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How to Apply

Ready to Start Your Graduate Degree Journey at Creighton?

You’ve made a smart decision in choosing the Graduate School at Creighton University to reach your degree goals. Your first step in this exciting journey is to review the full list of admission requirements and then submit a completed admissions application. We’re here to help with the rest.

If you have questions, our enrollment specialists are always ready with answers. Reach out to one directly any time you have questions about the process. 

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“A graduate degree is an investment—in both time and money. Creighton ensures our programs are flexible and accessible to as many people as possible. Students graduate ready to take what they’ve learned and apply it to make improvements in peoples’ lives. Creighton makes sure the investment is worth it.”


—Dustin Ormond, PhD | Assistant Professor, Heider College of Business

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements vary by program. Whether you already know which program you want to pursue or are still early in your graduate research process, you can explore a complete list of program offerings. Program-specific admissions requirements are outlined in full on each program detail page. 

In general, most of Creighton’s graduate programs require that you have or provide the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a recommended 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 process.

  • 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, and specific requirements are provided in the application.

Some programs have additional requirements that must be met. For example, certain programs require GRE, GMAT, Praxis or other test scores in addition to the standard requirements shown above. Find a complete list of admission requirements by visiting the program page for your intended field of study.

Conditional Admission

If you have an undergraduate degree but are unable to meet the other requirements for your program, you may be eligible for admission on a conditional basis. Conditional admission allows you to complete up to six credit hours of graduate-level coursework before gaining full admittance. See the program page for your desired field of study for more details and to find out if it accepts students with conditional admission. For more information, contact an enrollment specialist for one-on-one guidance. 

    International Applicants

    English Language Proficiency Requirements

    English Language Proficiency is an important part of the application process for those whose first language is not English. The Faculty Admission Committee for each Creighton Graduate Program has the discretion to determine individual standards for how this requirement will be met using one or more of the following:

    • Your English language exam scores. See below for the exams currently allowed and minimum scores accepted.
    • Completion of an undergraduate degree from one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Barbados, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guam, Ireland, Jamaica, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Scotland, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, and Virgin Islands.
    • Individual Graduate Programs have the discretion to utilize face-to-face interviews or other means to verify that English language proficiency has been met.
    TOEFL Score IELTS Score Duolingo Score
    90 or above (no section below 20) Overall 6.5 (no section below 6.0) 61 or above

    Nursing Programs Only 

    TOEFL Score IELTS Score Duolingo Score
    100 or above (no section below 20) Overall 7.0 (no section below 6.0) Not accepted at this time

    Certification of Available Finances

    International applicants who are formally admitted to an on-campus program must complete and submit a Certification of Available Finances Form through the Global Engagement Office.

    Application Deadlines

    In order to ensure that all necessary paperwork is completed in time for your intended start date, international applicants should submit their materials three months prior to the beginning of the class.