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Admissions Requirements

Salem International University actively seeks to attract a diverse student body from all over the world. We believe the educational environment is enriched by a variety of viewpoints and experiences. We do not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability.

This page describes admissions requirements for our undergraduate and graduate programs. Once you have determined you can satisfy these requirements, you can proceed to our application process. If you have questions, please contact an admissions advisor for personalized guidance.

Undergraduate Admissions – School of Academic Studies

Applicants must have graduated from high school or have demonstrated high school equivalency by successfully completing the General Education Development (GED) test prior to the first date of enrollment. Additional information regarding admission to the School of Education and to the School of Nursing is provided in their respective sections of the catalog.

Transcripts

Domestic applicants must provide official academic transcripts from their high school of graduation or evidence of having successfully completed the GED. Official transcripts are those that are received by SIU directly from the sending institution. If an official transcript is not received by the end of the first semester of studies, the student may be administratively dropped.

Transfer Applicants

Any person who has attended another post-secondary institution will be classified as a transfer student regardless of how many or how few credits may have been earned. Domestic transfer students must arrange to provide official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions, whether they earned any credits or not. Applicants who have earned fewer than 24 college credits also must arrange to provide official high school transcripts or evidence of having successfully completed the GED.

International Admissions

SIU is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. In order to take classes on campus, a student must have a valid F-1 visa. SIU is required to have official documentation that certifies that the applicant has completed the equivalent of an American high school education and is prepared to undertake university-level work in English.

*Some programs may have additional requirements.

Undergraduate Admissions – School of Education

Undergraduates who wish to apply to our secondary education programs must meet the same requirements above.

After successful admission, students are considered “education majors”, and must meet the following further requirements after their first 24-36 credit hours are completed:

  • Successful completion of one of three identified education introductory courses focusing on the foundations of American education and how children learn.
  • Minimum grade point averages of 2.75 across program coursework.
  • Completion of the Praxis I tests.
  • Submission of a portfolio demonstrating the student’s potential as a teacher, which includes an interview

The student is considered a formal candidate for teacher education after these requirements are satisfied.

Undergraduate Admissions – School of Nursing

Applicants to the RN to BSN program must meet general admissions requirements, and must also:

  • Hold an associate of nursing or diploma of nursing
  • Hold a verified RN license with professional liability insurance
  • Complete a general application form and a special School of Nursing application form
  • Complete an entrance interview, including verification of health insurance, immunizations/titers, criminal background check, and a drug screening

Graduate Admissions – MBA Programs

Applicants must have earned a bachelor‟s degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or equivalent from an international university. In addition, SIU must approve the bachelor‟s degrees or equivalent education that prepared the student for graduate studies in the chosen educational program.

Transcripts

Domestic applicants must provide official academic transcripts from the institution where their highest degree was earned. Official transcripts are those that are received by SIU directly from the sending institution. If an official transcript is not received by the end of the first semester of studies, the student may be administratively dropped.

Students whose highest degree was earned at an international institution must submit copies of official documents in the original language and certified English translations of these documents. Specific documents required vary from country to country but generally include copies of diplomas or certificates, transcripts, and examination scores. The student is responsible for arranging to have the official documents evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credentials Evaluator (ECE), the cost of which will be borne by the student.

Transfer Applicants

Any person who has attended another post-secondary institution will be classified as a transfer student regardless of how many or how few credits may have been earned. Domestic transfer students must arrange to provide official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities, whether they earned any credits or not.

*Some programs may have additional requirements.

 

Graduate Admissions – Education Programs

For the Master of Education in Education Leadership, applicants must prove that they:

  • Have earned an undergraduate degree in education with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Hold a valid teaching certificate
  • Have access to appropriate Field Work settings

For the Certificate in Educational Leadership, applicants must prove that they:

Have earned an undergraduate degree in education and have a valid teaching certificate

  • Have earned an undergraduate degree in education with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Have earned a master of education degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Hold a valid teaching certificate
  • Have access to appropriate Field Work settings

For the Master of Education in 21st Century Curriculum and Instruction, applicants must prove that they:

  • Have earned an undergraduate degree in education with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Hold a valid teaching certificate
  • Have access to appropriate Field Work settings with qualified Site Supervisors to act as mentors throughout the program

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