Admissions Procedures

Policies apply to all graduate students; on campus, at extended campus locations, and online. 

Admission to Graduate and Professional Studies

All graduate programs offered by Concordia University are administered by the specific academic departments under the general supervision of the Provost.

Students interested in enrolling in graduate and professional studies are encouraged to contact the Graduate Admission Office at 262.243.4300 or by email at graduate.admission@cuw.edu for information on admission requirements and the process. Information may be found online at the Concordia websites, www.cuw.edu or www.cuaa.edu.

Admission Requirements - Professional Programs

Admission requirements are specific to professional programs including:

  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology

Admission requirements and admission process information is located on individual program pages of this catalog.

Admission Requirements - Graduate Programs

General requirements for admission to Graduate Studies are:

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 for full acceptance.
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

In addition to these general admission requirements, each program may have other requirements.  See individual program pages for additional requirements.

The Admission Process - Graduate Programs

  1. Application (Please Submit the Following):
    • Application form available at: www.cuw.edu/apply or www.cuaa.edu/apply.
    • Non-refundable application fee.
    • One page essay describing your reason for obtaining a graduate degree.
    • Resumé of your education and employment experience.
    • Two professional recommendations.
    • All official transcripts leading to your bachelor’s degree.
    • English: Students without demonstrated experience in an English medium academic or professional setting  must present a minimum TOEFL score of 79 on the internet based test, an overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS, an overall 61 on the PTE or an overall 100 on Duolingo for regular acceptance.  Students may still be considered for conditional admission without providing an English test result. 

Please note:

  • Graduate entrance exams such as the GRE are not required
  • If you have completed graduate level classes in the last seven years and wish to have them evaluated for possible transfer, please submit official transcripts.
  1. Evaluation- When an applicant’s file is complete, the file is forwarded to the Admission Committee. The Admission Committee will make one of four decisions:
    • The student is fully admitted to the program with no conditions
    • The student is admitted conditionally and continuation in the program is contingent upon meeting certain conditions that are stipulated in the acceptance correspondance.
    • The student is admitted provisionally and is allowed to take prerequisite courses only. 
    • The student is denied admission to Graduate Studies. A letter is sent to the applicant, giving the decision of the Admission Committee.*

*If an applicant is denied and is eligible to appeal, they must write a letter to the program director stating their intentions and reasons for appealing the decision.

Application Deadlines

If there are application deadlines, they are specified on the individual program pages.

Transfer Credits

Depending on the admission policy of the program, a student may be allowed credit for work completed at the graduate level prior to enrolling at Concordia University. The applicant must provide official transcripts documenting the completed work and the grades obtained for this work. These grades must meet the Concordia admission standards. In order to transfer to Concordia, the number of graduate credits for a course taken at another regionally accredited university must be equal to or greater than the number of credits of a comparable course at Concordia (i.e. a two-credit course cannot transfer in for a required three-credit course). Courses in which the student received lower than a 3.0 (B) will not be considered for transfer. No more than six credits may be transferred from another institution.

Internal Transfer to Another Graduate Program

If a student wishes to transfer from one program to another (e.g. from Education to Church Music), he or she must submit a Change of Program Form and a new essay explaining the reasons for the transfer to the Graduate Admission Office. Ordinarily new letters of reference are not required. All admission procedures for the new program must be followed. Even though a student has been admitted to one graduate program, he or she is not guaranteed admission to or transfer to another graduate program.