Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I apply?
A: Students who wish to apply to a graduate program at University of Saint Joseph must complete an online application.
Q: What is the deadline to apply?
A: University of Saint Joseph uses rolling admissions so there is never a hard deadline to apply or to complete a file. The most important dates to consider when determining your start are the official start date of class in a given semester and the add/drop dates for the same semester. All of the required documents and prerequisites must be submitted to be cleared to register as a non-matriculated student by the last day to add courses in that semester.
A student’s file will only remain active for one year from the date on the application was processed if the student has not completed their initial registration.
Q: Can I meet with an advisor prior to applying?
A: Graduate students are not given an advisor in the same capacity that undergraduate students are. If prospective students have general questions about a program or the admissions process, the student should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions and Academic Services by phone (860.231.5261) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Prospective students may attempt to reach out to the Program Director or faculty from the program they have interest. It is recommended that students submit an application and transcript to the Office of Graduate Admissions and Academic Services prior to any discussion with faculty because these documents provide the faculty member with background information which may be beneficial to have before any communication with students.
Local students also have an opportunity to attend a Graduate Open House held at University of Saint Joseph approximately 4-5 times per year. These information sessions provide students with an opportunity to meet representatives from each of the graduate programs face-to-face.
Q: What happens after I apply?
A: Once a student’s application is processed, the student will receive a direct mailing comprised of a welcome letter informing the student of their student ID number, the required admission requirements, and additional information about the admission process as well as an insert providing assistance on completing each admission requirement.
Once the student receives the direct mailing, the student should begin the process of completing the necessary tasks associated with submitting all the admission requirements for their particular graduate program. Some of the tasks may include contacting previous institutions to submit transcripts, references to write letters of recommendation, and a source (physician, previous institution, etc...) who can verify the student’s immunization history.
Q: Where do I submit the admission requirements?
A: All documents (excluding the Proof of Immunization form) should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions and Academic Services by mail, walk-in, email (email@example.com), or fax (860.231.5479). Students may submit documents piece-by-piece or wait and submit all the admission documents at once.
The Proof of Immunization form should be submitted to Health Services directly by mail, walk-in, or fax (860.231.6794).
International students asked to submit additional admission requirements should submit these documents directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions and Academic Services.
In the event a student would like an update on the contents of their student file, the student should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions and Academic Services by phone (860.231.5261) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Q: What happens after I’ve submitted all the admission requirements?
A: After a student has submitted all the admission requirements, a copy of the file is sent to the program listed on their application for review. Once the Program Director has rendered a decision, the student is notified by the Office of Graduate Admissions and Academic Services through direct mail and email.
Q: When am I eligible to register for classes?
A: In order to be eligible to register for graduate courses at University of Saint Joseph, the Office of Graduate Admissions and Academic Services must have a completed application, verification the application fee was paid, and a transcript showing degree conferral from a regionally-accredited institution that also shows the minimum GPA and course prerequisites of the program the student wishes to register for classes in. Once a student is cleared to take courses, they are notified by email.
Q: How do I register?
A: Non-matriculated, non-degree seeking, and matriculated students registering for the first time must complete a paper registration form available to students online, in the Office of Graduate Admissions and Academic Services, or the Registrar’s Office. The easiest way to complete the initial registration is to follow the instructions on the Course Registration webpage.
Q: What are the deadlines for registration?
A: On-campus students can register for coursework until the add/drop date in a given semester. The add/drop date is approximately two weeks after the official day classes begin.
New online students can register for classes until 48 hours before the official start date of classes in a given semester. Online students must drop classes within 96 hours after the official start date of classes in a given semester.
Q: How much do classes cost?
A: Our institution charges graduate students by the number of credits they take. The exact tuition amounts for graduate students are available on the Tuition and Fees webpage.
Q: Can I receive financial aid?
A: All graduate students are eligible for financial aid if they are matriculated students in a Master degree or initial teacher licensure program and they are registered for at least six credits each semester.
Students who take one course at a time, are non-matriculated, are non-degree seeking, or are matriculated to a graduate certificate program are not eligible for financial aid.
Q: How do I pay for classes?
A: Graduate students can pay for coursework by visiting the Cashier (located in the Registrar’s Office on the first floor of McDonough Hall) or online through the Student tab of MyUSJ.