Master's Programs

Who May Apply

Individuals with bachelor’s degrees earned from regionally accredited U.S. institutions of higher learning or an equivalent degree from a nationally accredited college or university outside the U.S. will be considered for admission.

How to Apply

The following materials must be submitted:

  • Completed online application.
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended.
  • Personal statement.
  • 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.
  • Non-native English speakers are required to submit results from the TOEFL or IELTS. To be considered for admission, students must have a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 100 or IELTS score of 7.0. English proficiency exams may be waived for those applicants who have earned a degree from an overseas university where the primary language of instruction is English, or from a college or university in the U.S.

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 for the summer cohort is May 1. Spring semester is rolling admission.
  • For the M.A. in applied behavior analysis, M.A. in humanities and holistic studies programs, applications must be submitted by Nov. 1 for spring admission and July 1 for fall admission.
  • For the rehabilitation counseling programs, applicants are required to have an interview with the program director prior to full acceptance to the program.
  • 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.
  • Students who are currently enrolled in one of Salve Regina's 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.

Program of Study

Upon acceptance, a program of study is developed and may include transfer credits from other institutions. Students are encouraged to contact the 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 decide to 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

The dual degree master's program can be designed and based on career interests and educational goals. Applicants must receive permission from the program directors and the appropriate 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 have completed their first master's degree at Salve Regina and wish to complete their second master's degree at Salve Regina may petition the appropriate graduate program director. Upon approval, the required credits for the second master's degree can be reduced to a total of 30 credit hours. This option may not be available for some programs with accreditation or licensing requirements.