Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I apply?
A: Students who wish to apply to a graduate program at University of Saint Joseph can complete an online application or a paper application made available in the Office of Graduate Admissions and Academic Services (McDonough Room 100).
The traditional office hours for the Office of Graduate Admissions and Academic Services are Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. On Wednesdaysduring the Fall and Spring semesters, the office will remain open until 6:30pm for any students who cannot come earlier in the day.
Q: What is the deadline to apply?
A: University of Saint Joseph uses rolling admissions so there is never a physical application deadline. Important dates to consider are the official start date of the next semester and the add/drop date because all required documents for registration or matriculation into a program must be submitted by these dates to take courses in that semester.
A student’s file will only remain active for one year from the date on the application if the student has not registered for classes.
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 prior to any communication with students.
Local students also have an opportunity to attend one of the information sessions held at University of Saint Joseph a half dozen 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 and the required matriculation documents for their program as well as an insert showing the location of the required forms on our website.
Once the student receives the direct mailing, the student should begin the process of completing the necessary tasks associated with submitting all the required matriculation documents 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 required matriculation documents?
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 required matriculation 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 matriculation documents 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 required matriculation documents?
A: After a student has submitted all the required matriculation documents, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Online programs cost $665 per credit hour which includes the $35 comprehensive fee.
On-campus, non-education programs cost $685 per credit hour which includes the $35 comprehensive fee.
Q: Can I receive financial aid?
A: Financial aid is only available to matriculated students in a Masters program who are registered for at least six credits each semester.
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.