2012 - 2013 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.

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 online.

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 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 are issued Forms I–20 to enable them to apply for student visas.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for graduate enrollment at the college, international students must hold the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree and meet all admissions requirements for the graduate program of study. International students must submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions:

  1. Complete Westminster College Graduate Admissions Application and $50 application fee
  2. Official transcripts, academic records, diplomas, national examination results, certificates or degrees received from accredited post-secondary institution, university and/or professional schools and any necessary translations. These transcripts should be submitted directly to an approved professional evaluation service (www.wes.org or other Westminster approved service).
  3. Evidence of adequate financial support to cover the total cost of attendance for two semesters. This most commonly comes in the form of a certified bank statement or bank letter as well as a Statement of Financial Responsibility as issued by Westminster College.
  4. 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. 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 to fulfill the Westminster English proficiency admissions requirement.

    Applicants whose post-secondary education took place in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or the U.S. or graduated from a university whose language of instruction is English may be 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.
  5. Any other requirements including exams, recommendations, and additional supporting documents required by the individual graduate programs.

Once all required documentation has been received and the student has been accepted for admission, a Form I–20 will be sent to the student.

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 post-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.

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:

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 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:

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.

nce 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 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 or Summer semester.

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

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 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, Master of Business Administration in Technology Management, and Project-Based MBA (MBA, MBATM, PMBA)

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:

When an individual's application file is complete with required documents and according to application dates, the application materials are evaluated by the Gore School of Business Admissions Committee. Once accepted to a graduate business 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 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:

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 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:

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 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:

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 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:

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 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:

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 westminstercollege.edu/graduate.

Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA)

The application deadline is October 22, 2012. This class will begin the didactic portion in late August 2013. Late applications may be considered on a space- available basis. Applicants must have the following items completed in order to be eligible for an interview for the MSNA program:

  1. BS/BSN in nursing is strongly preferred. Other applicants, i.e., BS, DC, MD, BA, DDS, etc. may also apply, but you must also be an RN.
  2. Minimum of 1 year of critical care (Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac/Neuro/Thoracic/Shock-Trauma preferred), SICU, MICU, NICU/PICU acceptable. Applicants with experience solely in NICU/PICU or with less than 1 year of critical experience may apply, but may not be selected for an interview at the MSNA Director's discretion. Critical care experience within the last 3 years is preferred.
  3. Minimum 3.0 GPA, including a minimum 3.0 GPA in core sciences.
  4. GRE scores on file from within the last 5 years; minimum combined score of 1,000 is preferred.
  5. All college transcripts.
  6. Three letters of reference from supervisors that can attest to your character and work performance (no clergy or family members).
  7. Current résumé.
  8. Current RN license in good standing.
  9. Successful completion of an undergraduate organic chemistry or biochemistry course with a C or better is recommended.
  10. Successful completion of CCRN certification is highly encouraged.
  11. Philosophy statement on why you want to be a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (two double-spaced pages maximum).
  12. Current PALS certification (Due upon acceptance into the MSNA program.
  13. Current ACLS certification (Due upon acceptance into the MSNA program).
  14. Background check performed by certifiedbackground.com.
  15. Negative drug testing (10-panel) results from an approved laboratory.
  16. Proof of current immunizations: MMR, DTAP, PPD, polio, varicella/chicken pox, Hepatitis B (Due upon acceptance into the MSNA program)
  17. The following titers, no more than 3 years old: Hep B, Varicella, Measles, Mumps, Rubella (Due upon acceptance into the MSNA program.
  18. Physical and Mental Health Certificate (Due upon acceptance into the MSNA program).
  19. An applicant of the program must be able to fulfill the job description and duties of a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. A candidate for the program must have abilities and skills in five categories: observation, communication, motor, intellectual, and behavioral/social. Reasonable accommodation for persons with documented disabilities will be considered on an individual basis, but a candidate must be able to perform in an independent manner. The following skills are required, with or without accommodation.

    • Observation: Candidates must have sufficient sensory capacity to observe in the lecture hall, the laboratory, the outpatient setting, and the patient's bedside. Sensory skills adequate to perform a physical examination are required. Functional vision, hearing and tactile sensation must be adequate to observe a patient's condition and to elicit information from computerized monitors, and through procedures regularly required in a physical examination, such as inspection, auscultation, and palpation.

    • Communication: Candidates must be able to communicate effectively in both academic and health care settings. Candidates must show evidence of effective written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work in teams.

    • Motor: The ability to participate in basic diagnostic and therapeutic maneuvers and procedures (e.g. palpation, auscultation, drawing blood, or starting intravenous lines) is required. Candidates must have sufficient motor function to execute movements reasonably required to provide care to patients, including the ability to help move or lift them. Candidates must be able to negotiate patient care environments and must be able to move between settings, such as clinic, classroom building, and hospital. Physical stamina sufficient to complete the rigorous course of didactic and clinical study is required. Long periods of sitting, standing, or moving are required in classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences.

    • Intellectual: Candidates must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize, both in quiet environments and in areas where distractions, noise, and other stressors are present. Problem solving, one of the critical skills demanded of CRNAs, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, candidates should be able to comprehend graphic displays of physiologic data, distinguish artifact on monitor displays, understand three-dimensional relationships and the spatial relationships of structures. Candidates must be able to read and understand medical and nursing literature. In order to complete the degree, candidates must be able to demonstrate mastery of these skills and the ability to use them together in a timely and often critical fashion in problem-solving and patient care.

    • Behavioral and social attributes: Candidates must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and the prompt completion of all academic and patient care responsibilities. The development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients and other members of the health care team is essential. The ability to effectively function in the face of uncertainties inherent in clinical practice, flexibility, compassion, integrity, motivation, interpersonal skills, and concern for others are all required.

    • Basic typing and computer skills are required, with knowledge of Microsoft® PowerPoint and Word strongly encouraged.

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:

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 westminstercollege.edu/graduate.