Departments and/or schools may have more specific admission requirements.
Springfield College accepts students to graduate programs who possess personal and professional potential for effective educational and social leadership. In harmony with the philosophy of education at Springfield College, consideration is given to the whole person-maturity, motivation, and purpose. At the same time, attention is given to conditions that may seriously interfere with the student’s performance in his/her academic work; therefore the following guidelines have been developed.
No student is admitted to full graduate standing with less than a 2.500 undergraduate index. Applicants with less than a 2.500 index, but not less than 2.000, will be considered for probationary admission if there is convincing evidence in examining their undergraduate academic record (and/or supporting documents, including appropriate tests, interviews, additional academic work, or experience) that, if given an opportunity, they will meet the academic standards at Springfield College. In all probationary cases of admission, there should be careful examination and full documentation of the basis for admission.
Admission to graduate study requires the submission of a completed application by the student. It is the student’s responsibility to have the registrars of all institutions previously attended forward official transcripts directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. All coursework completed at the time of application will be considered in determining a student’s cumulative grade point average for admissions purposes. Admission to the graduate program requires the possession of a bachelor’s degree. The student must also return a completed medical examination form following enrollment.
Persons who have completed courses at Springfield College are not required to submit official transcripts for such work. (Also, they are not required to submit an immunization record, provided their studies from undergraduate level to graduate level are continuous.) The applicant is notified when final action is taken on the application.
Springfield College faculty members with the rank of instructor or above may not receive a graduate degree from this institution. Full time non-faculty employees of Springfield College may not receive a degree beyond the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) from Springfield College. Faculty and full-time non-faculty employees may register for graduate courses and apply such credit to graduate degrees at other institutions, where applicable.
Students who wish to begin graduate work as an undergraduate must file a written request and secure the approval of the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs before registering for such study. No request will be approved unless the student’s cumulative grade point average is 3.000 or better at the start of the semester during which the course or courses are to be taken.
An undergraduate student at Springfield College must be within fifteen semester hours of graduation before beginning graduate study. However, if students are required to do full-time, off-campus fieldwork during the final semester prior to graduation, they may be permitted to begin graduate work in the previous semester, provided they have no more than fifteen semester hours of undergraduate coursework requirements remaining.
Policy for Educator Licensure Programs
Requirements for admission:
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.50.
- Transcript review (teacher preparation programs only).
- Commitment to the field of education as demonstrated by past experience, essays, interviews and/or reference letters.
- Demonstration of other measures of academic and/or professional achievement required by individual programs (e.g., GRE score, MTEL score, transcript review, professional experience).
See individual programs for additional requirements.
Springfield College students who will have direct contact with children as part of their educational program will be required by their host agency to complete a criminal history background check, (CORI), as a condition of participation in this activity.
Applicants for Whom English is a Second Language
Applicants may be considered for conditional acceptance if they are in good academic standing and have met all admission requirements, except proof of English proficiency as determined by a minimum recommended TOEFL score of iBT 90 or IELTS score of 7. Conditionally accepted students may be advised to enroll in an intensive English program through the International Language Institute or to enroll in the ESOL courses at Springfield College. All students for whom English is a second language will receive appropriate academic advisement pertaining to specific course selection.