How to Apply

Apply for Fall 2020

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Fall 2021 MSNA Application

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Apply for Spring, Summer, or Fall 2021

For all programs except MSNA, begin, save, and return to your graduate application for Spring, Summer, or Fall 2021.

Equal Access

Westminster College administers all of its educational programs, related support services, and benefits in a manner that does not discriminate against students or prospective students with regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, or a person’s status as a veteran.

The college is committed to providing equal access for people with disabilities in its programs, services, facilities, and activities. Call Student Disability Services (801.832.2272) if you are seeking admission information in an alternative format or if you need other accommodations.

Admission Requirements

All graduate programs at Westminster require a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Additionally, each graduate program has specific admission requirements and deadlines.

Once your application is complete and your application fee is processed, you will be able to access your application portal. This portal will allow you to upload materials and track the status of official documents that may come via mail or email (gradadmissions@westminstercollege.edu).

If you have questions about the application process, call the Graduate Admissions Office at 801.832.2201 or email gradadmissions@westminstercollege.edu.

International Students

International students are not eligible to study in the following programs, due to their heavily or partially online program format:

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Strategic Communication
  • Project-Based Master of Business Administration

International students must provide the following to be considered for admission:

  1. Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended

To be official, transcripts must be sent directly from the university. Official foreign university transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited transcript evaluation service. For example, World Education Services.

  1. Proof of English language proficiency

Proof of English proficiency can be met by scoring high enough on the TOEFL or IELTS exam. This may be waived if you are a native of or have studied full-time for at least 1 academic year within the last 5 years in one of the following countries: United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada (at an English-medium university).

TOEFL IBT
Full Admit: 92
Conditional Score (requires approval): 84
Reading/Writing 20 (18 Conditional)

IELTS
Full Admit: 7.5
Conditional Score: 7

  1. Program-specific documents

Check the program requirements of your desired program above. International students must also provide the following documents before an I-20 document can be issued:

  1. Statement of financial responsibility
  2. Bank statement
  3. Passport information page

Send or email admissions materials to:

Westminster College
Office of Admissions
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
gradadmissions@westminstercollege.edu

Program-Specific Requirements

Important Dates

Application Deadline: Complete applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Early submission is strongly encouraged.

Fall Priority Deadline: Feb. 1, 2021

Entry Term: Fall semester

Application Materials

  • Application
  • $50 application fee (participation in an online or on-campus visit waives this fee)
  • Official college or university transcripts showing proof of an MSN degree. Transcripts or test scores are considered official when sent directly from the school or testing service.
  • Professional Statement—choose 1 of the following questions/statements and answer in 200 words or less:
    • Why is the IOM Future of Nursing Report (October 2010) important to the DNP prepared APRN)?
    • How do you see yourself as a DNP prepared APRN bringing about a systems or policy change to lead an interdisciplinary team within your organization?
    • Do you think that requiring a DNP degree will further increase the primary care provider shortage in the United States?
  • Professional resume detailing professional work experience, including relevant job titles, work experiences, responsibilities, and related activities
  • 2 letters of recommendation from academic or professional colleagues who can address the candidate’s academic and interpersonal skills relevant to the program
  • APRN license and National Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Background check performed by CastleBranch (free of any criminal arrest history). Please note the background check may take up to 3 weeks to process. Review background check instructions for guidance.
  • Evidence of a clear 10-panel drug screen completed by CastleBranch
  • Only required if admitted: Documentation of current immunizations (including MMR, TDAP, PPD, polio, varicella/chickenpox, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B)

Important Dates

Application Deadline: Complete applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Early submission of applications is strongly encouraged.

Entry Terms:

  • Fall semester
  • Spring semester
  • Summer semester

Application Materials

  • Application
  • $50 application fee (participation in an online or on-campus visit waives this fee)
  • Official college or university transcripts showing proof of baccalaureate degree and fulfillment of prerequisite requirements. Transcripts or test scores are considered official when sent directly from the school or testing service.
  • Personal statement—address the following questions in approximately 2 pages, double-spaced:
    • Why are you pursuing a Master of Accountancy degree at this time?
    • What are your short and long-term career goals?
    • Why would you choose Westminster College’s Gore School of Business graduate program as your preferred program?
  • Professional resume detailing professional work experience, including relevant job titles, work experiences, responsibilities, and related activities
  • 2 letters of recommendation from academic or professional colleagues who can address the candidate’s academic and interpersonal skills relevant to this program

Important Dates

Application Deadline: Complete applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Early submission of applications is strongly encouraged.

Priority Deadlines:

  • Fall: June 1
  • Spring: Oct. 15
  • Summer: Mar. 1

Application Materials

  • Application
  • $50 application fee (participation in an online or on-campus visit waives this fee)
  • Official college or university transcripts showing proof of baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0. Transcripts or test scores are considered official when sent directly from the school or testing service.
  • Personal statement—address the following questions in approximately 2 pages, double-spaced:
    • What do you hope to learn from the Master of Arts in Community Leadership degree program, and how will you use what you learn?
    • What is your approach to community work and/or social change?
    • What are the most important skills, experiences, and personal characteristics you bring to the Westminster learning community?
  • Professional resume detailing professional work experience, including relevant job titles, work experiences, responsibilities, and related activities
  • Letter from academic recommender—to assist Westminster in assessing the applicant’s ability to thrive in a graduate program, describe the applicant’s academic abilities in the following 3 areas:
    • Academic writing and oral communication
    • Management of projects and/or academic work
    • Capacity for critical and analytical thinking
  • Letter from professional recommender—to assist Westminster in assessing the applicant’s ability to thrive in a graduate program, describe the applicant’s skills and knowledge in the following 3 areas:
    • Interpersonal skills, including intercultural competency
    • Management skills, that could include time and/or project management
    • Leadership potential
  • Video interview
    • Share an example of how you have engaged in a community (professionally or personally). What have you learned about yourself as a community member and/or leader? Suggested length of 3 minutes.
    • Share an example of when you have collaborated with others (professionally or personally). What did you learn about yourself and others? Suggested length of 3 minutes.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: Complete applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Early submission of applications is strongly encouraged.

Priority Deadlines:

  • Fall: June 1
  • Summer: Feb. 15

Application Materials

  • Application
  • $50 application fee (participation in an online or on-campus visit waives this fee)
  • Official college or university transcripts showing proof of baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0. Transcripts or test scores are considered official when sent directly from the school or testing service.
  • Personal statement—address the following topics in approximately 2 pages, double-spaced:
    • Describe why you are considering becoming a teacher
    • Elaborate on some experiences that you've had while teaching
    • Describe some strengths that you would bring to the teaching profession
  • Professional resume detailing professional work experience, including relevant job titles, work experiences, responsibilities, and related activities
  • Letter of recommendation
    • 1 letter should address academic skills such as writing, research, and collaboration/teamwork. The other letter should address professional skills such as interpersonal skills, oral communication, and time management.
    • If you are writing about the applicant's academic skills, focus on skills such as writing, research, and collaboration/teamwork
    • If you are writing about the applicant’s professional skills, focus on skills such as interpersonal, oral communication, and time management
  • Video interview
    • Share a short story that helps Westminster get to know you (about 2 minutes)
    • Given your own educational experiences, what are some of the major changes you would like to see in schools? How would you attempt to carry them out? (about 3 minutes).
    • Share how you communicate in professional settings. How have you communicated in a way that has contributed to collaborative work? How have you communicated to solve a problem? (about 2 minutes).

Important Dates

Application Deadline: Complete applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Early submission of applications is strongly encouraged.

Entry Terms:

  • Fall semester
  • Spring semester
  • Summer semester

Application Materials

  • Application
  • $50 application fee (participation in an online or on-campus visit waives this fee)
  • Personal statement— address the following questions in approximately 2 pages, double-spaced:
    • Why are you pursuing an MBA/Project-Based MBA/MBA in Technology Commercialization degree at this time?
    • What are your short and long-term career goals?
    • Why would you choose Westminster College’s Gore School of Business graduate program as your preferred program?
  • 2 letters of recommendation from academic or professional colleagues who can address the candidate’s academic and interpersonal skills relevant to this program
  • Professional resume detailing professional work experience, including relevant job titles, work experiences, responsibilities, and related activities
  • Official college or university transcripts showing proof of baccalaureate degree. Transcripts or test scores are considered official when sent directly from the school or testing service.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: Complete applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Early submission of applications is strongly encouraged.

Priority Deadlines:

  • Fall: June 1
  • Spring: Oct. 15
  • Summer: Mar. 1

Application Materials

  • Application
  • $50 application fee (participation in an online or on-campus visit waives this fee)
  • Official college or university transcripts showing proof of baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0. Transcripts or test scores are considered official when sent directly from the school or testing service.
  • Personal statement—address the following questions in approximately 2 pages, double-spaced:
    • Why do you want to pursue the master of education degree?
    • What goals do you have for your learning in the program?
    • What are the most important skills, experiences, and personal characteristics you bring to the program?
  • Professional resume detailing professional work experience, including relevant job titles, work experiences, responsibilities, and related activities
  • Letter from academic recommender—to assist Westminster in assessing the applicant’s ability to thrive in a graduate program, describe the applicant’s academic abilities in the following 3 areas:
    • Academic writing and oral communication
    • Management of projects and/or academic work
    • Capacity for critical and analytical thinking
  • Letter from professional recommender—to assist Westminster in assessing the applicant’s ability to thrive in a graduate program, describe the applicant’s skills and knowledge in the following 3 areas:
    • Interpersonal skills, including intercultural competency
    • Management skills that could include time and/or project management
    • Leadership potential
  • Video interview
    • Share an example of your involvement with education, learning, or schooling that helps Westminster get to know you. Suggested length of 2–3 minutes.
    • Share an example of when you have collaborated with others (professionally or personally). What did you learn about yourself and others? Suggested length of 3 minutes.

Important Dates

Fall Application Deadline: Complete applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Early submission is strongly encouraged.

Priority Deadline: Feb. 1, 2021

Entry Term: Fall semester

Application Materials

  • Application
  • $50 application fee (participation in an online or on-campus visit waives this fee)
  • Official college or university transcripts showing proof of baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0. Transcripts or test scores are considered official when sent directly from the school or testing service.
  • Professional statement—address your public health background and future goals in approximately 2 pages, double-spaced
  • Professional resume detailing professional work experience, including relevant job titles, work experiences, responsibilities, and related activities
  • 3 letters of recommendation from academic or professional colleagues who can address the candidate’s academic and interpersonal skills relevant to the program
  • Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past 5 years.This requirement is waived for Master of Public Health program applicants meeting prerequisites course requirements and 3.5 cumulative GPA minimum.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

Priority Deadline: Dec. 15, 2020—early submission is strongly encouraged

Entry Term: Fall semester

Application Materials

  • Application
  • $50 application fee (participation in an online or on-campus visit waives this fee)
  • Official college or university transcripts showing proof of baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0. Transcripts or test scores are considered official when sent directly from the school or testing service.
  • Professional statement—share your motivation, preparation, and commitment to the field of mental health counseling. And, how do you see yourself making an impact in the field?
  • Professional resume detailing professional work experience, including relevant job titles, work experiences, responsibilities, and related activities
  • 3 letters of recommendation from academic or professional colleagues who can address the candidate’s academic and interpersonal skills relevant to practice as a professional counselor
  • Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past 5 years. This requirement is waived for Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling programapplicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or higher.
  • Proof of clear state and federal background checks at the time of admission. Review background check instructions for guidance. The background check may take up to 3 weeks to process.

Important Dates

Fall 2021 Application Deadline: Sept. 11, 2020

Application Materials

Applicants must have the following items completed in order to be eligible for an interview for the MSNA program:

  • BS/BSN in nursing is strongly preferred. Other applicants, i.e., BS, DC, MD, BA, DDS, etc., may also apply, but you must also be an RN.
  • Minimum of 1 year of critical care (Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac/Neuro/Thoracic/Shock-Trauma preferred), SICU, MICU, NICU/PICU acceptable. Applicants with experience solely in NICU/PICU or with less than 1 year of critical experience may apply, but they may not be selected for an interview at the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program director’s discretion. Critical care (ICU) experience within the last 3 years is required.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA, including a minimum 3.0 GPA in core sciences
  • All college transcripts
  • 3 recent letters of reference from supervisors that can attest to your character and work performance
  • Current resume
  • Current RN license in good standing without any restrictions, disciplinary actions, or probationary status. Any prior nursing license restrictions need to be brought to the program director's attention at the time of application.
  • Successful completion of CCRN certification is highly encouraged
  • Philosophy statement addressing why you want to be a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (2 double-spaced pages maximum)
  • Current BLS, ACLS, and PALS certification (due upon acceptance into the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program)
  • Background check performed by CastleBranch (must be free of criminal arrest). Review background check instructions for guidance.
  • Negative drug testing (10-panel, urine test) results from an approved laboratory. Review drug screen instructions for guidance.
  • Due upon acceptance into the program: Proof of current immunizations: MMR, DTAP, PPD, polio, varicella/chickenpox, Hepatitis B
  • Due upon acceptance into the program: The following titers, no more than 3 years old: Hep B, Varicella, Measles, Mumps, Rubella
  • Due upon acceptance into the program: Physical and mental health certificate

An applicant of the program must be able to fulfill the job description and duties of a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). A candidate for the program must have abilities and skills in the following 5 categories:

  • Observation
  • Communication
  • Motor
  • Intellectual
  • Behavioral/social

Reasonable accommodation for persons with documented disabilities will be considered on an individual basis, but a candidate must be able to perform in an independent manner. The following skills are required, with or without accommodation:

  • Observation: Candidates must have sufficient sensory capacity to observe in the lecture hall, the laboratory, the outpatient setting, and the patient’s bedside. Sensory skills adequate to perform a physical examination are required. Functional vision, hearing, and tactile sensation must be adequate to observe a patient’s condition and to elicit information from computerized monitors, and through procedures regularly required in a physical examination, such as inspection, auscultation, and palpation.
  • Communication: Candidates must be able to communicate effectively in both academic and health care settings. Candidates must show evidence of effective written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work in teams.
  • Motor: The ability to participate in basic diagnostic and therapeutic maneuvers and procedures (e.g., palpation, auscultation, drawing blood, or starting intravenous lines) is required. Candidates must have sufficient motor function to execute movements reasonably required to provide care to patients, including the ability to help move or lift them. Candidates must be able to negotiate patient care environments and must be able to move between settings, such as the clinic, classroom building, and hospital. Physical stamina sufficient to complete the rigorous course of a didactic and clinical study is required. Long periods of sitting, standing, or moving are required in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences.
  • Intellectual: Candidates must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize, both in quiet environments and in areas where distractions, noise, and other stressors are present. Problem-solving, one of the critical skills demanded of CRNAs, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, candidates should be able to comprehend graphic displays of physiologic data, distinguish artifacts on monitor displays, and understand three-dimensional relationships and the spatial relationships of structures. Candidates must be able to read and understand medical and nursing literature. In order to complete the degree, candidates must be able to demonstrate mastery of these skills and the ability to use them together in a timely and often critical fashion in problem-solving and patient care.
  • Behavioral and social attributes: Candidates must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and the prompt completion of all academic and patient care responsibilities. The development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients and other members of the health care team is essential. The ability to effectively function in the face of uncertainties inherent in clinical practice, flexibility, compassion, integrity, motivation, interpersonal skills, and concern for others are all required.
  • Basic typing and computer skills are required, with knowledge of Microsoft® PowerPoint and Word strongly encouraged.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021

Entry Term: Fall semester

Application Materials

  • Application
  • $50 application fee (participation in an online or on-campus visit waives this fee)
  • Official college or university transcripts showing proof of baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0. Transcripts or test scores are considered official when sent directly from the school or testing service.
  • Professional statement— address the following topics in approximately 2 pages, double-spaced:
    • Career goals encompassing the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) role
    • A statement of perceived differences between the RN and FNP role
    • The strengths the applicant brings to the FNP role
  • Professional resume detailing professional work experience, including relevant job titles, work experiences, responsibilities, and related activities
  • 2 letters of recommendation from academic or professional colleagues who can address the candidate’s academic and interpersonal skills relevant to the program
  • Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past 5 years. This requirement is waived for Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner program applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • Minimum of 1 year of RN experience; applicants with less than 1 year of experience may apply, but they may not be selected for an interview at the MSN-FNP Director’s discretion
  • Current RN license in good standing without any restrictions, disciplinary actions, or probationary status. Any prior nursing license restrictions need to be brought to the attention of the program director at the time of application.
  • Background check performed by CastleBranch (free of any criminal arrest history). Please note the background check may take up to 3 weeks to process. View background check instructions for guidance.
  • Evidence of a clear 10-panel drug screen completed by CastleBranch
  • Only required if admitted: Documentation of current immunizations (including MMR, TDAP, PPD, polio, varicella/chickenpox, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B)
  • Only required if admitted: Physical and Mental Health Certificate signed by a primary care provider

Important Dates

Application Deadline: Complete applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Early submission of applications is strongly encouraged.

Entry Terms:

  • Fall semester
  • Spring semester

Application Materials

  • Application
  • $50 application fee (participation in an online or on-campus visit waives this fee)
  • Official college or university transcripts showing proof of baccalaureate degree. Transcripts or test scores are considered official when sent directly from the school or testing service.
  • Personal statement—address the following questions in approximately 2 pages, double-spaced:
    • Why are you interested in the Master of Strategic Communication (MSC) program at Westminster College? Please describe what about the subject matter, curriculum, program structure, faculty, and/or other elements drew you to the MSC program and why.
    • How do you anticipate an online program that allows for self-directed and project-based learning will help you achieve your professional goals?
    • How will your education, professional experiences, and personal characteristics contribute to the program’s learning environment and your peers' learning?
  • Professional resume detailing professional work experience, including relevant job titles, work experiences, responsibilities, and related activities
  • 2 letters of recommendation from academic or professional colleagues who can address the candidate’s academic and interpersonal skills relevant to this program