Admission to the School of Business and Graduate Studies
Admission to the School of Business and Graduate Studies
Trinity’s School of Business and Graduate Studies seeks men and women interested in graduate study who demonstrate academic potential, have a record of scholastic achievement, and possess the capability for independent learning outside of the classroom setting. Trinity regards these characteristics as essential for intellectual and personal growth. Students are admitted without regard to race, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or disability, and applications from qualified students of diverse cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the campus, attend classes, and arrange for an interview with an admissions representative. Prospective students should call the Office of Admissions at (202) 884-9400 for an appointment to visit the campus.
Admission Requirements for Degree-Seeking Graduate Students
Who Should Apply
Trinity seeks students for its graduate programs who have academic potential, a record of scholastic achievement at the undergraduate level, and promise for success in the professional area in which they are applying. Students are admitted without regard to race, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or disability. Applications from qualified students of diverse cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged.
Candidates for admission must possess a bachelor’s degree from any appropriately accredited institution of higher learning with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. Associations recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEA) confer appropriate accreditation; these associations include but are not limited to regional accreditors.
Students who do not meet the standard admission requirements but who demonstrate potential may be provisionally admitted and may take up to six (6) credits during their first semester. A student must receive a minimum grade of “B” in each of these courses in order to be fully admitted to a graduate program.
Candidates for admission to graduate programs in the School of Business and Graduate Studies must submit the following documents to the Office of Admissions:
- Complete the online application for admission.
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended at the undergraduate and graduate level. Students should request that the transcripts be sent directly to themselves in a sealed envelope.
- Two letters of recommendation in support of the application testifying to the applicant’s aptitude for graduate education and potential for professional growth and development. Letters from college instructors and employers are acceptable.
- A 1000-1500 word essay that outlines personal and professional goals.
- A current résumé or curriculum vitae.
- All supporting materials should be sent to:
Trinity Office of Admissions
125 Michigan Avenue, N.E.
Washington, DC 20017
All materials received by Trinity from applicants or third parties (high schools, undergraduate institutions, graduate institutions, recommenders, etc.) will become the property of Trinity. Trinity does not return or release materials submitted to the admissions office to applicants or to third parties.
An interview may be required for admission to the graduate degree programs. Interviews will be scheduled after the Office of Admissions has received a completed application.
There is no application deadline, but candidates for admission should apply and arrange that all credentials be forwarded well in advance of the semester in which they wish to matriculate.
In some instances, students may be permitted to register for up to six (6) credits prior to the receipt of all admission materials. Such students will be assigned non-degree status for no more than one (1) semester. In such cases permission to register should not be construed as conferring admission to the degree program.
Transfer Credits for Graduate Degrees
Students enrolled in a graduate degree program may transfer a maximum of six (6) credits from appropriately accredited institutions of higher learning toward a degree at Trinity. Associations recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEA) confer appropriate accreditation; these associations include but are not limited to regional accreditors. For specific rules governing transfer credits, see the Graduate Academic Policies section.
Admission Requirements and Procedures for Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs
The post-baccalaureate certificate programs require proof of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
Applicants to the post-baccalaureate certificate programs should show potential for academic success and similar ability to degree-seeking students also enrolled in the courses. Students with a 2.8 cumulative undergraduate grade point average or equivalent will be given priority consideration.
Students who have completed a Trinity certificate and wish to continue in a full degree program should submit the online application for consideration to their desired graduate degree program.
Admission Requirements and Procedures for Non-Degree Graduate Students
Non degree-seeking students may take courses at Trinity without being admitted to a degree program. Those wishing to take individual graduate courses may be eligible to do so providing they have an undergraduate degree from an appropriately accredited institution of higher learning. Associations recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEA) confer appropriate accreditation; these associations include but are not limited to regional accreditors. Prospective non-degree students must complete an online application for non-degree student status.
Individual courses are offered on a space-available basis only. Admission into these courses does not imply admission to Trinity. Students may earn no more than six (6) graduate credit hours as a non degree-seeking student. No additional course work may be undertaken prior to acceptance into a degree program at Trinity.
Admission Requirements and Procedures for International Students
International applicants must submit all credentials for graduate degree-seeking or non-degree admission listed above. The student is responsible for submitting all transcripts from institutions attended outside the United States for evaluation. To apply for admission to Trinity, international applicants must present the following documents:
- Complete an online application for admission.
- A copy of the applicant’s official high school or college/university transcript. Transcripts must be translated into English and evaluated by an accredited agency such as the World Education Services, Inc. (www.wes.org) or the American Association of Collegiate Registrar’s and Admissions Officers (www.aacrao.org).
- A letter of recommendation from an instructor or supervisor from a previous college/university or workplace, supporting the application for admission.
- Official score reports of TOEFL to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. (A basic score of 550 on the paper exam, 213 on the computer-based exam, or 79-80 on the internet exam is required.)
- Proof of financial responsibility, such as a Declaration/Certificate of Finances or an official bank statement for the first year of study.
- A 250 – 500 word essay, written in English. (The applicant may choose to write about his/her future ambitions, goals, a special talent or unusual interest that sets him/her apart from peers, or a significant professional or community experience.)
Trinity will issue the I-20 Form (for the F-1 / Student Visa) to applicants that:
- Are admitted to Trinity.
- Are proficient in the English language.
- Demonstrate sufficient funds to cover expenses for at least one academic year.
Deadlines: All required documents must be submitted by July 1 for the fall term and November 1 for the spring term. Financial aid is not available to international students.
A student previously registered as a degree candidate who has failed to maintain continuous enrollment in the same graduate program for one calendar year or more must apply for readmission. A letter requesting file reactivation should be submitted to the Admissions Office. Two current letters of recommendation and a writing sample should also be forwarded to this office.
Students who have not taken classes for five years or longer must apply for admission under the current academic program. Under certain circumstances, students who leave the college may be required to repeat courses that have expired. Students in specific programs may be required to complete additional course work to meet degree, licensure, or certification requirements. The student’s transcript and program of study will be evaluated by the appropriate dean.
Declaration of Intent
Upon notification of acceptance, the applicant will be asked to submit a Declaration of Intent (DOI). The DOI confirms an accepted candidate’s intention to enroll at Trinity in the School of Business and Graduate Studies. Registration for courses cannot be processed until a DOI has been received.
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