Graduate Application and Admission

Contents Application to Graduate Programs
Application forms for admission to graduate study may be obtained from the Admissions Office, Spalding University, 901 South Fourth Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203-2188, 502.585.7111, 800.896.8941 (

Prospective students with specific questions about the admission process and application deadlines should contact the office of the College or School oppering that particular program of interest for more information.

Procedure for Admission of Graduate Students

  1. Application material is received and evaluated by the academic unit involved.
  2. The academic unit makes its recommendation to the Graduate Committee.
  3. The Graduate Committee evaluates the recommendation and makes its recommendation based on the available evidence and the pertinent standards.
  4. The Provost informs the student and academic unit of the admission decision.

Admission to graduate study at Spalding University does not imply admission to candidacy for a doctoral degree.

Admission Requirements for Graduate Programs
For admission to a graduate program, an applicant must have completed requirements for a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. In addition, the applicant must submit all of the following to the Admissions Office:

  1. Completed application for admission to graduate program
  2. Payment of the non-refundable application fee
  3. Official transcripts* of all undergraduate and graduate college work completed
  4. Official GMAT, GRE or MAT scores as required by the program (see program admission requirements)
  5. Interview and letters of recommendation as specified by the program (see program admission requirements)
  6. Other program-specific requirements as identified in program admission materials
* Official transcripts are those sent directly to Spalding from the issuing institution. Any transcript marked "issued to student" or any transcript that is hand delivered by the student is not considered an official transcript.

Declaration of Previous College Attendance: Applicants must declare all previous college attendance. Applicants who fail to disclose previous college attendance on the application for admission and/or fail to submit transcripts are subject to denial or cancellation of admission or dismissal from the University.

International Students
In addition to meeting the applicable graduate admission standards, international students who have not attended an English-speaking university must show proficiency in English by scoring 535 or higher on the TOEFL examination. Additional requirements for demonstration of competency in the language of instruction may be required by individual graduate programs. Any exemptions to the TOEFL policy require the recommendation of the School/College and the approval of the Graduate Committee.

International students must also present evidence of financial resources adequate to support their educational and living expenses in the United States for the duration of their studies and provide relevant visa data.

Spalding University admits graduate students as follows:

Graduate Student Status
Regular students must be approved for admission by the Graduate Committee. They may be admitted unconditionally, unconditionally pending, or conditionally.

Unconditional Admission
Students are granted unconditional admission when all general and school requirements for admission have been met.

Unconditional Pending Admission
Unconditional pending admission may be granted to an applicant who has not completed all prerequisites for unconditional admission or for whom all official credentials have not been received. The precise courses and number of courses may be limited for unconditional pending students until all requirements for admission are fulfilled. Continuance in a graduate program is contingent upon the completion of the student's application within two terms.

Conditional Admission
At the discretion of the Graduate Committee, an applicant may be granted conditional admission, instead of unconditional pending admission. Conditional admission may be granted to an applicant who has not completed all prerequisites for unconditional admission or for whom not all credentials have been received. The precise courses and number of courses may be limited for conditional students until all requirements for unconditional admission are fulfilled. Continuance in a graduate program is contingent upon the applicant meeting the conditions of his/her acceptance within the completion of 12 credit hours.

Under extreme exceptional conditions, an applicant, who has previously attended a Spalding University graduate program and has been dismissed from the university and a specific academic program, may be considered for re-admittance and conditional admission to the University. The Graduate Committee will not consider any applicant's re-admission application (complete process, including fees) until after a minimum of one year following the original date of dismissal. Conditions of admission for the specific applicant, including the academic unitís recommendation, will be set by the Graduate Committee.

All previous coursework in the selected program of study must be at the "B" level or above. In those cases where a course in the program of study is less than a "B-" prior to dismissal, the course(s) must be repeated and a grade of "B-" or higher earned, as a condition of admission.

All policies of current graduate programs of study and academic policies will apply.

Special Graduate Student Status
There are three types of special students: non-degree students, visiting students, and workshop students.

Non-Degree Students
A student who has a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education may be admitted to this category when 1) the student is unable to complete full admission requirements prior to the beginning of courses in which the student wishes to enroll, or 2) there is uncertainty about program appropriateness by either the student or a program representative. Non-degree status must be approved by the program in which the student would take graduate courses. Non-degree students complete the application for admission as directed by the graduate program of interest.

Non-degree students may take a maximum of 6 hours and are not eligible for federal financial aid. Students admitted to non-degree status are not assured of admission to a degree program.

In the event the student later seeks admission to a graduate degree program, the student must submit a letter requesting admission to the appropriate program and complete all admission requirements. Non-degree status courses taken at Spalding University will be counted toward degree requirements upon admission to the program.

Visiting Students
Students who are pursuing a graduate program at another institution and wish to take courses at Spalding University are visiting students. They must submit a letter from the registrar of the home institution indicating that the student is in good standing and has approval to take the specified course(s) for transfer. Visiting students need not submit transcripts or any other credentials and are not reviewed by the Graduate Committee. They are liable for all fees and tuition costs.

Workshop Students
Workshop students are students who have not been officially admitted to graduate study but may take certain designated workshops for graduate credit. They must submit a workshop application, submit an official transcript of their highest degree, and pay all applicable fees. Application for a workshop is not to be considered application for admission to a graduate program. These students are not reviewed by the Graduate Committee.

Returning Students
A student who has previously attended Spalding University and has been withdrawn for at least twelve (12) months must apply for readmission through the Admissions Office. If they have attended another college since leaving Spalding, an official copy of the transcript is required prior to readmission being granted. The student must have left the University in good disciplinary and financial standing to be readmitted.

Change of Program
A student who has been admitted to a particular program and wishes to change to another program, or a student who has completed one program and desires to go on to another, must reapply and be admitted to the new program. Admission materials already submitted and available for review (e.g., admission test scores, transcripts) need not be resubmitted unless those materials were submitted more than three years prior to submitting the new application.

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