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Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions

In accordance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Dean of the Graduate Programs accepts applications for admission from students without regard to ethnicity, race, color, sex, age, disability status, or national origin.

Admission Procedures

Applicants must first be admitted to Graduate Studies. To be considered for admission to Graduate Studies in Education or Counseling, applicants must submit the following at least thirty days prior to the beginning of the semester for which they are applying:

  1. A completed official application form with a written essay describing the student's career goals;
  2. Official transcripts for all prior undergraduate and graduate course work. Transcripts are sent from the institutions attended directly to the Office of Admissions.
  3. Aptitude scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for the Theology program or the Millers Analogies Test (MAT) for Education programs. Test scores older than five years at the time of registration will not be accepted. Individuals who have completed a Master's degree from an accredited institution do not have to submit GRE or MAT scores; and
  4. At least three letters of recommendation written by people qualified to evaluate academic potential and personal and professional promise. Additionally, applicants must be interviewed by members of the Graduate Program faculty. The forms for application may be obtained from the Office of Admissions. The application must be accompanied by a one-time, non-refundable application fee of $25.00.

Academic Requirements

Admission to Graduate Studies at Our Lady of Holy Cross College is based on the evaluation of the applicants' personal, professional, and academic records by the Graduate Program faculty. The College recruits qualified applicants from diverse sociocultural backgrounds who display professional promise, intellectual achievement, personal character, and educational commitment. At a minimum, applicants are expected to have the following academic qualifications:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a university or college approved by a recognized regional accrediting agency in the United States or proof of equivalent training at a foreign university;
  2. A record of undergraduate study that would be predictive of success in graduate studies. This requires a degree in Education or Social Sciences or a related field with a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale;
  3. Satisfactory academic standing at the last university or college attended; and
  4. Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for those in the Theology program or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) for those in the Education program. Test scores must meet the following minimum standards or be retaken: or the GRE, a score of not less than 800 in any of the three areas; for the MAT, a score of not less than 40% in the area of specialty is required.

Stages of Admission

Stage One: Provisional Admission to the College

Beginning candidates possessing an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university may take a maximum of six hours of graduate credit at Our Lady of Holy Cross College (OLHCC) on a provisional basis. Provisional basis constitutes the following conditions.

  • A minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade-point average is recommended to take graduate course work.
  • Once the application is completed and the fee is paid, a candidate may take a maximum of six hours of graduate work.
  • The provisional basis does not guarantee admission into any of the graduate programs.
  • Beginning candidates must attend the graduate orientation. (One is held in the fall and one is held in the spring. In addition, graduate Counseling holds one in the summer.)
  • No candidate may register for the next semester until his/her graduate admission criteria are completed.
  • Provisional admission is limited to one semester.

Stage Two: Conditional Admission to Graduate Programs

Candidates cannot take more than six hours until they have been conditionally accepted into one of the graduate programs. In order to be conditionally accepted, candidates must meet the following conditions.

  • The graduate admission criteria must be completed. Please refer to the criteria listed above.

Note: All parts of the admissions criteria must be processed through the OLHCC Office of Admissions.

  • Once the admission criteria are completed, the candidate must be interviewed by the coordinator/director of the graduate program to which the candidate is applying. A writing sample is part of the interview process. Graduate Counseling
  • applicants should submit their letters of recommendation and personal goals statement to the Chair of the department, Dr. Carolyn White, prior to the interview. Applicants can receive information regarding the interview process and the written statement from the program coordinators/directors.
  • Candidates will be notified in writing by the appropriate graduate coordinator/director regarding the results of their admission status. Those who are accepted for conditional acceptance will be allowed to register for the next semester. Those who are not conditionally accepted will not be allowed to continue graduate studies at OLHCC.

Stage Three: Admission to Graduate Programs

Candidates remain in a conditional status until they are accepted for candidacy. Each graduate program determines its criteria for candidacy. However, in all programs candidacy is primarily determined through academic achievement in graduate classes and demonstration of appropriate dispositions. See Graduate Handbook for candidacy requirements in a specific program.