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Admissions Criteria

To be considered for admission to a graduate program at Notre Dame, a new applicant must must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and submit the following to the College of Graduate Studies office of admissions:

School of Arts & Sciences

  1. Application
  2. $45.00 Application Fee (Waived for Notre Dame of Maryland alumnae)
  3. Admissions Essay (Please see below)
    • Please address the following questions for your 300-500 word admissions essay: What are your goals and objectives in pursuing graduate study in your chosen program? How have your experiences (academic, professional and/or personal) prepared you to successfully complete this program?
  4. Official transcript(s) from all undergraduate and graduate coursework taken
  5. Resume

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School of Education

Education Graduate Programs providing initial teacher certification (ACT, MAT, and MATESOL)

  1. Application
  2. $45.00 application fee (Waived for Notre Dame of Maryland alumnae)
  3. Official transcript(s) from all undergraduate and graduate coursework taken
  4. Three Letters of Recommendation (Required for initial certification candidates only.)
  5. Admissions essay (Essay requirement is waived for students who have completed a previous master’s degree. An official copy of the degree-bearing transcript must be provided.)
    • Please address the following questions for your 300-500 word admissions essay: What are your goals and objectives in pursuing graduate study in your chosen program? How have your experiences (academic, professional and/or personal) prepared you to successfully complete this program?
  6. Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) test (formerly Praxis 1)

Effective September 1, 2014, the Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) test replaces the Praxis I test.  The following lists the test code, name and qualifying scores for Praxis CORE.  Candidates must achieve the qualifying score on each of the assessments; there is no composite score.

5712       Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading                 Passing score of 156

5722       Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing                  Passing score of 162

5732       Core Academics Skills for Educators: Mathematics       Passing score of 150

Praxis I Scores – or Alternate Acceptable Test Scores (Required for initial teacher certification candidates only)
Applicants must meet the Praxis I score requirements set by the State of Maryland for teacher certification. Applicants must have a composite score of 527 of higher, calculated by adding the highest Reading, Writing, and Math scores earned. 

  • In place of the Praxis I, Maryland will accept the following options from candidates:
    • SAT test taken after April 1995: combined math and verbal (critical reading) score of 1100
    • SAT test taken prior to April 1995: math and verbal (critical reading) score of 1000
    • ACT composite score of 24 (ACT composite score is the average of the tests)
    • GRE revised General Test: composite of the combined verbal and quantitative score of 297. Candidates who took the GRE test prior to September 2011 will use the old composite score of 1000.

Education Graduate Programs for certified teachers (master’s and post-master’s programs for candidates holding current teaching certification) 

  1. Application
  2. $45.00 application fee (Waived for Notre Dame of Maryland alumnae)
  3. Official transcript(s) from all undergraduate and graduate coursework taken
  4. Admissions essay (Essay requirement is waived for students who have completed a previous master’s degree. An official copy of the degree-bearing transcript must be provided.)
    • Please address the following questions for your 300-500 word admissions essay: What are your goals and objectives in pursuing graduate study in your chosen program?How have your experiences (academic, professional and/or personal) prepared you to successfully complete this program?
  5. Please note that letters of recommendation and Praxis I scores are not required from candidates who are already certified teachers.

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School of Nursing

  1. Application
    • Please be sure to complete section V: Work Experience. Our program is designed for the nurse in practice. Applicants who are not currently practicing nurses will not be considered for the program.
  2. $ 45.00 Application Fee (Waived for Notre Dame of Maryland alumnae)
  3. Official transcript(s) from all undergraduate and graduate coursework taken
    • Must have completed a BSN degree with a GPA of 3.0 or above
    • Must have courses in the following with a grade of “B” or better:
      • Health Assessment
      • Statistics
      • Nursing Research
  4. Download and print your active registered nursing license from the Maryland Board of Nursing Website.
  5. Essay - The NDMU School of Nursing prepares graduates for opportunities and possibilities of fulfilling the mission "educating nurses to transform the world." This essay is considered with all seriousness in the application review process. Take care to write clearly, logically, and grammatically correct with attention to correct structure and format of good writing. (APA formatting is preferred.)
    • With that in mind, please address both of the following instructions in a 750-1000 word essay:
      • Provide a balanced assessment of your personal characteristics that may impact your ability to fulfill this mission. Please ensure that you speak to your leadership and interpersonal style.
      • Describe how you intend to work towards fulfilling this mission upon program completion. Please speak specifically to the concentration to which you are applying. Please make mention of your goals for the future.
  6. Two letters of recommendation or Master’s Recommendation Forms written/completed by those who have direct knowledge of your clinical expertise and potential to succeed in the chosen concentration, and have directly supervised you.

Upon review and evaluation of all required admission materials, selected applicants will be invited to interview with nursing faculty.

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Alumnae Applicants

Alumnae of the University are exempt for providing transcripts, unless they attended another institution after completing their degree at Notre Dame. Alumnae are also exempt from paying the $45 application fee.

Students with a Master’s Degree

Students that have completed a previous master’s degree are exempt from completing the essay requirement.

Transfer Students

Student with graduate level work completed at another university are eligible to transfer up to six credits.


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