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Program Requirements

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Each program requires official transcripts from each college and university attended. Transcripts from your undergraduate institution showing degree conferred are required. If you were an undergraduate student at Radford University, the Graduate Admissions Office will request your transcript.  A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 is required; however some programs have more stringent requirements noted below. Official test scores are required for most programs (see specific program below).

Application Deadline: Unless otherwise specified applications are accepted throughout the year.

Graduate assistantships are awarded by merit.  Applications for a graduate assistantship may be submitted at any time; however, awards are made at the discretion of the program.

Financial aid is independent of Graduate College awards.  For more information regarding financial aid, please visit the RU Financial Aid Office website (http://www.radford.edu/content/financial-aid/home.html).

In addition to a completed RU graduate application, $50 non-refundable application fee, and a transcript from all institutions attended, the following supplemental application materials are required for each program:

ART (M.F.A.)
Design Thinking (On-line program, may not be available in all states)
Minimum grade point average of 3.0 is preferred; three letters of reference; resume or vita reflecting prior work experience/work history; statement of philosophy, overall goals, and why obtaining this degree is important for your future. Applicants who can demonstrate evidence of creativity and leadership are most qualified.  Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis for the Fall term only.
Studio Art
Minimum grade point average of 2.75 overall and in the major; two letters of reference; artist statement (i.e. philosophy, overall goals, synopsis of work); B.F.A. or commensurate collegiate course work; 20 slides or CD of recent art work; resume. Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (M.B.A.)
Minimum grade point average of 2.75; two letters of reference; letter of intent; official GMAT or GRE score (or a test score waiver may be requested); resume. Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.

COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS (M.A., M.S.)
Completed application submitted through CSDCAS; supplemental $50 application fee; official GRE score (please use ETS code 0170 when submitting scores to RU); A minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall and 3.0 in all major core courses; if undergraduate degree is not in Communication Sciences and Disorders (COSD), a minimum of 28 hours in supporting undergraduate COSD courses is required for regular status; three letters of reference; personal essay; resume.  Application Deadline: February 1 for Fall admission.

CORPORATE AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION (M.S.)
Minimum grade point average of 2.75; short essay (see program website or Graduate Catalog); official GRE score; three personal letters of reference; resume.  Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.

COUNSELING AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (M. S.)
Minimum grade point average of 2.75; official GRE or MAT score; three letters of reference; essay; resume.  Application Deadline:  Priority admission - materials due February 15 for Summer and Fall admission.  Space-available admission - materials due by April 15 for Summer and Fall admission. If there continues to be space available after the April 15 deadline, we will continue to accept applicants until the program is full. 

COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY (Psy.D.) – Applicants must review the Psy.D. website for detailed information regarding admission requirements.
Minimum allowable graduate grade point average of 3.50; official GRE General Test score; a letter of interest/personal statement describing the applicant’s professional and/or research experience, outlining the person’s career goals, and reasons for pursuing doctoral study; curriculum vita; an essay that addresses the applicant’s cultural background and experiences and the applicant’s thoughts regarding the etiology of client distress and the nature of the change process (limited to five pages); three reference forms AND the accompanying letters of recommendation, including at least one from a professor who can comment on the applicant’s academic skills and ability to pursue doctoral-level training and one from a supervisor who can speak to the applicant’s counseling skills and response to supervision.  Application Deadline:  December 1 for Fall admission.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE (M.A., M.S.)
Minimum grade point average of 2.90; two letters of reference, only one of which may come from Radford University criminal justice professor; resume; original writing sample by the applicant consisting of five typed pages with peer-reviewed references on “the most important current problem in criminal justice.”  Application Deadline: March 1 for Fall admission.

EDUCATION (M.S.)
Minimum grade point average of 3.0 on all undergraduate coursework; official GRE score; two letters of professional recommendation; personal letter of application; resume. Compensatory application materials or interview required to assess applicants who do not meet all entrance requirements. Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.  For individuals who are seeking initial teacher licensure, admission to Teacher Education Program is required prior to field experiences, including passing scores on required teacher exams. 

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP (M.S.)
Minimum grade point average of 2.75; three letters of reference (including one from school superintendent or designee, one from most recent principal); three years of K-12 classroom teaching experience; official GRE or MAT score; writing sample; resume.  Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.

ENGLISH (M.A.., M.S.)
Minimum grade point average of 2.75; two letters of reference; sample of expository writing; official GRE score; resume.  Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.

LITERACY EDUCATION (M.S.)
Minimum grade point average of 2.75; two letters of reference; essay (see program website or Graduate Catalog); copy of teaching license; resume. Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.

MUSIC (M.A., M.S.)
Minimum grade point average of 2.75; official GRE, Major Field Test in Music, or Praxis II (Content Knowledge) score; three letters of reference; written diagnostic exams in music; history and theory before the end of the first semester and prior to admission as regular status.  Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.

NURSING (D.N.P.)
Undergraduate course requirements in statistics, health assessment, and nursing research; Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (B.S.N.) for all concentrations, some concentrations also require a Master’s in Nursing (M.S.N.) or a B.S.N. and graduate degree (M.S., M.A.) in another discipline; minimum 2,000 hours RN clinical practice; a cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the undergraduate level, 3.5 on a 4.0 scale GPA at the graduate level; competitive official GRE score; current certification in BLS or ACLS; current license to practice as a registered nurse in Virginia; resume or curriculum vitae that includes prior education and professional practice; three – five page essay outlining applicant’s vision for a career as a D.N.P. and how the D.N.P. program would help the applicant achieve this goal; a sample of previous academic writing or publication; three letters of reference from professional contacts (at least one must be from a former nursing faculty member); three recommendation forms (these may be completed by the same three contacts who provide the letters of reference); personal interview with graduate nursing faculty. Applications will be accepted until the program is at capacity.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (M.O.T.)
Minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.25; official GRE score; grades of B or better in prerequisite courses (see program website or Graduate Catalog); two letters of recommendation; professional resume; statement of purpose; 40 hours of observation; completion of a college or community course to learn a new occupation.  Application Deadline: May 15 for Fall admission.

PHYSICAL THERAPY (D.P.T.)
Completed application submitted through PTCAS (http://www.ptcas.org); supplemental $50 application fee; minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale; official GRE score (please see the program website for preferred and minimum GRE scores – also, please use ETS code 0373 when submitting scores to RU); minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in prerequisite undergraduate Anatomy and Physiology, General Biology I and II with labs, Chemistry I and II with labs, Physics I and II with labs, and Statistics/Biostatistics courses.  Other coursework in Abnormal Psychology, Biochemistry, Biomechanics, Kinesiology, Public Speaking and Technical Writing recommended but not required. One academic/ educational reference, one professional reference from a licensed physical therapist, AND one from another source; personal essay portion of the PTCAS application; minimum 40 hours clinical experience; interview may be required; no transfer credit allowed. See D.P.T. website for details.  Application Deadline: soft deadline is October 15, hard deadline is December 15.

PSYCHOLOGY (M.A., M.S.)
Minimum grade point average of 3.0; official GRE score; three letters of reference (at least one from major department, if applicant is not a psychology major then a letter of reference from a psychology faculty member is needed); short statement approximately two pages stating why you are interested in psychology and your future plans; resume. Application Deadline: February 15 for Fall admission.

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY (Ed.S.)
Minimum grade point average of 3.0; official GRE score; two letters of reference (one from major department, if applicant is not a psychology major then a letter of reference from a psychology faculty member is needed); short statement approximately two pages stating why you are interested in school psychology and future plans; resume. Application Deadline: February 15 for Fall admission.

SOCIAL WORK (M.S.W.)
Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 and minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all undergraduate social work courses (for Advanced Standing applicants), or in the last 60 hours of upper division coursework (for Standard applicants); three letters of recommendation (at least one from a professor who can speak to academic potential, and one from a supervisor in human services who can speak to practice skills, (applicants for Advanced Standing are encouraged to provide a reference from their senior field instructor).  Additional application documents include; previous experience in the field of human services as an employee, student and/or volunteer; personal essay; case study; legal/military history form; resume. The suggested date for fullest consideration of all Standard Program applications is March 1.  Applications will be reviewed until programs are filled.  The deadline for submission of application materials for all Advanced Standing applicants is January 31. Additional application documents can be found here.

SPECIAL EDUCATION (M.S.)
Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 and 3.0 graduate grade point average if applicable; official GRE score; three letters of professional recommendation; letter of application; resume. Compensatory application materials and interview required to assess applicants who do not meet all entrance requirements. Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis, but applications must be received November 1, April 1 and July 1 for the following term. For those seeking initial teacher licensure, admission to Teacher Education Program is required prior to field experiences, including passing scores on VCLA and Praxis I (and VRA for certain programs).

INITIAL TEACHING LICENSURE
Minimum grade point average of 2.75; three letters of reference; resume.  Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.

NON-DEGREE
Minimum grade point average of 2.75; only an official transcript showing the most recent conferred degree is necessary, however, additional official transcripts may be required for applicants who do not meet the minimum grade point average; resume. Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.

POST-BACCALAUREATE CERTIFICATE

  • Appalachian Studies: Minimum grade point average of 2.75; resume.  Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.
  • Autism Studies: Minimum grade point average of 2.75; resume.  Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.
  • Crime Analysis: Minimum grade point average of 2.90; two letters of reference, only one of which may come from Radford University criminal justice professor; resume; original writing sample by the applicant consisting of five typed pages with peer-reviewed references on “the most important current problem in criminal justice.” Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.
  • Educational Technology: Minimum grade point average of 2.75; resume.  Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.
  • Mathematics Education: Minimum grade point average of 3.0 on all undergraduate coursework; official GRE score; two letters of professional recommendation; personal letter of application; resume. Compensatory application materials or interview required to assess applicants who do not meet all entrance requirements. Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.