Salem University offers a variety of graduate degree programs across various disciplines. Domestic applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the US. Prospective students are required to submit a signed certification of same. This signature is acceptable proof of graduation per Federal law. Students using Federal financial also sign a certification as part of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process. This signature is acceptable proof of graduation per Federal law.
Salem’s graduate and doctoral programs are offered 100% online. Salem students take just one course per month to allow for a better balance of academics, home life, work, and other obligations that students may have. This allows graduate students at Salem University to be successful while still maintaining an active life outside of the classroom.
Some graduate programs at Salem have additional requirements for admission. These include:
MEd in Educational Leadership
- Possess an undergraduate degree in education and have a valid teaching certificate or otherwise be approved for admission by the Dean of Education and the Provost.
- Have successfully completed three (3) years of full-time teaching or management-level experience as defined by West Virginia State Board of Education Policy 5202: § 4.46. Management Level Experience. – Work experience in which an individual’s assignment in the organization is designated as a position of authority with responsibility for regulating the relationships between and among people. § 4.67. Teaching Experience. – Classroom teaching or student support services* experience within the specialization(s) and grade levels reflected on the educator’s license. For definitions of “student support services” please refer to West Virginia State Board of Education Policy 5202. Definitions can be found at: http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/.
- Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher
Education Specialist and Post-Master’s Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership
Applicants must meet the guidelines for admission to the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (above) as well as the following criteria:
- Have earned an education-related master’s degree and have a current, valid teaching certificate or otherwise be approved by the Dean of Education and the Provost.
- Have a minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA and a minimum 3.0 graduate GPA
- Praxis Exams #5412 completion
Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
- Have earned an undergraduate degree in education or a training-related field, or otherwise be approved for admission by the Dean of Education and the Provost.
- Have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
- Praxis Exams #5412 completion
Students applying to one of Salem’s nursing programs must have their official transcripts sent to Salem from each post-secondary academic institution they have attended previously, regardless of whether or not they are wanting to transfer any courses. All official transcripts must be received by the end of the student’s first course or the student may be dropped administratively from the nursing program. Applications are considered incomplete until they contain all required academic records. Admission is limited to students who have a current unrestricted RN license issued by a State or the District of Columbia and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. RN licensure must be maintained throughout the program of study.