Graduate Admission Requirements

Graduate students will be considered for admission to the University of St. Francis after completing the following admission requirements. Admission to specific programs may involve additional requirements. All admission requirements are subject to final approval by the dean of the appropriate college. Admission requirements for the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and doctoral programs are listed separately.

  • Application and application fee
  • Admission essay
  • Official transcripts documenting the appropriate undergraduate degree and prerequisites from a regionally accredited institution
  • Verification of an undergraduate G.P.A. of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale unless noted otherwise
  • 2 letters of recommendation

 

Verification of employment according to the following:

  • Master of Business Administration: two years of full-time employment in a management position or appropriate GMAT scores
  • Master of Science in Health Administration: two years of full-time employment in the health care field or permission from the academic department
  • Master of Science in Management: two years of full time business or management experience or appropriate GMAT scores
  • Master of Science in Training and Development: two years of full time work experience or permission from the academic department

 

Additional Requirements by Program

Master of Education with Certification:

  • 2.75 GPA in teachable area and successful completion/passing of the ISBE Basic Skills Test, Test of Academic Proficiency, or required ACT/SAT score.

 

Master of Science in Education:

  • Valid teaching license

 

Master of Science in Educational Leadership: Principal Preparation:

  • Verification of an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Passage of Basic Skills Test
  • Illinois Professional Educator License
  • Three years of full-time teaching or school support personnel experience
  • Two letters of recommendation one from current principal and other from superintendent
  • Admission essay
  • Official transcripts from an accredited institution

 

Master of Science in Educational Leadership: Teacher Leader:

  • Verification of an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Passage of Basic Skills Test
  • Illinois Professional Educator License
  • Two years of full-time teaching or school support personnel experience
  • Two letters of recommendation one from current principal and another administrator
  • Admission essay
  • Official transcripts from an accredited institution

 

Master of Science in Nursing:

  • Verification of an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Two years of full time clinical nursing practice in the last four years
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A professional resume
  • Admission essay
  • A valid registered professional nurse license
  • Satisfactory completion of baccalaureate level courses with a minimum grade of C is required in Physical Assessment and Nursing Research and are prerequisites to NURS 622 – Advanced Health Assessment and NURS 611 – Biostatistics and Research
  • Satisfactory completion of a 3 semester hour undergraduate introductory statistics course is required as a prerequisite to NURS 611-Biostatistics and Research
  • Interview with one or more faculty members from the College of Nursing

 

Prior to registration for the second semester (by end of week 8 of first semester enrollment). MSN and Post-Master’s Certificate students are required to submit or complete the following:

  • Current RN license, current CPR certification, & current professional nursing liability insurance
  • Immunizations: Td within the last ten years (substitution of 1-time Tdap dose for Td booster) MMR (2 dosages/titer), Varicella (2 dosages/titer), and Hepatitis B (3 dosages/titer), annual seasonal Influenza vaccine
  • Documentation of 2-step TB status within past six months and annually thereafter. For a positive TB test, documented negative chest x-ray and yearly screening by a physician or nurse practitioner
  • Completed medical history
  • Ten panel drug screen
  • Criminal background check
  • Completion of HIPAA and OSHA modules via the following websites:
  • HIPAA: https://www.stfrancis.edu/academics/college-of-nursing-allied-health/hipaa-osha-information/
    OSHA: https://www.stfrancis.edu/academics/college-of-nursing-allied-health/hipaa-osha-information/

 

Master of Social Work:

  • To qualify for advanced standing, students must be graduates of an accredited BSW program within the last seven years
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    Physician Assistant and Doctoral Program Graduate Student Admissions

    Physician Assistant (M.S.) Admission Requirements
    Admission to this program is extremely competitive with approximately 35 students admitted to a cohort class each January. Our admission policy emphasizes the selection of students who reflect varied social, cultural, educational and professional backgrounds.

    • An application submitted through CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants)
    • Official transcripts documenting a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college
    • Verification of an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Verification of the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) with a combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative portions, and a 4.0 on the analytical writing portion. Applicants that have completed a graduate degree from an accredited U.S. university or college may submit graduate GPA in lieu of GRE scores. To schedule the GRE exam, visit http://www.gre.org.
    • A minimum of 250 hours of formal, hands-on clinical experience in a medical setting

     

    *Completion of the following prerequisite classes with a 3.0 G.P.A. on a 4.0 scale:

    • Biology with lab (8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours)
    • Anatomy and Physiology; preferably with an emphasis on human physiology and with a lab (8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours)
    • Chemistry with lab (8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours)
    • General Microbiology with lab (1 course)
    • Genetics (1 course)
    • Statistics, Physics or Calculus (1 course)
    • Recommended courses: Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Computer Science, Psychology or Sociology, Research Methodology

    *All prerequisite coursework must be current within five (5) years of admission to the PA program.
    The Physician Assistant program does not offer or accept advance placement, including and not limited to CLEP, or credit for experiential learning or international medical experience and/or transfer of credit from another Physician Assistant program or medical school.

     

    Tuition Deposit
    Upon acceptance to the Physician Assistant program, a $500 non-refundable tuition deposit is required and will be applied to the applicant’s bill.

     

    Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed. D.) Admission Requirements
    Post graduate students will be considered for admission to the University of St. Francis after completing the following admission requirements. All admission requirements are subject to final approval by the dean of the college.

    • Letter of application
    • Official transcripts documenting the appropriate graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Verification of a graduate G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • ISBE General Administrative or Principal endorsement or equivalent from another state (Superintendent concentration only)
    • Supervisor recommendation
    • Interview
    • Application submitted on-line
    • Applicants may request that transfer credit from an accredited doctoral program approved by the Illinois State Board of Education by accepted.

     

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) Admission Requirements
    Post graduate students will be considered for admission to the University of St. Francis after completing the following admission requirements. All admission requirements are subject to final approval by the dean of the college.

    • Application and application fee
    • Admission essay
    • Official transcripts documenting the appropriate graduate degree and prerequisites from a regionally accredited institution
    • Verification of a graduate G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • 2 letters of recommendation from either a professional colleague or a former college/university nursing professor who can attest to academic and clinical acumen, with a statement about the applicant’s potential to successfully complete a doctor of nursing practice program.
    • Current license
    • Professional resume
    • International students must graduate from a nursing program that has undergone comparable review per AACN Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Nursing criteria and have transcripts evaluated by approved agency (WES or ECE preferred)

     

    Prior to beginning their second semester of enrollment, DNP students are required to submit the following:

    • Current CPR certification
    • Current HIPAA acknowledgement form
    • Proof of immunity/immunization record
    • Completed medical history and physical form
    • Ten panel drug screen
    • Criminal background check
    • Professional nursing liability insurance

     

    International Student Admission Requirements

    International graduate students will be considered for admission to the University of St. Francis after completing the previously indicated requirements in addition to those listed below. All admission requirements are subject to final approval by the dean of the appropriate college.

    • Copy of passport or VISA papers
    • Resume that indicates two years of applicable work experience or GMAT score
    • Official scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination. Satisfactory TOEFL scores are a minimum 550 for the paper based exam, 213 for the computer based exam or 79-80 for the internet based exam for applicants whom English is a second language (a score of 85 on the internet based exam is required for the PA program). The institution code for the University of St. Francis is 1130
    • Official scores of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are accepted in place of TOEFL scores. A minimum overall ban score of 6.5 is needed for consideration. Official scores need to be sent to the University of St. Francis directly from the testing center which administered the test
    • Official (sealed) transcripts of all academic work from all colleges or universities beyond the secondary level (US SCHOOLS ONLY)
    • A copy of transcripts of all academic work from all colleges or universities beyond the secondary level (INTERNATIONAL ONLY)
    • Evaluation from an approved agency of all previous foreign course work (WES or ECE preferred). OFFICIAL COPY NEEDED OUTLINING COURSE BY COURSE
    • Evidence (affidavit of financial support) of adequate financial resources applicable towards total college costs of completing the master’s degree at the University for one year. (Includes tuition, fees, books, minimal additional costs, excludes living expenses if taking classes in the United States.) (Applicable for onsite students only and includes those that are being sponsored)
    • School Transfer and Release Application completed by the last institution attended in the United States for international students with immigrant status in the United States and who have attended a college/university in the United States. (Applicable for onsite students only. The previous I-20 will list last school attended)
    • International student applicants are considered for admission as soon as their application process has been completed. An I-20 will be issued once the above requirements have been satisfied (not applicable for online)
    • Tuition Deposit – Upon acceptance as an international graduate student, a non-refundable tuition deposit is required and will be credited to the applicant’s bill.

     

    Admission for Second Master’s Degree

    • Graduate students seeking to earn a second Master’s degree (i.e. a second Master of Science degree) in a discipline closely related to that of their first USF Master’s degree will be allowed to apply some of the credit earned in the first program toward the requirements in the second program. The University has an obligation to ensure that each of its degrees reflect a significant immersion of the individual in a relevant, concentration course of study. To this end, a student may not apply more than 12 credits from the first degree to the credit required for the second degree. Decisions related to the number of hours allowed are determined upon individual program requirements. Interested individuals must formally apply and be accepted for admission to the second graduate program.
    • Additionally, any specific requirements beyond coursework in the second program (e.g., comprehensive exams, field experience, internships, or a thesis) must be completed to earn the second degree.

     

    Admission to Certificate Programs

    • Admission requirements to certificate programs are the same as the related degree program.