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2017-2018 Evening, Weekend, Online Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Evening, Weekend, Online Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admission (Graduate)

Graduate Programs Offered

Lakeland University offers the following graduate programs:  Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) , Master of Arts in Counseling (M.A.C.) , and Master of Education (M.Ed.) .  In addition to the general graduate studies admission requirements listed below, please refer to additional program-specific admission requirements by clicking on the program of interest.

Admission to Graduate Studies Programs

Enrollment Prior to Admission

An applicant may register for one graduate course prior to being formally admitted to the respective program. An official transcript indicating a completed bachelor’s degree is required. Registration in subsequent courses is contingent upon acceptance to the program. Please refer to the M.B.A.  and M.Ed.  programs for exceptions to this policy and to the non-degree seeking student process for the M.A.C.  program.

General Admission Requirements

Please see individual programs for additional admission requirements and conditional admission policies.

To be considered for admission into a graduate program at Lakeland University, an applicant must submit:

  1. A completed Application for Admission and a non-refundable $50.00 application fee.
  2. All official transcripts from undergraduate coursework including an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution of higher education indicating completion of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative grade point-average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.00 point scale.
  3. Military transcripts, if applicable.
  4. Two letters of recommendation indicating the applicant’s potential for success in the graduate program. M.A.C.  applicants must use the program-specific form.

Note: By submitting an application for admission, you are granting permission to Lakeland University to verify any information on the form. Inaccurate information may affect enrollment, tuition or financial aid status.

An international applicant is required to follow steps 1 through 3. International graduate student applicants must submit official transcripts verifying completion of the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree accompanied by an official course-by-course evaluation of all academic coursework translated in English. Approved foreign language evaluation organizations, such as Educational Credential Evaluators (ece.org) or World Educational Services (wes.org) can be used for evaluation purposes. The course-by-course evaluation, English evaluation, and official transcripts are required as part of the admissions process. Admission decisions and immigration paperwork will not be provided until received. The evaluation can take several weeks to complete, so please plan accordingly.

An international student applying for admission must also complete the following:

  1. Submit, if his/her native or first language is not English, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. The minimum TOEFL score for graduate admission is 550 (213, for the computer-based test; 80, for the internet-based test). Under certain circumstances an international student who completes the language preparation of Lakeland’s English Language Institute may be admitted with scores less than 550.
  2. Provide financial documentation (certification of finances) that shows the student’s ability to pay for college and living expenses while studying and residing in the United States.

Note: A qualified international student will be sent the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) form required to obtain a student F-1 visa.

Application Deadlines

The following admissions deadlines apply to students seeking admission to the Kellett School graduate programs.


Application Deadline

Master of Arts in Counseling  

5 business days prior to the first day of the new term

Master of Business Administration  

5 business days prior to the first day of the new term

Master of Education  

5 business days prior to the first day of the new term

General Degree Requirements
  1. Complete all required coursework specific to the graduate program being pursued.
  2. Complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit (with the exception of the Master of Arts in Counseling  program).
  3. Earn a minimum of 27 semester hours of graduate credit through Lakeland University (with the exception of the Master of Arts in Counseling  which requires a minimum of 39 semester hours of graduate credit).
  4. Maintain a cumulative grade-point-average of at least 3.0 in Lakeland University coursework.

Policy on Non-Discrimination

Lakeland University provides equal educational and employment opportunity without regard to sex, race, age, religion, national origin, marital/parental status, sexual orientation, disability, or handicap. All equal opportunity questions should be referred to the Lakeland University’s President.

Lakeland University is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.