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Build your business expertise, increase your skills in preparation for a career change or achieve an important educational goal by pursuing a graduate degree at Concordia.

Flexible and Convenient

  • Options that suit your lifestyle – programs offered online or in-class
  • Customize your class projects to your career interests
  • Designed for busy adults – cohorts form year-round

Fast-Paced and Focused

  • Accelerated – complete your master’s degree in two years or less for most programs
  • Classes meet one night per week – online or in-class
  • Each course takes only 7 weeks to complete

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Graduate Program Admission Requirements

  • 1. Online Application

    2. Official College Transcripts

    • Submit official transcripts from an accreditor that is recognized by the US Department of Education stating the conferral of the 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

    Submit a typed 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.

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

  • 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 fiction 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.

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

  • To be considered for CSP’s Master of Arts in Education – Special Education or the Master of Arts in Education – Literacy (including K-12 Reading Endorsement) programs, you will need to submit the following 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. Personal Statement

    Submit a typed personal statement that adheres to these requirements:

    • Is labeled with your name, academic program, and contact information
    • Is between 400 – 1000 words
    • Includes a beginning (introduction), middle (body), and end (summary/conclusion)
    • Contains original content (no plagiarism) and is reflective of your experiences and traits
    • Does not contain outside work (citations and references)
    • Is free of spelling, grammar and sentence structure errors
    • Is saved as a PDF or Word document and is uploaded to your application portal

    Personal statements should address the following:

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

    4. Current/Valid Minnesota Teaching License

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

  • 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. Minnesota Nursing License

    • Submit an unencumbered active registered nursing license in MN
    • *If you are licensed in a state outside of MN, please contact your enrollment counselor to check eligibility

    4. Student Work and Practice Experience Acknowledgment Form

    5. Personal Statement

    Submit a typed personal statement that adheres to these requirements:

    • Is labeled with your name, academic program, and contact information
    • Is between 400 – 1000 words
    • Includes a beginning (introduction), middle (body), and end (summary/conclusion)
    • Contains original content (no plagiarism) and is reflective of your experiences and traits
    • Does not contain outside work (citations and references)
    • Is free of spelling, grammar and sentence structure errors
    • Is saved as a PDF or Word document and is uploaded to your application portal

    Personal statements should address the following:

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

    If you are applying with your OPCA2090 practicum in progress, you will also need to submit this petition form.

    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 Program Admission Requirements

  • 1. PTCAS Online Application

    2. Official Transcripts

    • Submit official transcripts from an accredited institution stating the conferral of a bachelor’s degree through PTCAS
    • Additionally, submit all official transcripts from institutions where required prerequisite coursework was completed (if different from bachelor’s degree institution) through PTCAS

    3. GRE Scores

    • Submit GRE scores to Concordia using institution code 4518
    • Exam must be taken within the last 5 years

    4. Observation Hours

    • Submit one hundred (100) physical therapy observation hours to PTCAS (form included within your PTCAS application)

    5. Letters of Recommendation (2)

    • Submit two (2) letters of professional recommendation (One letter must be from a current physical therapist). Letters should be submitted through PTCAS
    • Letters should address the following questions:
      1. How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
      2. What is the greatest strength the applicant would bring to the CSP DPT program?
      3. Is there anything the applicant could work on to increase his/her likelihood of success in the CSP DPT program?
      4. Provide your overall recommendation: Strongly Recommend, Recommend, Neutral, Do Not Recommend.

    Visit our DPT website for more information about the program

  • 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 valid teaching license, plus three years classroom teaching experience.

International Students

Concordia University is unable to provide documentation required for student visa requests for any online programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Visit our International Students Page