ADMISSION

The member universities and colleges of Concordia Online Education encourage all interested, academically qualified students to apply for admission into the degree program of their choice.

If you have questions, please contact us for more information, and an Enrollment Specialist will walk you through the enrollment process.

If you’re ready, you can apply online now.

Common Admission Requirements

The following admission requirements for U.S. citizens or permanent residents are standard across all online degree programs offered by the member universities and colleges of Concordia Online Education:

  • Completed online application
  • Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution (master’s degree for Ed.D. programs)
  • Official transcripts are required from each degree-granting institution attended, as well as post-bachelor’s or master’s level transcripts (if applicable). If your program requires prerequisite courses, official transcripts verifying the successful completion will be required. For your convenience, please sign the transcript release form if you would like the university or college to which you are applying to request official transcripts on your behalf
  • A Letter of Intent (not needed for the M.S. in Accounting program). Letter of Intent content requirements vary by program; please review the details needed for your specific program
  • Current résumé

Standard admission is provided to students who meet all the admission requirements of the specific program to which they are applying.

Conditional Admission

Please Note: Conditional admission may be granted to students who do not meet specific admission requirements; however, additional material and documentation will be requested. GPA and other criteria vary by degree program; please review the specific requirement listed below and contact an Enrollment Specialist if you have additional questions or need more information.

TRANSFER CREDITS

Transfer credit policies vary by institution and degree program.

Please contact us, and an Enrollment Specialist will review and discuss the transfer credit policies specific to your degree program.

 

SPECIFIC PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The following items are also required for specific degree programs as indicated.
If you have questions, please contact us for more information.

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M.B.A.

MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

  • Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher for admission to Concordia University, Nebraska M.B.A. programs
  • Students can be conditionally accepted with a GPA below 2.8; however, you may be required to submit additional material.
  • Your required Letter of Intent should be 500-750 words in length. The content and the clarity of writing will be assessed in the admission process and should explain the following:
    • Your interest in the program to which you are applying
    • What you hope to achieve by completing the program
    • How your personal or professional background relates to your interests and goals
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M.S. IN ACCOUNTING

  • Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and a 3.0 or higher in all prerequisite upper division accounting courses
  • Students can be conditionally accepted with a GPA below 3.0; however, the GRE or GMAT is required, as well as a Letter of Intent addressing your academic performance
  • Prerequisites include the following courses: Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I and II, Cost Accounting, Federal Taxation, and Auditing
    • Accounting undergraduate students will have completed and earned a B in each of these courses or equivalents
    • Business undergraduate students will complete these equivalencies within their program track. Note: The first attempt of these prerequisite courses is offered free of charge to our online students
  • Current résumé
  • An interview with a graduate advisor is required to establish that prerequisite courses meet the institution’s requirements
  • Two letters of recommendation
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M.S. IN BUSINESS LEADERSHIP

  • Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Students can be conditionally accepted with a GPA below 3.0; however, you may be required to submit additional material
  • Your required Letter of Intent should be 300-500 words in length, discussing at least one reason for choosing the Business Leadership program, along with your professional goals
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • You will be notified if you are required to submit any additional documents
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M.Ed.

Master of Education

  • Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Students can be conditionally accepted with a GPA below 2.8; however, you may be required to submit additional material
  • Your required Letter of Intent should be 500-750 words in length. The content and the clarity of writing will be assessed in the admission process and should explain the following:
    • Your interest in the program to which you are applying
    • What you hope to achieve by completing the program
    • How your personal or professional background relates to your interests and goals
  • Individual programs may have supplemental requirements, including but not necessarily limited to letters of recommendation. An Enrollment Specialist can discuss any other requirements or additional documents needed
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M.S. in Athletics Administration

  • Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Students can be conditionally accepted with a GPA below 2.8; however, you may be required to submit additional material
  • Your required Letter of Intent should be 500-750 words in length. The content and the clarity of writing will be assessed in the admission process and should explain the following:
    • Your interest in the program to which you are applying
    • What you hope to achieve by completing the program
    • How your personal or professional background relates to your interests and goals
  • Individual programs may have supplemental requirements, including but not necessarily limited to letters of recommendation. An Enrollment Specialist can discuss any other requirements or additional documents needed
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Ed.D.

Doctorate of Education

  • Applicants must have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in a master’s degree program or any post-master’s credit from a regionally accredited institution or institutions
  • Your required Letter of Intent should be no more than two pages, citing evidence as to why you should be admitted to the doctoral program, including reasons why you chose Concordia Portland and illustrating your commitment to degree completion
  • Submit an example of original scholarly writing from graduate-level work that demonstrates your best scholarly writing. The sample should be approximately 10 pages with APA formatting and should be double-spaced
  • Your résumé should include references (please explain your relationship with the references and include their contact information)
  • An interview may be required upon request from the review committee
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M.S. IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

Candidates for Concordia University, Nebraska’s M.S. in Computer Science degree program should hold a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related area that involves substantial work in information technology from an accredited university. All students, especially those without an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, should have:

  • Substantial, current experience with an imperative programming language and familiarity with a second programming language
  • Familiarity with common data structures like arrays, stacks, and linked lists, and common algorithms for sorting and searching
  • Operational knowledge of modern operating systems and computer architectures
  • Knowledge of introductory statistics and college algebra
  • Experience with writing programs that create and access files
  • Involvement with configuring and connecting devices to a network
 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The member universities and colleges of Concordia Online Education accept students from around the world. International students enrolled in an online program will not be issued an I-20 from a member university or college of Concordia Online Education and will not be eligible to receive an F-1 student visa to study in the United States. International students (anyone who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident) will need to fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission into any of our online programs:

The same requirements as U.S. citizens/permanent residents, plus the following additions –

  • Proof of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree that is recognized by the Ministry of Education from that country
  • Your university or college transcripts will need to be evaluated by an approved transcript evaluation partner (full list provided on this page)
  • Statement of Financial Guarantee
  • For applicants educated in a university or college where English is not the medium of instruction or where English is not the native language, official score results for the TOEFL or IELTS must be submitted. Any English test score older than two years will not be accepted. Score requirements vary by institution and program:

    Concordia University - Portland, M.Ed.:
    TOEFL: Internet-based score - 80; paper-based score - 550
    IELTS: 6.5

    Concordia University - Portland, Ed.D.:
    TOEFL: Internet-based score - 100; paper-based score - 600

    Concordia University, Nebraska, all programs:
    TOEFL: Internet-based score - 79; paper-based score - 550
    IELTS: 6.5

    Concordia College-New York, all programs:
    TOEFL: Internet-based score - 80; paper-based score - 550
    IELTS: 6.5

TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION PARTNERS

An evaluation may be obtained from one of the following institutions. Please note that a "comprehensive" or "course by course" report is required.

  • Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI)
    P.O. Box 6908
    Beverly Hills, CA 90212
    E-mail: acei@acei1.com
    Website: www.acei1.com
    Phone: 310-275-3530 or 800-234-1597
    Fax: 310-275-3528
  • AACRAO: Office of International Education Services (OIES)
    One Dupont Circle, NW
    Suite 520
    Washington, D.C. 20036-1135
    E-mail: oies@aacrao.org
    Website: www.aacrao.org
    Phone: 202-296-3359
    Fax: 202-872-8857
  • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
    P.O. Box 92970
    Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970
    E-mail: eval@ece.org
    Website: www.ece.org
    Phone: 414-289-3400
    Fax: 414-289-3411
  • Foundation for International Services, Inc. (FIS)
    505 5th Avenue South, Suite 101
    Edmonds, WA 98020
    E-mail: info@fis-web.com
    Website: www.fis-web.com
    Phone: 425-248-2255
    Fax: 425-248-2262
  • World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
    P.O. Box 5087
    Bowling Green Station
    New York, NY 10274-5087
    Email: info@wes.org
    Web: www.wes.org
    Phone: 212-966-6311
    Fax: 212-739-6100

International Applicants

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ADMISSION FAQs

Is the GRE or other test score required?

Admission requirements vary by degree program. Please contact an Enrollment Specialist to discuss admission into your degree program of interest.

How do I know if the universities and colleges of Concordia Online Education offer quality online programs?

The member universities and colleges of Concordia Online Education are each regionally accredited, non-profit institutions of higher learning. Every Concordia Online Education university or college member also lists specific accreditations on their sites. Each online master’s and doctoral degree program offered includes the same high academic standards as the on-campus equivalent.

How do I register for classes?

As soon as an admission decision is made, your advisor will contact you to register for your first class. For late applicants, you may be enrolled immediately following admission to the university or college for which you are applying.

Can I afford a master’s or doctorate degree?

The universities and colleges of Concordia Online Education offer numerous choices, such as school-based scholarships, grants and federal financial aid, monthly payments, and military benefits to those candidates who qualify. You might also qualify for a combination of options and other offers. We will provide you with an Enrollment Specialist who will discuss all your funding options and other questions you may have. Also, please check with your employer to see if tuition reimbursement is offered.

Should I wait to start my graduate degree?

It depends. If you are waiting for life to slow down, the answer is “no,” because your personal and professional life will go on whether or not you are in school. Receiving your graduate degree will need to be one of your many priorities – but it doesn’t need to be your only priority during your studies. Investing in yourself and your career is the best return on investment you can receive! We also help you get started by streamlining the admissions process for our online students.

May I apply to a Master of Education program even though I am not working in a classroom?

Yes. Even though some of the graduate Education programs of Concordia Online Education universities and colleges require previous classroom experience, many M.Ed. students are not working in a classroom at the time they apply.

I am worried that I will not be able to learn online. How does online learning work?

Many first-time online students have the same concern. There will be some adjustments needed compared to traditional in-class learning; however, we’ve found that after the first two weeks, students are usually comfortable with online learning and enjoy its benefits and flexibility. The member universities and colleges of Concordia Online Education also offer outstanding student-focused support: you will have access to technical support and Student Services teams, and an Enrollment Specialist who will be with you until you graduate.

I am not very tech savvy. Should I still consider online education?

Yes, online instruction is provided in a user-friendly format, based on proven, reliable technology. You should have a basic comfort level with computers and will need to be familiar with the most commonly used web browsers (including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari) and be able to use Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint to complete written assignments. In addition, you should be open to learning how to use any new technologies that your instructor chooses to use in his/her course.

I have a very full schedule and work full time. How many hours will I need to study to excel in the program?

Every online degree program offered by a university or college of Concordia Online Education is designed for working professionals. The majority of students have an extremely busy schedule, which is why there is never a preset time that you have to be in class. The classroom works around your schedule; it is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Based on student polls, the average time spent working in a course is 15-20 hours a week, which includes reading, posting on the Learning Management System, and normally submitting one assignment weekly.

Can I get accepted if my grade point average (GPA) is below the program requirements?

Depending on the program to which you are applying, conditional admission may be provided to students who do not meet the GPA requirements; however, additional material and documentation will be required. GPA requirements vary by program. Please contact an Enrollment Specialist to discuss admission into your degree program of interest.

When do classes start?

Depending on the program to which you are applying, there are normally six or more starts (or cohorts) per year. The sooner you start, the faster you can complete your master’s degree and reach your career goals.

How many students are in a course?

Online classes have between 6-18 students, with the average being about 15 students.

Do you offer monthly payment plans?

Yes. Some programs offer an automatic monthly payment plan to students who have a balance due on their student account that is not covered by financial aid. In order to avoid account delinquency, students choosing to utilize the payment plan must enroll in the plan before the first day of the term. The installment payments occur monthly during the length of the student’s academic term. A payment plan enrollment fee of $35.00 per term will be assessed. Payments can be made with any major credit card or E-Check. A 2.75% convenience fee will be charged to credit/debit card payments.

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