General Requirements and Procedures


  • Evidence of an earned Baccalaureate degree from a degree-granting institution accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education if post-secondary education was completed in the United States, or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country.
  • Official transcripts from each college and university previously attended. These transcripts must be mailed directly from the college or university to the Admissions Office.
  • At least one of the following as specified by the discipline
    • A nationally recognized entrance test specified by the discipline
    • Evaluation by one or more professionals in the intended field of study
    • Professional certification of a degree of equal or higher level than that sought from an accredited institution of higher learning
    • Letters of Recommendation
  • Other admission criteria as specified by the discipline may include but not limited to:
    •  A minimum number of credit hours in the discipline with a specified GPA minimum
    • Other specialized test with acceptable performance
    • An interview with faculty or admissions personnel
    • A writing sample

Please review program descriptions for specific admissions requirements.

Application Procedures

The student must submit to the Admissions Office the credentials listed below. Credentials submitted late can cause a delay in acceptance and registration.

  1. A formal application, which may be obtained from the Admissions Office. Application requires a $20 processing fee.
  2. Official transcripts from each college or university previously attended. These transcripts must be mailed directly to the Admissions Office from the college or university.
  3. Report of the nationally recognized entrance test as designated by specific programs is sent directly to the Admissions Office. Students should check with individual programs for specific requirements.
  4. For students under the age of 22, an immunization record showing the bacterial meningitis vaccine must be submitted prior to registration.
  5. Consultation with a program advisor regarding additional admissions requirements.

When the Admissions Office receives the required credentials, completed applications are sent to the  program coordinator for evaluation and recommendation for action. The Office of Admissions notifies the applicant by letter concerning action taken on the application. If accepted, the student is assigned an advisor from the program.

Credentials submitted for admission become the property of the University of the Incarnate Word and will not be returned. Students must enroll in the term for which they were admitted or the next subsequent term or their admission status is cancelled. If the application is cancelled, the applicant  must reapply.

The University of the Incarnate Word reserves the right to refuse admission to an applicant, or to request the withdrawal of a student already in the program, for reasons considered adequate by the Director of Graduate Studies.

Students hoping to enroll in the Accelerated Bachelor to Master (ABM) program must contact their advisor prior to filling out an application to identify the appropriate term of enrollment. This will be the first term the student is enrolled in exclusively graduate courses.


Petitions for admission with exception to the published criteria must be recommended by the Program Admissions Committee and approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. Exceptions must be documented with an explanation. A copy of this documentation must be included in the student’s permanent file.

Conditional Acceptance

Conditional admission may be granted upon approval of the Program Admissions Committee and the Director of Graduate Studies. Criteria and the time limit for removing conditions will be specified in the letter of admission.


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