2017-2018

Application Requirements

Domestic Applicants

Bryant University is committed to enrolling classes of students with strong credentials that show a high promise of professional success. To be admitted to any Bryant graduate program, applicants must be (or about to become) a graduate of an accredited, four-year college or university.

Specific application requirements vary according to the graduate program to which an individual applies.  All domestic applicants, regardless of program, are required to submit:

  • An application to Bryant University Graduate Programs in Arts and Sciences. Applications should be submitted online.
  • Official transcripts from the college or university from which the applicant was awarded his/her highest degree.
  • Letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be submitted online.
  • Statement of objectives (500 words maximum).   The purpose of the statement is to explain why the applicant is applying to Bryant and to the specific program, as well as to illustrate how a graduate degree will help the applicant achieve a future goal.
  • A current resume/vita.
  • $80 application fee.

More specific admission requirements appear on program specific sections.  

Note: Students who are enrolled full-time (i.e., three courses) are required to forward completed health forms to Health Services and to show proof of health insurance.

International Applicants

Students from across the globe who enroll in Bryant University’s Graduate Programs in Arts and Sciences bring valuable perspectives to the classroom. International students must secure the proper visa and enroll in the appropriate number of credits.

International Student Admission Requirements

Specific application requirements vary according to the graduate program to which an individual applies.  However, all international applicants, regardless of program, are required to submit:

  • Applicants must provide documentation from an academic evaluation agency which indicates that they have earned a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.
  • An application to Bryant University Graduate Programs in Arts and Sciences. Applications should be submitted on line.
  • Official transcripts from the college or university from which the applicant was awarded his/her highest degree, translated into English and converted to a 4.0 scale.
  • Letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be submitted online.
  • Statement of objectives (500 words maximum).   The purpose of the statement is to explain why the applicant is applying to Bryant, and to the specific program, as well as to illustrate how a graduate degree will help the applicant achieve a future goal.
  • A current resume/vita.
  • $80 application fee.
  • Official TOEFL score for applicants whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not conducted in English.

More specific admission requirements appear on program specific sections.  

Note: Students who are enrolled full-time are required to forward completed health forms to Health Services and to show proof of health insurance.

Deferred Admission

If an accepted student cannot begin classes in the semester for which he/she applied, the student may defer his/her admission until the next semester. Requests for a deferral must be made in writing to the appropriate graduate program director and may be approved for up to one year. If an applicant matriculates into a program within a one-year period, the deposit is applicable toward tuition fees.

Re-admit Policy

If a student withdraws from Bryant and later wishes to resume graduate work, he or she will be required to re-apply and will be responsible for the degree requirements that are in place at the time of re-admission. If the student’s file is available, the student will be required to submit a new application, statement of objectives, resume and an $80 application fee. If the file is not available, a complete application package must be submitted by the applicant. Permission to re-enroll will be granted only after a review of the student’s academic record by the Admission Committee within the appropriate graduate program.

  • If the student’s course(s) were completed within the last three years, all courses, credits and grades previously taken will be applied to the student’s degree requirements.
  • If the courses are between three and five years old, the courses will be reviewed by the appropriate graduate directors. Those courses that are deemed to still be current by the department will be applied to the student’s graduate degree. Those that are not approved will be listed on the student’s transcript but not computed in the grade point average calculation, nor counted towards the degree.
  • Courses that are five years or older are not generally accepted toward the degree program but will appear on the student’s transcript. Neither the credits nor the grades previously earned will be calculated in the student’s grade point average.

Types of Graduate Admissions

The College of Arts and Sciences recognizes 4 types of students who are eligible to enroll in graduate courses. These are (a) degree students, (b) non-matriculating students (i.e., individuals with “special student status”), (c) non-degree graduate level certificate students, and (d) 4+1 students.

  • Degree Students

A degree student is one who has been formally admitted to a program leading to a degree. A Master's Degree applicant may be admitted unconditionally or as a provisional or probationary student.

  • Non-matriculating Student  (“Special Student Status”)

A non-matriculating student is one who does not seek a degree or has not been officially admitted to a graduate degree program. Such a student may enroll in up to two graduate courses without completing the formal application process, and without being required to submit references or applicable test scores to the Graduate Admissions Office. However, transcripts are required.

Any student from an accredited institution may apply for special student status once he or she has completed at least 90 credit hours with a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0.

A non-matriculating student may register for courses for which he or she has the prerequisites, unless such registration is restricted by the department or the College of Arts and Sciences. If a non-matriculating student decides to pursue a degree at Bryant University, he or she may petition that previous courses taken at Bryant University may be accepted in meeting requirements for a degree. If the petition is recommended by the department and approved by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, these courses may be counted toward a degree.

Non-matriculating (“Special Students”) may only register by completing a Special Student Registration form for courses when seats exist in the section, and may not displace a matriculated student from registering in a course because of space limitations.

  • Non-Degree Graduate Certificate Students

Graduate level certificates are graduate courses of study approved by an academic unit designed to provide professional development and career advancement opportunities, to broaden career options, or to enhance an individual’s skills or education as part of the process of life-long learning. These certificates are not part of degree programs, although courses completed as part of a certificate curriculum could be used in meeting degree requirements.

Graduate Certificates are an organized series of graduate courses which may require a minimum of 12, but no more than 17, hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. See the individual offerings from each department for more details.

  • 4 + 1 Students: Applying to a Graduate Program as an Undergraduate

An initial application to an Arts and Sciences graduate program can occur at any time during a student’s enrollment at Bryant University.  After completing 75 undergraduate hours, the student must take any graduate standardized tests required by the program and complete his or her formal application for the intended program. There is no application fee. After 92 hours, there is a preliminary audit of the student’s progress. If accepted at this time, the student is eligible to enroll in graduate courses (500 and 600 level) during the last 30 hours of his or her studies. Two of these courses can be counted toward the completion of both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the case of 30-hour master’s programs; 3 may count toward the completion of both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the case of 36-hour master’s programs. The student remains classified as an undergraduate until 122 hours are completed, after which time he or she will be classified as a graduate student.

After completing 122 undergraduate hours and are degree certified, the student is:

  1. assessed tuition and fees at the graduate level,
  2. eligible for financial aid at the graduate level, and
  3. eligible for graduate work study opportunities, or other types of support/recognition that may be available to graduate students.

During the last semester of the undergraduate program, a student may be eligible for a graduate work study opportunity.