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Q:What does the Admissions Committee consider when reviewing my application?
The Admission Committee looks for evidence of the ability to be successful in graduate school. There are no numerical formulas or absolute score/GPA cutoffs used when evaluating applications. All information submitted is carefully considered so that the committee gets a clear picture of the whole person. Grades from past college/university work, test score(s), and letters of recommendation and/or personal statements where required, are taken into consideration.

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Q:Will Xavier accept transfer credit from graduate work I've already completed at another institution?
A maximum of six semester hours (or the equivalent) of graduate work completed at another accredited graduate school prior to initial admission to Xavier University may be transferred with the permission of the program director and the dean. Coursework that is part of a previously earned graduate degree is not accepted for transfer credit. Only grades of "A" or "B" (3.00 or higher) are transferable. Decisions regarding transfer credit are made at the time of admission to degree seeking status.

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Q:What kinds of financial aid are available to graduate students at Xavier?

There are many possibilities for financial assistance for graduate course work at Xavier. Options include graduate assistantship positions, Xavier graduate study grants, tuition payment plans, federal student loans, employer reimbursement, outside grants, etc. Further details are available on the Financial Aid page.

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Q:Is financial aid available for part-time graduate students?

Yes! Part-time graduate students are eligible for Xavier Graduate Study Grants and for some graduate assistantships. Students taking 4.5 credit hours or more per semester are eligible for federal student loans. See the Financial Aid page for more information.

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Q:Does Xavier offer workshops for graduate credit?
Yes, workshops on a variety of topics are offered during the entire academic year, especially during the summer term. Workshops are offered in different formats (week, weekend, etc.), and some are offered at convenient off-campus locations. The summer schedule of classes is available on March 1 of each year and lists the summer workshops available.

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Q:When do I have to pay for my classes?

You must pay or make arrangements to pay for your tuition when you register (unless you register early). Options include arranging for a payment plan, deferring payment until a student loan or employer reimbursement comes through, or paying with cash, check, or credit card. See the Bursar page for more information about payment options.

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Q:Is the application process different if I already have a graduate degree?
For most programs, you do not need to submit a standardized test score if you already hold a graduate degree.

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Q:May I begin taking graduate classes before I take a standardized exam?

Yes, for some programs, you may begin graduate courses as a non-degree graduate student without submitting academic transcripts or test scores. To register as a non-degree graduate student, you need only apply for admission as a non-degree graduate student. Applications are available from the Office of the Graduate School. You may register as a non-degree student the same day you apply! Transcripts and test scores are required for admission to a degree program, and these may be submitted while your first courses are in progress. Please note that no more than six credit hours taken in a non-degree status may be transferred into a degree program.

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Q:How do I register to take the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)?

The MAT is offered on campus once per week on various days and times. Call the Xavier University Psychological Services Center at (513) 745-3531 to register for a test date. See the Miller Analogies Test page for more information.

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Q:When is the last day to register for classes?

You may register for a class on the day it begins. However, we do recommend registering as early as possible to reduce the chances of your class being closed. Registration for the fall semester and summer sessions begins in late March, and registration for spring begins in late November. If it is your first class at Xavier, you may complete an application for non-degree graduate status and register on the same day.

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Q:Who is my academic advisor, and how do I contact him or her?

Graduate program directors serve as academic advisors. For a complete list of program directors and how to contact them, see the Graduate Program Directors page.

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Q:Can I set up an advising appointment before I apply or am accepted?

Certainly. You may contact a Graduate Program Director for an appointment to discuss your background and interests, and to learn more about the program in which you are interested. You may wish to bring copies of your transcripts, especially if you are interested in teacher certification/licensure. Click here for a list of Graduate Program Directors.

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