2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Jul 19, 2018  
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions



Admission to Salve Regina University is competitive. In reviewing applications, the admissions committee looks at a variety of factors including academic achievement, personal statement, and letters of recommendation. To be considered for admission, interested students must apply for a degree or certificate program by completing the application process described in this section. All prospective students are encouraged to contact the Office of Graduate Admissions as well as the graduate program directors for more information. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Admissions Requirements

Salve Regina University evaluates the total application package. An applicant to graduate studies must:

  1. Possess an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited United States college or university, or an equivalent degree from a nationally accredited institution outside of the United States. For institutions outside of the U.S., documentation of degree equivalencies must be submitted by an agency authorized to do so.
  2. Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) and an undergraduate record that reflects the ability to be successful in graduate studies.
  3. Provide a personal statement that demonstrates solid writing skills and motivation for graduate studies.
  4. Submit letters of recommendation that support the ability to engage in graduate studies.
  5. Unless waived, submit one of the following exams: MAT, GRE or GMAT. For information on requesting a waiver see the “How to Apply” section below.

Master’s Degree Programs

Who May Apply

Men and women with bachelor’s degrees earned from regionally accredited United States institutions of higher learning or an equivalent degree from a nationally accredited college or university outside the United States will be considered for admission. Applicants considered by the University to have the ability to pursue graduate study and who show a desire for personal development are admitted without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran’s status, disability, age, or any other legally protected class.

How to Apply

The following materials must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Completed online graduate application
  2. Nonrefundable application fee
  3. Official transcripts from all accredited institutions of higher education attended
  4. Two professional letters of recommendation, from faculty and/or work supervisors who can attest to an applicant’s ability to be successful in graduate studies; recommenders must include professional title and contact information
  5. Test scores no more than five years old from one of the following: 
    Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
    Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT)
    Please note that this examination requirement may be waived for students whose portfolio indicates a strong ability to do graduate work. Applicants should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for more detailed information.

Application files must be completed within one year of initial submission or individuals may be required to resubmit materials. All application materials become a permanent and confidential part of University records and are not returned.

International applicants should also refer to the segment on “International Students” later in this section of the catalog for additional application information and requirements.

Program of Study

Upon acceptance, a program of study is developed and may include transfer credits from other institutions if petitioned for by the student. Students are encouraged to contact the graduate program director for any advice related to their program. The Office of Graduate Admissions will provide students with a copy of their program of study.

Dual Degree Master’s Program

The dual degree master’s program can be designed and based on career interests and educational goals. Applicants must receive permission from the appropriate graduate program directors to pursue dual degrees, which must be pursued concurrently. The dual degree program offers a common set of core courses, making it possible to earn two degrees with fewer credits than if earned separately.

Second Master’s Degree

Students who have completed their first master’s degree at Salve Regina and wish to complete their second master’s degree at Salve Regina may petition the appropriate graduate program director. The required credits for the second master’s degree may be reduced by 6 credits. This option may not be available for some programs with accreditation or licensing requirements.

Ph.D. Program

Who May Apply

Individuals with a master’s degree and high motivation to explore the relationship between humanities and technology are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

The following materials must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions by March 15 for September admission, September 15 for January admission, and January 15 for June admission:

  1. Completed online graduate application
  2. Nonrefundable application fee
  3. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all accredited institutions of higher education attended, including proof of an approved master’s degree with a GPA of 3.3 or higher
  4. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty who have taught the applicant, which address the applicant’s ability to succeed in doctoral studies; recommenders must include professional title and contact information
  5. GRE test scores no more than five years old
  6. A 15-page paper completed for a master’s degree course
  7. A timed online writing sample
  8. A current résumé

Application files must be completed within one year of the initial application submission or individuals may be required to resubmit materials. All application materials become a permanent and confidential part of the University records and are not returned.

International applicants should also refer to the segment on “International Students” in this section of the catalog for additional application information and requirements.

Admissions Criteria

Salve Regina University evaluates the total application package. An applicant to the doctoral program must:

  1. Possess both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree earned from regionally accredited U.S. institutions of higher learning or equivalent degrees from a nationally accredited college or university outside the U.S. If the institution is outside of the U.S. documentation of degree equivalencies must be submitted by an agency authorized to do so.
  2. Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher for the master’s degree.
  3. Provide three letters of recommendation that support the ability to engage in doctoral studies.
  4. Demonstrate through scores on the GRE that he or she has potential to do well in doctoral studies.
  5. Provide evidence of quality research and writing skills on a paper submission from previous master’s degree course work.
  6. Through an onsite or online writing sample show an understanding of humanities that suggests an adequate foundation for doctoral studies in this program.

Program of Study

Students in the Ph.D. program are encouraged to meet with faculty advisors periodically and the graduate program director at key transition points during the program.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-DNP) Program

The practice doctorate is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing.

 

How to Apply

 

Students applying to the DNP program must submit the following materials:

  1. A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited university with a grade point average of at least 3.0
  2. Unencumbered license or eligibility for RN licensure in the State of Rhode Island (license will need to be obtained prior to any clinical experiences)
  3. Clear criminal background check and negative drug screen
  4. Completion of graduate online application
  5. An essay relating doctoral study to professional goals.
  6. Resume
  7. Official transcripts
  8. Copy of all registered nurse licenses.
  9. Letters of recommendation from three clinical peers/supervisors who attest to communication and clinical competence (SRU alumni are required to submit two letters of recommendation)
  10. Interview with the Chair of the Department of Nursing and faculty
  11. Evidence of completion of 3 credits in Statistics

 

Certificate Programs

The Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS)

The Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS) is designed for those students who wish to pursue graduate study but may not be interested in obtaining a master’s degree. It may be earned by students with baccalaureate degrees or master’s degrees from accredited institutions in areas related to the field of study. The courses for a certificate program must be approved by the graduate program director. Students are required to successfully complete all courses with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher to earn the certificate. Students are encouraged to contact the graduate program director prior to enrolling in graduate certificate courses to assure the appropriate selection of courses. Should a student desire to continue beyond the certificate by entering the master’s program, he or she should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. If the student is accepted, the required courses already completed may be applied to the master’s degree consistent with University policy.

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS)

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) is designed for those students who have completed a master’s degree from an accredited institution and who are seeking advanced knowledge within their field of study. Students should consult with the graduate program director in advance of pursuing this certificate regarding the appropriate program for their career interests.

How to Apply for the CGS or CAGS Program

The following materials must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Completed onilne application
  2. Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions attended
  3. Nonrefundable application fee
  4. One letter of recommendation from a person able to evaluate the candidate’s academic potential

Internal CGS and CAGS applicants should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for a specific application.

Transfer of Credit

Students may petition to transfer in up to 40% of the credits required of a particular graduate master’s program if the following conditions apply: courses are appropriate for that particular graduate program; students received a grade of B or better in each course requested for transfer; credits transferred were not applied toward a previous degree; credits were obtained from a regionally accredited institution; and credits were earned within eight years of the petition for transfer. Transfer credit may be considered for studies in certain specific non-degree academic programs of military or professional schools at the graduate level, provided the programs are recognized by an agency approved by the American Council on Education. Transfer credits must be authorized by the appropriate program director.

Transfer of Credit for DNP Program

Students may petition to transfer up to a maximum of nine credits at the masters level of the BSN-DNP program if the following conditions apply: courses are appropriate with the same content as the course they will replace; students received a grade of B or better in each course requested for transfer; credits transferred were not applied toward a previous degree; credits were obtained from a regionally accredited institution; and credits were earned within eight years of the petition for transfer. Transfer credits must be authorized by the appropriate program director and Nursing Department Chair.  No transfer credits are allowed in the post-masters program.

International Students

Salve Regina University welcomes students from other countries to participate in its graduate programs. Individuals must have a bachelor’s degree earned from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or an equivalent degree from a nationally accredited college or university outside the U.S. Degree equivalencies must be determined by a qualified agency and submitted as part of the application process.

Applicants who are non-native English speakers are required to report scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). In order to be considered for admission in the graduate program, an applicant’s TOEFL score must be a minimum of 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 100 on the Internet-based test. Language proficiency exams are not required of those students who have earned a degree from a non U.S. university where the primary language of instruction is English, or from a college or university in the U.S. Immigration laws require international students with student visas to engage in full-time study each semester (nine credits) and to make satisfactory progress toward a degree.

Application Instructions for International Students

International students must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions at least six months prior to the proposed start of study:

  1. Completed online graduate program application
  2. Nonrefundable application fee
  3. Official transcripts of all completed undergraduate and graduate work A certified English translation must accompany all non-English transcripts. If undergraduate and graduate work were completed in institutions outside of the U.S., documentation of degree equivalencies must be submitted by an agency authorized to do so.
  4. Letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty who have taught the applicant (two letters for master’s degree applicants; three letters for doctoral degree applicants); recommenders must include professional title and contact information
  5. Test scores no more than five years old from one of the following: Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT)
    Please note that this examination requirement may be waived for students whose portfolio indicates a strong ability to do graduate work. Applicants should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for more detailed information.
  6. One of the following proofs of English proficiency: evidence that undergraduate instruction and course work have been completed in English; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Upon admission to Salve Regina University, the student will be required to complete the Certification of Finance form.  Once the form is complete and received by the Office of International Programs, an I-20 will be issued which will allow the student to apply for an F-1 student visa.

Students must also provide proof of immunization. The State of Rhode Island requires proof of the following vaccinations: measles/mumps/rubella, tetanus, varicella/chicken pox.

Please note that all international graduate students are required to purchase Salve Regina’s health insurance.  There are no exceptions and no waivers.

Non-matriculated Status

Those with baccalaureate degrees or higher who want to enroll in graduate-level courses prior to applying for the graduate degree program may enroll as a nonmatriculated student with permission of the appropriate graduate program director for no more than two courses (6 credits). For those students seeking certificates or degrees, required courses taken prior to acceptance into a program may be credited toward the degree or certificate if the student is accepted into and matriculated into the program, consistent with University policy. In order to be accepted and matriculated into the program, non-matriculated students must complete an application that is reviewed according to University policy and standards. Completion of courses as a non-matriculated student does not guarantee admission into a program.