Online & Evening Admission Requirements

Applying for admission to the University of Mary’s Online & Evening Programs is straightforward, convenient, and easy to complete. Requirements for our Undergraduate and Graduate programs are available in the respective tabs below—and of course we are always here to assist you with any questions you may have.

Transfer Admission

The University of Mary welcomes transfer students from regional accredited community and junior colleges and four-year colleges and universities. Full academic credit is awarded for work in courses approved by the academic division and Registrar and including course credits for which a student received grades of A through D.

A student applying for admission to the University of Mary from another college must send to the Office of Admissions:

  • A formal application for admission and a $30 non-refundable application fee for undergraduate studies and $45 non-refundable application fee for graduate studies
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended.

Upon receipt of the above, a student is officially admitted to the University of Mary and is registered for classes.

Non-Degree Admission

A student not interested in obtaining a degree or one who has completed work toward a degree may enroll at the University of Mary as a special student. Such persons may take courses for credit or arrange to audit courses. A special student is not considered a degree candidate and therefore is not required to apply for admission and is not eligible for financial assistance. However, if the student chooses to pursue a degree at the University of Mary, he or she is asked to submit an application form and follow the requirements as described under Transfer Admission.

International Student Admission

The University of Mary welcomes applications from international students. Undergraduate student applicants from countries in which English is not the native language are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and score a minimum of 500 on paper, or 197 electronic, or 71 on the Internet-based examination. Alternatively, prospective undergraduate students may take the STEP with a pass at pre-1 and 2A, and request that the results be sent to the University of Mary. Qualified undergraduate applicants may also complete the English language learning program offered by The Language Company; successful completion of level nine in that program will meet the university's undergraduate English proficiency requirement.

Graduate student applicants from countries in which English is not the native language are required to complete the TOEFL and achieve a minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based examination with subscores not falling below the following standards in any category: Listening 15, Reading 20, Speaking, 22, and Writing 20. Graduate applications using different versions of the TOEFL (such as paperbased or computer-based) will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Scores for any applicant that are more than two years old are not valid and will not be considered.

In addition, prospective undergraduate international students must present official academic records as proof that they have the equivalence of an American high school education and are admissible to a college or university in their country. Official transcripts, school certificates, and a complete medical history are required. Prospective graduate international students must present official academic records as proof that they have at least the equivalence of an American baccalaureate degree.

An admitted international student must show evidence of his or her ability to meet costs over a four-year period by filling out the International Student Financial Statement form available from the Office of Admission. After appropriate financial information is submitted and approved by the University of Mary, an I-20 immigration form is issued. Canadian applicants follow the same procedures as other international students in this regard.

Admissions to Graduate Studies

Graduate degree seeking students must apply for admission to graduate study and must hold a bachelor's degree or higher from a United States regionally accredited institution of higher education or from an international school approved by the country's Ministry of Education. One general application form is available for degree granting programs in Business, Counseling, Education, and Nursing. Application for the professional Occupational Therapy program is available. Application for the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Mary is available at www.ptcas.org.

An official transcript from the institution of higher education granting the bachelor's degree is required for admission to graduate studies. Exceptions are program specific and may be found in degree program sections within this website. Other requirements for admissions to a specific degree program (e.g., criminal background check; volunteer hours) are listed within degree program descriptions found within the Graduate Studies Catalog and in the academics section of this website. [Graduate Council: 12.09. 2009]

Degree seeking students in good academic standing who request to re-enter following a hiatus of one calendar year, must submit a Re-Entry Application for consideration by the department for the program of study. Official transcripts for college work undertaken during the period of absence must be submitted as part of the Re-Entry Application process. Students who have unofficially withdrawn from the University (i.e., "stepped out") for greater than one calendar year must re-apply to the University of Mary - Graduate Studies and to the department which houses the original or selected program of study. The student who re-applies enters under the current program of study for the degree sought. Course credits earned prior to the 'step out' are considered current if they have been earned within a seven (7) consecutive year time frame and if they remain required for the program of study. [Graduate Council: 12.09.2009]

International Student Admissions

In addition to the requirements for admissions to graduate study, international students must show evidence of the ability to meet costs for the duration of the graduate program by filling out the International Student Financial Statement form available online at www.umary.edu (admissions). After appropriate financial information is submitted and approved by the University of Mary, an I-20 immigration form is issued. Canadian applicants follow the same procedures as other international students in this regard.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. A minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based examination with subscores not falling below the following standards in any category is required: Listening 15, Reading 20, Speaking 22, and Writing 20. Graduate applications using different versions of the TOEFL (such as paper-based or computer-based examination) will be considered on a case-by-case basis. TOEFL Scores more than two years old are not valid and will not be considered for admissions to graduate studies. [Academic Standards and Admissions: 06.2010]

Non-Degree Seeking Graduate Students

A non-degree seeking graduate student is someone who plans to take at least one graduate course for one or more of the following reasons:

  1. Graduate School Preparation
    Students with an undergraduate degree and, in certain cases, students who are taking graduate courses pre-requisite to a graduate program may enroll as non-degree seeking students. In the latter case, students are to seek advisement from the graduate program director for specific information about enrolling in graduate courses as an undergraduate student. At minimum, the undergraduate student must hold senior status (greater than 90 semester credits earned). [Revised by Graduate Council on 05.12.10]
  2. Personal Interest
    Students in this category, who often take courses for personal or professional development and do not necessarily intend on enrolling in a degree-seeking program, may apply as non-degree seeking graduate students.
  3. Certificate Preparation
    Students enrolled in graduate level certificate programs are non-degree seeking students.
  4. Deciding on Degree-Seeking Program
    University of Mary offers eight graduate degrees with 29 areas of study. The non-degree status offers students the opportunity to explore different courses in selected fields (e.g., business, nursing, education) before applying to a degree-seeking program. For example, a student may be unsure as to whether to seek a degree in business administration with a focus on management to seek a degree in project management or strategic leadership. However, students who take courses under the non-degree seeking status are not guaranteed placement into a degree-seeking program and must adhere to regular admissions requirements. Students may take up to nine (9) credits in some major areas of study as a non-degree seeking student before declaring degree-seeking status.
  5. Missed Degree-Seeking Program DeadlineAlthough many programs at the University of Mary offer rolling admissions, some have specific application deadlines. Students who do not complete their application by the set deadline may apply as non-degree seeking students. However, students who take courses under the non-degree seeking status are not guaranteed placement into a degree-seeking program and must adhere to degree-seeking admissions requirements.

The minimum requirements to be admitted as a non-degree seeking graduate student are as follows:

  • For graduate level academic certificate programs, a bachelor's degree or higher conferred by a United States regionally accredited institution or an international school approved by the country's Ministry of Education
  • Academic achievement in undergraduate studies indicating a capacity to succeed in graduate coursework (minimum of 2.5/4.0)
  • Students who are in the final phase of their undergraduate program of study may request approval to take up to nine semester credits graduate coursework while an undergraduate student providing they are in good academic standing and that they have a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Approval by the director of graduate studies [Graduate Council: 01.13. 2010]