Braniff Graduate School Application Requirements

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Application requirements vary, depending on the degree you are seeking to obtain. Please use the drop-down menu below to learn the requirements for your program. All applicants must submit a $50 non-refundable application fee* and all required materials by the application deadline to be considered. Letters of recommendation, if required, should be sent directly from the recommender to the Braniff Graduate SchoolApplicants should have an undergraduate major in the proposed field or otherwise demonstrate evidence of suitable background.

More information about application requirements can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Application Requirements

Institute of Philosophic Studies Doctoral Program

Application for admission to the IPS requires:

  1. A completed online application form
  2. A $50 non-refundable application fee (paid online)
  3. Two letters of recommendation (sent directly from the recommender to the Braniff Graduate School)
  4. A statement of purpose (max. 750 words)
  5. An intellectual autobiography (max. 750 words)
  6. A sample of academic writing (max. 6,000 words)
  7. Official transcripts sent directly to the Braniff Graduate Office from each college or university attended by the applicant (even if no credit or degree was earned).
  8. GRE General Test scores not more than five years previous to the date of the application.

Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree. They should have an undergraduate major or equivalent evidence of suitable background for entering the proposed field.

See our FAQ for more information about letters of recommendation, application essays, transcripts, etc.

American Studies

Application for admission to the Master of American Studies requires:

  1. A completed online application form
  2. A $50 non-refundable application fee (paid online)
  3. Two letters of recommendation (sent directly from the recommender to the Braniff Graduate School)
  4. A statement of purpose (max. 750 words)
  5. An intellectual autobiography (max. 750 words)
  6. A sample of academic writing (max. 6,000 words)
  7. Official transcripts sent directly to the Braniff Graduate Office from each college or university attended by the applicant (even if no credit or degree was earned)

Completion of a bachelor's degree is a prerequisite to entrance.

See our FAQ for more information about letters of recommendation, application essays, transcripts, etc.

Art  

Application for admission to the Master of Arts in Art (M.A.) requires:

  1. A completed online application form
  2. A $50 non-refundable application fee (paid online)
  3. Two letters of recommendation (sent directly from the recommender to the Braniff Graduate School)
  4. A statement of purpose (max. 750 words)
  5. A portfolio of at least ten representative works
  6. Official transcripts sent directly to the Braniff Graduate Office from each college or university attended by the applicant (even if no credit or degree was earned)

Possession of a bachelor’s degree is prerequisite for entering the Master of Arts in Art program.

The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.), the accepted terminal degree for studio artists, requires the completion of the Master of Arts in Art program from the University of Dallas or another college and acceptance by the full graduate art faculty. Students entering the program with an M.A. from another institution have their work and knowledge examined by the faculty after completion of nine to fifteen hours of study at UD.

See our FAQ for more information about letters of recommendation, application essays, transcripts, etc.

Catholic Teacher Certificate

Application for admission to the Catholic Teacher Certificate requires:

  1. A completed online application form
  2. A $50 non-refundable application fee (paid online)
  3. Two letters of recommendation (sent directly from the recommender to the Braniff Graduate School)
  4. A statement of purpose (max. 750 words)
  5. A sample of academic writing (max. 6,000 words)
  6. Official transcripts sent directly to the Braniff Graduate Office from each college or university attended by the applicant (even if no credit or degree was earned)

See our FAQ for more information about letters of recommendation, application essays, transcripts, etc.

Classics 

Application for admission to the Master of Arts in Classics or the Master of Classics requires:

  1. A completed online application form
  2. A $50 non-refundable application fee (paid online)
  3. Two letters of recommendation (sent directly from the recommender to the Braniff Graduate School)
  4. A statement of purpose (max. 750 words)
  5. An intellectual autobiography (max. 750 words)
  6. A sample of academic writing (max. 6,000 words)
  7. Official transcripts sent directly to the Braniff Graduate Office from each college or university attended by the applicant (even if no credit or degree was earned)

Possession of a bachelor's degree is prerequisite to matriculating, but not necessarily one in the humanities. Non-degree seeking students are welcome to participate after consulting with the Graduate Director in Classics. Nota bene: Knowledge of Latin or Greek is not a prerequisite for admission to the program.

See our FAQ for more information about letters of recommendation, application essays, transcripts, etc.

Classical Education

Application for admission to the Classical Education Graduate Program requires:

  1. A completed online application form
  2. A $50 non-refundable application fee (paid online)
  3. Two letters of recommendation (sent directly from the recommender to the Braniff Graduate School)
  4. A statement of purpose (max. 750 words)
  5. An intellectual autobiography (max. 750 words)
  6. A sample of academic writing (max. 6,000 words)
  7. Official transcripts sent directly to the Braniff Graduate Office from each college or university attended by the applicant (even if no credit or degree was earned)

Possession of a bachelor’s degree is prerequisite to matriculating.

See our FAQ for more information about letters of recommendation, application essays, transcripts, etc.

 

English

Application for admission to the Master of Arts in English or the Master of English requires:

  1. A completed online application form
  2. A $50 non-refundable application fee (paid online)
  3. Two letters of recommendation (sent directly from the recommender to the Braniff Graduate School)
  4. A statement of purpose (max. 750 words)
  5. An intellectual autobiography (max. 750 words)
  6. A sample of academic writing (max. 6,000 words)
  7. Official transcripts sent directly to the Braniff Graduate Office from each college or university attended by the applicant (even if no credit or degree was earned)
  8. General GRE test scores (from within the last five years)

Applications will be evaluated regardless of undergraduate major.

See our FAQ for more information about letters of recommendation, application essays, transcripts, etc.

Humanities

Application for admission to the Master of Arts in Humanities or the Master of Humanities requires:

  1. A completed online application form
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee (paid online)
  3. Two letters of recommendation (sent directly from the recommender to the Braniff Graduate School)
  4. A statement of purpose (max. 750 words)
  5. An intellectual autobiography (max. 750 words)
  6. A sample of academic writing (max. 6,000 words)
  7. Official transcripts sent directly to the Braniff Graduate Office from each college or university attended by the applicant (even if no credit or degree was earned)

Possession of a bachelor’s degree is prerequisite to matriculating but not necessarily one in the humanities. Non-degree seeking students are welcome to participate after consulting with the Director.

See our FAQ for more information about letters of recommendation, application essays, transcripts, etc.

Leadership

Application for admission to the Master of Leadership requires:

  1. A completed online application form
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee (paid online)
  3. At least one recommendation letter (sent directly from the recommender to the Braniff Graduate School)
  4. Personal and Professional Goals essay (in 300–500 words, share your personal and professional goals for pursuing your master’s in leadership)
  5. A résumé
  6. Official transcripts sent directly to the Braniff Graduate Office from each college or university attended by the applicant (even if no credit or degree was earned)

Possession of a bachelor’s degree is prerequisite to matriculating.

See our FAQ for more information about letters of recommendation, application essays, transcripts, etc.

Philosophy

Application for admission to the Master of Arts in Philosophy requires:

  1. A completed online application form
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee (paid online)
  3. Two letters of recommendation (sent directly from the recommender to the Braniff Graduate School; this is waived for 4 + 1 applicants who list 2 references on the application form)
  4. A statement of purpose (max. 750 words)
  5. An intellectual autobiography (max. 750 words)
  6. A sample of academic writing (max. 6,000 words)
  7. Official transcripts sent directly to the Braniff Graduate Office from each college or university attended by the applicant (even if no credit or degree was earned)
  8. GRE General Test scores not more than five years previous to the date of the application

Possession of a bachelor's degree is prerequisite to matriculating in the program. Ordinarily candidates should have attained a bachelor's degree in the discipline. However, at least 15 credit hours of course work that covers classical metaphysics, ethics and the history of philosophy is prerequisite to graduate studies in philosophy.

See our FAQ for more information about letters of recommendation, application essays, transcripts, etc.

Politics

Application for admission to the Master of Arts in Politics or the Master of Politics requires:

  1. A completed online application form
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee (paid online)
  3. Two letters of recommendation (sent directly from the recommender to the Braniff Graduate School)
  4. A statement of purpose (max. 750 words)
  5. An intellectual autobiography (max. 750 words)
  6. A sample of academic writing (max. 6,000 words)
  7. Official transcripts sent directly to the Braniff Graduate Office from each college or university attended by the applicant (even if no credit or degree was earned)
  8. GRE General Test scores not more than five years previous to the date of the application

Possession of a bachelor's degree is a prerequisite.

See our FAQ for more information about letters of recommendation, application essays, transcripts, etc.

Psychology

Application for admission to the Master of Psychology, Master of Psychology with Clinical Concentration, or the Master of Arts in Psychology requires:

  1. A completed online application form
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee (paid online)
  3. Two letters of recommendation (sent directly from the recommender to the Braniff Graduate School)
  4. A statement of purpose (max. 750 words)
  5. An intellectual autobiography detailing what in particular about our program and curriculum is appealing to you (given that the distinguishing character of the program lies in its existential-phenomenological and historical orientation drawing upon the traditions of depth psychology and humanistic psychology). Your intellectual autobiography should address why your educational background and personal convictions about the character of psychology as a discipline make our program a good fit for you. (max. 750 words)
  6. A sample of academic writing (max. 6,000 words)
  7. Official transcripts sent directly to the Braniff Graduate Office from each college or university attended by the applicant (even if no credit or degree was earned)
  8. GRE General Test scores not more than five years previous to the date of the application

Possession of a bachelor's degree is a prerequisite. 

Admission as a graduate student in psychology is contingent upon an academic foundation in the discipline of psychology. This foundation can be demonstrated by the successful completion (a grade of B or better) of at least a three credit course in each, General Psychology and Statistics/Experimental Design, or other course offerings as determined by the program director.

See our FAQ for more information about letters of recommendation, application essays, transcripts, etc.

Theology

Application for admission to the Master of Arts in Theology or the Master of Theology requires:

  1. A completed online application form
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee (paid online)
  3. Two letters of recommendation (sent directly from the recommender to the Braniff Graduate School)
  4. A statement of purpose (max. 750 words)
  5. An intellectual autobiography (max. 750 words)
  6. A sample of academic writing (max. 6,000 words)
  7. Official transcripts sent directly to the Braniff Graduate Office from each college or university attended by the applicant (even if no credit or degree was earned)
  8. GRE General Test scores not more than five years previous to the date of the application

Possession of a bachelor's degree is a prerequisite. 

Further requirements include: 

  1. Some background in philosophy in the case of M.Th. applicants and a minimum of nine undergraduate credits in philosophy for M.A. applicants. These requirements may be waived if applicants demonstrate competency in philosophy. 
  2. A sufficiently strong background in theology and preferably an undergraduate philosophy major. Applicants’ backgrounds will be individually evaluated and in case of deficiency, students will be required to acquire the necessary theological foundations by taking appropriate courses and/or by directed individual study.

See our FAQ for more information about letters of recommendation, application essays, transcripts, etc.

4 + 1 Program: English, Philosophy, Psychology or Theology

The University of Dallas offers 4 + 1 programs in which currently enrolled UD undergraduate students can earn both their bachelor’s and their master’s degrees in as few as five years.

4 + 1 programs are currently available for the following degrees:

  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Arts in Philosophy
  • Master of Psychology & Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Theology & Master of Arts in Theology

How to apply and enroll:

  1. Share your interest in earning your master's degree with your academic adviser in the spring semester of your junior year
  2. Contact the graduate director or chairman of your program of interest.
  3. Submit your application to the Braniff Graduate School, following the application instructions included within your program of interest as listed on this webpage.

The application fee and GRE requirement are waived for UD undergraduates.

See our FAQ for more information about letters of recommendation, application essays, transcripts, etc.

4+1 Program: Master of Arts in Teaching 

The following information must be submitted when applying for entrance to the *Master of Arts in Teaching 4+1 Program:

  1. A completed online application for admittance to the Braniff Graduate School
  2. Statement of Purpose (a personal statement addressing why you want to be a teacher)
  3. A sample of academic writing (max. 6,000 words)
  4. Two letters of recommendation (The Education Department uses a recommendation form. Please contact the Education Department to obtain this form)
  5. All official college transcripts sent directly to the Braniff Graduate Office from each college or university attended by the applicant (even if no credit or degree was earned). Applicants must have at least a 2.75 GPA, verifiable by their transcripts.

Additional Requirements:

  1. A completed application for admission to the University of Dallas Educator Preparation Program. (Contact the Education Department for information regarding the teacher certification application process).
  2. An overall grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) and 2.75 in teaching field and pedagogical courses; transcript cannot include incomplete grades.
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  4. Proficiency in each of the basic skills of reading, writing, math, critical thinking, and oral communication in English.  A student can demonstrate proficiency of basic skills by submitting current (within the last five years) passing scores on one of the following approved standardized tests.  Minimum passing scores:
    • Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSI): Math 350, Reading 351, Writing 340, Essay 4
    • SAT (prior to March 2016): Composite (Critical Reading & Math) 1070, Math 500, English/Reading 500
    • SAT (after March 2016): Math 530, English/Reading & Writing 480
    • ACT: Composite 23, Math 19, English/Reading 19
    *Please contact the Department of Education for a list of exemptions and waivers.
  5. Interview with an Education Department professor
  6. Certification Plan (completed in conjunction with education advisor)
  7. Passing of the TExES content exam in your certification area

International Student Applicants: A foreign credential evaluator that has been recognized by the State of Texas must evaluate all foreign transcripts. In addition, all student applicants whose native language is not English or who did not complete an undergraduate degree in the United States must submit a score report from the TOEFL. The minimum score of 26 is also a requirement for issuance of a probationary certificate and for a standard certificate. All scores must not be older than two years.

See our FAQ for more information about letters of recommendation, application essays, transcripts, etc.

*This program is currently available exclusively to University of Dallas undergraduates seeking to pursue their MAT.

Please note that some of the required materials make take significant amounts of time for you to obtain or have sent to the University of Dallas. We recommend that you plan well in advance of the application deadline to obtain letters of recommendation, standardized test scores (e.g. GRE and TOEFL), official transcripts, etc. These items must arrive to the Braniff Graduate Office prior to the deadline in order for your application to be considered. Application fees will not be refunded if required materials are not received on time.

*The application fee and GRE requirement are waived for currently enrolled UD undergraduates who are applying for the 4+1 Program.

If you have any questions or wish to check on the status of your application, please contact us.  

Non-Degree Seeking Students, International Students and Educators Cohort Students:

Admission as a Non-Degree Seeking Student

For those who wish to enroll in graduate level courses but are not seeking a degree: They should be over 21 years old and have completed an undergraduate degree. If at any time they wish to become candidates for a degree, they must submit an application and accompanying documents for regular admission into one of the programs which will be considered along with all other applications. Only nine credits earned as a non-degree seeking student may be transferred toward the degree. Art students, however, may not count courses taken as special students.

Admission as an International Student

Unless proficiency is otherwise demonstrated, international applicants whose native tongue is not English are required to take either the English Language Test or the TOEFL of the Educational Testing Service. These tests are given in the students’ home countries and are normally the only acceptable certification of language ability. Unless a test has been taken at least three months before the proposed date of enrollment, students cannot be sure of having their application processed in time. The minimum acceptable score on the paper based TOEFL is 600; the minimum on the computer based TOEFL (CBT) is 250; the minimum on the internet based TOEFL (IBT) is 100; the minimum on the IELT is 7.0.

All international applicants must also submit GRE scores if the graduate program they are applying to requires them.

International students should be aware that the university has no special funds for them. Federal loan funds are restricted to U.S. citizens. International students must therefore fill out the Statement of Support for International Students form for their application to be considered.

Admission to the Educators Cohort

Knowing that a graduate education can be cost-prohibitive for many, the University of Dallas wishes to make participation in its degree programs more affordable by enrolling full-time teachers and administrators in our Educators Cohort. As members of this cohort, educators will receive a special tuition rate. If you would like to become a member of the Educators Cohort, please submit a letter to the Braniff Graduate Office on official school stationery signed by your principal or headmaster that clearly states your current, full-time employment status as a school teacher and the term of employment. A letter is required for every academic year that the student will receive the Educators Cohort rate.

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