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Admission to graduate study at Shepherd University is processed on a rolling basis. Students are eligible to register for courses once their applications have been processed and they have been accepted. Applications are considered complete when this form, the application fee, and all supporting materials are on file with the Office of Graduate Admissions.  Specific requirements for each program are accessible by clicking on the individual programs below.  Program Coordinators in conjunction with the Dean of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education make final decisions on all applications. Please feel free to contact the Office of Graduate Admissions in order to ensure that your application is complete.

Admissions Requirements and Application – Degree Programs

(Please click on hyperlinked degree titles for specific information.)

Doctor of Nursing Practice

An alternative to research-focused doctoral programs, the DNP advances professional nursing roles in clinical practice (Family Nurse Practitioner), and nursing leadership (administration).  The program is designed to produce leaders who embrace health care reform and are advocates for vulnerable populations. Graduates will integrate theory and practice in areas of health policy and law, administration, business, evaluation, systems, population health, and evidence based practices.

Master of Arts in College Student Development and Administration

The Shepherd University Master of Arts in College Student Development and Administration prepares individuals who demonstrate interest in and commitment to college students and their development and learning  as professional administrators in student affairs and enrollment management within post-secondary and tertiary education. Graduates of the program will demonstrate depth and breadth of knowledge of the profession through integrated coursework and supervised practice.

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction

The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to help teachers and professional educators enhance their professionalism, improve their quality of instruction, and better prepare them for leadership roles within their school districts. By integrating theory, practice, and research, the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction provides teachers and professional educators with opportunities to enhance their levels of professional knowledge, discover innovative and effective approaches to teaching and learning, and at the same time gain greater competency within their disciplines. The primary purpose of the MACI program is to advance knowledge and increase skills for education professionals in instructional or leadership contexts.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

The Master of Arts in Teaching is a 39-credit hour program designed to provide initial teacher certification for those with bachelor’s degrees in selected fields. Students choose either an elementary or secondary content strand according to their area of emphasis.

Master of Business Administration

Graduates from M.B.A. programs are able to pursue a number of career pathways.  This skill set includes areas such as  entrepreneurship, management, human resources, marketing, financial planning and analysis, accounting and economics.  These basic business skills and principles can be applied across disciplines and industries and can lead to careers in government, healthcare, commerce, information technology, leadership roles in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Master of Science in Data Analytics and Information Systems

Shepherd’s Data Analytics program is designed to develop students who have advanced capacity to derive knowledge from data and to communicate an understanding of that knowledge. This includes skill in data collection, preparation, representation using mathematics, and storage and retrieval. It involves selection of and processing with appropriate methods, development and analysis of algorithms, and implementation in computer programming languages.

The Master of Science in Data Analytics and Information Systems has been recommended for approval (with no areas for followup) by the Higher Learning Commission Change Panel, with final approval forthcoming by the HLC’s Institutional Action Council.

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International Applicants – Shepherd University welcomes students from around the world for graduate degree study. A test of language proficiency is required for international graduate students except in the case of a diploma or degree from an accredited college or university in which the primary language of instruction is in English.

Veterans ApplicantsAll veterans, regardless of rank, branch, or active versus reserve/guard, are encouraged to take advantage of graduate courses at Shepherd University.

Non-Degree and Transient Applicants

Shepherd University Undergraduate Students

Admissions Requirements and Application – Graduate Certificates (Non-degree)

(Certificate programs as non-degree programs are not eligible for financial aid.)

Appalachian Studies

Health Administration

Public Management

Sports Management


Admission Statuses

Shepherd University grants full, conditional, and provisional admission status for graduate students.

Full Admission

Conditional Admission

Provisional Admission

Deferred Admission – Applicants who cannot enroll in the term for which admission was offered may request to have their admission deferred for up to one year. Such requests must be in writing and will be considered only once. Because enrollments are limited and competition for admission may vary from year to year, such requests may not be granted. Applicants who have received approved deferment of their admission cannot register for graduate coursework at the University during the period of deferment.

Applicants Not Admitted – Applicants who are denied admission may have their applications reconsidered if they furnish additional material that was not available at the time of the original decision, such as evidence of further academic achievement or more recent and improved standardized test scores.