All applications to Graduate Studies consist of the following:

Most programs also require supporting material which may consist of any of the following:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Standardized Admission Tests
  • Writing Sample
  • Program Survey or Questionnaire

Application Form
The application form is available to fill out online. Applicants should begin the application process by filling out this form. You will receive an e-mail confirmation upon successfully completing the form. If you encounter any problems submitting the form, please contact us.

Official transcripts, bearing the seal of the institution and the signature of the registrar, are required for all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework. We only require one copy of each transcript.

Request that the registrar or appropriate official of each institution at which you enrolled in undergraduate and/or graduate coursework send your transcript directly to the Office of Graduate Studies. Any documents in languages other than English should include a certified English evaluation, in addition to the original language document.

Students who file applications prior to the completion of their undergraduate work must subsequently send a final transcript, showing all coursework, degree granted, and date of degree to the Office of Graduate Studies. You should arrange to have this final transcript sent as soon as you have completed your present course of study, and prior to enrollment.

Statement of Purpose
The statement of purpose, usually 1-2 pages in length, describes your academic and professional goals and any experience relevant to the program to which you are applying. This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing skills as you describe your future plans, expectations, and aspirations. Please be sure that your full name is included on the first page of your statement as well as in the document name if you are uploading your document online.

Letters of Recommendation
Please download and fill out a recommendation letter cover sheet for each letter you submit. If you are currently an undergraduate or are a recent graduate, it is beneficial to provide at least one letter from an academic source. In the case of applying to the biology or English program, it is important that the letters be from professors. Applicants with significant relevant professional experience may submit letters of recommendation from supervisors.

Standardized Admission Test
A standardized admission test is required for some of our degree programs. Official test scores must be mailed directly from the testing agency; a student copy will not suffice. Applicants must make arrangements to register for the exam well in advance of an application deadline to ensure that the test result will arrive in time. All test results must be received on or before the application deadline. It usually takes approximately three weeks for our office to receive the test score from the date that the applicant actually sits for the exam.

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for application to Communications Management and History. The GRE is not required for application to English unless the student is also applying for a graduate assistantship.

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is optional for application to the Theology and Religious Studies master’s program.

You may register online for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The John Carroll University GRE code is 1342. Your score is valid for a period of five years.

There is a GRE Fee Reduction program for those who qualify. GRE Fee Reduction certificates are available to eligible college seniors and non-enrolled college graduates who meet the GRE Board guidelines. For more information, visit the Educational Testing Service website. The application for the fee reduction can be obtained through the Office of Financial Aid.

You will also find registration information online at the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) website. The John Carroll University MAT code is 1564. Your score is valid for a period of five years.

Some degree programs will accept an LSAT or GMAT test score in place of the requirement for the GRE/MAT. Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies for further information.

Furthermore, some degree programs will waive the need for the GRE/MAT if an applicant has already completed a master’s degree.

Writing Sample
Applicants to the graduate programs in English and history are required to submit an example of scholarly writing. This writing sample is usually an academic term paper, but can also be a published work in which you are the primary author or another representative sample of your writing. For the English program, the writing sample should be at least 10-12 pages in length. Please be sure to include your name on the first page or your writing sample as well as in the document name if you are uploading your writing sample online.

It is helpful to the admissions committee if you include the following information on your resume in addition to your academic history and relevant work experience:

  • Any teaching or counseling license you currently hold.
  • Any research experience or publications.

Survey or Questionnaire
Applicants to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program must submit a program survey. Applicants to the School Psychology program must submit a program questionnaire.