Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Graduate Admissions Policies - Degree Seeking Status (MACC, MAT, MBA/HMBA, MED, MCIS, MSEL, and MSEM)

A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited American college or university or from a foreign institution of acceptable standing is required for admission. Each applicant is admitted on the presumption that a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent will be earned by the time of graduate matriculation, or the student’s admission is void.

Applicants for admission to a master’s degree program at Christian Brothers University should demonstrate a high promise of success and should submit:

  1. One official transcript* of previous academic credits from each of the colleges or universities previously attended (official transcripts submitted that are not in English will require an official translation - World Education Services (WES) course-by-course report or Educational Perspectives detailed evaluation). MAT and Licensure only candidates must submit 2 copies of official transcripts for each college or university previously attended;
  2. Two letters of recommendation (three letters for MSEL Program) from former teachers or immediate supervisors qualified to attest to the applicant’s preparation for and ability to do graduate study; or, in the case of a licensure candidate, those who can attest to the individual’s capability to become a teacher;
  3. A completed Graduate School Application Form with application fee;
  4. (Foreign Applicants Only) Proof of English proficiency is required if English is not the applicant’s native language, or was not the language of instruction for the applicant’s baccalaureate degree, or if the applicant does not hold a graduate degree from a regionally accredited United States institution of higher learning. Proof of English proficiency may be demonstrated by means of the TOEFL exams, IELTS, and in some cases the CAE or CPE. (Please note that the admissions requirements for the MSPAS program are provided in the next section):

    For the MACC, MAT, MBA/HMBA, MED, MSCIS, MSEL, and MSEM programs, the following scores reflect the minimum admissible level of proficiency: TOEFL (520 paper version; 185 the computer-based test; and 68 for the internet-based test); or IELTS (5.5); or CAE (grade C); or CPE (grade C). For PA Program requirements, see below.

    • MAT and Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Education Program. In addition to required admissions policies (cbu.edu/teach), candidates will be required to take and pass the Praxis I CORE within the first semester of graduate studies and the Praxis II Content Knowledge within the second semester. All other Praxis exams for licensure are required by the final semester. A candidate with less than a 2.75 GPA will be required to take and pass the CORE for admissions.
    • MED - Acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test. Exemption granted for those who hold a current Apprentice or Professional teaching license and have attained an acceptable G.P.A.of 3.0 in their professional education coursework or hold a transitional or interim license but have passed all Praxis II tests required for licensure and have attained an acceptable G.P.A.3.0 in their professional education coursework.
    • MSEL and Fast Track Educational Leadership Program – Admissions testing not required for those who hold a current Apprentice or Professional License and have at least three years of teaching experience. All others must take and pass the GRE or CORE for admissions.The Fast Track requires individuals to already possess a master’s degree.
    • MAcc - Official test score report from GMAT or GRE (waived for CBU BS in Accounting and BSBA Finance concentration students and accounting majors at Rhodes College and the University of Memphis). Successful completion of an undergraduate degree with a major in accounting or the equivalent coursework. Applicants must meet the general requirements for entry into a Graduate Program at Christian Brothers University as well as the standards for admission to the Master of Accountancy Program. The admissions committee of the Master of Accountancy program bases all decisions upon the prospective student’s overall and accounting grade point averages (GPA’s) the personal interview, personal and professional references, GMAT score, knowledge of the profession and prior accounting experiences.

      Applicants are required to have the following course equivalencies (prerequisites) prior to beginning the MAcc:

      • ACCT 260 - Accounting Principles
      • ACCT 270 - Managerial Accounting
      • ACCT 264, ACCT 364: Intermediate Financial Accounting I, II (may be taken concurrently with select graduate courses)

      The following courses are also strongly recommended:

      • ACCT 319 - Cost Accounting
      • ACCT 366 - Intermediate Financial Accounting III
      • ACCT 412 - Auditing
      • ACCT 430 - Federal Income Tax
    • MBA/HMBA - Official test score report from GMAT or GRE. Documentation of previously earned graduate degree or professional certification may be accepted as a waiver of this requirement at the discretion of the MBA Director.
  5. And any other requirements set by a specific graduate program.