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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. Online Application

2. Official High School Transcripts

3. Admissions Essay

  • Please submit a typed essay you would like your admissions counselor to consider in the application review process.  Minimum of 500 words suggested.  Submit as a PDF document through your application portal or via email.
  • CSP Essay Question:
    Please describe a life experience (academic or personal) that has shaped you as a person. How will this experience impact your success as a college student at Concordia University, St. Paul?
  • Essays should answer the question above, or may be an essay submitted as part of the Common Application or other college preparatory requirement (ie. College Possible essay).

4. *Official ACT/SAT Scores (optional)

  • *Concordia has a test-optional admissions policy, and thus, applicants are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.Applicants who would like their scores considered as part of their application review are welcome to send official scores (writing test not required) to CSP.
  • Learn more about our test-optional admission policy
  • ACT school code: 2106 | SAT school code: 6114

First-year students who do not meet initial admissions criteria may be asked to complete the academic success essay and/or an additional semester of coursework.

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

1. Online Application

2. Official College Transcripts

  • 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. Please refer to the First Year Admission Requirements for more details.

Adult Undergraduate

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

Adult Undergraduate Admission Requirements

1. Online Application

2. Official College Transcripts

  • Submit official transcripts from all previous institutions attended (regionally accredited) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 based on a 4.0 system.
  • 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.

Admissions Essay Details:
Please describe a life experience (academic or personal) that has shaped you as a person. How will this experience impact your success as a college student at Concordia University, St. Paul?

  • Essays must be typed and include a beginning (introduction), middle (body), and end (summary/conclusion).
  • Essays must be original (no plagiarism) and reflective of the applicant’s experiences and traits. No outside work (citations and references) is allowed.
  • Essays must be between 400 and 1000 words in length.
  • Submissions must be professional with no spelling, grammar, or sentence structure errors.

Official ACT/SAT Scores (optional)
Concordia has a test-optional admissions policy, and thus, applicants are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process. Applicants who would like their scores considered as part of their application review are welcome to send official scores (writing test not required) to CSP.

Students who do not meet initial admissions criteria will be asked to complete the academic success essay.

RN to BSN Admissions Requirements
  1. Online Application 
  2. Official College Transcripts from a regionally accredited institution with an Associate’s degree in Nursing and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 based on a 4.0 system in previous nursing coursework. To be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the institution or through secured electronic delivery. If you have attended an 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 the course-by-course review.
  3. Current/valid, unencumbered MN nursing license. Applicant should not be on probation and must report any past or current disciplinary action taken by a State Board. If a nursing license is from outside of MN or encumbered, please contact your enrollment counselor for additional information.
  1. Essay should include the following requirements: Please describe a life experience (academic or personal) that has shaped you as a person. How will this experience impact your success as a college student at Concordia University, St. Paul.
  • The essay must fall between 400 and 1000 words.
  • Includes a beginning (introduction), middle (body), and end (summary/conclusion).
  • This essay is original (no plagiarism) and reflective of the applicant’s experiences and traits. No outside work (citations and references) is allowed.
  • The submission is professional with no spelling, grammar, or sentence structure errors.
  1. Signed Field Experience and Program Requirements form.

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)

Students who do not meet the standard admissions requirement may be asked to submit additional admissions items for consideration.

BS in Pulmonary Science Admission Requirements
    1. Online Application 
    2. Official College Transcripts from a regionally accredited institution with an Associate’s degree in Respiratory Therapy and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 based on a 4.0 system. To be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the institution or through secured electronic delivery.If you have attended an 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 the course-by-course review.

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.

Students who do not meet the standard admissions requirement may be asked to submit additional admissions items for consideration.

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.

Graduate Program Admission Requirements
  1. Online Application 
  2. Official College Transcripts from a regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree or higher with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system. To be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the institution or through secured electronic delivery.
  3. Personal statement that includes the following requirements: 
  • The statement falls between 400 and 1000 words.
  • Includes a beginning (introduction), middle (body), and end (summary/conclusion).
  • This statement is original (no plagiarism) and reflective of the applicant’s experiences and traits. No outside work (citations and references) is allowed.
  • The submission is professional with no spelling, grammar, or sentence structure errors.
  • The statement should address the following:
    • Describe your employment history and why you are choosing to pursue a graduate degree at this time in your career.
    • Describe a personal and/or professional goal that you hope you will fulfill through earning your graduate degree.
    • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.

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.

Students who do not meet the standard admissions requirement may be asked to submit additional admissions items for consideration.

Education Licensure Admission Requirements

To be considered for Concordia’s Master of Arts in Education – Special Education programs or for the Master of Arts in Education – Curriculum and Instructions (including K-12 Reading Endorsement), you will need to submit the following requirements:

  1.  Online Application
  2. Official College Transcripts from a regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree or higher with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system. To be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the institution or through secured electronic delivery.
  3.  Personal statement that includes the following requirements:
  • The statement falls between 400 and 1000 words.
  • Includes a beginning (introduction), middle (body), and end (summary/conclusion).
  • This statement is original (no plagiarism) and reflective of the applicant’s experiences and traits.
  • The submission is professional with no spelling, grammar, or sentence structure errors.
  • The statement should address the following:
    • Describe your employment history and why you are choosing to pursue a graduate degree at this time in your career.
    • Describe a personal and/or professional goal that you hope you will fulfill through earning your graduate degree.
    • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.

4.  Current/valid MN Teaching License

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.

Students who do not meet the standard admissions requirement may be asked to submit additional admissions items for consideration.

Master’s Programs

MFA - Creative Writing Admissions Requirements

1. Online Application

2. Official College Transcripts

  • Submit official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree or higher with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.
  • *To be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the institution or through secured electronic delivery.

3. Writing Sample

  • Please upload a writing sample in either fiction, non-fiction or poetry to your application portal.

4. Personal Statement

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 uploaded to your application portal. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).

  • Tell us about your journey, background and/or goals as a writer.
  • Who or what are your literary influences?
  • Explain why an online format interests you in completing your degree and how you feel your schedule can accommodate the 20-25 hours per week of work to pursue your MFA degree.
MS in Nursing (MSN) Admission Requirements
  1. Online Application
  2. Official College Transcripts from a regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree or higher with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system. To be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the institution or through secured electronic delivery.
  3. An unencumbered active registered nursing license in MN * (If licensed in a state outside of MN, please contact your enrollment counselor to check eligibility)
  4. A signed Student Work and Practice Experience Acknowledgment form.
  5. Personal statement that includes the following requirements:
  • The statement falls between 400 and 1000 words.
  • Includes a beginning (introduction), middle (body), and end (summary/conclusion).
  • This statement is original (no plagiarism) and reflective of the applicant’s experiences and traits. No outside work (citations and references) is
  • The submission is professional with no spelling, grammar, or sentence structure errors.
  • The statement should address the following:
    • Describe your employment history and why you are choosing to pursue a graduate degree at this time in your career.
    • Describe a personal and/or professional goal that you hope you will fulfill through earning your graduate degree.
    • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.

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)

Students who do not meet the standard admissions requirement may be asked to submit additional admissions items for consideration.

MS Orthotics & Prosthetics Admissions Requirements

The MS in Orthotics and Prosthetics program is a partnership between Century College and Concordia University, St. Paul.  Prior to applying to the MS program at CSP, please ensure the following prerequisite steps are complete:

1. Complete O&P Specific Prerequisites

Complete the Clinical Applications Diploma at Century College. If you have not completed these O&P specific prerequisites, please visit Century College’s website for more information.

2. Complete Additional Prerequisite Coursework

Each of the following prerequisite courses must be completed with a C grade (not C-) or better:

  • Biology with lab
  • Chemistry with lab
  • Physics with lab
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab
  • General Psychology
  • Statistics

Upon completion of the necessary prerequisite requirements (listed above), please submit your application for admission to CSP:

1. Online Application

Create an account and submit our online application.  Once submitted, you can follow your application process through the application portal (CSP Account).

2. Official College Transcripts

Submit official college transcripts from a regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree or higher with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.

To be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the institution or through secured electronic delivery.

3. Official Century College Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from Century College stating completion of Clinical Applications Diploma (OPCA1000- and 2000-level coursework).

If you are seeking to complete OPCA 2000 level courses at Century College during your first year of the program please reach out to Katie Voss (katie.voss@century.edu ) or Stan O’Connor (stan.oconnor@century.edu) to discuss program expectations and receive a letter of support to submit with your CSP application.

4. Official Prerequisite Coursework Transcripts

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).

Six 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
  • Statistics

5. Student Information Contract

Please submit a signed MSOP Student Information Contract.

6. Personal Statement

Submit a typed personal statement that addresses the criteria listed below. Statements should:

  • Be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and uploaded to your application portal.
  • Fall between 400 and 1000 words.
  • Include a beginning (introduction), middle (body), and end (summary/conclusion)
  • Be original (no plagiarism) and reflective of the applicant’s experiences and traits. No outside work (citations and references).
  • Contain no spelling, grammar, or sentence structure errors.

The statement should address the following:

  • Describe your employment history and why you are choosing to pursue a graduate degree at this time in your career.
  • Describe a personal and/or professional goal that you hope you will fulfill through earning your graduate degree.
  • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.

Doctoral Programs

Please visit the doctoral admissions page for more information.

Educational Specialist (Ed.S) & Doctor of Education (Ed.D) Admissions Requirements

1. Online Application

2. Official College Transcripts

  • Submit official transcripts 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.
  • *To be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the institution or through secured electronic delivery.

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. 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 from professionals that can speak to their greatest strengths and successes.
  • To get started, click here and enter the information for each recommender. Concordia University, St. Paul will email the form directly to the recommender on your behalf.

5. Current Resume

6. Teaching License

  • Ed.S: Students seeking a Minnesota Principal, Superintendent, or Director of Special Education Licensure will need to provide a current, unencumbered MN teaching license.

7. Interview with program director

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
  10. Duolingo language test option, score of 45
International Graduate Programs Requirements

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

  1. Online Application 
  2. Detailed Credential Evaluation of Bachelor’s degree or higher degree earned at any non-United States institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system. Evaluations must be from approved members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
  • If you have earned a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited US institution, please submit an official transcript stating degree earned with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 system.
  1. Personal statement that includes the following requirements: 
  • The statement falls between 400 and 1000 words.
  • Includes a beginning (introduction), middle (body), and end (summary/conclusion).
  • This statement is original (no plagiarism) and reflective of the applicant’s experiences and traits. No outside work (citations and references) is allowed.
  • The submission is professional with no spelling, grammar, or sentence structure errors.
  • The statement should address the following:
    • Describe your employment history and why you are choosing to pursue a graduate degree at this time in your career.
    • Describe a personal and/or professional goal that you hope you will fulfill through earning your graduate degree.
    • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.
  1. Proof of English Proficiency which should include one of the following:
  • 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
  • Duolingo language test with score of 55
  • Cambridge Assessment test passing with a B2 Level or higher
  • Received an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college
  • Received an equivalent undergraduate degree per an approved credentialing agency. The instruction language of the university must be English.

 

  1. Certification of Finances indicating the financial source for the expense of attending Concordia University. This form will be emailed with acknowledgment of application.

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.

Students who do not meet the standard admissions requirement may be asked to submit additional admissions items for consideration.

Applicants whose Primary Language is NOT English

Students who indicate that English is not their primary language will be asked to provide one of the following for proof of English proficiency:

Undergraduate Applicants

  • Students from Global Language Institute (GLI) Completion of Mastering Level
  • Students from Atlanta English Institute (AEI) Completion of Level Seven
  • Students from Spring International Language Center (SILC) Completion of Level Six
  • Students from English Language School (ELS) Completion of Level 109 AND IELTS test score of 5.5 or TOEFL iBT 59 or completion of Level 112
  • TOEFL iBT 59 or 513 PBT
  • ACT/SAT score
  • PTE result of 46 or higher
  • iTEP score of 3.5 or higher
  • Duolingo language test option, score of 45
  • Cambridge Assessment test passing with a B2 Level or higher
  • Received a U.S. high school diploma or completion of 20 credits from a regionally accredited U.S. college

Graduate Applicants

  • 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
  • Duolingo language test with score of 55
  • Cambridge Assessment test passing with a B2 Level or higher
  • Received an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college
  • Received an equivalent undergraduate degree per an approved credentialing agency. The instruction language of the university must be English.

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

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at CSP must have access to a computer that meets Concordia’s technology requirements.

View the CSP Help Desk website and contact them at helpdesk@csp.edu or 651-641-8866 with any questions about the requirements or technology at CSP.

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