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Graduate Admissions

Advance your education in a graduate program at UP

 

The University of Providence in Great Falls, Montana is here to help you take your education and career to the next level. Our top-notch graduate degree programs focusing on health professions, business and sports management shape early career professionals into leaders and innovators in their field.

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Important Deadlines for

Graduate Admissions

 

School of Health Professions

Fall 2023 – August 16, 2023 

Summer 2023 – April 21

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Fall 2023 – August 16, 2023

Summer 2023 – April 21

 

How to Apply

 

We are excited to announce our partnership with BusinessCAS, GradCAS and NursingCAS for our graduate programs. These CAS programs are centralized, easy to navigate application services that support students and universities in a more streamlined application process.

Individuals interested in applying for graduate programs for the Fall 2023 semester or later will need to submit their application through their respective CAS applications. Applications are live for candidates interested in beginning in Spring 2023, Summer 2023, Fall 2023, Spring 2024 and Summer 2024.

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Application Requirements
  1. Complete your application for Admission
  2. Submit required Application Fees
    • Summer 2023 – $50 application fee, submitted through our online application.
    • Fall 2023, Spring 2024, or Summer 2024 –
      • Organizational Leadership Management: $48 application fee, required by BusinessCAS
      • Sports Management: $38 application fee, required by GradCAS
  3. Official transcript that shows completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. For BusinessCAS and GradCAS Applicants, transcripts should be submitted directly to the CAS. For all other applicants, transcripts can be sent directly to: University of Providence | Admissions | 1301 20th Street South |Great Falls, MT 59405.
  4. Graduate Personal Statement
  5. Current resume highlighting work, volunteer, or extra curricular experience.
  6. If an undergraduate GPA falls below 3.0, at the discretion of the program coordinator, the student may be required to complete the GRE exam. Recommended GRE scores are 150 verbal and 149 quantitative.
School of Health Professions and Sciences Application Requirements

General Application Requirements for All Health Professions Masters Programs

  1. Complete your application for Admission
    • Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 Applicants: Refer to program information below:
  2. Submit required Application fees
    • Fall 2023, Spring 2024, or Summer 2024 –
      • Nursing Programs: $80 application fee, required by NursingCAS
      • All other programs – $38 application fee required by GradCAS
  3. Official transcript that shows completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. For BusinessCAS and GradCAS Applicants, transcripts should be submitted directly to the CAS. For all other applicants, transcripts can be sent directly to: University of Providence | Admissions | 1301 20th Street South |Great Falls, MT 59405.
  4. Graduate Personal Statement
  5. Current resume highlighting work, volunteer, or extra curricular experience.
  6. If an undergraduate GPA falls below 3.0, at the discretion of the program coordinator, the student may be required to complete the GRE exam. Recommended GRE scores are 150 verbal and 149 quantitative.

 

Program Specific Requirements – Health Professions Masters Programs

Healthcare Administration Program
A placement essay is required.  The criteria will be emailed directly to you as soon as your admission application is submitted.

Infection Prevention & Epidemiology Program
Proof of completion of the pre-requisite courses: Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology I & II & Introduction to Statistics

Nursing Educator Program
1. Copy of your active nursing license.

2.   Graduate Personal Statement addressing the following: Please compose a short essay addressing your plan for success as you transition to a master’s level nursing curriculum,  include reason for pursuing graduate education. Also, include your plans for understanding of and suitability for distance learning and time management.

3. Two letters of reference – one professional and one scholastic

Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program

1.   Copy of your active nursing license

2.  Graduate Personal Statement addressing the following: Please compose a short essay addressing your plan for success as you transition to a master’s level nursing curriculum, include reason for pursuing graduate education. Also, include your plans for understanding of and suitability for distance learning and time management.

3.  Two letters of reference – one professional and one scholastic

4.  Do you have a preceptor you are considering? Yes/No? If yes, please plan to provide the name of the person and facility information.

 

What’s Next After Admission?

 

After you’ve been admitted as a graduate student at the University of Providence, here is what you’ll need to do next.

  1. Reply to your “Offer of Admission.” By filling out this form, you’ll confirm that you are committed to attending the University of Providence.
  2. Pay your tuition deposit to secure your place in the incoming class.
  3. As required by Montana state law for on-campus students, provide your immunization records showing dates of MMR 1 & 2 vaccinations, if you plan to reside on campus.
  4. Complete the STARTUP Online Orientation course. Instructions on how to participate in this course will be provided to you upon submitting the tuition deposit.
  5. Register for your classes. An academic advisor will touch base with you to help you register once you have completed the STARTUP course.
  6. If you have coursework in progress at the time of application, an updated transcript showing completion of coursework will be required.

Another important step in your graduate enrollment and admissions process includes applying for financial aid. If you plan on obtaining financial aid, be sure to complete the FAFSA. Results should be sent to the University of Providence (school code 002527).

Important FAFSA information:

  • The FAFSA is available beginning Oct. 1 in the year before the academic year for which you are applying. 
  • You may be asked to provide follow-up information as part of the financial aid process, so please pay attention to any communication from FAFSA or from the Financial Aid Office.

 

Learn more about financial aid.

Please note that Health Professions students will also be required to participate in mandatory program-specific immersions. A program manager will contact students about available immersion dates upon completion of the STARTUP Online Orientation course.

Graduate Admissions FAQs

How much is the application fee to apply to graduate school at UP?

The application fee amount varies depending on the program. Application fees are as follows:

  • Organizational Leadership Management program: $48
  • Sports Management program: $24
  • Nursing programs: $80
  • All other programs: $24
What should I include in my personal statement?

Your personal statement gives you the opportunity to tell your story. What makes your experience unique — either in your education or in your professional career — and what sets you apart from other applicants? Tell us about what has shaped you and why you’re interested in the program you’re applying for.

While a personal statement is indeed personal, it should still comprehensively and formally convey your achievements, goals and history in a way that best represents you as a student and professional. This includes ensuring that your statement is free of any grammatical errors and accurately recounts your education and/or career path, goals and achievements.

The personal statement is part of University of Providence’s first impression of you, so be sure to set yourself up for success by clearly and concisely articulating your unique selling points, personal experiences and professional goals throughout your statement. 

Other quick tips include:

  • Your opening paragraph should be attention grabbing — focus on finding a theme, hook or storyline that captures the energy of your overall statement and can anchor your opening paragraph to a common thread. Having a strong opening can keep admissions teams engaged and interested in what you have to say.
  • While you should keep your statement relatively brief and concise, that doesn’t mean you should make generalizations about your educational or professional experiences. Being specific about your skills, experiences and familiarity with the tools of your industry demonstrates that you’re an expert in your field and tells admissions teams that you’re well equipped for graduate study.
  • Keep it professional and relevant. The work you did in high school is likely not relevant to your future education in graduate school and is best left out of your personal statement. Focus on more recent experiences in your undergraduate career or in your profession. In addition, avoid cliches (remember, you want to stand out from other applicants) and refrain from controversial or divisive subjects that lack relevance to your studies and may be offensive to those reading your personal statement.
Who should I ask for professional or scholastic references?

Scholastic references often come from previous professors or educators who have worked closely with you and can speak to your strengths as a student. Professional references typically come from managers or supervisors who are familiar with your professional work and have insight into your performance and professional competencies. If you have additional questions about who to contact for a letter of reference, please contact the Office of Admissions for support.

Who can I contact for help with my application?

Should you have any questions about your application or need further assistance, you can contact the Office of Admissions for support.

UP Graduate Student Snapshot

 

Get Hands-on

Our graduate students get hands-on experience in their education through internship opportunities, clinical components or engaging online courses. While each graduate program offers a unique kind of experiential learning, the University of Providence values education that gets students thinking and participating outside the traditional classroom setting. Explore our graduate programs to learn more about program formats and hands-on opportunities.

Personalize Your Experience

We believe your education doesn’t have to be a one-size-fits-all experience. That’s why several of our graduate programs allow you to tailor your education to your interests through specialized program concentrations. Want to get a master’s in nursing with a concentration in geriatric care or a master’s in mental health counseling with a concentration in addiction counseling? At UP, you can!

Accessible and Affordable

The cost of your graduate education shouldn’t hold you back from pursuing your goals. Nearly 96% of UP students receive some form of financial assistance that helps to facilitate their education. Aid types include scholarships, loans or grants. You can learn more about financial aid opportunities by visiting the Financial Services page, or view the Financial Aid page to learn more about important aid deadlines and processes.

Become a Graduate Student at UP – Start Your Application!

Now that you know how to apply to a graduate program at UP, take the next step toward your goals by beginning your application today.

 

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