May 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog


Admission to Graduate Study
Application Procedures
Deadlines for Admission/Application Materials
Classification of Students
International Students  

Admission to Graduate Study

Graduate programs are open to full- and/or part-time students who fulfill the admission requirements as stated for each program. Admission to degree programs is highly competitive and all qualified persons may not be accepted. Required admission materials and entry requirements are listed for each graduate program under the individual program description. Refer also to the Nazareth website for complete information.

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Application Procedures

Students may apply for a graduate program online at .  The Admissions Committees review only completed admissions files following the admission deadline. (Please refer to the Graduate Admissions website for deadlines and required application materials.)

Note:  Applicants to the following programs use a different application for graduate study:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy Program apply online at
  • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology apply online at

An admission decision will be communicated to the applicant by official university electronic notification from the Director of Graduate Admissions. An enrollment deposit is required for applicants admitted to a graduate program with the intent to enroll. The deposit is applied to the first semester’s tuition, and is non-refundable.

Expedited admission may be available for promising, currently enrolled, Nazareth undergraduate students, identified by Graduate Program Directors, who meet GPA and program requirements.

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Deadlines for Admission/Application Materials

 Master of Science in Education degree programs

• Art Education, Initial and Professional certification programs (Fall is preferred start term)
• Inclusive Education Programs: Early Childhood, Childhood, Adolescence
• Inclusive Education Programs: Early Childhood/Childhood non-certification program (available for international applicants only)
• Literacy Specialist Programs
• Music Education, Professional Program (Fall is preferred start term)
• Music Education, Extended Program (Fall only start term for extended program)
• Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - Non-Certification Program (TESOL)
• Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - Certification Program (TESOL)
• TESOL and Adolescence Education (TESOL)

Preferred MSED Admission Terms/Deadlines
• Summer Term: March 1
• Fall Semester: April 1
• Spring Semester: October 1
Applications received after the stated deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Master of Science Admission Terms/Deadlines

• Art Therapy Specialization: Fall semester only- January 15

• Global Business Leadership: Fall semester only- August 15

• Higher Education Student Affairs Administration: April 1 for Fall Term. Rolling admissions, with preference given to applications completed by April 1. After April 1, applications will be processed on a space available basis.

• Marketing Communications Leadership: Fall semester only- August 15

• Music Therapy Specialization: Fall semester- April 1; Spring semester applications are considered on a case-by-case basis- October 1

• Human Resource Leadership - Rolling Admission, Spring and Fall terms

• Speech Language Pathology: Fall semester - February 1

Master of Arts Admission Terms/Deadlines
• American Studies: Rolling Admission any term

Master of Public Health Terms/Deadlines
• Public Health: Fall semester only - April 1. After April 1, applications will be processed on a space available basis.

Master of Music Admission Terms/Deadlines
• Performance and Pedagogy: Fall semester only- April 1. After April 1, applications will be processed on a space available basis.

Master of Social Work Admission Terms/Deadlines
• Social Work - check the MSW “How to Apply” website for application deadlines: /
 Doctor of Physical Therapy Admission Terms/Deadlines
• Summer only (note: students accepted for admission begin coursework in May)
   - Deadline: October 15
 Non-Degree Programs for teacher education extensions and annotations
Admission is by departmental approval. Please contact the School of Education for further information.

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Classification of Students

Fully accepted - Students who have been accepted as candidates for a master’s degree or the Doctor of Physical Therapy and are eligible to register in graduate level coursework as indicated in the official letter of acceptance.

Provisionally accepted - Students who have made application to a master’s or the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program, and give promise of the ability to achieve fully accepted graduate status. However, they have not met all minimum standards for full acceptance, and are now eligible for a maximum of 12 graduate credit hours. By the completion of 12 graduate credit hours, the provisions for full acceptance set by the admitting program must be met in order to be fully accepted. Students who must show proof of teacher certification or proof of completion of a bachelor’s degree must do so by October 15 (for fall admission), March 15 (for spring admission) or June 15 (for summer admission). Provision(s) information is detailed with the official letter of acceptance.

Conditionally accepted - Students who have made application to a master’s or the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program, and give promise to achieve fully accepted graduate status. However, for example, they have not met all prerequisite coursework or have another condition that must be met for full acceptance, they will become eligible for graduate course registration upon successful completion of prerequisite coursework or stated condition. Information regarding condition(s) of acceptance is detailed with the official letter of acceptance.

Matriculated and Non-matriculated status - Refers to both the admission and registration processes. A matriculated graduate student is one who has: (1) completed the formal application process, (2) received a formal electronic notification from the Director of Graduate Admissions regarding the specific type of admission extended to them, and (3) enrolled in graduate level courses. Prospective students not matriculated into a graduate program may request enrollment in no more than six graduate credit hours if they have completed a bachelor’s degree. Non-matriculated option limited to selected programs and is contingent upon approval from the designated university official.

Professional Educator status - In circumstances whereby a student has completed a master’s degree, or a program of study deemed appropriate by a Program Director, and seeks to register for a graduate level course for professional endeavors, the student may seek approval for status of Professional Educator. This status will allow the student to register for a course without formal acceptance into a program. The approval form may be obtained on the School of Education website or by emailing

Full-time Students - The semester course load for a full-time graduate student is a minimum of 9 credit hours of graduate level coursework.

Part- or Half-time Students - The semester course load for a half-time graduate student is 6-8 graduate level credit hours.

Less than Half-time Students - The semester course load for this status is less than 6 credit hours of graduate level work.

Auditors - Students wishing to audit courses for which no graduate credits are claimed. Auditors must hold a master’s degree from an accredited college or university. Registration is on a space available basis and with the permission of the Program Director.

Veterans - Veterans who may be eligible for educational benefits should consult the Office of Veterans’ Affairs (585-389-5017; email and the Office of Financial Aid. Recipients of veteran benefits must report change of status, interrupted attendance, or termination of study to the Registration and Records Office.

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International Students - (Complete the Graduate Application AND additional admission requirements as described below)

The following information is in regard to admission requirements, admission deadlines, financial aid, requirements for “F-1” student visa, and health insurance. For additional information visit or

Additional Admission Requirements for International Students

International students must request an international credential evaluation from SpanTran (recommended service) or any evaluation service verified by NACES (required). Minimum grade point average(GPA): 2.75.

Important: When applying for your credential evaluation, you must request that the evaluation be sent directly from the credential evaluator to Nazareth University. The evaluation service will also require that your school or university send the documents directly to the evaluator and will not accept official or unofficial documents sent by you (the student).

Undergraduate first-year applicants: Request document-by-document evaluation with GPA

Undergraduate transfer or graduate applicants: Request course-by-course evaluation

Requesting an official credential evaluation is done at the expense of the applicant.

English Language Proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English applying from an educational institution outside the United States are required to prove English proficiency by one of the following methods:

  • TOEFL iBT: 79 (and no individual score below 15),
    • Nazareth University Institution Code for TOEFL: 2511
  • IELTS: 6.5,

    • Minimum scores may vary by program
    • Results of the test must be forwarded directly to Nazareth University
  • Bank Statement & Declaration of Finances

Applicants must demonstrate the available funds/financial support required to cover the cost of tuition, room and board, living expenses, pocket money, books, etc. for one full academic year by sending the following required documents:

Application Deadline for International Students
June 1 (for the Fall term beginning in August). Applicants are notified of the admission decision within four weeks after receipt of all required application documents. All items listed above in addition to the general application must be received by Nazareth University to be eligible for admission review.

Graduate Assistantships for International Students
Graduate assistantships are limited and awarded on a competitive, case-by-case basis.

Costs for International Students
For information on tuition and fees, please visit:

Requirements for “F” Student Visa
After an international applicant is admitted and confirms their enrollment at Nazareth University, we will prepare and forward an official letter of acceptance and one copy of Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status, Form I-20. This copy of the I-20 should be taken to the nearest American Consulate for the purpose of securing a Non-Immigrant “F-1” Student Visa.

Health Insurance for International Students
All international applicants are required to possess a valid health insurance policy from a U.S.-based insurance company. All admitted students will be required to submit a full health history, including proof of measles, mumps, and rubella immunizations before registering for their first semester. See Overview of People, Services, Campus , Health & Counseling Services for additional immunization and compliance requirements.

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