Jul 15, 2024  
2019-2020 Course Catalog 
2019-2020 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduate Admission

Admission process

International applications


Readmission policy

Readmission process






The majority of graduate programs at the University of Saint Joseph accept applications year-round on a rolling admissions basis. However, several programs have their own deadlines. For more information about admission to a specific program, please contact The Office of Admissions, graduate@usj.edu or 860.231.5216.

Starting the admission process

Applications for all graduate programs, with the exception of Dietetic Internship, Physician Assistant Studies, and Doctor of Pharmacy, can be found online at usj.edu/apply. Once an application is submitted, applicants will have access to their student status page where applicable admission documents, including the application fee, can be submitted.

1. Non-Matriculated Graduates

If you wish to complete coursework outside of a degree program, you are a non-degree candidate. To enroll as a non-matriculated student, you must submit the following application documents:

  • Non-matriculated application which can be found online at apply.usj.edu/register/nonmatric
  • Unofficial transcript from degree-granting institution, including date of degree conferral. You must also send unofficial transcripts from all other institutions attended that show you have met the minimum prerequiste requirements.

2. Graduate Application Requirements

Candidates for graduate degree programs must submit the following required application documents to be reviewed for admission:

  • A completed application which can be found online at  usj.edu/apply
  • A non-refundable $50 application fee payable on your student status page
  • An official transcript showing a conferred bachelor’s degree (or master’s degree if applicable) from a regionally accredited institution
  • Transcripts from all other institutions attended (if applicable)
  • Two letters of recommendation

Individual programs may have additional application requirements listed in the catalog or USJ website. Candidates are able to view outstanding application documents online via the student status page.

International applications

International candidates for graduate degree programs must submit the following required application documents to be reviewed for admission:

  • An official international transcript evaluation by a NACES member organization (www.naces.org). USJ recommends World Education Services (www.wes.org).
  • Official score reports from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT®) with a minimum of 79, or International English Language Testing System (IELTS, Academic Version) with a minimum band score of 6.5. Successful completion of ELS 112 is also accepted. This step is required if English is not the first and primary language of the student.


The University of Saint Joseph is permitted by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service to admit non-immigrant students. F-1 visas
are granted at the discretion of the Designated School Official (DSO). Upon admission to a degree program, the student is issued an I-20
A/B, which is used to pursue a student visa through the American Embassy or Consulate in the student’s home country. This must be
current at all times. Before an immigration form is issued, the following must be submitted to the University:

  • A copy of a valid passport (and current visa, if applicable)
  • Official Certification of Finances with supporting documentation showing funding for at least one academic year, including tuition, fees, living expenses, personal expenses, and textbooks.
  • Declaration and Certification of Finances form, with supporting documentation
  • I-20 Request form
  • Any documentation required for additional, dependent visas

International students wishing to pursue a degree in an online program are not eligible for an F-1 visa. Since the degree is completed online,
the student does not need to travel to campus to attend class; therefore, according to federal regulations, an F-1 visa is not granted to
students completing online degree programs.

Readmission policy

All students who left the University (including academically dismissed and administratively withdrawn) must reapply to the University and pay a non-refundable application fee. However, formal application for readmission is not required of a student returning from an official or approved leave of absence.

The decision to readmit a former student is at the discretion of the department, under the guidance of the program director. Program or department faculty will evaluate the application to determine if there is justification for readmission and if the student can meet the GPA requirements for the program. Students who were academically dismissed or administratively withdrawn must include a written statement with their reapplication stating how they are now able to be successful in their academic program.

Students are held to any changes in degree program requirements, based on the current applicable catalog, as well as current admission and progression standards. Programs may require previous coursework to be repeated, depending on the length of absence from the program.

If a student’s GPA is below the program requirement at readmission, the program director will advise the student of his/her probation status, and the criteria required for progression in the program.

Students will not be readmitted to the same program more than once if academically dismissed or administratively withdrawn a second time.

Readmission into a different program is considered a new application.

Readmission process

When the candidate’s application is complete, the application will be reviewed by the director of the program for which the candidate is interested. Candidates will be notified when an admission decision has been made, both on their student status page and through standard mail.