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The Grad School Admission Checklist: Key Steps to Follow

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At Carlow University, we believe applying to grad school shouldn’t be a barrier to your education. That’s why we make it easy to apply online for free with a straightforward set of college admissions process steps.

Just follow the instructions in the grad school admission checklist below, and you’ll be all set to commence your journey. Additionally, you can choose from multiple start dates per year to begin your graduate education with us at the time that’s most convenient for you.

Your Grad School Admission Checklist

  1. Review the admissions requirements for the Carlow graduate program of your choice. Click on the program to visit its dedicated page and then go to the ‘Admission’ tab. Options include:
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
      • Fraud & Forensics
      • Healthcare Management
      • Human Resources Management
      • Leadership & Management
      • Project Management
    • Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)
    • Master of Science in Fraud & Forensics (MS)
    • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
      • Education and Leadership
      • Family Nurse Practitioner
      • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
    • Master of Science in Nursing & Master of Business Administration (MSN-MBA dual degree)
    • Master of Social Work (MSW)
      • Direct Practice
      • Macro Practice
    • Master of Social Work & Master of Business Administration (MSW-MBA dual degree)
    • Graduate Certificate (various disciplines)
    • Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP)
  1. Start your online application now! As part of the application process, you will need to upload the following to your Bridge to Carlow account:
    • A personal admissions essay, a.k.a. personal statement, which you will write on a topic that varies by program
    • Your resume or curriculum vitae, including your education, professional experience, membership in organizations, professional and academic honors, research and publications and public service activities
    • Contact information for two professional or academic references
    • Any additional program-specific requirements, which may include:
      • Letters of recommendation
      • Proof of work experience
      • Proof of licensure as per state requirements
    • Transfer students: Proof of credits earned at other schools to be reviewed by the program director

Call one of our enrollment counselors at 855-511-6450 should you have any questions.

  1. International students: Send your official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) directly to the Carlow Admissions Office.
  2. We will help you retrieve your official transcripts by requesting them from all of your previous schools.
  3. If requested, complete an interview with the program director.
  4. Once your application is submitted, check the Bridge to Carlow portal regularly for updates about your application status. Students typically receive an admission decision within two weeks of submitting their applications.
  5. Once you have been accepted, complete the enrollment reply form in the Bridge to Carlow portal to secure your place.
  6. Connect with an enrollment counselor by calling 855-511-6450 to determine next steps and have any questions answered.

Dedicated Support

Our enrollment counselors are here to guide you every step of the way through the grad school admission checklist. From making sure that your application is complete to helping you register for courses, they are ready to provide tips and advice and answer your questions.

The Carlow Office of Financial Aid is here to discuss your options for paying and/or reducing the cost of your education. Additionally, our financial aid team assists active-duty military members, veterans and their families in exploring and determining their eligibility for education benefits.

Get started by exploring our graduate school programs and submitting your application today.

If you would like more information about the Carlow University grad school admission checklist or our program offerings, please fill out this form.

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