Graduate Admissions

Your journey to a graduate degree starts here.

Choose your degree level below to learn about the application process and required materials. All applications are accepted online. There is no fee to apply, and you may begin your application at any time by creating an account on our application page.

Applications must be completed within one year of initial submission or individuals may be required to resubmit materials. All application materials become a permanent and confidential part of University records and are not returned.

Master's Programs

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree earned from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or an equivalent degree from a nationally accredited college or university outside the U.S. are encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application.
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended.
  • Personal statement.
  • Current resume.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation, from faculty and/or work supervisors who can attest to an applicant’s ability to be successful in graduate studies.

Special Requirements

For the Newport MFA in creative writing, applicants must also submit a creative writing sample. Letters of recommendation should address the applicant's ability as a writer. The application deadline is May 1 for the summer cohort and Nov. 15 for the spring cohort (January start).

For the M.A. in applied behavior analysis, M.A. in humanities and holistic studies programs, the application deadline is July 1 for fall admission and Nov. 1 for spring admission.

For the rehabilitation counseling programs, applicants are required to interview with the program director prior to full acceptance to the program.

For the M.S. in nursing, applicants must provide a copy of their RN license and complete an online writing sample. An interview with a member of the graduate nursing admissions committee will be requested once all application materials have been submitted.

Students who are currently enrolled in one of Salve Regina’s bachelor’s or master’s programs should complete the application form designed for internal candidates.

Please note: Salve Regina does not issue I-20s for the Newport MFA in creative writing or the M.S. in nursing.

Program of Study

Upon acceptance, a program of study is developed and may include transfer credits from other institutions. Students are encouraged to contact their program director for advice. Some program directors establish advising schedules for matriculated students that continue throughout the program.

Thesis Option

In some programs, students may write a six-credit thesis under appropriate faculty direction. Details are established prior to registration and in consultation with the thesis supervisor and the program director.

Dual Degree Program

Students may design a dual degree master’s program based on career interests and educational goals. Applicants must receive permission from the program directors and the dean to pursue dual degrees. The dual degree program offers a common set of core courses, making it possible to earn two degrees with fewer credits than if earned separately.

Second Master’s Degree

Students who earned a master’s degree from Salve Regina and wish to complete a second master’s degree may petition the appropriate program director. Upon approval, the required credits for the second degree may be reduced to 30 credit hours. This option may not be available for programs with accreditation or licensing requirements.

Doctoral Programs

Humanities (Ph.D.)

Individuals with a master’s degree who are highly motivated to explore the relationship between humanities and technology are encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application.
  • All undergraduate and graduate transcripts from each college or university attended, including proof of an accredited master’s degree with a GPA of 3.30 or higher.
  • Personal statement.
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty who have taught the applicant, that address the applicant’s ability to succeed in doctoral studies.
  • 15-page paper completed for a master’s-level course.
  • Online writing sample.
  • Current resume.

The application deadline for the traditional Ph.D. program is July 1 for fall admission and Nov. 1 for spring admission. The application deadline for the low-residency cohort program (IRFC) is June 1.

Please note: Salve Regina does not issue I-20s for the traditional Ph.D. in humanities program.

International Relations (Ph.D.)

Individuals with a master’s degree granted by an English-speaking institution and at least five years of relevant professional experience are encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application.
  • All undergraduate and graduate transcripts from each college or university attended, including proof of an accredited master’s degree.
  • Personal statement.
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty who have taught the applicant, that address the applicant’s ability to succeed in doctoral studies.
  • 15-page paper completed for a master’s-level course (optional).
  • Current resume.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Please note: Salve Regina does not issue I-20s for the Ph.D. in international relations program.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Individuals with a master’s degree in nursing with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application.
  • Transcripts for baccalaureate and master’s degrees in nursing from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.0, along with all other official transcripts in which collegiate credit was obtained.
  • Copy of unencumbered RN license or eligibility for RN licensure in the state of Rhode Island. (License will need to be obtained prior to any clinical experiences.)
  • Copy of unencumbered APRN license and certification (if applicable).
  • Personal statement relating doctoral study and research expectations to professional goals.
  • Portfolio (include curriculum vitae/resume) that includes a description of current and past clinical practice as well as any presentations and/or publications.
  • Letters of recommendation from two clinical peers/supervisors who attest to communication and clinical competence.
  • Interview with a member of the graduate nursing admissions committee.
  • Evidence of completion of three credits in statistics and three credits in master’s-level advanced research course.
  • Online writing sample. This is a timed essay that applicants will complete by email to demonstrate their writing skills.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is offered in a cohort format. The application deadline is June 1 for fall admission and Dec. 1 for spring admission.

Please note: Salve Regina does not issue I-20s for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Applicants may have the opportunity to take two non-matriculating courses while their applications are reviewed. Please contact the program director for more information.

Certificate Programs

Certificate of Graduate Studies

The Certificate of Graduate Studies is designed for students with a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution in an area related to the field of study. Twelve to 15 credits are required for the certificate, and coursework must be approved by the program director.

Should a student desire to continue beyond the certificate by entering the master’s program, he or she should contact of Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education. If the student is accepted, the required courses already completed will be applied to the master’s degree consistent with University policy.

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies is designed for students who hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution and who are seeking advanced knowledge within their field of study. Students should consult with the program director in advance of pursuing this certificate regarding the appropriate program for their career interests.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application.
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended.
  • Personal statement.
  • Current resume.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation, from faculty and/or work supervisors who can attest to an applicant’s ability to be successful in graduate studies.

Students who are currently enrolled in one of Salve Regina’s master’s programs should complete the application form designed for internal candidates. Rehabilitation counseling applicants are required to interview with the program director prior to full acceptance to the program.

International Applicants

Admission requirements for each program vary; however, all international applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and provide an undergraduate record that reflects their ability to be successful in graduate studies.

Students who intend to apply for an F-1 student visa or who need an I-20 should complete their application by July 1 for fall admission and Nov. 1 for spring admission. For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education at +1 (401) 341-2871 or graduate_studies@salve.edu.

Students who attended a college or university outside the U.S. should have their transcript translated into English and the credits evaluated by a recognized agency such as World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators.

Students whose native language is not English must submit the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Admission to the graduate programs requires a minimum iBT of 100 or IELTS of 7.0. TOEFL and IELTS may be waived for those applicants who have earned a degree from a U.S. college or university, or an overseas university where the primary language of instruction is English.

Please note: Salve Regina does not offer graduate student housing, employment, assistantships, scholarships or financial aid of any kind.

Acceptance and Additional Requirements

Students who do not hold U.S. citizenship need to obtain a Form I-20 and F-1 visa to study in the United States, or have their immigration status transferred if already in the United States. Salve Regina does not issue I-20s for the traditional Ph.D. in humanities, Ph.D. in international relations, Doctor of Nursing Practice, M.S. in nursing or the Newport MFA in creative writing.

In order to obtain or transfer an I-20, students must complete a certification of finances form, which requires evidence of sufficient financial support (typically one year of tuition, fees and living expenses). For more information and a description of the visa application process, contact Aida Neary, international student advisor, at +1 (401) 341-3143 or aida.neary@salve.edu.

Rules and Regulations for the Low-Residency Ph.D. in Humanities Program

Due to the non-traditional format of the required residency as well as the structure of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), which is designed only for traditional full-time residential programs, Salve Regina can only issue an I-20 that is valid for the duration of the residency plus adequate travel time to and from campus. As such, international students enrolled at Salve Regina cannot remain in the U.S. between residencies under the I-20 and/or F-1 visa.

Salve Regina is required to issue new I-20s to international students each semester they are enrolled. Therefore, students are required to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee ($200) in advance of each semester so that a new, semester-specific I-20 can be generated and issued for travel purposes. The University does not issue I-20 certificates for F2 dependents (or, spouses or children) of I-20/F-1 visa holders in the low-residency program.