Graduate Catalog 2012-13
Graduate students are admitted to Marymount University as degree-seeking, graduate- and post-master’s-certificate seeking, and nondegree or visiting students. Through Marymount’s Educational Partnerships program, individuals may be enrolled off-site as degree- or certificate-seeking students. International students may enroll as degree- or certificate-seeking students. Application procedures for students in each category follow.
In making decisions for admission, Marymount University takes into consideration an applicant’s previous college or university coursework, work experience, and positive recommendations, as well as test scores and an applicant’s personal statement, when applicable.
For all programs, applicants who have or will have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university prior to enrollment are eligible to apply, and must submit the following items to be considered for acceptance:
These items are Universitywide requirements for every program.
Schools and individual graduate programs vary in their requirements for standardized test scores*, portfolios, interviews, work experience, or other criteria. Some programs have specific application deadlines. For detailed information, students should consult the section for the School or program to which they are applying.
Unless otherwise noted, students are admitted on a full- or part-time basis for the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
*NOTE: All scores should reflect testing within the last five years or be subject to review by the Graduate Admissions Committee. Applicants who already hold a master’s degree are not required to submit GRE, MAT, LSAT, or GMAT test scores, with the exception of Counselor Education and Supervision and Physical Therapy program applicants. Counselor Education and Supervision and Physical Therapy program applicants must submit GRE scores, even if they have a master’s degree in another field. Acceptable Praxis I Math or SAT/ACT Math and Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) scores are required for admission to all teacher licensure programs.
An international student is defined as an individual wishing to enroll who is neither a U.S. citizen nor a permanent U.S. resident.
Visitors in B-1/B-2 status are not eligible to register. These individuals must change their status to an F-1 student visa in order to study at Marymount University. Contact the International Student Services Office or Office of Graduate Admissions for more information regarding this immigration regulation and other immigration-related questions.
Eligible international students must submit the following items to be considered:
Minimum Score Requirements for Nonnative Speakers of English
600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, range of 96 to 100 Internet-based
Applicants who have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited school where the language of instruction is English are exempt from this requirement.
Conditional admission is an option for international graduate applicants who meet all admission requirements except demonstrated English proficiency. Students seeking conditional admission must enroll in ELS Educational Service’s English for Academic Purposes program to develop their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills to a level appropriate for university study. Students who successfully complete ELS Level 112 will be fully admitted and may enroll in a degree program without presenting a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score. Completion of an intensive English program other than the ELS English for Academic Purposes does not meet the conditional admission requirement. More information about ELS’ English for Academic Purposes can be found at www.els.edu.
Applicants to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.), Counselor Education and Supervision (Ed.D.), Master of Education (M.Ed.) licensure programs, Family Nurse Practitioner (M.S.N.), Forensic Psychology (M.A.), Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.), and School Counseling (M.A.) programs are not eligible for conditional admission.
Deadlines for Students in Need of an I-20
Admission applications and all supporting documents must be received no later than the date indicated for the corresponding semester:
For fall semester (late August to mid-December): July 1
For spring semester (mid-January to early May): October 15
For summer semester (late May to early August): March 15
International students in need of an I-20 form must adequately document financial resources for the program’s duration. An I-20 will be issued when
In cases where the applicant has been previously enrolled in the United States, he/she must also submit
The following are required for graduate and post-master’s certificate-seeking applicants in order to be considered:
Students admitted to certificate programs are limited to enrollment in those courses and prerequisites that fulfill certificate requirements. Marymount graduate certificate coursework that is applicable to a given master’s degree may be applied to that degree; however, students must apply for degree status prior to or upon completion of the certificate. No more than 18 credits of courses earned in certificate programs may be applied to graduate degree requirements. Completion of a certificate offering does not guarantee admission to a degree program.
International students must follow the admission procedures for international applicants. (See International Applicants.)
Some programs offer nondegree applicants admission to a limited number of graduate courses taken to increase vocational fitness and to learn about recent developments in a field of interest. Such students are urged to seek academic advice from the appropriate graduate program coordinator before registration. Students visiting from other institutions also enroll as nondegree students.
The following are required in order to be considered for acceptance:
An F-1 visa student who is not concurrently enrolled at another U.S. college or university is not eligible to apply as a nondegree student. F-1 visa graduate students may only be admitted to the University as graduate degree- or graduate certificate-seeking students. Please see the appropriate student category for admission requirements and procedures.
Nondegree admission is limited to two consecutive semesters. During these two semesters, a student may enroll in a limited number of credits. Students interested in nondegree studies should consult the School or program section in which he or she is interested to learn if there are further details or restrictions concerning nondegree studies.
Students who wish to continue graduate study beyond the limits for nondegree status must apply for program admission and meet all regular admission requirements for the degree program. Graduate credits earned at Marymount University while a student is enrolled through nondegree status may be applicable to graduate degree requirements or electives.
Students enrolled in off-site programs through Marymount’s Educational Partnerships program are required to submit official transcripts and, depending upon their academic objective, follow admission requirements consistent with degree- or certificate-seeking students.
Students who complete certificate programs and wish to be admitted as degree-seeking students must apply for admission to the degree program. Completion of a certificate offering does not guarantee admission to a degree program.
Marymount University has a rolling admissions policy, unless otherwise noted in this catalog or on the Admissions website. The University notifies applicants as to whether they have met the criteria for admission after the application procedure is completed and the Admissions Committee has acted on the application.
All acceptances to Marymount University are tentative until the applicant’s final high school or college grades are received and conditions of the acceptance, if any, are met.
For certain programs, offers of admission may be deferred for one year. A request for a deferral of enrollment must be in writing. Updated transcripts must be provided prior to enrollment.