Program 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 visit the Financial Aid Office website.

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

Athletic Training (M.S.A.T.)

  • Applicants must submit both the ATCAS application and the Supplemental Graduate Application.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in all undergraduate and/or graduate coursework
  • Completion of pre-requisite courses with a grade of B- or better by May of the year you plan to begin the program*
  • Verification of 50 clock hours of observation with a certified athletic trainer
  • Official GRE scores (minimum of 150 verbal and 144 quantitative, for a combined minimum of 294) 
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from a supervising certified athletic trainer, supervising health professional, employer, or professor
  • Final candidates in the admissions process will be invited to participate in an interview with the MSAT Interview Panel

*For a complete list of pre-requisite courses, see the program website or the most recent Graduate Catalog. See the program website or the "Student Forms" page of the Graduate College's website to access the MSAT Observation Hours form.

One cohort is accepted annually into the program. The application deadline is APRIL 15.

 

Business Administration (M.B.A.)

  • Minimum grade point average of 2.75
  • Official GMAT or GRE score or approved compensatory materials (a test score waiver may be requested)
  • Letter of intent
  • Contact information for two references
  • Resume

It is strongly recommended that complete applications should be submitted a minimum of two weeks prior to the start of classes in the session for which a student is applying. 

Communication Sciences and Disorders (M.A., M.S.)

  • Completed application submitted through CSDCAS
  • Supplemental Graduate Application for CAS Applicants $50 non-refundable application fee
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall and 3.0 in all major core courses
  • All academic transcripts must be sent to CSDCAS for verification, including any community college transcripts and dual-enrollment coursework. Applicants enrolled in coursework while applying may choose to submit transcripts prior to the completion of the fall semester to begin the verification process. However, grades from the fall semester. MUST be submitted before the application deadline of February 1st. In this case, an Academic Update request with updated transcripts must be submitted to CSDCAS for verification. CSDCAS will not verify updated transcripts unless an academic update is requested. 
  • Official GRE score (please use ETS code 0170 when submitting scores to RU)
  • If undergraduate degree is not in Communication Sciences and Disorders (COSD), supporting undergraduate COSD courses are required for regular status
  • Personal essay using one of the prompts below. Essays should be approximately one page, single-spaced with 1-inch margins in font types Arial or Times New Roman.
  1. "Please demonstrate your motivation for pursuing a career in speech-language pathology by reflecting upon a clinical research article you have recently reviewed that you fell may positively contribute to your future clinical practice. Please also discuss how a master's degree earned at Radford University will help you achieve your educational and career goals."  (References for sample articles are listed on CSDCAS.)
  2. "Please identify a population you wish to serve as a practicing speech-language pathologist and discuss your motivation for serving this population. Please support your discussion using clinical observation experiences, course assignments, research, or other learning opportunities. Please also discuss how a master's degree earned at Radford University will help you achieve your educational and career goals."
  • Contact information for three recommenders. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit information of faculty within their major who can speak to potential success in our graduate program. Recommenders will be contacted as needed upon application review. 
  • In lieu of the GRE, applicants must complete only the CASPer assessment in Altus Suite. 
    • The CASPer assessment is an online situational judgement test that screens applicants for 10 non-cognitive competencies: collaboration, communication, empathy, equity, ethics, motivation, problem-solving, professionalism, resilience, and self-awareness.
    • There are 12 sections; each section contains a video-based or written scenario and three open-ended questions. Applicants have five minutes to type their responses to all three questions. The test takes 60-90 minutes to complete. Each section of a test is scored by a different rater. The group of raters reflect the diversity of the population. All raters are extensive trained, vetted and invested in the future of the profession.
    • Applicants must visit TakeAltus.com to create an account and complete the CASPer assessment. Applicants must use the CSP 10101 (U.S. Professional Health Sciences) to sign up for the test, and they must have their CSDCAS ID number to register.
    • The cost to take the test is $40 with a $12 distribution fee for each school.        

Application Deadline: February 1 for Fall admission. Applicants must submit both the CSDCAS application and the Supplemental Graduate Application submitted before the February 1 deadline.

To ensure equitable treatment of all applicants to our graduate program, applications will be evaluated on the requirements outlined above. No exceptions to the program's admissions requirements will be made. 

Counseling and Human Development (M. S.) - Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling

  • Two concentrations offered:
    • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    • School Counseling
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.75
  • GRE/MAT not required
  • Essay
  • Three letters of reference
  • Resume
  • An interview may be requested

Application Deadline for Priority Admission: Materials are due by February 15 for Summer and Fall admission.

Application Deadline for Space-Available Admission: Materials are due by April 15 for Summer and Fall admission. After April 15, applicants will be admitted as space allows.

Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.)

Currently not accepting applications for admissions for the Fall 2023 academic year.

Applicants must review the Psy.D. website for detailed information regarding admission requirements. 

  • Minimum allowable graduate grade point average of 3.50
  • Master’s degree conferred from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, in a human services field
  • Official GRE General Test score - The GRE will be waived for this application cycle (for admission in Fall 2022). The remaining material (GPA, letters of reference, etc) will be evaluated in a holistic manner.
  • 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
  • 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. 
  • Curriculum vita

Application Deadline: December 1 for Fall admission.

Criminal Justice (M.A., M.S.)

  • Minimum 2.90 grade point average
  • Letter of interest/personal statement describing the applicant’s professional and/or research experience, outlining the person’s career goals and reasons for pursuing graduate study. 
  • Original writing sample on any topic by the applicant consisting of five typed pages with peer-reviewed scholarly references
  • Two letters of reference (only one of which may come from Radford University Criminal Justice Professor)
  • Resume

Applicants who wish to be considered for funding for Fall semesters (when those opportunities begin) should submit applications by March 1.

Data and Information Management (M.S.)

  • Minimum grade point average of 2.75 overall from an accredited educational institution
  • An undergraduate course in Database Management Systems. Deficiencies in this area may be resolved through additional coursework during the beginning of the program.
  • GRE 
  • TOEFL score of 87 on the Internet-based test for international applicants whose native language is not English and do not have a bachelor’s degree or higher from an institution with English as the primary language of instruction
  • Three letters of reference from faculty members who are familiar with your academic performance in major coursework or from colleagues or supervisors who are familiar with your work.  

Design Thinking (M.F.A.)

Online program, may not be available in all states

  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall and in the major is preferred.
  • Evidence of creativity and leadership
  • Statement of philosophy, overall goals, and synopsis of why obtaining this degree is important for your future. 
  • Three letters of reference.
  • Resume or vita reflecting prior work experience/work history.

Applicants who can demonstrate evidence of creativity and leadership are most qualified. Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis for all terms.

Education (M.S.)

  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 on all undergraduate coursework
  • Personal letter of application
  • Two letters of professional recommendation
  • 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. 

Education (Ed.D.)

  • Hold a master’s degree
  • Official transcript from each college or university from which you have earned a degree or post-baccalaureate credits
  • A writing sample describing career goals and how an advanced graduate credential through this program will assist the applicant in meeting those goal
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s potential as a doctoral student
    • One must be from a current or most recent employer
    • One must be from a professor or instructor familiar with the applicant’s academic work

Educational Leadership (M.S.)

  • Minimum grade point average of 2.75
  • Writing sample
  • Three letters of reference (including one from school superintendent or designee, one from most recent principal)
  • Resume

Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.

Literacy Education (M.S.)

  • Minimum grade point average of 2.75
  • Copy of teaching license
  • Essay (see program website)
  • Two letters of reference
  • Resume

Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.

English (M.A., M.S.)

  • Minimum grade point average of 2.75
  • Sample of expository writing
  • Two letters of reference
  • Resume

Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.

Health Sciences (MS to D.H.S) - Dual Track

  • A master’s degree awarded by a regionally accredited institution in the field of healthcare, public health, education, management, or other health-related discipline; cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or better (on a 4-point scale) for all graduate degrees
  • Official transcript from each college or university from which you have earned a degree or post-baccalaureate credits
  • Completed a master’s level statistics course, plus a master or doctoral level research methods or equivalent course
  • Personal essay of approximately 400-600 words describing how this program will enhance the applicant’s academic and/or professional career goals
  • Preferred three years of experience working and/or teaching as:
    • A Professional clinical
    • A public health practitioner
    • Educator in a health – related field or healthcare administration
    • Healthcare manager/administrator
  • A current resume/CV documenting professional experience and educational achievements
  • An online interview is required for applicants to be considered for acceptance

Healthcare Administration (M.H.A)

  • Baccalaureate degree with a recommended grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Must have completed a college level statistics course with a grade of “C” or higher prior to or during the first semester of the program
  • A recommendation from two references
  • Current resume

Music (M.A., M.S.)

  • Minimum grade point average of 2.75
  • An entrance audition may be required
  • Three letters of reference from professional source

Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis. 

Nursing (D.N.P.)

  • Current license to practice as a registered nurse in Virginia
  • 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
  • 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
  • Undergraduate course requirements in statistics, health assessment and nursing research
  • Current certification in BLS or ACLS
  • 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)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae that includes prior education and professional practice
  • Personal interview with graduate nursing faculty

On-line Program - Fall Admission Only

Application Deadline:

March 1 for priority consideration.

Applications received after March 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.

Application term closes on June 1.

 

Nursing (M.S.N. F.N.P.)

The Family Nurse Practitioner Program is housed at Radford University Carilion (RUC) in Roanoke, Virginia. One cohort is admitted annually, and accepted students begin the program in the fall. All coursework  is completed online, with 2-3 on-campus intensives.

Application deadlines:

  • November 15 for early admission, and March 1 for regular admission (pending seats available)

Application requirements:

  • Current unrestricted Registered Nursing Licensure in the state or territory in which your clinical practice will occur;
  • A minimum of 2,000 documented hours of nursing practice in the three years preceding the beginning of the program’s clinical requirements;
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher (on a 4.00 scale) from a nationally accredited BSN or MSN nursing program;
  • An official transcript from each college or university attended;
  • Official GRE score if GPA is below 3.00;
  • A college level statistics course with a grade of "C" or better;
  • A personal essay (limited to two pages) describing your career goals and how a graduate degree will assist in meeting those goals;
  • Three recommendations from professional contacts who can address your potential for advanced nursing practice;
  • Resume or curriculum vitae that includes prior education and professional practice;
  • A personal interview at the request of the department.

Please contact Dr. Milena Staykova, FNP Program Coordinator, for more information.

Nursing (M.S.N. NAdmin)

The Nursing Administration Program is housed at RUC in Roanoke, Virginia. All coursework is completed online.

Application requirements:

  • Current unrestricted Registered Nursing Licensure in the state or territory in which your clinical practice will occur;
  • A minimum of 2,000 documented hours of nursing practice in the past three years prior to beginning the program
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher (on a 4.00 scale);
  • An official transcript from each college or university attended;
  • Official GRE or MAT score if GPA is below 3.0;
  • A college level statistics course with a grade of "C" or better;
  • A personal essay (limited to two pages) describing your career goals and how a graduate degree will assist in meeting those goals;
  • Three recommendations from professional contacts who can address your potential for advanced nursing practice;
  • Resume or curriculum vitae that includes prior education and professional practice;
  • Application Deadline: June 15

Please contact Dr. Patty Vari, Program Coordinator, for more information.

Occupational Therapy (M.O.T., O.T.D)

Currently not accepting applications for admissions for the O.T.D. program for the Fall 2023 academic year. You may still apply for the M.O.T. program. 

  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 with a 3.25 preferred.
  • Grades of B or better in prerequisite courses (see program website or Graduate Catalog)
  • 20 hours of observation minimum with 40 hours preferred
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume

Application Deadline: November 15. Applications for admission to the M.O.T. program are reviewed by the Admissions Committee of the department.  A selected group of qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule a required on-campus interview. 

Physician Assistant (M.S.)

  • Complete application through CASPA
  •  Taken the GRE within the last 5 years and scores should be sent directly to CASPA using ETS code 0597
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate work
  • A bachelor’s degree from any discipline provided you meet the program’s course prerequisites
  • Applicants must have completed all prerequisite coursework before beginning the program For the complete list please see the program section of the catalog
  • Must have earn a “C” or better on all prerequisite courses
  • Send all transcripts to CASPA, not to the college. Students are to send transcripts to college only AFTER they have been accepted and paid their deposit
  • All successful candidates must have at least 500 hours of healthcare experience; paid, volunteer, or as a student prior to enrollment
    • The 500 hours do not need to be completed by the time of application
  • Applicants with formal certifications in a health-related field should provide a copy of licensure or certification
  • Recommended three references; one each from an academic advisor, a clinical supervisor, and an employer
  • Interviews take place in September 
    • Applicant will be contacted by the program to schedule the interview

Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

  • Completed application submitted through PTCAS (http://www.ptcas.org).
  • Supplemental Graduate Application for CAS Applicants with a $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Minimum bachelor’s cumulative  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 with labs, General Biology I orII 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. 
  • Personal essay portion of the PTCAS application.
  • Minimum 40 hours clinical experience.
  • One academic/ educational reference, one professional reference from a licensed physical therapist, AND one work related/volunteer reference.
  • Interview may be required.
  • No transfer credit allowed. 
  • See D.P.T. website for details.
  • Application Deadline: 
    October1: PTCAS Application
    October 15: Supplemental Graduate Application for CAS Applicants and Materials

         Summer admission only

Psychology (M.A., M.S.)

  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Official GRE score
  • Short statement approximately two pages stating why you are interested in psychology and your future plans
  • 1-2 page personal statement regarding your research interests that explicitly lists 2-3 members of the Psychology Faculty with whom you would be interested in doing research for Clinical-Counseling and Experimental applicants
  • 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)
  • Resume

Fall admission only. 

The GRE will be waived for this application cycle (for admission in Fall 2022). The remaining material (GPA, letters of reference, etc) will be evaluated in a holistic manner.

Completed applicationsare due by Febuary 15.

School Psychology (Ed.S.)

  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • If not a Psychology major, 18 hours of undergraduate psychology coursework or the equivalent coursework and work experience as deemed acceptable by the school psychology program faculty. Please see the Graduate College Catalog under Admission Requirements for more details on the preferred coursework.
  • Short statement approximately two pages stating why you are interested in school psychology and future plans
  • Three letters of reference (one from major department, if applicant is not a psychology major, a letter of reference from a psychology faculty member is needed  and if an applicant has been employed by a school system since completing his or her master’s degree, at least one letter must be from a supervisor in the school system)
  • Resume / vitae – documenting relevant experiences
  • Admission Interviews

The GRE will be waived for this application cycle (for admission in Fall 2022). The remaining material (GPA, letters of reference, etc) will be evaluated in a holistic manner.

Application Deadline: February 15

Fall admission only.

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)
  • Personal essay
  • Case study
  • Legal/military history form
  • Previous experience in the field of human services as an employee, student and/or volunteer
  • Resume

The deadline for submission of application materials for all Advanced Standing applicants is January 31. For fullest consideration, applicants should submit Fall Standard applications for the MSW program by March 1. All materials must be submitted before an application can be reviewed. Additional application documents can be found under Student Forms, MSW Supplemental Application Form.

Special Education (M.S.)

  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 
  • Three letters of professional recommendation speaking to the applicant’s history of successful teaching experiences with students with or without special needs and your potential for academic and professional success in the field of special education. 
  • Personal letter of application to the special education program area that addresses:
    • Why you believe you would be a good candidate for the Master's Degree in Special Education.
    • What academic and personal strengths and experiences support your ability to complete a graduate program.
    • If you have any poor grades or difficult experiences in courses or field experiences as an undergraduate, please explain these and tell us how you have grown past these difficulties.
    • What past experiences and interests influenced your decision to apply for the program.
    • Your short- and long-term goals and career aspirations after you have graduated from the program.        
  •  Current resume documenting all volunteer, internship and work experiences with infants, children and youth and past education.
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • 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 Teaching Reading for certain programs)

Strategic Communication (M.S.)

  • Minimum grade point average of 2.75
  • Short essay/personal statement (see program website)
  • Three personal letters of reference
  • Resume

Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.

Studio Art (M.F.A.)

  • Minimum grade point average of 2.75 overall and in the major
  • B.F.A in studio art or a B.A. in art or graphic design or commensurate collegiate course work including at least 12 credit hours in upper level studio and 6credit hours in art history or a bachelor’s degree in any major with a strong portfolio showing evidence of equivalent proficiency
  • Electronic portfolio with 15-20 recent works in a single PDF document, optimized not to exceed 50mb; at least 15 images should be of work in your preferred medium
  • Artist’s or Designer’s personal  statement (i.e. philosophy, overall goals, synopsis of work)
  • Two letters of reference
  • Resume

Application deadline: Priority admission - materials due April 1 for Fall admission. Materials due November 1 for Spring admission. If there continues to be space available after these deadlines, we will continue to review applications until the program is full. 

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

Certification of eligibility for enrollment as a non-degree student in graduate coursework requires submission of any one of the following documents:

  • Degree verification form, showing completion of a conferred baccalaureate degree
  • Official transcript showing most recent conferred degree (bachelor’s or higher) OR
  • Certification of eligibility as a transient graduate student in good standing, with transfer permission at home institution for coursework to be completed at Radford University OR
  • Educator’s Degree/Employment Verification Request Form for Non-Degree Enrollment

Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

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.

Bioethics

  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 and 3.25 in major
  • A personal essay discussing interest in the program
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of reference

Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.

Crime Analysis

  • Minimum grade point average of 2.90
  • Original writing sample by the applicant consisting of five typed pages with peer-reviewed references on “the most important current problem in criminal justice.”
  • Two letters of reference, only one of which may come from Radford University criminal justice professor
  • Resume

Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.

Design Thinking

  • Minimum grade point average of 3.00 overall and in the major preferred
  • A statement of philosophy, overall goals, and synopsis of why obtaining this degree is important for your future
  • Evidence of creativity and leadership
  • An official transcript from each college or university from which you have earned a degree or post-baccalaureate credits
  • Three letters of reference
  • Prior experience/work history

Teaching Language Arts in the Digital Age

  • Minimum grade point average of 2.75
  • An official transcript from each college or university from which you have earned a degree or post-baccalaureate credits
  • Resume

Professional Writing

  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75
  • Official transcripts from all institutions from which the applicant has earned a degree or course credit following a degree conferral
  • 500-word statement of interest in the certificate program

Mathematics Education

  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 on all undergraduate coursework
  • Official GRE score
  • Personal letter of application
  • Two letters of professional recommendation
  • 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.