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Application Deadlines & Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for the UD Higher Education and Student Affairs program:

  • Spring enrollment: Sept. 10
  • Summer enrollment: Jan. 10
  • Fall enrollment: April 10

Note: Students interested in graduate assistantships through the UD Division of Student Development should apply by Jan. 9 for Fall enrollment.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the UD Higher Education and Student Affairs program should submit the following information in addition to their online application:

  • Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  • A personal statement.
  • Essay responses (see below).

Applicants must have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who have less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA may be admitted if they achieve a raw score of 40 or higher or a scaled score of 396 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or scaled scores of 149 or higher on the verbal ability and 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For tests administrations prior to Aug. 1, 2011, a scaled score of 430 or higher on the analytical ability section is required.

Once you've successfully met the required admission criteria outlined above, there will be a faculty review. Following the review of these materials, you may be invited to interview with department faculty.

Note: Additional requirements apply for international students >>

Essay instructions

Please provide typed responses to the following essay questions. Type your name and the question at the top of the sheet with your answer. Limit your answer to one single-spaced page per question. Submit your responses via e-mail at, or mail your responses to:

Office of Graduate Admission Processing
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1301

  1. Currently, what do you think is the most pertinent issue facing higher education institutions?
  2. What is your philosophy of education and how will you apply it to impact the lives of undergraduate college students?

Higher Education and Student Affairs Program

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2962