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 with a Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4-point scale.

Admissions Criteria

School of Arts, Sciences & Business

1. Application

Application materials should be submitted to:

Notre Dame of Maryland University
Theresa Hall 001
4701 North Charles St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21210

processing@ndm.edu

2. Official Transcript(s)

Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework should be sent directly to NDMU. Official e-transcripts are accepted if sent directly from the school attended to processing@ndm.edu.

Students with degrees from universities outside of the United States should submit an official course by course evaluated transcript. Learn more at World Education Services (WES).

Note: Students with a graduate degree from a foreign university are not automatically admitted. They may be invited to take one or more of the admissions tests in order to advance their candidacy for admission, especially programs with an admissions cap.

3. Essay

Please address one of the following questions for your 300-500 word essay: 

  • Pursuing a graduate program is a challenge that requires perseverance, good judgment and flexibility. Please provide an example of how you have exercised these three traits in your life.
  • Today's workforce requires employees to work collaboratively. Please provide us with an example of how you have worked with a team towards a goal.
    • What were the challenges involved?
    • What were the accomplishments?
    • Finally, what did you learn from the work?
School of Arts, Sciences & Business - MA in Art Therapy

In addition to general graduate admission requirements, applicants to the Master of Arts in Art Therapy program must have:

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA from undergraduate degree
  • Completed required prerequisite courses

Prerequisites

  • 18+ Credit Hours in Studio Art: including drawing (3), painting (3), and ceramics or photography (3)
  • 12+ Credit Hours in Psychology: including child/adolescent or human development and abnormal psychology; and,

At least 12 hours of studio art and at least 9 hours of psychology must be completed prior to admission with the remaining credit hours completed within the first year of enrollment in the program.

1. Application

Application materials should be submitted to:

Notre Dame of Maryland University
Theresa Hall 001
4701 North Charles St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21210

processing@ndm.edu

2. Official Transcript(s)

Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework should be sent directly to NDMU. Official e-transcripts are accepted if sent directly from the school attended to processing@ndm.edu.

Students with degrees from universities outside of the United States should submit an official course by course evaluated transcript. Learn more at World Education Services (WES).

Note: Students with a graduate degree from a foreign university are not automatically admitted. They may be invited to take one or more of the admissions tests in order to advance their candidacy for admission, especially programs with an admissions cap.

3. Essay

Please address one of the following questions for your 300-500 word essay: 

  • Pursuing a graduate program is a challenge that requires perseverance, good judgment and flexibility. Please provide an example of how you have exercised these three traits in your life.
  • Today's workforce requires employees to work collaboratively. Please provide us with an example of how you have worked with a team towards a goal.
    • What were the challenges involved?
    • What were the accomplishments?
    • Finally, what did you learn from the work?

Next Steps

If contacted for an interview, applicant will be expected to then provide the following:

1. Statement of Purpose

A statement of purpose in APA format detailing:

  • Affinity for working with people
  • Motivation for pursuing career in art therapy
  • Personal meaning of art and/or creativity in the candidate’s life
  • Creative strengths and areas of anticipated growth

Note: This statement of purpose is in addition to the general essay required for the Graduate Application.

2. Two Letters of Recommendation

3. Art Porfolio for Review

Portfolio to include: minimum of 15 pieces reflecting knowledge of a range of materials (two and three dimensional media) and techniques. Actual works or high resolution photos of work acceptable. Expressive work and those not exclusively created as assignments preferred.

These admissions requirements are consistent with the standards set forth by the American Art Therapy Association Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education and Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

School of Education - Initial Teaching Certification Programs

ACT, MAT, and MATESOL Programs

1. Application

Application materials should be submitted to:

Notre Dame of Maryland University
Theresa Hall 001
4701 North Charles St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21210

processing@ndm.edu

2. Official Transcript(s)

Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework should be sent directly to NDMU. Official e-transcripts are accepted if sent directly from the school attended to processing@ndm.edu.

Students with degrees from universities outside the United States should submit an official course by course evaluated transcript. Learn more at World Education Services (WES).

3. Admissions Essay

Note: 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 one of the following questions for your 300-500 word admissions essay: 

  • Pursuing a graduate program is a challenge that requires perseverance, good judgment and flexibility. Please provide an example of how you have exercised these three traits in your life.
  • Today's workforce requires employees to work collaboratively. Please provide us with an example of how you have worked with a team towards a goal. 
    • What were the challenges involved? 
    • What were the accomplishments? 
    • Finally, what did you learn from the work?

4. Two Letters of Recommendation

Note: Recommendation requirement is waived for applicants currently working full-time in a public school system or private school.

Recommendation Form (PDF)

School of Education - MAT/GEI 10-Month Cohort for Initial Teaching Certification

MAT/GEI 10-Month Cohort

1. Application

Application materials should be submitted to:

Notre Dame of Maryland University
Theresa Hall 001
4701 North Charles St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21210

processing@ndm.edu

Submission Deadline: June 15

Students with completed applications will be contacted for an interview on a rolling basis until the deadline.

Start Date: July 15

2. Official Transcript(s)

Official transcripts from all undergraduate, graduate and/or community college coursework should be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Official e-transcripts are accepted if sent directly from the school attended to gradedu@ndm.edu.

Students with degrees from universities outside of the United States should submit an official course by course evaluated transcript. Learn more at World Education Services (WES).

3. Admissions Essay

Please address one of the following questions for your 300-500 word admissions essay: 

  • Pursuing a graduate program is a challenge that requires perseverance, good judgment and flexibility. Please provide an example of how you have exercised these three traits in your life.
  • Today's workforce requires employees to work collaboratively. Please provide us with an example of how you have worked with a team towards a goal. 
    • What were the challenges involved? 
    • What were the accomplishments? 
    • Finally, what did you learn from the work?

4. Two Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are required for all GEI/MAT applicants. At least one letter must be an academic recommendation and one must be a professional recommendation.

Recommendation Form (PDF)

School of Education - Graduate Programs for Certified Teachers

Master’s, Post-Master’s, & CASE Programs

1. Application

Application materials should be submitted to:

Notre Dame of Maryland University
Theresa Hall 001
4701 North Charles St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21210

processing@ndm.edu

2. Official Transcript(s)

Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework should be sent directly to NDMU. Official e-transcripts are accepted if sent directly from the school attended to processing@ndm.edu.

Students with degrees from universities outside of the United States should submit an official course by course evaluated transcript. Learn more at World Education Services (WES).

3. Admissions Essay

Note: 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 one of the following questions for your 300-500 word admissions essay: 

  • Pursuing a graduate program is a challenge that requires perseverance, good judgment and flexibility. Please provide an example of how you have exercised these three traits in your life.
  • Today's workforce requires employees to work collaboratively. Please provide us with an example of how you have worked with a team towards a goal. 
    • What were the challenges involved? 
    • What were the accomplishments? 
    • Finally, what did you learn from the work?

4. Two Letters of Recommendation (CASE Applicants Only)

Recommendation Form (PDF)

School of Education - Ph.D. Programs

Ph.D. Programs

1. Application

Application materials should be submitted to: 

Notre Dame of Maryland University
Theresa Hall 001
4701 North Charles St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21210

processing@ndm.edu

2. Official Transcript(s)

Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework should be sent directly to NDMU. Official e-transcripts are accepted if sent directly from the school attended to processing@ndm.edu.

For transfer evaluation, please provide all post-baccalaureate transcripts.

Students with degrees from universities outside of the United States should submit an official course by course evaluated transcript. Learn more at World Education Services (WES).

3. Personal Statement

Please type a personal statement, no longer than one page, describing your plans and area of research.

4. Two Letters of Recommendation

Two letters or forms of recommendation are required. Recommenders should be familiar with your professional and/or academic work.

Letters of recommendation are to be returned directly to the Doctoral Admissions Review Committee at the address above.

Recommendation Form (PDF)

School of Nursing

1. Application

Please be sure to complete section V: Work Experience. Our program is designed for nurses in practice. Applicants who are not currently practicing nurses will not be considered for the program.

Application materials should be submitted to:

Notre Dame of Maryland University
Theresa Hall 001
4701 North Charles St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21210

processing@ndm.edu

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

2. Official Transcript(s)

  • All undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree granting school

Sealed official transcripts should be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office.

Students with degrees from universities outside of the United States should submit an official course by course evaluated transcript. Learn more at World Education Services (WES).

3. Active Registered Nursing License

Download and print from Maryland Board of Nursing.

4. Two Letters of Recommendation

Recommendations should be completed by those who have direct knowledge of your clinical expertise and potential to succeed in the chosen concentration, and have directly supervised you.

Master's Recommendation Form (PDF)

5. Admissions ‚ÄčEssay

The NDMU School of Nursing prepares graduates for opportunities and possibilities of fulfilling the mission "educating nurses to transform the world." The essay is considered seriously 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.)

Please address both of the following instructions in a 750-1000 word essay:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Additional Program Requirements

Alumnae Applicants

Alumnae of the University are exempt from providing transcripts, unless they attended another institution after completing their degree at Notre Dame.

Transfer Students

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