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Graduate Admissions Requirements

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The decision to admit a student is based upon a variety of factors which take into account what an individual may contribute to the University, as well as what the University is able to contribute to that person. Point Park University does not condone any policy or practice which deprives any individual of rights because of race, religion, gender, national origin or disability.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GRADUATE PROGRAMS:

  • Complete the online application for admission and return it with a non-refundable $30 application fee.  Application fee waived if submitted online.
  • Request official transcripts from all previous institution(s) attended and have them sent to Point Park University.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation. Your references should be in a position to assess your potential for successful graduate study. Recommendation forms can be downloaded.
    NOTE: MFA candidates are not required to submit letters.

SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES


Criminal Justice

M.S. in CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION

  1. Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 required for straight acceptance.
  2. A 500-word essay explaining the applicant’s motivation for seeking graduate education, professional experience, and career goals.
  3. Submit a current resume.
  4. Two letters of recommendation—one preferably from a current/former professor addressing the applicant’s academic ability for graduate work, and the other letter from a current/former employer.
  5. Students should have successfully completed research methods and quantitative methods classes.

M.A. in INTELLIGENCE AND GLOBAL SECURITY

  1. Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 required for straight acceptance.
  2. A 500-word essay explaining the applicant’s motivation for seeking graduate education, professional experience, and career goals.
  3. Submit a current resume.
  4. Two letters of recommendation—one preferably from a current/former professor addressing the applicant’s academic ability for graduate work, and the other letter from a current/former employer.

Education

M.A. in CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION

  1. Submit a current resume.
  2. A statement of purpose is required which addresses how your professional experience and career goals relate to graduate study.
  3. Undergraduate QPA of 3.0 required due to PA Department of Education guidelines.
  4. Applicants for K-12 concentration must have five years of teaching experience.

M.A. in EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION

  1. Applicants must have three years of relevant educational experience to be eligible for principalship certification.
  2. Undergraduate QPA of 3.0 required due to PA Department of Education guidelines.
  3. Submit a current resume.
  4. A statement of purpose is required which addresses how your professional experience and career goals relate to graduate study.

M.Ed. in SECONDARY EDUCATION LEADING TO PA CERTIFICATION IN GRADES 7-12

  1. Baccalaureate degree in the content area or related field is required.
  2. Undergraduate QPA of 3.0 required for straight acceptance.
  3. Submit a current resume.
  4. A statement of purpose is required which addresses how your professional experience and career goals relate to graduate study.
  5. Prior to admission, for straight acceptance, students must complete PDE requirements, including passing Content Area Praxis exams.

M.Ed. in SPECIAL EDUCATION LEADING TO PA CERTIFICATION

  1. Submit a current resume.
  2. A statement of purpose is required which addresses how your professional experience and career goals relate to graduate study.
  3. Undergraduate QPA of 3.0 required due to Pa. Department of Education guidelines.
  4. Applicants seeking certification must hold valid PA teaching certificate at the appropriate grade level.

M.Ed. in TEACHING AND LEADERSHIP

  1. Submit a current resume.
  2. A statement of purpose is required which addresses how your professional experience and career goals relate to graduate study.
  3. Undergraduate QPA of 3.0 required for straight acceptance. 

Humanities and Human Sciences

M.A. in CLINICAL-COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY

  1. Undergraduate QPA of 3.0 is required for straight acceptance
  2. A letter of intent is required that addresses how your professional experience and career goals relate to graduate study, with a length of approximately 500 words.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Technology

M.S. in ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT

  1. Applicants must have an engineering, engineering tech, or related undergraduate degree.
  2. Undergraduate QPA of 2.75 required for straight acceptance.

M.S. in ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

  1. Applicants must have 6-9 undergraduate credits in university science coursework completed.
  2. Undergraduate QPA of 2.75 required for straight acceptance.

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS


MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (M.B.A.)

  1. Minimum undergraduate QPA of 2.75 for straight acceptance.
  2. A statement of purpose is required which addresses how your professional experience and career goals relate to graduate study.
  3. A business-related degree is required to enter the one-year completion format.
  4. Submit a current resume.
  M.B.A. in GLOBAL MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
  1. Minimum undergraduate QPA of 2.75 for straight acceptance.
  2. A statement of purpose is required which addresses how your professional experience and career goals relate to graduate study.
  3. Submit a current resume.

M.A. in ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP

  1. A statement of purpose is required which addresses how your professional experience and career goals relate to graduate study.
  2. Submit a current resume.
  3. Undergraduate QPA of 2.75 required for straight acceptance.

SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION

M.A. in COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY 

  1. A 500-word statement explaining your motivation and expected benefit in attaining this degree is required.
  2. Undergraduate QPA of 2.75 required for straight acceptance.
  3. Applicants with undergrad QPAs below 2.75 overall and/or less than 3.0 in their major are required to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination.
  4. Letters of recommendation must be from current and/or former professors or employers.
  5. Applicants are encouraged to include a resume and/or examples of professional work in journalism and mass communication professions.
  6. Proficiency in computer technology is recommended for this program.

M.A. in JOURNALISM & MASS COMMUNICATION

  1. A 500-word statement explaining your motivation and expected benefit in attaining this degree is required.
  2. Undergraduate QPA of 2.75 required for straight acceptance.
  3. Applicants with undergrad QPAs below 2.75 overall and/or less than 3.0 in their major are required to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination.
  4. Letters of recommendation must be from current and/or former professors or employers.
  5. Applicants are encouraged to include a resume and/or examples of professional work in journalism and mass communication professions.

CONCURRENT M.B.A./M.A.

Student must apply and be accepted to each program. Please follow both the M.B.A. and M.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication requirements.

CONSERVATORY OF PERFORMING ARTS

M.F.A. in WRITING FOR THE STAGE AND SCREEN

  1. Submit an artistic portfolio consisting of the following three components:
    a.    Personal essay
    b.    Creative and professional resume
    c.    Portfolio of writing samples not to exceed 25 pages

    All portfolio materials must be submitted online through www.pointpark.slideroom.com. Applicants are required to create an account to begin the online submission process.

  2. An in-person or phone interview is required of all candidates.