Graduate Admissions

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Application Process

Applications for admission to Graduate Studies at the university are available online at Graduate Apply Now, or on-campus in the Graduate Studies Office, the Admissions Office, or in each office housing a graduate program.

Applications for admission, application fees, official transcripts from the colleges or universities awarding applicants their baccalaureate degrees, official transcripts from institutions where applicants have attempted or earned graduate credit, official reports of GRE or MAT scores, and required references must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office 30 days prior to the beginning of the appropriate enrollment period to ensure adequate time for consideration of each application. Applications received after this time will be processed as time and space allow.

After applications are processed and required documents are received, the applicants will be notified of their admission status. Applicants are not accepted until an official letter of acceptance is issued.

For further information regarding the application process, please contact the Graduate Studies Office, 800-933-7601, 806-720-7599, or graduatestudies@lcu.edu.

The university is open to all persons regardless of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, or disabled condition who are otherwise eligible for admission as students. To be considered for admission to distance education programs, the university must be have prior state authorization to enroll students in the applicant state of residence. The university may exercise due diligence and deny admission to otherwise qualified individuals who have a history that indicates their presence might endanger members of the university community.

State law requires the meningitis vaccine for students, which must be received at least 10 days before but not more than 5 years before the first day of class. Students 30 years or older by the first day of class or students enrolled only in online courses are exempt. See www.lcu.edu/meningitis for more information.

Admissions Standards

Students on probation or suspension at other institutions are not eligible for admission. Evidence of grade point averages, degrees, and scores must be on official transcripts or score reports.

Unconditional Admission

Applicants must meet the following requirements for unconditional admission.

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 120 academic hours from a regionally accredited college or university. Courses taken for the degree must include a minimum of 39 upper level hours. Hours awarded for life or work experience will not satisfy upper level hour requirement.
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on baccalaureate degree or cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on the last 60 hours of baccalaureate studies. Graduate transfer applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in twelve or more graduate hours in a discipline relevant to the graduate program for which the applicant is seeking admission.
  • Applicants not meeting the above GPA requirements with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA in their baccalaureate studies, must score at least 800 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken before August 1, 2011 or 286 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken after August 1, 2011 or at least 400 on the Miller Analogy Test (MAT).
  • Favorable letter of reference from professional contact.
  • Favorable letter of reference from personal or academic contact.

Additional program admission requirements.

  • Biblical Studies–permission of department
  • Counseling–professional resume, additional professional reference, interview, and total score of at least 800 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken before August 1, 2011 or 170 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken after August 1, 2011 or at least 400 on the Miller Analogy Test (MAT). Criminal background check is necessary for licensure as counselor.
  • School Counseling– professional resume, additional professional reference, and interview. Teacher certification and Criminal background check is necessary for licensure as school counselor.
  • Nursing–official transcript from nursing school, evidence of licensure as a registered nurse.

Provisional Admission

Applicants who do not meet unconditional admission standards may establish eligibility for provisional admission with a GPA of at least 2.5 and two favorable references. Applicants admitted provisionally enter the university on academic probation. Provisionally admitted applicants not achieving at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA on the graduate courses attempted at the university during the first semester will be suspended.

Appeals for Admission

Applicants not meeting unconditional or provisional admission standard may submit a letter of appeal to the Graduate Studies Office.

Admission for Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students who are within 12 hours of earning a bachelors degree and meet all other unconditional graduate admission requirements may be granted graduate conditional admission by the appropriate program director and dean. Students are prohibited from enrolling in more than 15 hours of combined graduate and undergraduate hours and no more than 6 graduate hours during the long semester. Undergraduate students taking graduate hours will be considered undergraduates until the bachelors degree is conferred and will be charged the undergraduate tuition and fees.

Non-Degree Seeking Admission

Individuals may apply for non-degree seeking status if desiring to transfer earned graduate hours to another institution. Students wishing to transfer graduate hours to another institution must provide documentation of enrollment in a university graduate program and the approval of that university to enroll. Non-degree students must meet the same admission requirements as degree seeking students. Students admitted with non-degree seeking status are prohibited from earning more than 12 semester hours at that status and no more than 12 hours earned in that status can apply towards a degree, if part of the degree plan. Students admitted as non-degree seeking, are not eligible for financial assistance and must reapply for admission each enrollment period.

Readmission

Students who withdraw from the university or do not take classes for two semesters, must reapply.

International Student Admission

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll international students on F-1 status. International student immigration policies are governed by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services of the United States Homeland Security. Federal law governs immigration requirements for applicants who are not citizens of the United States. International applicants must meet general and program admission standards to be admitted. The following additional items must be submitted to the graduate admissions office at least 30 before the entry date. The university can issue an I-20 to immigrating international students only when all documents are received Any costs associated application for and delivery of the I-20 are the responsibility of the international applicant.

  • Copy of passport
  • Completed health form
  • Immunization Record demonstrating required immunizations
  • Transcript translation–official transcripts not in English, must be accompanies by official English translations of college transcripts showing course titles, grades awarded, degree awarded, and date degrees awarded.
  • Prepayment or verification of source of support
  • TOEFL English Language Test–minimum composite score of 525 on the written version, or 196 on the computer based test or a 71 on the internet-based test must be achieved for admission. A score of 5.5 or higher on the IELTS will be accepted in place of the TOEFL.
  • Signed F-1 Status Contract

It is the responsibility of the student to meet and maintain eligibility to be an international student on F-1 status. Immigration regulations change frequently. Students should contact the Designated School Official (DSO) for updates. The following additional items must be submitted to the graduate admissions office before the university can issue an I-20 to immigrating international students. International students immigrating to the United States to attend classes, must report to the Designated School Official (DSO) in the Graduate Studies Office within 15 days of the program start date listed on the I-20.

International Students from English Speaking Countries

English-speaking applicants from native English-speaking countries, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the British Caribbean Islands, Canada, Ireland, Israel, the United Kingdom, and Kenya are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. The TOEFL or IELTS requirement will be waived for students scoring 430 or above on the SAT Critical Reading test or 18 or above on the ACT English test.

International Student Transfer

International students transferring from another institution must apply for admission, be accepted, and request and receive a transfer in SEVIS from their former institution. Transferring international F-1 status will be issued after the release date of the former institution and students must transfer within 30 days of the release date. Transferring students must begin classes during the semester indicated in the admission letter and within five months from the release date of the prior school.

Transfer Credit Policy

Applicants wishing to transfer graduate hours must meet unconditional admission requirements or submit a letter of appeal for conditional admission. Course credit submitted for transfer credit must be evaluated by the registrar. Graduate courses accepted for transfer credit must be of appropriate level and content and the student must have earned a grade of B or higher. Students wishing to appeal the registrar evaluation may appeal, in writing, to the appropriate dean, whose decision is final. Students may apply up to 12 transfer hours to 35-37 hour master degrees; 15 hours to the 48 or 49 hour degrees; and 39 hours for the 84 hour degree.

Last Updated: Dec 04, 2013