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Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized college or university with a cumulative grade average of B or higher (an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher on a four-point scale). Official transcripts of all previous college or university studies must be submitted.
  • Submission of a completed application form with a $30.00 non-refundable fee. The fee is waived for Barry University alumni.
  • Submission of a resume or vitae and professional references indicating work history.
  • Two original and verifiable letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic sources.
  • An essay of at least 750 words, which explains why the applicant wishes to pursue their chosen degree and how it will help to fulfill their personal and professional goals. Applicants should also describe in detail their accomplishments, experiences, values, potential for professional excellence, and commitment to completing their chosen degree program. Moreover, applicants should include information about how they work, think and interact with people, as well as on any other potentially relevant topics.
  • International applicants whose previous college or university studies were not in English must earn a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 81 on the internet-based versions of this test. Applicants must also satisfy all of criteria which are outlined in the section of the University Graduate Catalog on International Applicants. In order to receive full admission, all of the above items should be submitted before applicants register for their first courses. If any item is missing or incomplete, applicants may be granted provisional acceptance and may be allowed to register for a limited number of credit hours while stipulated admission or academic requirements are being satisfied. In this situation, full admissions to the program is neither implied nor guaranteed.

PROVISIONAL ADMISSIONS

Students with a GPA below 3.0 may be provisionally admitted if all of the other admissions criteria have been met. Applicants who have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of BELOW a 3.5 GPA will be required to take the ADM 511W Graduate Writing and Research workshop (non-credit/no cost workshop). Students who have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better who have been out of school for more than 4 years are also required to take the ADM 511W in the first term of enrollment.

Provisionally admitted students may register for two (2) courses (six credits) and must receive at least a 3.0 (B) grade in each of the courses to register for any additional course(s). If they are successful in attaining at least a 3.0 (B) in each course, they are fully admitted. If they are unsuccessful in attaining a 3.0 (B) in both courses, then the provisionally admitted student can no longer take courses in the MAA.

Admitted to Class (Class Enrollment for Students Not Yet Admitted)

Students must be admitted to the MAA program to enroll for courses. PACE no longer allows applicants to enroll for courses prior to being admitted to the program.

NOTE: Falsification of any information in this documentation will be considered a violation of the University’s Academic Dishonesty Policy and appropriate measures will be taken. Measures may include rejection of an application or dismissal from the degree program, if the applicant has begun course work.

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