable, competent, service-oriented, self-assured, adaptable, reflective, and sensitive to individual diversity.

    Real World Results:

    • Careers for DPT graduates include positions in health-related facilities including inpatient and outpatient settings (orthopedics, neurology, geriatrics, pediatrics, acute care).
    • Employment for physical therapists is projected to  grow by 36% between 2012 and 2022, much higher than the national average. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
    • With the aging of the "Baby Boomer" population, there will be increased demand for physical therapists.

    Admission Requirements & Information:

    • The Physical Therapy department at The University of Scranton participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit the PTCAS web site at www.ptcas.org.
    • Please submit all application documents through PTCAS.
      • Official transcripts from all Colleges or Universities attended
      • Three professional letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate your ability to perform graduate work
      • Statement of intentions
    • Pre-requisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better:
      • Biology with labs – 2 courses, 8 credits minimum
      • General Chemistry with labs – 2 courses, 8 credits minimum
      • General Physics with Labs-2 courses, 8 credits minimum
      • Mammalian/Human Physiology – 1 course, 3 credits minimum
      • General Psychology – 1 course, 3 credits minimum
      • Advanced Psychology (Childhood, Adolescence, Aging or Abnormal Psychology) – 1 course, 3 credits minimum
      • Statistics – 1 course, 3 credits minimum
      • Mathematics (Trigonometry or higher) - 1 course, 3 credits minimum
  • Combined/Accelerated Program Requirementsplus or minus

    The University of Scranton offers outstanding undergraduate students the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's and master's degree through the Combined/Accelerated Baccalaureate/Master's degree program. Qualified students can enter the combined program in Chemistry or the accelerated program(s) in Accountancy, Business Administration, Counseling, Education, Health Administration, Human Resources, Nursing and Software Engineering.

    For additional information on the specific admission requirements of these programs, please visit the graduate course catalog.



Mailing Address

Please be sure to request that your transcript(s), letters of recommendation and any other supplemental materials are forwarded to:


The University of Scranton
Office of Graduate & International Admissions-The Estate

800 Linden Street
Scranton, PA 18510
Phone: (570) 941-7600