The Graduate Admission Office processes applications for all graduate programs, including master's, credential, and certificate programs.
Admission requirements for all graduate programs include a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and a cumulative grade point average of 2.5. However it is recommended that you also visit program specific web pages to learn more about additional requirements or varying minimum requirements. For most master's and credential programs, grades in prerequisite/foundation courses must be C- or higher and two recommendations are required. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not an institutional requirement for entrance into NDNU graduate programs. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
Admission requirements vary by program. Certain graduate programs may require an initial interview and/or test scores. See the relevant Catalog sections for program-specific requirements.
International students whose first language is not English are required to submit test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)* to be considered for admission. A minimum 550 (paper-based total), a minimum 213 (computer-based total) or 80 (internet-based total) is required.
* International students attending an NDNU approved English as a Second Language School are eligible to opt out of the TOEFL requirement if an articulated English proficiency level has been achieved. Please consult with the Office of Admission for specific agreements with partner schools. These international students will be required to take NDNU’s English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment exam prior to enrolling in classes to determine if NDNU’s English for International students (EI) coursework is appropriate.
International university transcripts must be evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service. We recommend World Education Services, Inc. (WES). Please refer to their website www.wes.org for an explanation of their services.
International students must also complete the International Student Financial Statement of Personal or Family Support, as part of the application process. This form is available from the Admission office and is downloadable through the NDNU web site. (Click here) This link points to an outdated document!! to download it as a printable document in Acrobat Reader PDF format.)
Immigration Services: For international students and applicants, the Office of Admission processes admission applications. The International Student Office manages immigration and intergovernmental documents related to enrollment at NDNU.
Bridge Program for International Students
Students who have completed three-year bachelor's degree programs at a foreign academic institution of higher learning qualify for conditional admission to graduate study at Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) by completing the Bridge Program. Because applicants to masters programs must have completed 124 undergraduate semester units, the post-baccalaureate Bridge Program will allow masters' applicants to complete additional undergraduate semester units to meet the masters' admission 124 undergraduate semester unit requirement. Based on the equivalent number of undergraduate semester hours previously completed, students admitted to this program are required to complete 1-30 units of undergraduate study at NDNU.
- This program of full-time study does not result in a second bachelor's degree. Entrance to any of the Bridge Programs will require the same minimum general admission, program-specific, and any international admittance requirements as outlined in the catalog for acceptance into a graduate program.
- Student is admitted to the Bridge Program and conditionally admitted to the master's degree program, contingent upon successful completion of all bridge coursework with an earned 3.0 GPA.
- No graduate units may be taken prior to the successful completion of all undergraduate coursework.
- Depending upon the number of units needed to fulfill the 124 semester unit requirement, up to 12 units will consist of undergraduate upper division in some or all of the following four curriculum areas (no more than three units taken in any one); a) Writing and Communication; b) Mathematics or Statistics; c) History and Sociology; d) Computer applications and/or literacy; e) Visual Arts. The remaining units would consist of undergraduate upper division courses that are designed to meet program prerequisites. All courses must be pre-approved by the program chair/director.
- The advisor of the Bridge Program is the graduate department chair or program director in collaboration with the Undergraduate division and department chairs.
For Master's and Credential programs:
Application and Fee
Traditional method: Fill out the application forms from Graduate Admission or print the forms from the web (Acrobat Reader required) and mail them in. Include the $60 nonrefundable application fee with your application.
Have one official transcript sent to Graduate Admission from each college or university attended. One transcript must show a bachelor's degree granted from a regionally accredited institution.
If you feel you have already completed prerequisites for Master's, Credential, and Certificate programs, please download a pdf version of the Application to Apply Courses to NDNU's Prerequisites. Please complete this form and forward it to the Graduate Admissions Office for inclusion with your graduate admissions application material.
Please refer to specific program requirements. Most programs require two recommendations be sent to Graduate Admissions. Forms are available from Graduate Admissions or you may download a pdf version of the personal reference form. These forms are to be completed by persons who are best able to judge your academic and professional qualifications and are to be included with letters of recommendation. If possible, recommendations should be from professors in your major academic department. Applicants who have not been in school for some time should ask professional colleagues or administrators for references.
For Graduate Certificate Programs
Application and Fee
Fill out the application form available from Graduate Admission or print the application for graduate admission online from the web and mail it in. Include the $60 nonrefundable application fee with your application. This link should point to the same application as above (this link here is dead and there is no separate app for certificates.)
Send official transcripts from each college or university attended to Graduate Admission Office. Transcripts must show proof of bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Note: All official documents submitted for admission consideration become property of the institution and cannot be returned or copied for distribution.
Submission and Acceptance Schedule
Acceptances are issued on a rolling basis. To facilitate the process, we encourage applicants to complete their application file well before the following dates
Students may be admitted to a graduate program with any of the following statuses:
May be offered to a student who has met all admission requirements.
Students who have not met the formal admission requirements but whose accomplishments have convinced the University Graduate Admissions Committee and their major departments that they have potential for success as advanced degree candidates, will be considered for conditional admission. For conditional admission, graduate admission committees will make a holistic judgment on the applicant’s potential for success in the graduate program, and for contributing to the mission of the program. For specific conditions please contact your academic advisor of your program of interest.
Term of Admission
Admission is offered for a specific year and term. Admitted students are eligible to defer their enrollment by contacting the Graduate Admissions Office. Enrollment can be deferred to a term within one year from the year and term of admission. If an applicant is accepted by NDNU, but does not register for that year and term or request a deferral, his/her admission may be cancelled. If a student does not enroll and complete courses within that year, we will dispose of his/her admission file. Admission file documents are retained for one year only.
Unclassified Graduate Status
For admission to Unclassified Graduate status, a student must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university or have the equivalent of a United States bachelor's degree. Admission to the Unclassified Graduate status does not constitute admission to a graduate program. Admission to and duration of Unclassified Graduate standing shall be determined by appropriate University authorities for those students not pursuing a degree. A maximum of six units taken in Unclassified Graduate status is allowed for students applying to a masters degree program. Those applying to a credential program may enroll in up to nine units as an unclassified student.Students are not eligible for financial aid as an unclassified student. Degree and credential program students interested in financial aid must complete and submit a FAFSA- prior to the drop deadline for that term. For further information contact the Office of Student Financing at email@example.com or (650) 508-3600.
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1500 Ralston Avenue
Belmont, CA 94002