Undergraduate Admissions

Guidelines for admission:

  • Applicants must be out of high school for at least 5 years.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 is suggested for admission to the University. Based on academic criteria, applicants may be asked to take an academic placement test.

To Apply:

Fill out the application online. For assistance with an application, please email our admissions staff or call us at (210) 757-0202 or toll free at (877) 603-1130.

Review and follow the guidelines noted above for undergraduate admissions.

As part of the admissions process, request official transcripts from all previous schools you have attended after you've submitted an application. No admission can be completed, and no formal degree plan prepared, until we receive current (issued within the last 6 months) official transcripts from all post-secondary schools you have attended. Students with fewer than 24 transferable hours must also submit high school transcripts as well.

Graduate Admissions

Students applying for entry into the School of Professional Studies Master's and doctoral level programs must fulfill the general requirements for admission to the University of the Incarnate Word and the special requirements for admission to the MBA, MAA and MSODL programs.

  1. Evidence of an earned Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with an overall GPA of 2.5 or better.
  2. Official transcripts from each college and university previously attended. These transcripts must be mailed or e-mailed directly from the college or university to our office.
  3. At least one of the following as specified by the discipline under program description:
  • A nationally recognized entrance test specified by the discipline
  • Evaluation by one or more professionals in the intended field of study
  • Professional certification or a degree of equal or higher level than that sought from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Letters of Recommendation
Other admission criteria as specified by the discipline may include but are not limited to:

  • A minimum number of credit hours in the discipline with a specified GPA minimum
  • Other specialized test with acceptable performance
  • An interview with faculty or admissions personnel
  • A writing sample
Discipline-specific requirements are listed under each program description. Petitions for admission with exception to the published criteria must be recommended by the Program Admissions Committee and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Exceptions must be documented with an explanation. A copy of this documentation must be included in the student's permanent file.

Conditional admission may be granted upon approval of the Program Admissions Committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Criteria and the time limit for removing conditions will be specified in the letter of admission.

Doctoral Admissions

The Doctor of Business Administration requires that applicants hold an earned master’s degree in business (M.B.A.) from a regionally accredited university with an overall master’s GPA of 3.0 or better.

If an applicant’s master’s degree is not in a business area, the student may be required to successfully complete one or more master’s-level graduate business courses to provide an adequate foundation in core areas of business studies including: accounting, economics, finance, marketing, quantitative methods/statistics, and strategy. If an applicant’s overall master’s GPA is below a 3.0, they may report their Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) for consideration.

Additional Requirements:

  • Submit all official transcripts from each college and university previously attended,
  • At least one professional; at least one academic letter of recommendation describing potential for successful doctoral studies;
  • A current, professional resume; and
  • A written statement of purpose detailing the applicant’s fit with the University and the program.
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