[ARCHIVED CATALOG] 2018-2019 Graduate Academic Catalog 
    
    Aug 24, 2019  
[ARCHIVED CATALOG] 2018-2019 Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admission Requirements



Applicants wishing to pursue graduate studies at Saint Leo University must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Admission decisions are competitive and based on consideration of all criteria. Candidates who, in the judgment of the University, clearly show the potential for success in graduate work will be accepted for admission. Each graduate program has special admission requirements. Applicants are evaluated individually. The candidate's motivation, maturity, work experience, and leadership qualities are carefully considered along with academic records and test scores. Applications should be submitted 60 days prior to the beginning of the term in which the applicant wishes to enroll.

Master of Accounting

  1. Applicants must submit the following documents:
    1. Application form.
    2. Application fee of U.S. $80, which is neither refundable nor applicable against other school fees for application fee.
    3. Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions previously attended, foreign and/or U.S. institutions, directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. A U.S. $235 credential evaluation fee or U.S. equivalency evaluation must accompany transcripts from foreign institutions certified by an approved evaluation service. Graduates or former students of Saint Leo University do not need to submit transcripts if they have been previously submitted and are on file at the University.
    4. Current résumé.
    5. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from supervisors that have known the candidate for at least six months.
    6. A personal statement of professional goals that includes a minimum of 500 words that addresses the following areas:
      1. What are your professional goals and how will a Graduate degree from Saint Leo University assist you in reaching those goals?
      2. Based on your previous collegiate, professional, and life experiences, why do you think now is the right time for you to enroll into this graduate program?
      3. *If applicable: If you had below a 3.0 GPA at the undergraduate level, how do you think you will be able to handle the academic rigor of a graduate program that requires students to maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA?
  2. Applicants must meet the following requirements:
    1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
    2. A minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA from a regionally accredited college or university.
    3. A minimum GMAT score of 500. Official GMAT test results should be mailed directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Test scores more than five years old are not accepted at the graduate level, but are for undergraduate accounting majors.
    4. Students with a minimum combined GPA and GMAT score of 1,050 [(GPA X 200) + GMAT] will be considered.
    5. Students with non-accounting undergraduate degrees will be required to take the appropriate undergraduate courses.

** Current undergraduate Accounting majors that have completed all nine prerequisites, with a minimum GPA of 3.3 will have the GMAT requirement waived.

  1. All international candidates for admission must prove English language proficiency in at least one of the following:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 79 iBT
    • International English Language Testing system (IELTS) - minimum score of 6.5
    • Pearson Test of English Academics (PTE A) - minimum score of 53
    • For transfer students, two semesters with grades of B or higher in English composition courses at regionally accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States
    • Successful completion of a NAFSA-recognized ESL program

Master of Business Administration— University Campus Programs

  1. Applicants must submit the following documents:
    1. Application form.
    2. Submit Official transcripts, mark sheets, diplomas or certificates from all post-secondary institutions attended, along with course descriptions and credit values. Student may also submit an official evaluation from a NACES approved agency.
    3. Current résumé that shows two years of professional work experience.
    4. A personal statement of professional goals that includes a minimum of 500 words that address the following areas:
      1. What are your professional goals and how will a Graduate degree from Saint Leo University assist you in reaching those goals?
      2. Based on your previous collegiate, professional, and life experiences, why do you think now is the right time for you to enroll into this graduate program?
      3. If you had below a 3.0 GPA at the undergraduate level, submit two letters of recommendation, preferably from supervisors that have known the candidate for at least six months.
  2. Applicants must meet the following requirements:
    1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
    2. A minimum of two years of professional work experience.
    3. A minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA in last 60 hours of coursework from a regionally accredited college or university.
    4. Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements may be evaluated by the Admissions Committee. If accepted, the student will be given a provisional admission that allows the student to take full-time course load during his or her first enrolled term, and the student must earn a grade of B or higher to continue in the program.
  3. All international students whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English language proficiency by at least one of the following:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 45 iBT
  • International English Language Testing system (IELTS) - minimum score of 5.0
  • Pearson Test of English Academics (PTE A) - minimum score of 35
  • Successful completion of ELS Level 109
  • Students who meet these requirements are eligible for admission to Saint Leo University through the Bridge Program. Graduate students will be required to take the foundation component of their program. Student's English Proficiency scores will determine placement into the Bridge program.
  • Students may be exempt from the Bridge program if English proficiency scores meet or exceeds one of the following: TOEFL 79 iBT, IELTS 6.5, PTE A 53, ELS Level 112.

Saint Leo University reserves the right to require a student to take Bridge classes to increase English proficiency in a particular area, regardless of total test scores. Other English language examination results will also be considered, and experience studying in the English language, as documented through school transcripts, will be taken into consideration.

Master of Business Administration—Online Programs

  1. Applicants must submit the following documents:
    1. Application form.
    2. Application fee of U.S. $80, which is neither refundable nor applicable against other school fees.
    3. Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions previously attended, foreign and/or U.S. institutions, directly to the Graduate Admissions Office, unless otherwise notified by a University official. A U.S. $235 credential evaluation fee or U.S. equivalency evaluation must accompany transcripts from foreign institutions certified by an approved evaluation service. Graduates or former students of Saint Leo University do not need to submit transcripts if they have been previously submitted and are on file at the University.
    4. Current résumé that shows two years of professional work experience.
    5. A personal statement of professional goals that includes a minimum of 500 words that address the following areas:
      1. What are your professional goals and how will a Graduate degree from Saint Leo University assist you in reaching those goals?
      2. Based on your previous collegiate, professional, and life experiences, why do you think now is the right time for you to enroll into this graduate program?
      3. If you had below a 3.0 GPA at the undergraduate level, submit two letters of recommendation, preferably from supervisors that have known the candidate for at least six months.        
  2. Applicants must meet the following requirements:
    1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
    2. A minimum of two years of professional work experience.
    3. A minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA in last 60 hours of coursework from a regionally accredited college or university.
    4. If the applicant has less than 3.0/4.0 GPA, a minimum GMAT score of 500 can be used to meet this criteria. Official GMAT test results should be mailed directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Test scores more than five years old are not accepted.
    5. Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements may be evaluated by the MBA Director, who may recommend admission to the Office of Graduate Admission. If accepted, the student will be given a provisional admission that allows the student to take only one course during his or her first enrolled term, and the student must earn a grade of B or higher to continue in the program.
  3. All international candidates for admission must prove English language proficiency in at least one of the following:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 79 iBT
    • International English Language Testing system (IELTS) - minimum score of 6.5
    • Pearson Test of English Academics (PTE A) - minimum score of 53
    • For transfer students, two semesters with grades of B or higher in English composition courses at regionally accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States
    • Successful completion of a NAFSA-recognized ESL program
  4. Contingent admission as non-degree-seeking students may be granted only for up to six credit hours of graduate work. After the application has been processed, the Graduate Admissions Office may contact the applicant for a personal interview.

 Master of Business Administration—International & Experiential Program

  1. Applicants must submit the following documents:
    1. Application form.
    2. Application fee of U.S. $80, which is neither refundable nor applicable against other school fees.
    3. Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions previously attended, foreign and/or U.S. institutions, directly to the Graduate Admissions Office, unless otherwise notified by a University official. A U.S. $235 credential evaluation fee or U.S. equivalency evaluation must accompany transcripts from foreign institutions certified by an approved evaluation service. Graduates or former students of Saint Leo University do not need to submit transcripts if they have been previously submitted and are on file at the University.
    4. Current résumé.
    5. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from supervisors that have known the candidate for at least six months.
    6. A personal statement of professional goals that includes a minimum of 500 words that address the following areas:
      1. What are your professional goals and how will a Graduate degree from Saint Leo University assist you in reaching those goals?
      2. Based on your previous collegiate, professional, and life experiences, why do you think now is the right time for you to enroll into this graduate program?
      3. *If applicable: If you had below a 3.0 GPA at the undergraduate level, how do you think you will be able to handle the academic rigor of a graduate program that requires students to maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA?
  2. Applicants must meet the following requirements:
    1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university unless student is currently enrolled in a Saint Leo University 3+1 Accelerated Degree Program simultaneously taking both undergraduate and graduate courses.
    2. A minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA in last 60 hours of coursework from a regionally accredited college or university.
    3. If the applicant has less than 3.0/4.0 GPA, a minimum GMAT score of 500 can be used to meet this criteria. Official GMAT test results should be mailed directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Test scores more than five years old are not accepted.
    4. Applicants who do not meet the admissions requirements may be evaluated by the MBA Director, who may recommend admission to the Office of Graduate Admission. If accepted, the student will be given a provisional admission that allows the student to take only one course during his or her first enrolled term, and the student must earn a grade of B or higher to continue in the program.
  3. All international candidates for admission must prove English language proficiency in at least one of the following:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 79 iBT
    • International English Language Testing system (IELTS) - minimum score of 6.5
    • Pearson Test of English Academics (PTE A) - minimum score of 53
    • For transfer students, two semesters with grades of B or higher in English composition courses at regionally accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States
    • Successful completion of a NAFSA-recognized ESL program
  4. After the application has been processed, the Graduate Admissions Office may contact the applicant for a personal interview. 

 

 

Master of Science in Cybersecurity- University Campus Program

  1. Applicants must submit the following documents:
    1. Application form.
    2. Application fee which is neither refundable nor applicable against other school fees.
    3. Submit Official transcripts, mark sheets, diplomas or certificates from all post-secondary institutions attended, along with course descriptions and credit values. Student may also submit an official evaluation from a NACES approved agency.
    4. Current résumé.
    5. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from supervisors that have known the candidate for at least six months.
    6. A personal statement of professional goals that includes a minimum of 500 words that address the following areas:
      1. What are your professional goals and how will a Graduate degree from Saint Leo University assist you in reaching those goals?
      2. Based on your previous collegiate, professional, and life experiences, why do you think now is the right time for you to enroll into this graduate program?
      3. *If applicable: If you had below a 3.0 GPA at the undergraduate level, how do you think you will be able to handle the academic rigor of a graduate program that requires students to maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA?
  2. Applicants must meet the following requirements:
    1. A bachelor's degree in Computer Science (CS), Computer Information Systems (CIS), Management Information Systems (MIS), or related area from a regionally accredited college or university unless student is currently enrolled in a Saint Leo University 3+1 Accelerated Degree Program simultaneously taking both undergraduate and graduate courses.

    2. A minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA from a regionally accredited college or university in USA, or an equivalent degree from overseas.

    3. Students with undergraduate degrees not related to Computer Science (CS), Computer Information Systems (CIS), Management Information Systems (MIS), will be required to take the appropriate undergraduate courses.

  3. All international students whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English language proficiency by at least one of the following: 
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 45 iBT
    • International English Language Testing system (IELTS) - minimum score of 5.0
    • Pearson Test of English Academics (PTE A) - minimum score of 35
    • Successful completion of ELS Level 109
    • Students who meet these requirements are eligible for admission to Saint Leo University through the Bridge Program. Graduate students will be required to take the foundation component of their program. Student's English Proficiency scores will determine placement into the Bridge program.
    • Students may be exempt from the Bridge program if English proficiency scores meet or exceeds one of the following: TOEFL 79 iBT, IELTS 6.5, PTE A 53, ELS Level 112.

Saint Leo University reserves the right to require a student to take Bridge classes to increase English proficiency in a particular area, regardless of total test scores. Other English language examination results will also be considered, and experience studying in the English language, as documented through school transcripts, will be taken into consideration.

Master of Science in Cybersecurity - Online

  1. Applicants must submit the following documents:
    1. Application form.
    2. Application fee which is neither refundable nor applicable against other school fees.
    3. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions previously attended, foreign and/or U.S. institutions, directly to the Graduate Admissions Office, unless otherwise notified by a University official. A U.S. $235 credential evaluation fee or United States equivalency evaluation must accompany transcripts from foreign institutions certified by an approved evaluation service. Graduates or former students of Saint Leo University do not need to submit transcripts if they have been previously submitted and are on file at the University.
    4. Current résumé.
    5. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from supervisors that have known the candidate for at least six months.
    6. A personal statement of professional goals that includes a minimum of 500 words that address the following areas:
      1. What are your professional goals and how will a Graduate degree from Saint Leo University assist you in reaching those goals?
      2. Based on your previous collegiate, professional, and life experiences, why do you think now is the right time for you to enroll into this graduate program?
      3. *If applicable: If you had below a 3.0 GPA at the undergraduate level, how do you think you will be able to handle the academic rigor of a graduate program that requires students to maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA?
  2. Applicants must meet the following requirements:
    1. A bachelor's degree in Computer Science (CS), Computer Information Systems (CIS), Management Information Systems (MIS), or related area from a regionally accredited college or university unless student is currently enrolled in a Saint Leo University 3+1 Accelerated Degree Program simultaneously taking both undergraduate and graduate courses.
    2. A minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA from a regionally accredited college or university in USA, or an equivalent degree from overseas.
    3. Students with undergraduate degrees not related to Computer Science (CS), Computer Information Systems (CIS), Management Information Systems (MIS), will be required to take the appropriate undergraduate courses.
  3. All international candidates for admission must prove English language proficiency in at least one of the following:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 79 iBT
  • International English Language Testing system (IELTS) - minimum score of 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English Academics (PTE A) - minimum score of 53
  • For transfer students, two semesters with grades of B or higher in English composition courses at regionally accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States
  • Successful completion of a NAFSA-recognized ESL program

Doctorate of Business Administration in Management

Doctor of Business Administration in Management (DBA) applicants must submit the following materials by the published deadlines:

  1. Application form.
  2. Application fee of U.S. $80, which is neither refundable nor applicable against other school fees.
  3. Official transcript indicating successful completion of a master's degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited university with a minimum graduate GPA of 3.25. A U.S. $235 credential evaluation fee or United States equivalency must accompany transcripts from foreign institutions certified by an approved evaluation service. Graduates or former students of Saint Leo University do not need to submit transcripts if they have been previously submitted and are on file at the University.
  4. If the applicant has less than 3.25/4.0 GPA, a minimum GMAT score of 550 can be used to meet this criteria. Official GMAT test results should be mailed directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Test scores more than five years old are not accepted.
  5. Completion of the Saint Leo University application.
  6. Three years of work experience.
  7. A current and up-to-date resume.
  8. A personal statement (see below).
  9. Two letters of reference, one professional and one academic.

All international candidates for admission must prove English language proficiency in at least one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 79 iBT
  • International English Language Testing system (IELTS) - minimum score of 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English Academics (PTE A) - minimum score of 53
  • For transfer students, two semesters with grades of B or higher in English composition courses at regionally accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States
  • Successful completion of a NAFSA-recognized ESL program

Personal Statement

Complete a personal statement that includes the following:

  1. Explain how your professional experience and academic background make you an ideal candidate for doctoral study (1 page).
  2. Describe your specific area of interest. Explain how conducting research in this area will help you fulfill your career objectives (1 page).
  3. Describe your future career goals upon completion of this program (1 page).

Interview

All Doctor of Business Administration in Management (DBA) applicants will be interviewed as part of the admissions process.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

  1. Complete and submit application form and $80 application fee.
  2. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale, unless otherwise approved by the Director.
    Statement of Professional Goals - If your Bachelor's degree in under a 3.0 cumulative GPA please complete an essay of 500 words at minimum outlining your professional goals. The essay should address the following questions:
    1. What are your professional goals and how will an MCJ from Saint Leo University assist you in reaching those goals?
    2. Based on your previous collegiate, professional, and life experience, why do you think now is the right time for you to enroll into the MCJ program?
    3. How do you think you will be able to handle to academic rigor of a graduate program that requires students to maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA?
  3. Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions previously attended sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office from the former institution, unless otherwise notified by a University official. Graduates or former Saint Leo University students do not need to submit transcripts if they have been previously submitted and are on file at the University.
  4. Applicants who do not meet the admissions requirements may be evaluated by the Public Safety Administration Director, who may recommend this student for admission to the Graduate Admissions Office. If accepted, the student will be given a provisional admission that allows the student to take only one course during his or her first enrolled term, and the student must earn a grade of B or higher to continue in the program.  If the provisionally admitted student receives less than a grade B (lower than a 3.0 GPA) in the first class, they will be terminated from the program.
  5. Provisional admission as a non-degree-seeking student may be granted only for up to six semester hours of graduate work.
  6. Completed applications will remain active for two years.

Master of Science in Emergency and Disaster Management

  1. Complete and submit application form and $80 application fee.
  2. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale, unless otherwise approved by the Director.
  3. Statement of Professional Goals - If your Bachelor's degree in under a 3.0 cumulative GPA please complete an essay of 500 words at minimum outlining your professional goals. The essay should address the following questions:
  4. What are your professional goals and how will an MCJ from Saint Leo University assist you in reaching those goals?
  5. Based on your previous collegiate, professional, and life experience, why do you think now is the right time for you to enroll into the MCJ program?
  6. How do you think you will be able to handle to academic rigor of a graduate program that requires students to maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA?
  7. Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions previously attended sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office, unless otherwise notified by a University official. Graduates or former Saint Leo University students do not need to submit transcripts if they have been previously submitted and are on file at the University.
  8. Applicants who do not meet the admissions requirements may be evaluated by the Public Safety Administration Director, who may recommend this student for admission to the Graduate Admissions Office. Students must submit a written Goal Statement outlining their future goals and why they feel they will be academically successful in the program.  If accepted, the student will be given a provisional admission that allows the student to take only one course during his or her first enrolled term, and the student must earn a grade of B or higher to continue in the program.  If the provisionally admitted student receives less than a grade B (lower than a 3.0 GPA) in the first class, they will be dismissed from the program.
  9. Provisional admission as a non-degree-seeking student may be granted only for up to six semester hours of graduate work.
  10. Completed applications will remain active for two years.

 

Doctor of Criminal Justice

Doctor of Criminal Justice (DCJ) applicants must submit the following materials by the published deadlines:

  1. Application form
  2. Application fee of U.S. $80, which is neither refundable nor applicable against other school fees
  3. Official transcript indicating successful completion of a master's degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited university with a minimum graduate GPA of 3.25. A U.S. $235 credential evaluation fee or United States equivalency must accompany transcripts from foreign institutions certified by an approved evaluation service. Graduates or former students of Saint Leo University do not need to submit transcripts if they have been previously submitted and are on file at the University.
  4. If the applicant has less than 3.25/4.0 GPA, the application file will be reviewed by the Director of the Program
  5. A statement of professional goals
  6. Two letters of reference, professional or personnel.

Master of Education

Educational Leadership

Exceptional Student Education

Reading

  1. Complete and submit application form.
  2. Submit U.S. $80 application fee, which is neither refundable nor applicable against other school fees.
  3. A 3.0 or higher GPA in the last 60 hours of upper division coursework that led to a conferred bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or a minimum score of 1000 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a minimum score of 410 (68th percentile) on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) will be required. Official test results should be mailed directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Test scores more than five years old are not usually accepted.
  4. Two professional recommendations. At the time of admission to the Florida state-approved educational leadership master's program, the student must secure a high-performing school principal, veteran assistant principal, or district-level administrator to serve as mentor during the program of study. This agreement must be in the form of a letter on school or district stationery signed by the prospective mentor. Florida state-approved educational leadership master's candidates must meet applicable state of Florida ESOL requirements prior to completing their degree program.
  5. If student's GPA for last 60 hours is between 2.5 and <3.0, either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) must be taken.  Students must score a minimum of 1000 on the GRE or a minimum score of 410 on the MAT for admission to the program. 
  6. Current résumé.
  7. Statement of professional goals. This statement must clearly outline the applicant's educational and professional goals.
  8. Submit official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions previously attended, foreign and/or U.S. institutions, directly to the Graduate Admissions Office, unless otherwise notified by a University official. A U.S. $235 credential evaluation fee or U.S. equivalency evaluation must accompany transcripts from foreign institutions certified by an approved evaluation service. Graduates or former students of Saint Leo University do not need to submit transcripts if they have previously submitted them and they are on file at the University.
  9. Copy of the applicant's valid professional teaching certificate, unless waived. A professional teaching certificate is required for the Educational Leadership Concentration and M.Ed. with Reading Concentration.
  10. All international candidates for admission must prove English language proficiency in at least one of the following:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 79 iBT
    • International English Language Testing system (IELTS) - minimum score of 6.5
    • Pearson Test of English Academics (PTE A) - minimum score of 53
    • For transfer students, two semesters with grades of B or higher in English composition courses at regionally accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States
    • Successful completion of a NAFSA-recognized ESL program
  11. Contingent admission as a non-degree-seeking student may be granted only for up to six semester hours of graduate work.
  12. After the application has been processed, the Director may contact the applicant for a personal interview.
  13. Completed applications will remain active for two years.
  14. Candidates of the Florida state-approved Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree program must meet applicable state of Florida English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) requirements prior to completing their degree program.

Instructional Leadership

  1. Complete and submit application form.
  2. Submit U.S. $80 application fee, which is neither refundable nor applicable against other school fees.
  3. A 3.0 or higher GPA in the last 60 hours of upper division coursework that led to a conferred bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or a minimum score of 1000 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a minimum score of 410 (68th percentile) on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) will be required. Official test results should be mailed directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Test scores more than five years old are not usually accepted.
  4. If student's GPA for last 60 hours is between 2.5 and <3.0, either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) must be taken.  Students must score a minimum of 1000 on the GRE or a minimum score of 410 on the MAT for admission to the program. 
  5. Two professional recommendations.
  6. Current résumé.
  7. Statement of professional goals. This statement must clearly outline the applicant's educational and professional goals.
  8. Submit official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions previously attended, foreign and/or U.S. institutions, directly to the Graduate Admissions Office, unless otherwise notified by a University official. A U.S. $235 credential evaluation fee or U.S. equivalency evaluation must accompany transcripts from foreign institutions certified by an approved evaluation service. Graduates or former students of Saint Leo University do not need to submit transcripts if they have previously submitted them and they are on file at the University.
  9. All international candidates for admission must prove English language proficiency in at least one of the following:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 79 iBT
    • International English Language Testing system (IELTS) - minimum score of 6.5
    • Pearson Test of English Academics (PTE A) - minimum score of 53
    • For transfer students, two semesters with grades of B or higher in English composition courses at regionally accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States
    • Successful completion of a NAFSA-recognized ESL program
  10. Contingent admission as a non-degree-seeking student may be granted only for up to six semester hours of graduate work.
  11. After the application has been processed, the Director may contact the applicant for a personal interview.
  12. Completed applications will remain active for two years.

Master of Science in Instructional Design

  1. Complete and submit application form.
  2. Submit U.S. $80 application fee, which is neither refundable nor applicable against other school fees.
  3. A 3.0 or higher GPA in the last 60 hours of upper division coursework that led to a conferred bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or a minimum score of 1000 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a minimum score of 410 (68th percentile) on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) will be required. Official test results should be mailed directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Test scores more than five years old are not usually accepted.
  4. If student's GPA for last 60 hours is between 2.5 and <3.0, either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) must be taken.  Students must score a minimum of 1000 on the GRE or a minimum score of 410 on the MAT for admission to the program. 
  5. Two professional recommendations. At the time of admission to the Florida state-approved educational leadership master's program, the student must secure a high-performing school principal, veteran assistant principal, or district-level administrator to serve as mentor during the program of study. This agreement must be in the form of a letter on school or district stationery signed by the prospective mentor. Florida state-approved educational leadership master's candidates must meet applicable state of Florida ESOL requirements prior to completing their degree program.
  6. Current résumé.
  7. Statement of professional goals. This statement must clearly outline the applicant's educational and professional goals.
  8. Submit official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions previously attended, foreign and/or U.S. institutions, directly to the Graduate Admissions Office, unless otherwise notified by a University official. A U.S. $235 credential evaluation fee or U.S. equivalency evaluation must accompany transcripts from foreign institutions certified by an approved evaluation service. Graduates or former students of Saint Leo University do not need to submit transcripts if they have previously submitted them and they are on file at the University.
  9. All international candidates for admission must prove English language proficiency in at least one of the following:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 79 iBT

    • International English Language Testing system (IELTS) - minimum score of 6.5

    • Pearson Test of English Academics (PTE A) - minimum score of 53

    • For transfer students, two semesters with grades of B or higher in English composition courses at regionally accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States

    • Successful completion of a NAFSA-recognized ESL program

  10. Contingent admission as a non-degree-seeking student may be granted only for up to six semester hours of graduate work.
  11. After the application has been processed, the Director may contact the applicant for a personal interview.
  12. Completed applications will remain active for two years.

Education Specialist

  1. Complete and submit application form.
  2. Submit U.S. $80 application fee, which is neither refundable nor applicable against other school fees.
  3. A 3.0 or higher GPA in a conferred Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution or a minimum score of 1000 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a minimum score of 410 (68th percentile) on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) will be required. Official test results should be mailed directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Test scores more than five years old are not usually accepted.
  4. If student's GPA for last 60 hours is between 2.5 and <3.0, either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) must be taken.  Students must score a minimum of 1000 on the GRE or a minimum score of 410 on the MAT for admission to the program.
  5. Two professional recommendations. At the time of admission to the Florida state-approved educational leadership master's program, the student must secure a high-performing school principal, veteran assistant principal, or district-level administrator to serve as mentor during the program of study. This agreement must be in the form of a letter on school or district stationery signed by the prospective mentor. Florida state-approved educational leadership master's candidates must meet applicable state of Florida ESOL requirements prior to completing their degree program.
  6. Current résumé.
  7. Statement of professional goals. This statement must clearly outline the applicant's educational and professional goals.
  8. Submit official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions previously attended, foreign and/or U.S. institutions, directly to the Director, unless otherwise notified by a University official. A U.S. $235 credential evaluation fee or U.S. equivalency evaluation must accompany transcripts from foreign institutions certified by an approved evaluation service. Graduates or former students of Saint Leo University do not need to submit transcripts if they have previously submitted them and they are on file at the University.
  9. Copy of the applicant's valid administrator or professional teaching certificate, if applicable.
  10. All international candidates for admission must prove English language proficiency in at least one of the following:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 79 iBT

    • International English Language Testing system (IELTS) - minimum score of 6.5

    • Pearson Test of English Academics (PTE A) - minimum score of 53

    • For transfer students, two semesters with grades of B or higher in English composition courses at regionally accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States

    • Successful completion of a NAFSA-recognized ESL program

  11. Contingent admission as a non-degree-seeking student may be granted only for up to six semester hours of graduate work.
  12. After the application has been processed, the Director may contact the applicant for a personal interview.
  13. Completed applications will remain active for two years.

Master of Science in Human Services Administration

  1. Complete and submit application form for the Graduate School at Saint Leo University.
  2. Submit U.S. $80 application fee, which is neither refundable nor applicable against other school fees.
  3. A 3.0 of higher GPA in the last 60 hours of upper division work that led to the bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or a minimum score of 1000 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a minimum score of 410 (68th percentile) on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) will be required.  Official test results should be mailed directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Test scores more than five years old are usually not accepted.
  4. Those who are in the process of completing their undergraduate degree should complete all classes by June 30. If classes are completed during the summer, you may be provisionally admitted based on the following: 1) a submission of an official degree completion letter and date of completion in your application packet, 2) submission of official transcripts by the end of the fourth week of the first term in order to remain in the program, and 3) meeting all admission requirements.
  5. Provide three letters of recommendation. Recommendations should include one academic source, one professional source, and one additional source from either of the above.
  6. Résumé.
  7. A personal statement of 3-5 double-spaced, typewritten pages addressing the following questions:
    1. What are your specific professional goals in relationship to this degree in Human Services Administration? How would the Saint Leo University Master of Human Services Administration Program assist you in achieving your goals?
    2. Would you be interested in completing an internship to supplement your graduate studies? If so, can you accommodate daytime hours in an administrative placement?
    3. What particular personal strengths do you bring to the Human Services profession? What are some personal challenges that you will address as you continue your education?
    4. What other personal or professional experiences or qualities do you see as aiding you in your goals?
  8. Human Services internships and employment agencies frequently require criminal background checks for students and employees. While past convictions do not necessarily preclude admission to the graduate program, they may affect availability of internships or employability, so students need to be aware of this possibility.
  9. After the application has been processed, the prospective student may be contacted for a personal interview.
  10. Completed applications will remain active for two years.

Master of Social Work

One-Year Full-Time Advanced Standing Program

Applicants seeking admission to the Advanced Standing Program must meet all the following admission requirements:

  1. A bachelor's degree in social work (BSW) from a CSWE-accredited social work program within the last five years.
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.25.
  3. Attained  a B- or higher in all junior- and senior-level social work courses.
  4. Complete Saint Leo University graduate school application.
  5. Submit a $80 application fee, which is neither refundable nor applicable to other school fees.
  6. One official copy of all academic transcripts, including undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must arrive in envelopes sealed by the Registrar.
  7. Three letters of recommendation from those who can comment on your academic abilities. One of the three professional letters of reference required must be from the BSW field director/coordinator/liaison or BSW program director, or the agency-based field supervisor where the applicant completed his or her BSW field internship.
  8. Submit a copy of the senior fieldwork evaluation from your undergraduate social work program. If the evaluation is no longer on file, submit a letter from the social work department describing the following: practicum setting, types of clientele and/or groups of clientele, duties performed, and final grade. If you have not entered your internship, submit the social work professional skills form completed by your employer or a BSW social work faculty member who can attest to your generalist practice skills.
  9. Résumé includes education, work history, volunteer history and references
  10. A personal statement of 3-5 double-spaced, typewritten pages addressing the following questions:
    1. What are your specific professional goals? How would the Saint Leo University Master of Social Work Program, with its emphasis on advanced clinical social work practice and management, help you to achieve your goals?
    2. Please describe how you will complete the normal daytime work hours for internships.
    3. What particular personal strengths do you bring to the social work profession? What limitations do you perceive you have? How have both been demonstrated?
    4. What other personal or professional experiences or qualities do you see as aiding you in your goals?
  11. Social work practicum and employment agencies frequently require criminal background checks for students and employees. While past convictions do not necessarily preclude admission to the MSW Program, they may affect availability of practicum placements and future employability.

    Have you ever been convicted of a felony or any crime that involved harm or the threat of harm to another person? If yes, describe the circumstances that led to the court action, the year of conviction, and an explanation of your plans to cope with potential limitations on your practice of social work once you graduate from the MSW Program. Students are responsible for updating the MSW Program on any convictions and/or criminal charges after they are admitted to the MSW Program. Students with felony convictions might not be eligible for licensure as an LCSW in the State of Florida.
     
  12. A personal interview and/or additional information as requested by the program's admission committee.
  13. Be in good standing at the last institution attended.

There will be no credit given for work experience.

Part-Time Advanced Standing Program

  1. Applicants seeking admission to the Part-Time Advanced Standing Program must meet all the following admission requirements:
  2. A bachelor's degree in social work (BSW) from a CSWE-accredited social work program within the last five years.
  3. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.25.
  4. Attained  a B- or higher in all junior- and senior-level social work courses.
  5. Complete Saint Leo University graduate school application.
  6. Submit a $80 application fee, which is neither refundable nor applicable to other school fees.
  7. One official copy of all academic transcripts, including undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must arrive in envelopes sealed by the Registrar.
  8. Three letters of recommendation from those who can comment on your academic abilities. One of the three professional letters of reference required must be from the BSW field director/coordinator/liaison or BSW program director, or the agency-based field supervisor where the applicant completed his or her BSW field internship.
  9. Submit a copy of the senior fieldwork evaluation from your undergraduate social work program. If the evaluation is no longer on file, submit a letter from the social work department describing the following: practicum setting, types of clientele and/or groups of clientele, duties performed, and final grade. If you have not entered your internship, submit the social work professional skills form completed by your employer or a BSW social work faculty member who can attest to your generalist practice skills.
  10. Résumé includes education, work history, volunteer history and references
    1. A personal statement of 3-5 double-spaced, typewritten pages addressing the following questions:
    2. What are your specific professional goals? How would the Saint Leo University Master of Social Work Program, with its emphasis on advanced clinical social work practice and management, help you to achieve your goals?
    3. Please describe how you will complete the normal daytime work hours for internships.
    4. What particular personal strengths do you bring to the social work profession? What limitations do you perceive you have? How have both been demonstrated?
  11. What other personal or professional experiences or qualities do you see as aiding you in your goals?
  12. Social work practicum and employment agencies frequently require criminal background checks for students and employees. While past convictions do not necessarily preclude admission to the MSW Program, they may affect availability of practicum placements and future employability.

    Have you ever been convicted of a felony or any crime that involved harm or the threat of harm to another person? If yes, describe the circumstances that led to the court action, the year of conviction, and an explanation of your plans to cope with potential limitations on your practice of social work once you graduate from the MSW Program. Students are responsible for updating the MSW Program on any convictions and/or criminal charges after they are admitted to the MSW Program. Students with felony convictions might not be eligible for licensure as an LCSW in the State of Florida.
     
  13. A personal interview and/or additional information as requested by the program's admission committee.
  14. Be in good standing at the last institution attended.

There will be no credit given for work experience.

Two-Year Full-Time Program

Applicants seeking admission to the Part-Time Advanced Standing Program must meet all the following admission requirements:

  1. A cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA that led to the bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution. If the GPA is below 3.0, a minimum score of 1000 (or its equivalent) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a minimum score of 410 (68th percentile) on the Miller Analogies test (MAT) will be required. 
  2. An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a broad liberal arts preparation and at least 21 semester hours in social and behavioral sciences and 6 credits in each of the following: the natural sciences, the humanities and visual and performing arts, and quantitative reasoning. Those who are in the process of completing their undergraduate degree must complete all classes by June 30.  You will be provisionally admitted based on the following: 1) a submission of an official degree completion letter in your application packet, 2) submission of official transcripts by the end of the fourth week of the first semester in order to remain in the program, and 3) meeting all admission requirements.
  3. A course in statistics.
  4. Complete Saint Leo University graduate school application.
  5. Submit a $80 application fee, which is neither refundable nor applicable to other school fees.
  6. One official copy of all academic transcripts, including undergraduate and graduate coursework. They must arrive in envelopes sealed by the Registrar.
  7. Provide three letters of recommendation. Recommendations should include one academic source, one professional source, and one additional source from either of the above.
  8. Résumé.
  9. A personal statement of 3-5 double-spaced, typewritten pages addressing the following questions:
    1. What are your specific professional goals? How would the Saint Leo University Master of Social Work Program, with its emphasis on advanced clinical social work practice and management, help you to achieve your goals?
    2. Please describe how you will complete the normal daytime work hours for internships.
    3. What particular personal strengths do you bring to the social work profession? What limitations do you perceive you have? How have both been demonstrated?
    4. What other personal or professional experiences or qualities do you see as aiding you in your goals?
  10. Social Work practicum and employment agencies frequently require criminal background checks for students and employees. While past convictions do not necessarily preclude admission to the MSW Program, they may affect availability of practicum placements and future employability.

    Have you ever been convicted of a felony or any crime that involved harm or the threat of harm to another person? If yes, describe the circumstances that led to the court action, the year of conviction, and an explanation of your plans to cope with potential limitations on your practice of social work once you graduate from the MSW Program. Students are responsible for updating the MSW Program on any convictions and/or criminal charges after they are admitted to the MSW Program. Students with felony convictions might not be eligible for licensure as an LCSW in the State of Florida.
     
  11. A personal interview and/or additional information as requested by the program's admission committee.

There will be no credit given for work experience.

Three-Year Program

Applicants seeking admission to the Part-Time Advanced Standing Program must meet all the following admission requirements:

 

  1. A cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA that led to the bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution. If the GPA is below 3.0, a minimum score of 153 qualitative reasoning  and a minimum score of 144 verbal reasoning or com  on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a minimum score of 410 (68th percentile) on the Miller Analogies test (MAT) will be required. 
  2. Those who are in the process of completing their undergraduate degree must complete all classes by June 30.  You will be provisionally admitted based on the following: 1) a submission of an official degree completion letter in your application packet, 2) submission of official transcripts by the end of the fourth week of the first semester in order to remain in the program, and 3) meeting all admission requirements.
  3. Earned a grade of a B- or higher in a  course in statistics or a research methods.
  4. Complete Saint Leo University graduate school application.
  5. Submit a $80 application fee, which is neither refundable nor applicable to other school fees.
  6. One official copy of all academic transcripts, including undergraduate and graduate coursework. They must arrive in envelopes sealed by the Registrar.
  7. Provide three letters of recommendation. Recommendations should include one academic source, one professional source, and one additional source from either of the above.  Letters from co-workers or personal relationships will not be accepted
  8. Résumé includes education, work history, volunteer history and references
  9. A personal statement of 3-5 double-spaced, typewritten pages addressing the following questions:
    1. What are your specific professional goals? How would the Saint Leo University Master of Social Work Program, with its emphasis on advanced clinical social work practice and management, help you to achieve your goals?
    2. Please describe how you will complete the normal daytime work hours for internships.
    3. What particular personal strengths do you bring to the social work profession? What limitations do you perceive you have? How have both been demonstrated?
    4. What other personal or professional experiences or qualities do you see as aiding you in your goals?
  10. Social Work practicum and employment agencies frequently require criminal background checks for students and employees. While past convictions do not necessarily preclude admission to the MSW Program, they may affect availability of practicum placements and future employability.

    Have you ever been convicted of a felony or any crime that involved harm or the threat of harm to another person? If yes, describe the circumstances that led to the court action, the year of conviction, and an explanation of your plans to cope with potential limitations on your practice of social work once you graduate from the MSW Program. Students are responsible for updating the MSW Program on any convictions and/or criminal charges after they are admitted to the MSW Program. Students with felony convictions might not be eligible for licensure as an LCSW in the State of Florida.
  11. A personal interview and/or additional information as requested by the program's admission committee.

There will be no credit given for work experience.

Master of Arts in Creative Writing

  1. Official transcript indicating successful completion of an undergraduate degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.25 (transcript required). This requirement may be waived at the discretion of the admissions committee.
  2. Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended.
  3. Completion of the Saint Leo University application.
  4. An application fee of U.S. $80, which is neither refundable nor applicable against other school fees.
  5. A sample of the applicant's original creative work in the genre in which the student wishes to specialize. Poets must submit a minimum of 10 and maximum of 25 pages; prose writers must submit between 20 and 30 pages of original work. The document should have minimum 1-inch margins on all four sides of the page. All manuscripts should be in a serif font, in 12-point type. Some good examples are Times New Roman, Garamond, and Cochin. Prose manuscripts must be double-spaced. 
  6. A personal statement detailing the candidate's reasons for pursuing graduate study in creative writing, and their goals for obtaining the degree. (see below)
  7. All international candidates for admission must prove English language proficiency in at least one of the following:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 79 iBT

    • International English Language Testing system (IELTS) - minimum score of 6.5

    • Pearson Test of English Academics (PTE A) - minimum score of 53

    • For transfer students, two semesters with grades of B or higher in English composition courses at regionally accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States

    • Successful completion of a NAFSA-recognized ESL program

Master of Arts in Theology

  1. Completed application form and $80 application fee.
  2. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale, unless otherwise approved by the Director of the program.
  3. Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions previously attended, foreign and/or U.S. institutions, directly to the Graduate Admissions Office, unless otherwise notified by a University official. Graduates or former students of Saint Leo University do not need to submit transcripts if they have been previously submitted and are on file at the University.
  4. A letter of application indicating interest and desire to pursue this program.
  5. One letter of recommendation.
  6. Provisional admission as a non-degree-seeking student may be granted only for up to six semester hours of graduate work.
  7. Completed applications will remain active for two years.

Masters of Science in Psychology

  1. Completed application indicating that the student is completing the degree as part of a cohort.
  2. One-time $80 application fee.
  3. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale, unless otherwise approved by the program Director.
  4. Applicants with a GPA of 2.8 to 2.99 will be considered on a case by case basis, to be approved by the program Director.  These applicants will be considered only after they have taken the GRE and attained scores of 1000 or above (older version).
  5. The GRE general test is required for those applicants with a cumulative GPA below 3.00. It is optional for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above.
  6. Prerequisites include Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods I & II (including Statistics, both descriptive and inferential) at the undergraduate level with at least a B average.
  7. Research Methods I & II (including Statistics, both descriptive and inferential) have to be received from either the Psychology, Sociology, or Social Work disciplines.
  8. Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions previously attended, foreign and/or U.S. institutions, directly to the Director of Graduate Admission, unless otherwise notified by a University official. Graduates or former students of Saint Leo University do not need to submit transcripts if they have been previously submitted and are on file at the University.
  9. A personal statement of professional goals and how Saint Leo's MS in Psychology program will help to achieve those goals.
  10. Two letters of recommendation.
  11. Provisional admission as a non-degree-seeking student may be granted only for up to six semester hours of graduate work.
  12. Completed applications will remain active for two years.

 Readmission Policy

If it has been more than five years since your last registration at Saint Leo University, you must be readmitted. You will NOT be required to pay an application fee. For further information on the Department of Education's policy on re-admission for service members, please see www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/guid/readmission.html.