Applying for, and Requirements of,
a Master's Degree
To be considered for admission into a master's or doctoral program, prospective students must apply online. For more information about the application process, contact The Graduate Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMS
To be admitted to a master's degree program at
SPU, you must meet the following requirements:
- Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or its equivalent.
- Submit letters of recommendation from at least two people. The letters submitted must come from
unrelated individuals familiar with your intended field of study.
- Submit an official copy of transcripts from the college or university that granted your bachelor's
degree and any institution attended since that time.
- Present a grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0=A) in the last 45 quarter credits of coursework
completed before applying for admission or in all undergraduate work, whichever is higher.
- Present an acceptable score on the appropriate entrance examination as required by the particular
program of study.
- Meet the specific entrance requirements given for your intended field of study.
- Pay the appropriate application fee.
You must also meet any additional admission requirements of the particular program in which you intend to study.
If English is not an applicant's first language, he or she must submit a minimum score of 550 on the
written version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), regardless of previous coursework
(575 for the M.B.A. and ISM programs, 580 for the M.S.N. program, and 600 for the TESOL program).
Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States must provide an official
confidential statement of financial support covering each year of intended enrollment.
PROBATIONAL AND PROVISIONAL ADMISSION TO MASTER'S
Applicants with exceptional qualifications and recommendations who meet all requirements except numbers
four or five of the admissions requirements may be considered for admission to graduate education
at the University on a probationary status.
Students who meet all of the admission requirements, but need to complete additional coursework before
being admitted to a graduate program, may be admitted on a provisional status.
Students admitted on probationary or provisional status may enroll for up to 9 credits of graduate-level
coursework approved by an advisor in the proposed field of study. If they complete the stipulated 9 credits
within a 12-month period with grades of B or better in all courses, they must apply or reapply for full
admission. In no case will more than 9 credits taken while on probationary or provisional status count
toward a graduate degree program.
Students who are fully admitted or placed on probationary status are eligible for up to $20,500 of Stafford
loan, provided all other eligibility requirements have been met. Students admitted on provisional status
are eligible for only up to $12,500 of Stafford loan for one consecutive 12-month period.
In accordance with U.S. government regulations, international students admitted on probationary or
provisional status are not eligible for F-1 (student) visa status.
ADMISSION AND PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR
Seattle Pacific University offers five doctoral programs. Refer to the specific program for admission and
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR A MASTER'S DEGREE
The following requirements apply to all master's degree programs. (Specific degree requirements are
listed each program section of this Catalog.) Each master's degree student must:
- Satisfactorily complete the approved program of study.
- Complete the minimum master's requirement of 33 credits required for the degree. The last 15
credits of the degree must be earned at SPU.
- Complete no fewer than 27 credits on the master's degree after being admitted to the specific
- Complete at least a 3-credit graduate course in Christian faith and values.
- Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. No course in which a grade below C
(2.0) is earned may apply toward a master's degree. If a student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.0,
he or she will be placed on academic probation.
- Maintain the professional and personal standards expected of graduate students that are
stipulated for each program. Failure to maintain these standards may result in removal from the
program of study and degree status.
- Apply for the master's degree no later than the second week of the quarter before the student plans
to graduate. For example, students expecting to graduate at the end of Winter Quarter should apply
no later than the second week of Autumn Quarter. Application forms are available online.
- Make application for any required comprehensive examination at least four weeks before the
examination is scheduled and pay the comprehensive examination fee at Student Financial
- Pay the cost of binding the requested copies of the thesis/project (if applicable) to the appropriate
- Students who may reasonably complete all graduation requirements by the start of the following
Autumn Quarter may seek special permission to participate in Commencement. This
requires that the director of graduate studies for the student's program make such a
recommendation to the registrar.
Participation in the University's Commencement exercises, held at the end of Spring Quarter each year, is
Note: Degrees are awarded and posted to academic records after all degree requirements have been
completed. This occurs during the quarter following the last quarter of enrollment.
SECOND MASTER'S DEGREE
Students holding a master's degree from an accredited institution may earn a second master's degree at
Seattle Pacific under the following conditions:
- The student meets the normal admission requirements for admission to the University and to the
specific degree program.
- The student meets all degree requirements for the second degree.
- Credits earned by the student while taking his or her first master's degree may be used to meet the
requirements of the second master's degree, provided those credits were taken within seven years
of admission to the second degree program.
- Regardless of how many credits from the first master's degree are counted toward the second
master's degree, the student will in any case complete a minimum of 27 credits on his or her
approved program of study at SPU after being admitted for the second degree. Of these 27 credits,
at least 15 will be in 6000-level courses.
- The specialization in the second master's degree program will be different from that of the first
master's degree. The student may work toward two master's degrees simultaneously.
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