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Admission to the College

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Admission Criteria

Westminster's graduate programs welcome applications from prospective students who are committed to active learning, respect for diverse people and perspectives, collaboration and teamwork, personal and social responsibility, college-wide excellence, and high ethical standards. Program faculty and the Graduate Admission Committees carefully consider applications using a holistic approach to its review. When evaluating an application file, factors such as prior academic experience, writing ability, references, interpersonal skills, maturity and professional fitness are considered. Individuals are admitted without discrimination as to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, or status as a veteran.

Admission Process

Prospective students who wish to enter a degree, certificate, or endorsement program at Westminster College are required to submit a completed application for admission. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or the international equivalent.

A candidate for admission must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Completed Westminster Application
  • $50 application fee
  • A professional statement of intent
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

See further required application materials per graduate program. Each program’s application requirements can be found online.

All materials submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office become the property of the college and cannot be returned to the student or sent to another school. For important application dates and events scheduled for prospective graduate students at Westminster, please contact Graduate Admissions at 801.832.2200 or 800.748.4753. Send e-mail inquiries to gradadmissions@westminstercollege.edu.

Non-degree Seeking Students

Non-degree seeking students are defined as students who are enrolled at the college but have not applied for, or been accepted into, a degree program. Non-degree seeking students, therefore, are those who plan to take courses for “interest only.” Non-degree seeking students are subject to the academic regulations of the college. Credit earned while in non-degree seeking student status is not considered toward a degree unless the student applies for admission to, and is accepted by, the college as a degree-seeking student. A maximum of 21 semester hours of coursework taken as a non-degree-seeking student may be considered for credit earned toward a degree. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible to receive institutional or federal financial aid. Those who wish to pursue a degree must complete the admission process as a degree-seeking student. Non-degree seeking students must be admitted as degree-seeking prior to the first day of classes in the semester in which they wish to be considered degree-seeking.

Readmission of Former Students

Students who wish to register at the college after an absence of three or more academic semesters (including Summer semester) must apply for readmission through the Office of Graduate Admissions. Re-entering students are subject to the academic requirements in effect at the time of their re-entry. Westminster College makes every effort to honor coursework taken in previous years; however, due to curriculum changes, this cannot be guaranteed. Previous coursework in question must be reviewed by individual academic departments with a final agreement submitted in writing to the Registrar's Office. Students readmitted after three or more semesters will be expected to meet program requirements for the catalog in effect at the time of readmission. This includes program cost of tuition and fees at the time of readmission. 

Readmission of Service Members or Veterans

In accordance with the Higher Education Reauthorization Act, Westminster College will readmit military service members at the same academic status in which they left the institution for service activation or deployments, provided the student notifies the college in advance of their deployments and are not absent from the institution for more than five years, cumulatively. Those students who fail to provide advance notice may re-enroll after providing proof of service.

To readmit a servicemember with the same academic status means that the institution readmits the servicemember:

  • To the same program, unless the servicemember requests or agrees to admission to another program (if the servicemember’s program is no longer offered, the institution must admit the servicemember to the program that is the most similar);
  • At the same enrollment status (for example, full-time), unless the servicemember requests or agrees to a different enrollment status;
  • With the same number of credit hours or clock hours completed, unless the servicemember is admitted to a different program and the hours are not transferable;
  • With same academic standing (for example, satisfactory academic progress status);
  • For the first academic year, with the same tuition and fee charges as when the servicemember left, unless military benefits will pay the increase, but never more than the institution is charging other students; and
  • For subsequent academic years or for a different program, by assessing tuition and fee charges that are no more than the institution is charging other students.

 

International Students

The college accepts and enrolls students who are citizens of countries other than the United States. Full-time international students are issued Forms I– 20 to enable them to apply for student visas.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for graduate enrollment at the college, international students must hold the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree and meet all admissions requirements for the graduate program of study. International students must submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions:

  1. Complete Westminster College Graduate Admissions Application and $50 application fee
  2. Official transcripts, academic records, diplomas, national examination results, certificates or degrees received from accredited post-secondary institution, university and/or professional schools and any necessary translations. International college or university transcripts must be submitted to a  NACES member organization external evaluation service company for a course-by-course evaluation, for example, World Education Services or Spantran for course-by-course evaluation services.
  3. Evidence of adequate financial support to cover the total cost of attendance for two semesters. This most commonly comes in the form of a certified bank statement or bank letter as well as a Statement of Financial Responsibility as issued by Westminster College.
  4. Any other requirements including exams, recommendations, and additional supporting documents required by the individual graduate programs.

Once all required documentation has been received and the student has been accepted for admission, a Form I–20 will be sent to the student. All materials submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office become the property of the college and cannot be returned to the student or sent to another school. If the student's school or ministry of education issues only one copy of post-secondary school grades or examination scores, the Office of Graduate Admissions will make a certified copy and return the original to the student; however, in all cases copies must be made from originals. Duplicated copies will not be accepted.

English Proficiency Policy

All applicants, regardless of citizenship status, must demonstrate proficiency in English to obtain admission to Westminster College graduate program. To fulfill this requirement, applicants must satisfy one of the following criteria:

A. Earn a high school diploma, Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. high school, college or university.

B. Complete the equivalent of U.S. bachelor's degree in one of the following countries:

  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada (except the Province of Quebec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Christmas Islands
  • Cocos Islands
  • Cook Islands
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Malta
  • Micronesia Islands
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Ryuku Islands
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • St Helena
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • S. Virgin Islands
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

 

C. Take an English proficiency test and meet one of the following score requirements:

English Proficiency Exam Results:

 
Test Score
TOEFL IBT 80 (reading and writing 20)
IELTS 6.5
PTE 60
CEFR B2
DUOLINGO 105


Westminster College will consider scores from the IELTS Indicator and the TOEFL iBT Home Edition. The college will accept TOEFL iBT superscores for the purpose of meeting TOEFL iBT requirements.

D. Complete Level 8 at the University of Utah English Language Institute (ELI) with a "B+" average or higher (only applies to applicants in the following programs: Master of Arts in Teaching, and Master of Arts in Community Leadership, Master of Education, Master of Public Health).

Westminster College reserves the right to require demonstration of English proficiency, even if a candidate demonstrates eligibility for a proficiency waiver.

Westminster's graduate application can be found online.

 

Application Requirements by Program