2010 - 2011 Admission to the College

Admission Criteria | Process | Readmission | International Students
MACC | MACL | MAT | MBA/TM | MED | MPC | MPH | MSN | MSNED | MSNA | MSPC

Contact Details

Thank you for your interest in Westminster's unique environment for learning. All graduate application materials and inquiries can be directed to:

Westminster Graduate Admissions
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Tel: 801.832.2200 or 800.748.4753
Fax: 801.832.3101
Email: gradadmissions@westminstercollege.edu

Westminster's graduate application can be found online at www.westminstercollege.edu/graduate.

Admission Criteria

Westminster's graduate programs welcome applications from prospective students who are committed to active learning, respect for diverse people and perspectives, collaboration and teamwork, personal and social responsibility, college-wide excellence, and high ethical standards. Program faculty and the Graduate Admission Committees carefully consider applications using a holistic approach to its review. When evaluating an application file, factors such as prior academic experience, writing ability, references, interpersonal skills, maturity and professional fitness are considered. Individuals are admitted without discrimination to race, color, nationality, creed, sex, physical handicaps, or veteran status.

Admission Process

Prospective students who wish to enter a degree, certificate, or endorsement program at Westminster College are required to submit a completed application for admission. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or the foreign equivalent. Please see required application materials by graduate program listed below. Details of graduate application requirements can also be found at www.westminstercollege.edu/graduate.

For important application dates and events scheduled for prospective graduate students at Westminster, please contact Graduate Admissions at 801.832.2200 or 800.748.4753 or visit www.westminstercollege.edu/graduate for details. Send e-mail inquiries to gradadmissions@westminstercollege.edu.

Readmission of Former Students

Students who wish to register at the college after an absence of three or more academic semesters (including Summer semester) must apply for readmission through the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Re-entering students are subject to the academic requirements in effect at the time of their re-entry. Westminster College makes every effort to honor coursework taken in previous years; however, due to curriculum changes, this cannot be guaranteed. Previous coursework in question must be reviewed by individual academic departments with a final agreement submitted in writing to the Registrar's Office.

Students readmitted after three or more semesters will be expected to meet program requirements for the catalog in effect at the time of readmission. This includes program cost of tuition and fees at the time of readmission.

In accordance with the Higher Education Reauthorization Act, Westminster College will readmit veterans at the same academic status in which they left the institution, provided the veteran notifies the college in advance of their deployments and are not absent from the institution for more than five years, cumulatively. Those students who fail to provide advance notice may re-enroll after providing proof of service.

International Students

The college accepts and enrolls students who are citizens of countries other than the United States.

Full-time international students admitted to Westminster's graduate programs must submit a required verification of financial ability to pay for two semesters of full-time coursework, along with a notarized bank statement in order to qualify for an I-20 form used to access a student visa.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for enrollment at the college, international students must be graduates of a secondary school or post-secondary school and meet all admissions requirements for the graduate program of study and additional documentation including:

  1. Final, official transcripts, mark sheets, and score reports from an accredited secondary or post-secondary institution. Must include a notarized official translation as well as an official evaluation from an approved accredited evaluation supplier.

  2. Evidence of advanced-level proficiency in English as shown by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

    A TOEFL score of at least 100 (Internet-based) or 600 (paper-based) is required for admission to any of Westminster's graduate programs. Westminster's TOEFL institution code is 4948. A score of at least 7.0 on the IELTS may also be presented as evidence of English language proficiency.

    Students with a TOEFL score of 92-99 (Internet-based) or 575-599 (paper-based) or an IELTS score of 6.5-6.9 may apply for provisional admission to Westminster College. Students admitted with these scores must successfully complete the WESLI program in the summer to fulfill the Westminster English proficiency admissions requirement.

    Non-U.S. citizens whose primary and secondary education took place in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or the U.S. or graduated from English-speaking high schools are exempt from the TOEFL requirement. Students who were born in any of these countries but educated elsewhere, however, will be required to satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

  3. Statement of Financial Responsibility. International student applicants are expected to provide verification, in U.S. dollars, of ability to meet Westminster's annual costs by submitting the following: 1) a notarized bank statement provided on bank letterhead, and 2) a student's or sponsor's statement of financial responsibility with appropriate signature(s).

After students are accepted to the college and have sent in a tuition deposit, they will be sent a Form I-20 so that they can apply for a student visa or can apply for a transfer to Westminster College.

Note: Each person who applies for an F-1 student visa must pay the $200 SEVIS fee before applying for the visa. This fee is not paid to the school, but to the Department of Homeland Security, and is not collected by the school. The fee can be paid via the Internet or through the mail. The fee is non-refundable.

Admission Procedure

International students who wish to attend Westminster's graduate programs must begin the application process six weeks in advance of regular application dates. See details of each program's application dates at www.westminstercollege.edu/graduate.

All materials submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office become the property of the college and cannot be returned to the student or sent to another school. If the student's school or ministry of education issues only one copy of secondary school grades or examination scores, the Office of Graduate Admissions will make a certified copy and return the original to the student; however, in all cases copies must be made from originals. Duplicated copies will not be accepted.

When all of the above-mentioned materials and documents have been received by the Office of Graduate Admissions, a student's application is reviewed and the student is notified in writing of the decision. Once a student has been accepted for admission and once the Financial Statement of Responsibility, accompanied by a current bank statement, are approved by Westminster Graduate Admissions, an I-20 form will be sent to the student.

Application Requirements by Program

Master of Accountancy (MAcc)

Admission to the Master of Accountancy at Westminster's Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business is based on an evaluation of undergraduate work, accountancy acumen, and leadership potential. Students may enter the program at the beginning of the Fall semester only.

A candidate for admission must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Completed application form
  • $40 application fee
  • Graduate applicant survey form
  • Statement of intent describing candidate's interest in graduate study in accounting and information systems
  • Two professional recommendations from current and previous supervisors and/ or professors. Recommendations from supervisors preferred. Please use forms provided by the Office of Graduate Admissions and include a written statement on company letterhead submitted by recommender.
  • Professional résumé detailing job titles, areas of responsibility, professional training, and other related activities
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended showing proof of baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Employer letter of support form
  • GMAT score

When an individual's application file is complete with required documents and according to application dates, the application materials are evaluated by the MAcc Admissions Committee. Once accepted to the program, the applicant must submit a $250 tuition deposit in 30 days or less, which guarantees a place in the entering class. Westminster operates rolling admissions, so it is best to apply as soon as possible. To preserve the faculty to student ratio, space availability in each class is limited. Westminster College reserves the right to close the class earlier than dates specified if enrollment goals are met before those dates. See important application dates at www.westminstercollege.edu/graduate.

Master of Arts in Community Leadership (MACL)

Admission to the graduate and certificate programs in community leadership is based on an evaluation of undergraduate work, professional experience, and leadership potential. Students may enter the program at the beginning of the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters.

A candidate for admission must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Completed application form
  • $40 application fee
  • Graduate applicant survey form
  • Statement of intent describing:
    • What do you hope to learn from the Master of Arts in Community Leadership degree program and how will you use what you learn?
    • What is your approach to community work and/or social change?
    • What are the most important skills, experiences, and personal characteristics you bring to the Westminster learning community?
  • Two professional recommendations from current or previous supervisors and/or professors using forms provided by the Office of Graduate Admissions
  • Professional résumé detailing all job titles, areas of responsibility and related activities
  • Official college or university transcripts from all colleges and universities attended showing proof of baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited institution.

When an individual's application file is complete with required documents and according to application dates, the application materials are evaluated by the MACL Admissions Committee. Once accepted into the program, the applicant must submit a $250 tuition deposit within 30 days or less, which guarantees a place in the entering class. Westminster operates rolling admissions, so it is best to apply as soon as possible. To preserve the faculty to student ratio, space availability in each class is limited. Westminster College reserves the right to close the class earlier than dates specified if enrollment goals are met before those dates. See important application dates at www.westminstercollege.edu/graduate.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Admission to the MAT program is based on an evaluation of undergraduate work, professional experience, and potential to succeed in a teaching environment. Students may enter the program at the beginning of the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester; however, a Summer or Fall start is recommended.

A candidate for admission must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Completed application form
  • $40 application fee
  • Graduate applicant survey form
  • Statement of intent describing:
    • What you would like to teach;
    • Why you would like to teach;
    • What you believe you can bring to the field of teaching.
  • Two professional recommendations from current or previous supervisors using forms provided by the Office of Graduate Admissions
  • A personal resume detailing professional work experience to include relevant job titles, work experiences, responsibilities, and related activities
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended showing proof of baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited institution.

When an individual's application file is complete with required documents according to application dates, the application materials are evaluated by the MAT Admissions Committee. Once accepted to the program, the applicant must submit a $250 tuition deposit in 30 days or less, which guarantees a place in the entering class. Westminster operates rolling admissions, so it is best to apply as soon as possible. To preserve the faculty to student ratio, space availability in each class is limited. Westminster College reserves the right to close the class earlier than dates specified if enrollment goals are met before those dates. See important application dates at www.westminstercollege.edu/graduate.

Note: Formal admission to the MAT Program does not guarantee a recommendation for licensure. Recommendation for licensure is made only upon completion of MAT degree requirements. Therefore, a teaching license will not be recommended without full completion of the MAT and the MAT will not be awarded without recommendation for a teaching license.

Master of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration in Technology Management (MBA, MBATM)

Admission to the graduate and certificate programs at Westminster's Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business is based on an evaluation of undergraduate work, professional experience, and leadership potential. Students may enter the program at the beginning of the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester.

A candidate for admission must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Completed application form
  • $40 application fee
  • Graduate applicant survey form
  • Statement of intent describing:
    • Why are you pursuing a graduate business degree at this time in your life?
    • How will your professional experiences contribute to the learning environment?
    • What personal characteristics make you an ideal graduate business candidate?
  • Two professional recommendations from current and previous supervisors and/ or professors. Recommendations from supervisors preferred. Please use forms provided by the Office of Graduate Admissions and include a written statement on company letterhead submitted by recommender.
  • Professional resume detailing job titles, areas of responsibility, professional training, and other related activities
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended showing proof of baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Employer letter of support form
  • GMAT score (waived in select cases)

When an individual's application file is complete with required documents and according to application dates, the application materials are evaluated by the MBA/MBATM Admissions Committee. Once accepted to either program, the applicant must submit a $250 tuition deposit in 30 days or less, which guarantees a place in the entering class. Westminster operates rolling admissions, so it is best to apply as soon as possible. To preserve the faculty to student ratio, space availability in each class is limited. Westminster College reserves the right to close the class earlier than dates specified if enrollment goals are met before those dates. See important application dates at www.westminstercollege.edu/graduate.

Master of Education (MED)

Admission to the MED certificate and graduate programs is based on an evaluation of undergraduate work, professional experience, and potential to succeed in a teaching environment. Students may enter the program at the beginning of the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester.

A candidate for admission must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Completed application form
  • $40 application fee
  • Graduate applicant survey form
  • Statement of intent describing:
    • Why do you want to pursue the Master of Education degree?
    • What goals do you have for your learning in the program?
    • What are the most important skills, experiences, and personal characteristics you bring to the program?
  • Two professional recommendations from current or previous supervisors using forms provided by the Office of Graduate Admissions
  • Professional résumé detailing education work and other related activities
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended showing proof of baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Copy of current basic teaching certificate

When an individual's application file is complete with required documents according to application dates, the application materials are evaluated by the MED Admissions Committee. Once accepted to the program, the applicant must submit a $250 tuition deposit in 30 days or less, which guarantees a place in the entering class. Westminster operates rolling admissions, so it is best to apply as soon as possible. To preserve the faculty to student ratio, space availability in each class is limited. Westminster College reserves the right to close the class earlier than dates specified if enrollment goals are met before those dates. See important application dates at www.westminstercollege.edu/graduate.

Master of Professional Communication (MPC)

Successful MPC applicants will have a well-rounded application, including competitive grades in their undergraduate courses, especially in communication and composition and a professional-quality writing sample. Admission to the MPC graduate and certificate programs is based on an evaluation of undergraduate work, professional experience, and potential to succeed in communication-related fields. Students may enter the program at the beginning of the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester.

A candidate for admission must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Completed application form
  • $40 application fee
  • Graduate applicant survey form
  • Statement of intent describing why you are pursuing a graduate degree in communication
  • Two professional recommendations from current or previous supervisors and/or professors using forms provided by the Office of Graduate Admissions
  • Professional resume detailing all job titles, work experience, areas of responsibility, and related activities
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended showing proof of baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Sample of professional writing. The writing sample should be a comprehensive five- to ten-page document which demonstrates that the applicant can explore and develop an idea in a coherent, logical fashion. Submissions can include academic papers, proposals, reports, manuals, or other business documents. Creative or fiction writing samples are not accepted. Applicants to Westminster's MPC program may opt to submit the MPC Writing Test available at www.westminstercollege.edu/mpc.

When an individual's application file is complete with required documents and according to application dates, the application materials are evaluated by the MPC Admissions Committee. Once accepted to the MPC program, the applicant must submit a $250 tuition deposit within 30 days or less, which guarantees a place in the entering class. Westminster operates rolling admissions, so it is best to apply as soon as possible. To preserve the faculty to student ratio, space availability in each class is limited. Westminster College reserves the right to close the class earlier than dates specified if enrollment goals are met before those dates. See important application dates at www.westminstercollege.edu/graduate.

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Admission to the certificate and graduate programs is based on an evaluation of demonstrated academic ability and professional experience. Students may enter the program during the Fall or Spring semesters.

A candidate for admission must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Completed application form
  • $40 application fee
  • Graduate applicant survey form
  • Statement of intent describing your professional experience and future goals
  • Three professional recommendations from individuals who can describe your work experience
  • A personal résumé detailing professional work experience, to include relevant job titles, work experience, responsibilities and related activities
  • Evidence of a completed baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college, university, or recognized international college or university.
  • Official GRE score taken within the last 5 years (waived with previous master's degree or higher earned).

Upon completion of the application file with all required documentation according to application dates, the individual's application materials are submitted to the MPH Admissions Committee for review. A personal interview with public health faculty will be arranged by the School of Nursing & Health Sciences. Once accepted to the Public Health Program, applicants must submit a $250 tuition deposit within 30 days, which guarantees a place in the entering class for the entry term of interest. Westminster operates rolling admissions, so it is best to apply as soon as possible. To preserve the faculty to student ratio, space availability in each class is limited. Westminster College reserves the right to close the class earlier than dates specified if enrollment goals are met before those dates. See important application dates at www.westminstercollege.edu/graduate.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Admission to the program is based on an evaluation of demonstrated academic ability and professional experience. Successful completion of undergraduate courses in pathophysiology, pharmacology, health assessment, statistics, and research will be evaluated during the review of applications. Students enter the program at the beginning of Fall semester and may complete the 42 credit requirements within five semesters, including one Summer semester.

A candidate for admission must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Completed application form
  • $40 application fee
  • Graduate applicant survey form
  • Statement of intent describing:
    • Career goals encompassing the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) role;
    • Statement of perceived differences between the RN and FNP role;
    • The strengths the applicant brings to the FNP role.
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Personal résumé or vita (including current position) detailing professional and educational history. A minimum of 2 years RN experience is required.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended showing proof of a BS earned from an accredited school of nursing, as well as a regionally accredited institution, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Copy of current unrestricted Utah license in good standing to practice professional nursing
  • Proof of current immunizations
  • Applicants to the FNP program are required to obtain necessary screening through a certified background check company as a part of their application. The applicant will agree to release all of the required information from the certified background check company to the Dean and Chair of the Admission and Progression Committee of the FNP nursing program. Both state and federal background checks must be free of criminal arrest history. If there is a criminal arrest history expungement must be completed prior to submission of the application. Drug test results must be negative.
  • Official GRE score taken within the last 5 years (waived with previous master's degree or higher earned)

Upon completion of the application with all required documentation according to application dates, the individual's application materials are submitted to the MSN Admissions Committee. A personal interview with nursing faculty will be arranged by the School of Nursing & Health Sciences. Once accepted to the MSN Program, applicants must submit a $250 tuition deposit within 30 days, which guarantees a place in the entering class for the Fall term. Please refer to the college website for specific application deadlines. It is best to apply as soon as possible. To preserve the faculty to student ratio, space availability in each class is limited to students admitted to the MSN Program. Westminster College reserves the right to close the class earlier than dates specified if enrollment goals are met before those dates. See important application dates at www.westminstercollege.edu/graduate.

Master of Science in Nursing Education (MSNED)

Admission to the certificate and graduate programs is based on an evaluation of demonstrated academic ability and professional experience. Students enter the program at the beginning of Fall semester only and may complete the 15 credit requirement for the Nurse Educator Certificate within three semesters, including one Summer semester.

Requirements for admission are (1) an unrestricted RN license (2) position as an instructor in staff development or other practice that support entry into an advanced degree program focused on instruction. Individuals with a master's degree are qualified to enroll in the Nurse Educator Certificate component of the MSNED program.

A candidate for admission must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Completed application form
  • $40 application fee
  • Graduate applicant survey form
  • Statement of intent describing:
    • Career goals encompassing the Nurse Educator role;
    • Statement of perceived differences between the RN and Nurse Educator roles;
    • Strengths the applicant brings to the Nurse Educator role.
  • Three professional recommendations from colleagues who can describe your nursing/clinical/teaching and practice goals
  • A personal résumé detailing professional work experience, to include relevant job titles, work experience, responsibilities and related activities
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended showing proof of a BS in nursing earned from an accredited school of nursing, as well as a regionally accredited institution, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A copy of your current unrestricted license to practice professional nursing in Utah (must be in good standing).
  • Proof of current immunizations
  • Applicants to the MSNEd program are required to obtain necessary screening through a certified background check company as a part of their application. The applicant will agree to release all of the required information from the certified background check company to the Dean and Chair of the Admission and Progression Committee of the MSNEd nursing program. Both state and federal background checks must be free of criminal arrest history. If there is a criminal arrest history expungement must be completed prior to submission of the application. Drug test results must be negative.

Upon completion of the application file with all required documentation according to application dates, the individual's application materials are submitted to the MSNED Admissions Committee for review. A personal interview with nursing faculty will be arranged by the School of Nursing & Health Sciences. Once accepted to the MSNED Program, applicants must submit a $250 tuition deposit within 30 days, which guarantees a place in the entering class for the Fall term. Westminster operates rolling admissions, so it is best to apply as soon as possible. To preserve the faculty to student ratio, space availability in each class is limited. Westminster College reserves the right to close the class earlier than dates specified if enrollment goals are met before those dates. See important application dates at www.westminstercollege.edu/graduate.

Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA)

Admission to the program is based on an evaluation of demonstrated academic ability and professional experience. The application deadline is November 1, 2010. This class will begin the didactic portion August 2011. A minimum of one year of critical care (ICU, CCU, NICU, SICU, MICU preferred) as an RN is required. Applicants with experience in ER or with less than 1 year of critical experience may apply and are considered at the MSNA Director's discretion. Critical care experience within the last 3 years is preferred; OR and PACU do not count as critical care. Late applications may be considered on the basis of space availability.

A candidate for admission must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Completed application form
  • $40 application fee
  • Graduate applicant survey form
  • Statement of intent describing:
    • Your philosophy on advanced practice nursing;
    • Your goals as an advanced practice nurse.
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Personal resume or vita (including current position) detailing professional and educational history.
  • Copy of current unrestricted Utah license in good standing to practice professional nursing
  • Copy of current BLS, ACLS, and PALS certifications
  • Proof of current immunizations
  • Applicants to the MSNA program are required to obtain necessary screening through a certified background check company as a part of their application. The applicant will agree to release all of the required information from the certified background check company to the Dean and Chair of the Admission and Progression Committee of the MSNA nursing program. Both state and federal background checks must be free of criminal arrest history. If there is a criminal arrest history expungement must be completed prior to submission of the application. Drug test results must be negative.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended showing proof of a nursing degree earned from an accredited school of nursing, as well as a regionally accredited institution, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must demonstrate successful completion of an undergraduate organic chemistry or biochemistry course with a C or better. Successful completion of an undergraduate statistics class is recommended
  • Official GRE score taken within the last 5 years (waived with previous master's degree or higher earned). Minimum combined score of 1000 is preferred
  • Physical and mental health certificate

Upon completion of the application file with all required documentation according to application dates, the individual's application materials are submitted to the MSNA Admissions Committee for review. A personal interview with nursing faculty will be arranged by the School of Nursing & Health Sciences. Once accepted to the MSNA Program, applicants must submit a $500 tuition deposit within 30 days, which guarantees a place in the entering class for the Fall term. Westminster operates rolling admissions, so it is best to apply as soon as possible. To preserve the faculty to student ratio, space availability in each class is limited. Westminster College reserves the right to close the class earlier than dates specified if enrollment goals are met before those dates. See important application dates at www.westminstercollege.edu/graduate.

Master of Science in Professional Counseling (MSPC)

Admission to the program is based on an evaluation of demonstrated academic ability and potential for success in therapeutic counseling settings. Students enter the program at the beginning of the Fall semester only.

To apply, candidates must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Completed application form
  • $40 application fee
  • Graduate applicant survey form
  • A personal statement which addresses the candidate's career goals, reasons for selecting Westminster for graduate study, and practice/research interests.
  • Three letters of recommendation from a current or previous supervisor of professor who can address the candidate's academic and interpersonal skills relevant to the practice of a professional counselor.
  • Official GRE score taken within the last 5 years
  • Proof of clear state and federal background checks at the time of admission
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended showing proof of baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited institution.

When an individual's application file is complete with required documents and according to application dates, the application materials are evaluated by the MSPC Admissions Committee. Once accepted into the program, the applicant must submit a $250 tuition deposit within 30 days or less, which guarantees a place in the entering class. Westminster operates rolling admissions, so it is best to apply as soon as possible. To preserve the faculty to student ratio, space availability in each class is limited. Westminster College reserves the right to close the class earlier than dates specified if enrollment goals are met before those dates. See important application dates at www.westminstercollege.edu/graduate.