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Graduate & Doctoral Admission Requirements

Graduate Admission Requirements

Applicants to university graduate programs may be accepted for admission by meeting one of the criteria specified below:

  • Degree Bearing Transcripts
    • An undergraduate degree from an accredited, GCU-approved college, university or program with a GPA of 2.8 or better on the degree-bearing transcript
      OR
    • A graduate degree from an accredited, GCU-approved college, university or program
  • Test Scores - If students cannot meet the GPA requirement, they may still be eligible for admission by meeting certain graduate test scores:
    • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): 500
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): 1,000 combined verbal/quantitative, prior to August 2011; 300 combined verbal/quantitative, after August 2011

Select Program Requirements
Some programs of study at the university require a higher GPA and/or other criteria to qualify for admission. To learn more about these higher admissions requirements, please review specific additional programmatic requirements as set in the University Policy Handbook.

For full admission requirements, please refer to the University Policy Handbook.

 

Doctoral Admission Requirements

Applicants to university doctoral programs may be accepted for admission by meeting the criteria specified below:

  • Degree Bearing Transcripts
    • Have earned a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution with an overall GPA of 3.4 or higher. Applicants with a GPA less than 3.4 will be accepted with specifications.
      OR
    • Have earned a master's from a regionally accredited institution with an overall GPA of 3.4 or higher. Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 - 3.39 will be accepted with specifications. Applicants with a GPA below a 3.0 will not be accepted into the University.
  • Submit a Letter of Intent between 250-400 words demonstrating your ability to prepare for a doctoral journey in a reflective and purposeful way.

Ed.D.
All entering Ed.D. learners in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Special Education, must have obtained an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degree in education to be admitted into the program.

DBA
All entering DBA learners must have either 1) an MBA degree or 2) a non-MBA master's or doctoral including fundamental courses in accounting, finance, and statistics with a minimum GPA of 3.0, or a passing grade if the institution does not use a traditional A-F grading systems, in each course. These graduate-level courses may be taken at GCU prior to enrolling in doctoral-level courses.

Ph.D.
All entering Ph.D. learners must have taken a statistics course or research course containing key statistics fundamentals, earning a minimum GPA of 2.0 or a passing grade if the institution does not use the traditional A-F grading systems. This course may be taken at GCU prior to enrolling in doctoral-level courses.

Select Program Requirements
Some programs of study at the university require a higher GPA and/or other criteria to qualify for admission. To learn more about these higher admissions requirements, please review specific additional programmatic requirements as set in the University Policy Handbook.

For full admission requirements, please refer to the University Policy Handbook.

 

Application Steps

  1. Complete the FREE GCU online application.
  2. Request transcripts from each educational institution attended. Official transcripts may be mailed or faxed directly to the university or carried by hand by the applicant.
  3. If you are seeking financial aid, please visit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid website for more information.

Once your application has been submitted, an admissions representative will contact you directly to discuss your next steps.