The University of Dallas is open to applicants without regard to ethnic or national origin, creed, or sex. Applicants for admission must furnish evidence of good character, and of sufficient academic preparation and ability to do the work required.
Since the University is not a state-supported institution, enrollment is not limited to residents of Texas nor is any distinction made on this basis in entrance requirements or tuition and fees.
The freshman class has traditionally been of the highest quality. This has been demonstrated by the students' consistently high performance on the Admission Test of the College Entrance Examination Board and the American College Testing Program. These results have placed the student body in the top range of all student bodies in the country. The University seeks high school students who have pursued a curriculum of college preparatory courses including English, social studies, mathematics, natural science, and a foreign language. Applicants pursuing a discipline in the sciences should have four years of mathematics. Depth in foreign language is advised.
Although the University is flexible in its admission standards, applicants should be in the upper third of their graduating class and should present satisfactory scores from the College Entrance Examination Board or the American College Testing Program. The Admission Committee treats all applicants as individuals and is especially watchful for areas of individual accomplishment and talent.
Inquiries and application materials for all Liberal Arts graduate programs should be sent to the Graduate Office, Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts. Applications should include two letters of recommendation, transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended, a statement of purpose, and an intellectual autobiography. Possession of a bachelor's degree is prerequisite to matriculating in any graduate program. Applicants should have an undergraduate major in the proposed field or otherwise demonstrate evidence of suitable background.
Special students are those who wish to enroll in graduate level courses but are not seeking a degree. They should be over 21 and have completed an undergraduate degree. If at any time special students wish to become candidates for a degree, they must submit an application and accompanying documents for regular admission into one of the programs which will be considered along with all other applications. Only nine credits earned as a special student may be transferred toward the degree. Art students, however, may not count courses taken as special students.
Students who have deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation may be admitted conditionally, but they must present substantial evidence of capacity to perform at the graduate level.
A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher (4.0 scale) is required in order to pursue a Master's degree or a Graduate Certificate at the SoM. Every student must demonstrate an aptitude for pastoral studies in at least one of three ways:
Students who have deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation may be admitted conditionally but they must present substantial evidence of a capacity to perform at a graduate level and may be required to complete appropriate prerequisites and/or a directed individual study prior to acceptance. In addition, applicants may be asked to provide samples of academic writing and to take part in a personal interview. The application will then be reviewed and assessed.
As a part of the application process, up to nine graduate credits with a grade of "B" or better can be approved for transfer from similar programs at regionally accredited institutions. Deadlines for receipt of applications are July 15 for the fall semester, November 15 for the spring semester, and April 15 for the summer semester.
Special students are those who wish to enroll in graduate level courses for university credit, but are not seeking a degree. They must have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and should be over 21 years of age. Applicants may be asked to participate in a personal interview before admission decisions are made. Contact the School of Ministry for more details and for application materials.
If at any time special students wish to become candidates for a degree, they must submit the application and all accompanying documents for regular admission into a degree program. Only nine credits earned as a special student may be applied toward the degree. Special students are not eligible for University of Dallas scholarships or grants.
Students who have deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation or other circumstances which may raise questions about their suitability for admission may be admitted conditionally, but they must present substantial evidence of capacity to perform at the graduate level. Students admitted conditionally are not eligible for University of Dallas scholarships or grants.
Unless proficiency is otherwise demonstrated, international applicants whose native language is not English are required to take either the English Language Test or the TOEFL of the Educational Testing Service. These tests are given in the students home countries and are normally the only acceptable certification of language ability. Unless a test has been taken at least three months before the proposed date of enrollment, students cannot be sure of having their application processed in time. The minimum acceptable score on the paper based TOEFL (PBT) is 550; the minimum on the computer based TOEFL (CBT) is 213; the minimum on the internet based TOEFL (IBT) is 80. An official copy of diploma/graduation certificate for degrees earned abroad is also required of international applicants. Students bear the cost of having foreign language transcripts evaluated. Contact the School of Ministry for more details. International students should be aware that the University has no special funds for them. Federal loan funds are restricted to U.S. citizens.
Success at the Graduate School of Management depends on a number of factors ranging from motivation to practical knowledge to academic ability. The primary purpose of the admissions process is to determine a prospective student's potential to successfully complete the requirements for each degree. Because the school enrolls full-time, part-time, online, and international students, a variety of paths are available to individuals seeking admission. The student may apply for admission to the Graduate School of Management for the Fall, Spring, or Summer term. Applications for admission are based upon the stated criteria established by the Admission Committee and the Equal Opportunity Policy.
Applicants who hold an earned graduate degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or a comparable foreign degree, and who are in good standing with that institution will be granted immediate Full Admission status. An applicant who does not already hold a graduate degree must show potential by satisfying at least two measures of capability. Full Admission status allows a student who is in good standing with the University to take GSM courses in any order, as long as all program and course prerequisites are met.
Conditional Admission allows an applicant who meets at least one of the Measures of Capability to begin classes in GSM under specific conditions. An applicant granted Conditional Admission must complete 6 credit hours of program prerequisite courses with a 'C' or better (2.000) in each course taken and an overall GPA of 3.000 or better before being considered for Full Admission status. Conditionally admitted students may take only the prerequisite courses and may not take any additional courses until their conditional status has been lifted. In meeting the GPA and credit hour requirement, students may be required to take courses that would have been eligible for waiver. A student may not continue in the program until all conditions of admission (as outlined in the student's admissions agreement) have been satisfied.
Qualifying Admission allows an applicant who meets only minimum application requirements to begin classes in GSM under specific conditions. Applicants must complete up to 15 hours of qualifying courses and then must satisfy the conditional admission requirements. A student may not continue in the program until all conditions of admission (as outlined in the student's admission agreement) have been satisfied.
Special Student Status allows a student to take up to six credit hours without seeking a degree. Applicants must meet the same criteria for admission as a degree seeking applicant. Applicants may only be accepted as a Special Student one time; if the student wishes to take additional courses, the student must apply and be accepted to one of the Graduate School of Management's degree programs. Because Special Students are not admitted to a program, they are not eligible to appeal dismissal to the Academic Review Board.