Master's and Doctoral Admissions

Degree-seeking students applying for status at the master’s and doctoral level must fulfill the general requirements for admission to the University of the Incarnate Word and any special requirements for admission to a particular degree program.

General requirements

Evidence of an earned baccalaureate degree, with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher, from a degree-granting institution accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education if postsecondary education was completed in the United States, or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country. (Jan. 2017)

Official transcripts from each college and university previously attended. These transcripts must be mailed directly from the college or university to the Admissions Office.

At least one of the following as specified by the discipline under program description:

  1. A nationally recognized entrance test specified by the discipline
  2. Evaluation by one or more professionals in the intended field of study
  3. Professional certification or a degree of equal or higher level than that sought from an accredited institution of higher learning
  4. Letters of Recommendation

Other admission criteria as specified by the discipline may include but are not limited to:

  1. A minimum number of credit hours in the discipline with a specified GPA minimum
  2. Other specialized test with acceptable performance
  3. An interview with faculty or admissions personnel
  4. A writing sample

Discipline-specific requirements are listed under each program description. Petitions for admission with exception to the published criteria must be recommended by the Program Admissions Committee and approved by the Vice President for Enrollment Services. Exceptions must be documented with an explanation. A copy of this documentation must be included in the student’s permanent file. Conditional admission may be granted upon approval of the Program Admissions Committee and the Vice President for Enrollment Services. Criteria and the time limit for removing conditions will be specified in the letter of admission.

Master's and Doctoral Programs

University of the Incarnate Word began offering graduate degrees in 1950 with an education master's degree. Today, UIW awards degrees in three doctoral, five professional doctoral and twenty-four master’s programs. More than 2,000 students each semester enroll in these programs. Our faculty work closely with students to develop engaged scholars who give back to the community through service and stewardship.

For further information, see the general admission requirements (page 8) and those of each program in the Graduate Bulletin.

Readmission Application

Apply for readmission to the University of the Incarnate Word as a graduate student.

For More Information, or To Schedule Your Appointment

Contact: Nursing Graduate Admissions