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Requirements for Admission to Graduate Programs

Students admitted to a graduate program may begin during the fall, spring or summer terms.

Applicants to all HNU Graduate Programs must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. A bachelor's degree or its equivalent, conferred by an accredited institution of higher education.
  2. An undergraduate record that is satisfactory in terms of quality of scholarship. A grade point average of 2.6 is required for the total undergraduate program, with an average of 3.0 in the major and any subsequent graduate work.

Please note: some prerequisite examinations and courses are necessary for particular fields of graduate study. In cases of insufficient preparation or of transfer to a different graduate program, prerequisite courses not carrying graduate credit may be taken. If a candidate has knowledge of a given subject for which no official record can be presented, special examinations may be given to satisfy undergraduate prerequisites, but without credit.

Programs Application Requirements

For the application requirements, please select your graduate area of interest below.

  • Education – Masters, Certificate or Credential Programs [ get details see more or less ]
    • Completed Application (Free online and $65 paper)
    • Official Transcripts of ALL college/university coursework completed previously, including date of bachelor degree completion (must be in sealed envelope from Registrar of college/university)
      • Credential Students are required to submit two official copies of each transcript
    • Two Recommendations from previous professors or current or previous work supervisors using form — Download PDF form here
    • 1-3 page personal statement addressing the following:
      • Why are you interested in this program?
      • What are your short term career goals?
      • What are your long term career goals?
      • What do you hope to get out of the program?
    • Interview with Education Faculty (contact your Enrollment Counselor for more Information)
    • Credential Students are preferred to have taken the CBEST and CSET exams, however you may be admitted prior to completion of those exams provided you complete them within the first 15 units of your program.
  • English – The Writer’s Craft [ get details see more or less ]
    • Completed Application (Free online and $65 paper)
    • Official Transcripts of ALL college/university coursework completed previously, including date of bachelor degree completion (must be in sealed envelope from Registrar of college/university)
    • Two Recommendations (letter or form) from previous professors or current or previous work supervisors
    • 15-20 page writing sample. May be one or a combination of the following: essays, poems, short stories, play excerpts.
    • Note: Enrollments are closed for Spring 2014
  • Culture and Spirituality – Masters, Certificate or Sabbatical Programs [ get details see more or less ]
    • Completed Application (Free online and $65 paper)
    • Master applicants only - Official Transcripts of ALL college/university coursework completed previously, including date of bachelor degree completion (must be in sealed envelope from Registrar of college/university)
    • Certificate and Sabbatical applicants only - Unofficial Transcripts of ALL college/university coursework completed previously, including date of bachelor degree completion
      • A Bachelor Degree may be waived for Certificate & Sabbatical candidates with permission of the Program Director in the form of a written letter stating that the applicant is capable of doing advanced work.
    • Two letters of recommendation (letter or form) from previous professors or current or previous work supervisors
  • Master of Business Administration [ get details see more or less ]
    • Completed Application (Free online and $65 paper)
    • Official Transcripts of ALL college/university coursework completed previously, including date of bachelor degree completion (must be in sealed envelope from Registrar of college/university)
    • Two letters of recommendation (letter or form) from previous professors or current or previous work supervisors.
    • 1-3 page personal statement addressing the following:
      • Why you have chosen this particular program
      • Your plan upon completion of the program
    • Resume
  • Music – Master or Certificate Programs [ get details see more or less ]
    • Completed Application (Free online and $65 paper) which includes statement of purpose.
    • Official Transcripts of ALL college/university coursework completed previously, including date of bachelor degree completion (must be in sealed envelope from Registrar of college/university)
    • Two letters of recommendation (letter or form) from previous professors or current or previous work supervisors
    • Audition with the Music Faculty (contact your Enrollment Counselor for more Information)

    Kodály Summer Certificate - Level 3 and Vocal Pedagogy Certificate

    • Completed Application (Free online and $65 paper) which includes statement of purpose.
    • Official Transcripts of ALL college/university coursework completed previously, including date of bachelor degree completion (must be in sealed envelope from Registrar of college/university)
    • Two letters of recommendation (letter or form) from previous professors or current or previous work supervisors
    • No audtion required

    Kodály Summer Levels 1 and 2

    • Registration is handled by the Kodály Center for Music Education (except for international students). Formal application to the university is not required.
  • Counseling and Forensic Psychology – Master or Certificate Programs [ get details see more or less ]
    • Completed Application (Free online and $65 paper)
    • Official Transcripts of ALL college/university coursework completed previously, including date of bachelor degree completion (must be in sealed envelope from Registrar of college/university)
    • 1-3 page statement of purpose purpose addressing the following:
      • Your background
      • Why you have chosen this particular program
      • Your plan upon completion of the program
    • Two letters of recommendation (letter or form) from previous professors or current or previous work supervisors
    • Interview with the Program Director (contact your Enrollment Counselor for more Information)
  • Nursing – Master or Certificate Programs [ get details see more or less ]
    • Completed Application (Free online and $65 paper)
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree and a Current RN License (If you have a bachelor's degree in another field, you are eligible for the Pathway program.)
    • Two letters of recommendation (letter or form) from previous professors or current or previous work supervisors
    • Official Transcripts of ALL college/university coursework completed previously, including date of bachelor degree completion (must be in sealed envelope from Registrar of college/university)
    • Written Personal Statement
  • Master of Science in Nursing and Business Administration Joint Degree [ get details see more or less ]
    • Completed Application (Free online and $65 paper)
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree and a Current RN License (If you have a bachelor's degree in another field, you are eligible for the Pathway program.)
    • Two letters of recommendation (letter or form) from previous professors or current or previous work supervisors
    • Official Transcripts of ALL college/university coursework completed previously, including date of bachelor degree completion (must be in sealed envelope from Registrar of college/university)
    • Courses in statistics and research at the undergraduate level
    • Resume
    • Written Personal Statement

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International Students

Holy Names University accepts international students on a regular basis. This is done to provide a genuine, cross-cultural educational experience for both international and domestic students. Holy Names University's goal is to provide opportunities to intelligent and outgoing students who desire an educational experience in the United States.

Important: International applicants are individuals who are a citizen of a country other than the United States, and need a visa in order to study or live in the U.S. If you are a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S., regardless of where you go to school, you are not considered an international applicant. International students are required to obtain an F-1 Visa to study at HNU. Upon acceptance, the University will issue an I-20 form which will allow the student to apply for the F-1 visa.
Admission Requirements and Procedures »

  • All non-U.S transcripts will need to be evaluated by an educational evaluation service, which will be processed through the HNU Office of Admissions. Copies of foreign transcripts in the original language and English translations of them are required for determining BA equivalency.
  • International students whose native language is not English must present either a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a recommendation from an ELS Language Center (Level 109). Students who have attended other language schools may submit certificates of proficiency which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • International students must also present the Confirmation of Financial Resources form and associated documents and pay the tuition deposit before the University will issue an immigration form for a student visa.
  • International students should file all documentation six to eight weeks before orientation to ensure that the acceptance process and issuance of I-20 forms are completed in time to be enrolled in the term desired.
  • International Students must submit a copy of their passport with their application.  

Have A Question?

Contact the Adult and Graduate office at the campus main number: (800) 430-1321 or Admission: (510) 436-1351 or email us at GraduateAdmissions@hnu.edu

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