Admissions Information

Xavier University’s online degree programs offer flexibility, top-quality online instruction and the same standards of excellence as our traditional degree programs. Ready to apply? Find out what is required to apply to our various degree programs, when applications are due and what you need to get started on your online application.

How do I apply?

Applying for Xavier’s online degree programs is simple. Just click here and create an account. We’ll walk you through every step of the online application process there. If you have any questions, our admissions counselors are always just a phone call or an email away.

What does the Admissions Committee consider when reviewing my application?

The Admission Committee looks for evidence of the ability to be successful in graduate school. There are no numerical formulas or absolute score/GPA used when evaluating applications. All of the information submitted is carefully considered so that the committee can get a clear picture of the applicant as a whole. Grades from past college/university work, test score(s) and letters of recommendation and/or personal statements where required are all taken into consideration.

Where do I send my transcripts?

Send official transcript(s) directly from the college/university for all previous undergraduate and graduate course work (one per institution):

Xavier University
ATTN: Admission Processing Center
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45207-5131
For electronic transcripts, send to:

Will Xavier accept transfer credits from graduate work I’ve already completed at another institution?

For some programs, a maximum of six semester hours (or the equivalent) of graduate work completed at another accredited graduate school prior to initial admission to Xavier University may be transferred with the permission of the program director and the dean. Coursework that is part of a previously earned graduate degree is not accepted for transfer credit. Only grades of “A” or “B” (3.00 or higher) are transferable. Decisions regarding transfer credit are made at the time of admission to degree-seeking status.

Is financial aid available for part-time graduate students?

Yes! Students taking 4.5 credit hours or more per semester are eligible for federal student loans. See the Financial Aid page for more information.

When do I have to pay for my classes?

You must pay or make arrangements to pay for your tuition when you register (unless you register early). Options include arranging for a payment plan, deferring payment until a student loan or employer reimbursement comes through, or paying with cash, check or credit card. See the Bursar page for more information about payment options.

Is the application process different if I already have a graduate degree?

For most programs, you do not need to submit a standardized test score if you already hold a graduate degree.

May I begin taking graduate classes before I take a standardized exam?

For some programs, you may begin graduate courses as a non-degree graduate student without submitting academic transcripts or test scores. To register as a non-degree graduate student, you need to only apply for admission as a non-degree graduate student. Applications are available from the office of the graduate school. You may register as a non-degree student the same day you apply. Transcripts and test scores are required for admission to a degree program, and these may be submitted while your first courses are in progress. Please note that no more than six credit hours taken in a non-degree status may be transferred into a degree program.

When is the last day to register for classes?

For some programs, you may register for a class on the day it begins. However, we recommend registering as early as possible to reduce the chances of your class being full. Registration for the fall semester and summer sessions begins in late March, and registration for spring begins in late November. If it is your first class at Xavier, you may complete an application for non-degree graduate status and register on the same day.

Who is my academic advisor?

Graduate program directors serve as academic advisors.

Can I set up an advising appointment before I apply or am accepted?

Yes. You may contact a Graduate Program Director for an appointment to discuss your background and interests, and to learn more about the program in which you are interested.

Note: International students in the U.S. cannot enroll in an online degree program to fulfill the legal requirement for an F-1 or J-1 visa.