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Admissions

When you attend Concordia University, you’re more than just a student. You’re part of the Concordia family. Our responsive, student-centered approach to teaching makes your goals, and your successes, our priority. Your learning experiences will be relevant to the skills employers seek and real preparation for a life of meaning and service.

Our 51-acre campus is conveniently located minutes from the downtown areas of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Concordia’s urban location offers rich opportunities for jobs and internships at 16 Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of major employers headquartered in the Twin Cities area.

Undergraduate

For detailed information about undergraduate admissions, visit the undergraduate admissions page.

First Year Student Admission Requirements
  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official copies of your high school transcripts.
  3. Submit a typed essay you would like your admissions counselor to consider in the application review process.
  4. ACT/SAT Scores (optional)

Students who do not meet initial admissions criteria may be asked to complete one or more of the following items:

Transfer Student Admission Requirements
  1. Apply
  2. Submit official transcripts from all previous institutions attended.
    • Request your transcripts online
    • *To be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the institution or through secured electronic delivery.

If you have attended a MNSCU college or university we also ask that you provide an official accompanying DARS or MnTC goal area worksheet. Concordia accepts completed goal areas toward our general education requirements, in addition to course-by-course review. Please contact your admissions counselor with any questions.

Transfer students with fewer than 20 college credits completed will also need to submit an official high school transcript and essay.

Adult Undergraduate

For detailed information about adult undergraduate admissions, visit the adult undergraduate admissions page.

Adult Undergraduate Student Admission Requirements
  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 based on a 4.0 system.
    • If you have attended a MNSCU college or university we also ask that you provide an official accompanying DARS or MnTC goal area worksheet.  Concordia accepts completed goal areas.
    • If you have less than 20 college credits completed, you will need to submit your official high school transcript as well as any college level courses you have taken.
    • If you have not taken any college level courses and have graduated from high school in the last three years, you will need to submit your official high school transcript as well as your official ACT or SAT scores.

*120 credits need to be completed to earn bachelor’s degree

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling in an adult undergraduate program must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University’s technology requirements. Contact Concordia’s Help Desk at helpdesk@csp.edu or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

RN to BSN Requirements
  1. Apply Online
  2. Hold a current Minnesota* nursing license
  3. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in previous nursing coursework
  4. Final and official transcripts from all previous institutions attended – If you have attended a MNSCU college or university we also ask that you provide an official accompanying DARS or MnTC goal area worksheet.  Concordia accepts completed goal areas. All candidates must hold an Associate’s degree with a major in nursing from an accredited college or university.
  5. Personal Statement
    • The statement should fall between 400 and 700 words.
    • Statement must include introduction, body, conclusion and transitional statements between topics.
    • Do not incorporate any other work requiring citation or referencing. Statement should be reflective of you and original.
    • Explain, in detail, what has led you to become a nurse.
    • State your professional nursing practice experience in your current role and discuss your professional goals, including your ideal position.
    • Share how you feel Concordia University, St. Paul will help you meet your professional goals.
  6. Submit verification of current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse. Applicant should not be on probation and must report any past or current disciplinary action taken by a State Board.**
  7. Complete the Field Experience and Program Requirement Form.

*If nursing license is from a state outside of MN, contact your enrollment counselor for additional information.
** If you currently hold an encumbered nursing license, please contact your Enrollment Counselor for more information

120 credits need to be completed to earn bachelor’s degree

Field Experience

The RN to BSN program requires successful completion of course field experiences called practice experiences. These experiences entail taking the coursework out of the online classroom and into a practice setting where course concepts are applied and experience from a broader perspective is gained with the assistance of a qualified preceptor you identify. You and your preceptor collaborate on evidence-based practice issues in the practice setting as well as identified population needs within a community. Your practice experience is something to be proud of – it’s the culmination of what you have learned and developed to apply to a real-world situation. So, go ahead, show everyone what you can do!

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling in an adult undergraduate program must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University’s technology requirements. Contact Concordia’s Help Desk at helpdesk@csp.edu or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

Concordia University Technology Requirements (PDF)

Post Baccalaureate

Post Baccalaureate Student Admission Requirements

Concordia University, St. Paul offers a variety of educational options for individuals with a bachelor’s degree who are seeking to pursue another undergraduate major or degree.

If you have previously attended Concordia University, St. Paul, please refer to the “Returning Students” section.

Please submit the following information in order to be considered for post-baccalaureate admissions.

PSEO

For more information about Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) admissions, visit the PSEO admissions page.

PSEO Student Admission Requirements
  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official copies of your high school transcripts.
    Request your transcripts online
  3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statement should be double-spaced and labeled with your name, student email, phone number and current high school name in the upper right-hand corner. The statement should be 500 words or less.
    • Explain why you feel you will be a successful PSEO student at Concordia University and address the steps you will take to ensure success.
  4. PSEO Notice of Student Registration Form
    Please note that this form is also called the “Minnesota State Form”.

Graduate Programs

For detailed information about graduate program admissions, visit the graduate admissions page.

Master’s Programs

Criminal Justice & Early Childhood Education Requirements
  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.
  3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via your student application portal. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).
    • Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
    • What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
    • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.
  4. Submit a current, professional resume.

Applicants must be a practitioner in a field related to Criminal Justice through work and should demonstrate this involvement on their resume.

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at Concordia University, St. Paul must have access to a computer that meets Concordia’s technology requirements. Contact the University Help Desk at helpdesk@csp.edu or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.
Concordia University Technology Requirements (PDF)

MBA Requirements (All Emphasis Areas)
  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.
  3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via your student application portal. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).
    • Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
    • What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
    • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.
    • Give an example of how you have demonstrated excellence as a leader and how it impacted the organization.
  4. Submit a current, professional resume.

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at Concordia University, St. Paul must have access to a computer that meets Concordia’s technology requirements. Contact the University Help Desk at helpdesk@csp.edu or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.
Concordia University Technology Requirements (PDF)

MFA - Creative Writing Requirements
  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.
  3. Writing sample in either fiction, non-fiction or poetry.

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at Concordia University, St. Paul must have access to a computer that meets Concordia’s technology requirements. Contact the University Help Desk at helpdesk@csp.edu or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.
Concordia University Technology Requirements (PDF)

MS Orthotics & Prosthetics

Prior to applying to Concordia for the MS Orthotics & Prosthetics program, students must:

  1. Complete either Century College’s Clinical Applications Diploma (requirement to complete OPCA 1000- and 2000-level coursework) OR hold ABC credential of Certified Prosthetic Orthotic Assistant (CPOA) (both orthotics and prosthetics certifications are required).
  2. Complete 6 prerequisite courses with a C grade (not C-) or better:
    Biology with lab, Chemistry with lab, Physics with lab, Anatomy and Physiology with lab, General Psychology, and Statistics.

After items above are complete, students should apply to Concordia University, St. Paul’s MS in Orthotics & Prosthetics program.

  1. Apply online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.
  3. Submit either official transcripts from Century College stating completion of Clinical Applications Diploma (OPCA1000- and 2000-level coursework) OR your ABC credential stating your Certified Prosthetic Orthotic Assistant (CPOA).
  4. If necessary: Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution(s) in which prerequisite courses were completed (if not at your bachelor’s degree institution or Century College).
  5. Submit a signed MSOP Student Information Contract regarding details of the program.
  6. Submit a current, professional resume.
  7. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via your student application portal. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).

o   Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?

o   What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?

o   Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.

Education Programs Requirements
  1. Apply online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.
  3. Submit a typed personal statement that demonstrates written communication skills covering your employment history and long-term academic and professional goals. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via your student application portal. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at Concordia University, St. Paul must have access to a computer that meets Concordia’s technology requirements. Contact the University Help Desk at helpdesk@csp.edu or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.
Concordia University Technology Requirements (PDF)

Other Graduate Programs Requirements

For graduate programs: Exercise Science, Family Science, Human Resource Management, Human Services – Forensic Behavioral Health, Information Technology Management, Leadership & Management, Orthotics & Prosthetics, Sport Management, and Strategic Communication Management

  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.
  3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via your student application portal. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).
    • Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
    • What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
    • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.
  4. Submit a current, professional resume.

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at Concordia University, St. Paul must have access to a computer that meets Concordia’s technology requirements. Contact the University Help Desk at helpdesk@csp.edu or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

Concordia University Technology Requirements (PDF)

Doctoral Programs

Educational Specialist (Ed.S) & Doctor of Education (Ed.D) Requirements
  1. Apply online
  2. Submit official transcript from a regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Master’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 based on a 4.0 system.
  3. Writing sample
    • Ed.S: Educational Specialist program students please write a statement (1-2 pages typed) covering your employment history and long-term academic and professional goals.
    • Ed.D: Those seeking admission into the Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) program should submit a Master’s level writing sample. A sample of work from a previous Ed.S or Master’s program will be acceptable.
  4. Letters of Recommendation
    • Ed.S: Please arrange for two letters of recommendation to be completed and returned to University of Concordia, St. Paul. To get started, click the button and enter the information for each recommender. Concordia University, St. Paul will email the form directly to the recommender on your behalf. One letter should be from a direct supervisor and the other should be from a professional in the field of education.
    • Ed.D: Students seeking admission to the Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) program should arrange to have three letters of recommendation completed.
  5. Current resume
  6. Interview with program director

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at Concordia University, St. Paul must have access to a computer that meets Concordia’s technology requirements. Contact the University Help Desk at helpdesk@csp.edu or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.
Concordia University Technology Requirements (PDF)

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Requirements
  1. Apply online
  2. Submit official transcript from a regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, submit all official transcripts from institutions where required pre-requisite courses completed (if different from Bachelor’s degree institution).
    • Prerequisite Coursework GPA: ≥ 3.0
      Note: All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of at least a C as well as a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.Cumulative: ≥ 3.0 Note: All undergraduate coursework must combine to a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
  3. Submit GRE scores to Concordia using institution code 6114.

*exam must have been taken within the last 5 years

Letters should address the following questions:

  • How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
  • What is the greatest strength the applicant would bring to the CSP DPT program?
  • Is there anything the applicant could work on to increase his/her likelihood of success in the CSP DPT program?
  • Provide your overall recommendation: Strongly Recommend, Recommend, Neutral, Do Not Recommend.

International Student Admissions

Please visit the international admissions page for more information.

International Undergraduate Programs Requirements

First Year

  1. Online or Paper Application
  2. Official High School Transcripts (for all institutions attended)
  3. Official Credit Evaluation of credits earned/degrees completed at any non-United States institution
  4. Certification of Finances (2016-2017) indicating the financial source for the expense of attending Concordia University
  5. Proof of English Proficiency (see below)

Transfer

  1. Online or Paper Application
  2. Official College Transcripts (for all institutions attended)
  3. Official Credit Evaluation of credits earned/degrees completed at any non-United States institution
  4. Certification of Finances (2016-2017) indicating the financial source for the expense of attending Concordia University
  5. Proof of English Proficiency (see below)

Proof of English Proficiency – Undergraduate

  1. Students from Global Language Institute (GLI) Completion of Mastering Level
  2. Students from Atlanta English Institute (AEI) Completion of Level Seven
  3. Students from Spring International Language Center (SILC) Completion of Level Six
  4. Students from English Language School (ELS) Completion of Level 109 AND IELTS test score of 5.5 or TOEFL iBT 65 or completion of Level 112
  5. TOEFL iBT 65 or 513 PBT
  6. IELTS overall band score of 5.5 or higher (International English Language Testing System)
  7. ACT/SAT score
  8. PTE result of 46 or higher
  9. iTEP score of 3.5 or higher
International Graduate Programs Requirements

One who has received a bachelor’s degree and is pursuing a graduate degree must submit the following:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Official College Transcript from institution granting bachelor’s degree
  3. Official Credit Evaluation of degree(s) earned at any non-United States institution- Evaluations must be from approved members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services
  4. Certification of Finances indicating the financial source for the expense of attending Concordia University. This form will be emailed with acknowledgement of application.
  5. Personal Statement of Goals
    Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via mail, email or fax. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).

    • Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
    • What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
    • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.
  6. Proof of English Proficiency (see below)

Proof of English Proficiency – Graduate

  • Completion of Level 112 at an English Language School (ELS) or Accelerated Level at Global Language Institute (GLI)
  • Completion of Level 6 at an approved English school
  • TOEFL- iBT score of 78 or TOEFL PBT score of 547
  • An equated score of 80 or better on the Michigan Test
  • IELTS overall band score of 6 or higher (International English Language Testing System)
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university in the US, English-speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
  • PTE result of 52 or higher
  • iTEP score of 3.7 or higher

Transfer

For more information regarding transferring to CSP, visit the transfer admissions page.

Transfer Requirements

Please submit the following information in order to be considered for undergraduate admissions:

*Fewer Than 20 College Credits?
If you have fewer than 20 college credits completed since graduating high school, you will also need to submit:

  • Official high school transcripts
  • Transcripts for any college level courses you have taken
  • Official ACT or SAT scores

Attended a Minnesota State school?
If you have attended a Minnesota State college or university we ask that you provide a Degree Audit Report (DARS). Concordia accepts completed goal areas.

Visiting Students

Visiting Students (non-degree seeking) are those who are not intending to obtain a degree from Concordia University, St. Paul and are primarily interested in taking courses to transfer to another college or university or complete a certificate through Concordia.

Returning Students

Concordia students need to be readmitted to the university if they have been out of classes for more than two term. To return to Concordia to complete an unfinished degree program, complete and submit the readmission application.

Test-Optional Policy

Concordia is proud to offer a test-optional admissions policy.

Admission Materials Clause

All application documents submitted to Concordia University, St. Paul by the applicant or on the applicant’s behalf become property of Concordia University, St. Paul and cannot be released back to the applicant or to any other institution.

Student Right To Know Act

In accordance with federal law, current and prospective students and their parents have the right to know certain information about Concordia University, St. Paul including a variety of academic information, financial aid information, institutional information, and information on graduation rates, campus safety, and equity in athletics.

Student Right to Know Information

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