Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL

Have questions about becoming a graduate student at Creighton University? We can help. Answers to many of the most frequently asked questions by future graduate students can be found below. 

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General Graduate School Questions

Tuition and Financial Aid

Admission Requirements

Applying

Admitted Students

International Applicants


General Graduate School Questions

What graduate degree programs does Creighton offer?

Creighton University’s comprehensive course offerings include more than 40 master’s, doctoral, and graduate certificate programs in business, education, health care, leadership, ministry, and science.

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How long will it take to earn my degree?

Many of Creighton’s master’s degree programs can be completed in about 2-3 years. If you’re not ready to commit to the demands of a master’s program, consider enhancing your skills and your opportunities in as little as 8-12 months through one of our graduate certificate programs. If you’re considering earning your doctorate, you can expect to complete one of our doctoral programs in 3-5 years, depending on the program.

Our dual degree options enable you to make the most of your tuition dollars and earn two master’s degrees in less time than it would take to earn them both separately. Earning a second master’s degree typically involves taking only a few additional classes.

We also offer several accelerated degrees that can be completed in 18 months as well as accelerated bachelor’s to master’s degree options that allow current Creighton undergraduate students to begin taking graduate courses prior to earning their bachelor’s degree.

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What is it like to be an online student at Creighton University?

Many of our online students take classes while juggling the responsibilities that come with a full-time job, a family, and more. Our online students come from diverse backgrounds.

We offer a wealth of resources to help you determine if you’re prepared to be an online student and to support you throughout your course of study. Learn more about Creighton’s flexible online course offerings and what to expect as an online student.

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What resources are available for graduate students at Creighton?

From tutoring for graduate writing to research databases and technical support, Creighton University offers a number of resources to help you be successful in your pursuit of a graduate degree.

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What career resources are available for me after I complete my graduate degree?

The Creighton Career Center offers access to resume and cover letter writing assistance, interviewing tips and practice interviews, career fairs, job search strategies, the Creighton Career Alumni Network, and much more.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

How much does a graduate degree from Creighton University cost?

A full listing of tuition rates and applicable fees for all graduate programs can be found on the university’s tuition and fees page.

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Is financial aid available for graduate students?

Yes! We encourage you to explore options for federal student aid, availability of tuition assistance through your employer, available scholarships and awards from the Graduate School and third parties. We also offer a flexible monthly payment plan and special tuition rates for graduate students in ministry and education.

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Admission Requirements

What admission requirements do I need to meet? What documents are required to apply?

Admission requirements vary by program. At minimum, you will need to have or provide the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher. Some programs require a higher GPA and/or that you earned a bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement. Specific requirements are provided in the application
    Letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members who can speak to your performance in an academic or professional setting. The number of letters required varies by program. Specific requirements are provided in the application

The above list is not exhaustive. A complete list of admission requirements for your program can be found by visiting its program page. More information, including details on additional requirements, applying as an international student, conditional admission, and applying as a non-degree seeking student can be found on our Admission Requirements page.

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Do I need to take the GMAT, GRE, or Praxis Core Test?

It depends on your program of interest. Admission requirements vary by program. A complete list of admission requirements for your program can be found by visiting its program page.

Most graduate programs offered through the Heider College of Business require applicants to provide a GMAT score to apply. GMAT waivers are available in many cases; however, the final decision is made by the director of your selected program of study. Visit the program page for your program of interest and take note of the GMAT policy listed in the Admission Requirements section.

Many of our science programs require a GRE test score. Request that your score be sent to Creighton from ETS using our school code: 6121.

Some education programs require you to complete the Praxis Core Test. Visit the program page for your program of interest and take note of the Admission Requirements section.

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Applying

How do I apply to a graduate program at Creighton University?

Applying to Creighton University’s Graduate School is easy, though the application can take some time to complete. Start your application here. We recommend beginning the application process at least two weeks prior to the application deadline for your program of interest. This allows enough time for the preparation, receipt, and processing of materials required. Application deadlines and admission requirements vary by program. A complete list of application deadlines and admission requirements for your program can be found by visiting its program page.

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When is the deadline to apply to graduate school at Creighton University?

Application deadlines vary by program. For a complete listing of deadlines for your program of interest, please visit your program’s page and note the dates listed in the “Important Dates and Deadlines” section.

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How do I apply to begin classes in a future term?

When you begin your application, after you select your intended program of study, you will be asked to select an entry term. If you would like to apply for admission to an entry term that is not listed, please contact an enrollment specialist.

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Can I apply to more than one graduate program?

Yes, you may apply to more than one graduate program.

You may also want to consider a dual degree program. These cost-effective options allow you to earn two master’s degrees in less time than it would take to earn them individually. Only certain programs qualify. See a full list of current dual degree offerings.

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How do I submit transcripts?

You will need to request to have official transcripts sent to Creighton University directly from all other educational institutions you have attended. This includes all colleges and universities (including Creighton), technical, business, professional, or correspondence schools. Transcripts are needed even if you did not earn any credit there or if you transferred credit to another institution.

You have two options for submitting official transcripts:

Option 1: Request official transcript(s) be sent by mail in a timely manner to the mailing address below:

Enrollment Services
Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178

Option 2: Request official transcript(s) be sent by email to EnrollmentServices [at] creighton [dot] edu

If you are applying to a nursing program, you will need to report your high school information, but high school transcripts are not required.

What should I include in my personal statement?

Many of our graduate programs require you to submit a personal statement as part of the application process. In general, you will likely be asked to provide a 500-750 word statement in which you describe your personal, academic, and/or professional goals; your reasons for pursuing a graduate certificate or degree in your program(s) of interest; and how this degree program will assist you in achieving your goals.

This should be used as general guidance only. The requirements for the personal statement vary by program. Requirements specific to your program of interest can be found in the application.

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How do I send test scores as part of my application?

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores must be sent to our admissions team by the Educational Testing Service. Access your account and add Creighton’s code (6121) to the list of schools to which your scores can be released. More information is available on the Additional Score Reports web page.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores must be sent to our admissions team by the Educational Testing Service. Access your account and add Creighton’s code (6121) to the list of schools to which your scores can be released. More information is available on the Additional Score Reports web page.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores may be sent to our admissions team directly. We only need the Test Report Form (TRF) number printed near the bottom right of your official IELTS score report. Please email the TRF to enrollmentservices [at] creighton [dot] edu.

How do I submit letters of recommendation for my application?

We make it easy to submit letters of recommendation. As you complete your application, you will be asked to provide the name of each reference as well as their email address. Once you submit this information, they will receive an email with instructions on how to submit their letter. No further action is required on your part.

You will receive notifications via email when each of your references successfully submits their letter of recommendation. You can also see an overview of which documents have been received or if any documents have yet to be received by visiting your student portal.

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How can I check on the status of my application?

You can check on the status of your application at any time by logging into your student portal. Your student portal will show you what documents have been received, if any documents are missing, and if any changes have been made to the status of your application.

Student Portal


When and how will I find out if I have been admitted?

You will only be considered for admission once you have submitted your completed application and we have received all required documents. Application review processes vary by program.

Once a decision has been reached, you will receive an email notifying you that an update has been made to your application status. From there, you will log into your student portal where you can view your admission decision.

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How can I withdraw my application?

We’re sorry to hear that you would like to withdraw your application. Please contact an enrollment specialist and they will help you through the process of withdrawing your application.

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Admitted Students

What should I do after being admitted?

Congratulations on your admission to the Graduate School at Creighton University! You should receive an email with your Network ID (NetID) which you will use to access Creighton systems and services. Activate your account by visiting ami.creighton.edu and clicking “Activate Account.”

Once your account is active, you may access NEST (Nearly Every Student Transaction) to see your course registration, view your billing account, purchase a parking permit, and check on your progress toward your degree.

You may also log into your CUMail account at office365.creighton.edu by using your NetID [at] creighton [dot] edu email address and BLUE password.

How do I register for classes?

Your Academic Coach or Advisor will help you determine which classes you need to take. In most cases, they will also handle your registration.

How can I defer my admission to a future term or withdraw?

Please contact an enrollment specialist and they will help you through the process of withdrawing or deferring your admission to a future term.

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International Applicants

Where is Creighton University located?

Creighton University is proud to be in the heart of downtown Omaha, Nebraska, which is located in the heart of the Midwestern United States of America.

Omaha is about 470 miles (756 km) west of Chicago, Illinois; about 540 miles (869 km) east of Denver, Colorado; about 380 miles (612 km) southwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and about 200 miles (322 km) north of Kansas City, Missouri.

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What can you tell me about Omaha, Nebraska?

Omaha is a vibrant city that serves as home to nearly half a million people, several Fortune 500 companies, a thriving entertainment and arts scene, Creighton’s 14 NCAA Division I teams in eight sports, various major sporting events and semipro sports teams, and the NCAA® Men’s College World Series®.

If your graduate program brings you to our campus in Omaha, welcome! We hope you enjoy our community as much as we love being a part of it.

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Will I need to visit campus to complete my graduate degree program?

This varies by program. Our on-campus programs inherently require you to visit campus and/or live nearby while you pursue your degree. Our hybrid programs offer flexibility to study on-campus and/or online. Hybrid programs can sometimes be completed entirely on-campus or entirely online, depending on your preference. Check the curriculum listing for your program of interest for more details.

A number of our graduate degree programs are offered online. Many of them can be completed entirely online, though some online programs do require one or more residency visits to campus. Check the curriculum listing for your program of interest for more details.

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My program requires me to come to campus. What documents will I need?

Once you are admitted to Creighton, you will receive an I-20 form from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). Once you have your I-20, you will need to obtain a passport if you do not already have one and an F-1 student visa. This visa allows you to enter the United States at a port of entry. Your visa only needs to be valid for your entry into the country. It can expire while you are here if you maintain your status. However, your I-20 form must remain valid while you are in the country.

Our Global Engagement Office has additional information on obtaining your F-1 student visa, wait times and deadlines for acquiring these documents, and entering the United States on its website.

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Do I need to take the TOEFL?

Scores are currently accepted from the following English language proficiency exams to meet the Graduate School’s English language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL score: 90 or above, with no subsection score below 20
  • IELTS score: 6.5 or above, with no subsection score below 6.0
  • Duolingo score: 61 or above

Requirements differ for graduate programs in nursing:

  • TOEFL score: 100 or above, with no subsection score below 20
  • IELTS score: 7.0 or above, with no subsection score below 6.0
  • Duolingo scores are not accepted for nursing programs at this time

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Do I need an F-1 Student Visa to be a student at Creighton University?

You only need to obtain the F-1 Student Visa if your program of study requires you to visit the Creighton University campus in Omaha, Nebraska. While this obviously applies to programs offered on-campus, keep in mind that an online or hybrid program may also include an on-campus residency component.

For more information on how to obtain a visa for entry into the United States, please visit our Global Engagement Office Website

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Is financial aid available for international graduate students?

Yes! We encourage you to explore options for tuition assistance through your employer as well as available scholarships and awards from the Graduate School and third parties. We also offer special tuition rates for graduate students in ministry and education.

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