Post Baccalaureate/Graduate/Doctoral Application Information & Instructions

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Who Should Use This Application Form?

This application form is intended for those applicants (including international applicants) who wish to apply to a Rowan University post-baccalaureate or graduate-level (including doctoral) program. All such programs at Rowan are offered through Rowan Global in one of two Divisions:

  • The Extension Division which offers non-traditional-format programs (online, hybrid, off-site, accelerated, Saturday only, or some combination of these).
  • The Traditional-format Graduate Division which offers traditional-format programs with 16-week-long, face-toface courses on either Rowan's Glassboro or Camden campus.

How to Apply

  • Choose one program: Select the Rowan Global program to which you want to apply.
    • All currently-available Rowan Global academic programs are listed at: www.rowanu.com/programs
    • You may only apply to one program at a time, so please clearly indicate your program of choice on any submitted admission materials. (Please include the official program code whenever possible. Program codes are clearly listed on the above-mentioned website.)
  • Choose one entry point: Make sure you choose the proper admissions entry point.
    • Some programs admit every eight weeks (each eight-week block is called a module), and some only admit once a year.
    • To determine the entry points for your particular program of interest, please visit: www.rowanu.com/admissions/start-dates
  • Review all admission requirements: See "Admission Requirements" below.
  • Submit all required admissions materials to Rowan Global by the proper application deadline:
    • Application deadlines for each program are listed at: www.rowanu.com/admissions/start-dates. (Most programs admit on a rolling basis up until the final application deadline.)
    • Applications must be complete by the application deadline in order to be considered.
      • If the deadline has passed but space is still available, it may be possible for the deadline to be extended or to begin the program as a non-matriculated student while the official admission process completes. Please check your options with Rowan Global Admissions.
    • Any required admission forms will be listed and available to download from: www.rowanu.com/forms
    • Submit all Rowan Global application materials to:
      Rowan University
      Admissions Processing
      Enterprise Center, Suite 200
      225 Rowan Boulevard
      Glassboro, NJ 08028
      • Faxed items (856.256.5637) are acceptable for everything except official test scores, official transcripts, and letters of recommendation.
      • Please do not send materials for Rowan Global programs to any address or office other than the one above as this will delay processing.

Note: After you have submitted your application to Rowan Global, please check your application status online as often as needed so you can be sure that all of your materials have arrived on time, and you can follow up with our office with any questions. (Instructions for this process are emailed to all applicants.)


Admissions

Admission to Rowan University as a post-baccalaureate or graduate (including doctoral) student is competitive. Rowan Global students are admitted according to the standards and requirements established by Rowan's academic departments/programs. Program-admission committees use different criteria, according to the requirements of the profession and the number of applicants applying to the program. Each component of the application is carefully reviewed and taken into consideration for each candidate.

To be sure you are submitting all required materials all applicants must carefully review the admissions requirements on this page and submit any materials that apply to your particular situation or program.


Admission Requirements

There are 3 areas all applicants must check in order to be sure they are meeting all of the admission requirements for their particular program of interest:

  • Basic Admission Requirements: Regardless of their program of interest, all applicants must submit the Basic Admission Requirements (listed on the next page of this document).
  • Additional Admission Requirements: These requirements, listed on the next page of this document, only apply to those who have foreign transcripts and/or who are non-native English speakers. Please read the instructions carefully and submit items to Rowan Global if necessary.
  • Program-specific Admission Requirements: Most academic programs require admission materials in addition to those listed in the "Basic Admission Requirements." Admission requirements for your specific program of interest are listed at www.rowanu.com/programs.

Important Information for Applicants:

  • In order to be successful in Rowan Global programs, all students are required to be proficient in basic computing skills, at ease with both daily email usage and word-processing, and prepared to access online content on a regular basis.
  • Applicants for online programs or programs with web/online components are required to be able to meet the technology requirements outlined under "Technology Requirements" at www.rowanonline.com/portal technology.

Note: In addition to the admissions process and requirements above, international applicants who need the F-1 or J-1 visa are also required to work with Rowan's International Center on the financial review/I-20 process. More details are included in this document.


Basic Admission Requirements

All Rowan Global post-baccalaureate and graduate (including doctoral) programs require the following items:

  • Completed Rowan Global Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
    • Unless applying online, you may pay by check or money order made payable to "Rowan University." Major credit cards/check cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) are accepted. To pay by credit card, please submit with your application materials the "Application Fee Credit Card Payment Form" available to download from: www.rowanu.com/forms
  • Bachelor's degree or its equivalent (or Master's degree or its equivalent for Doctoral/CAGS candidates) from an accredited institution of higher learning
    • If your degree was not earned at a U.S. institution, see also the "Additional Admission Requirements" within this document.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume

Additional Admission Requirements

Listed below are additional admissions requirements that may or may not apply to you. Read carefully.

Non-U.S. Transcript/Academic Credentials Requirements:

Any student (regardless of whether or not a U.S. citizen) who attended a non-U.S. institution (for more than one term) and/or who earned their Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) and/or Master's degree (or its equivalent) from a non-U.S. institution or where English was not the language of instruction are required to submit to Rowan Global official English translations (if transcript is not in English) and official evaluations of your transcript to determine equivalency. A course-by-course evaluation is required.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for Non-native Speakers:

Those for whom English is not their first/native language, and who did not graduate with a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from a college/university where the language of instruction was English, are required to also submit official copies of successful scores from one of the two tests listed below. (This requirement is only waived if the student has successfully earned at least 24 academic credits within the past five years from an accredited U.S. institution. Other ESL programs do not qualify.)

*Note: Rowan has no affiliation with these companies, and we may accept an evaluation from another company under special circumstances; however, the above are three agencies proven to provide fast and accurate services to students and whose evaluations are trusted by colleges throughout the U.S.


Program-specific Admission Requirements

Most academic programs require admission materials in addition to those listed in the "Basic Admission Requirements." Admission requirements for your specific program of choice are listed at: www.rowanu.com/programs


International Students Who Require the F-1 or J-1 Visa

At Rowan, non-U.S. citizens requiring the F-1 or J-1 visa must complete two separate processes to be admitted to the University and to be considered for the Rowan-sponsored I-20 needed in order to obtain the proper visa.

Process #1: Be admitted to a full-time academic program at Rowan University:

The first process is the academic admissions process. All applicants must submit complete application including all required materials for their particular program of interest by the appropriate deadline to Rowan Global Admissions and be evaluated for admission into a full-time academic program.

  • Rowan makes admission decisions without regard to financial need.
  • Non-U.S. citizens requiring the F-1 or J-1 visa do not qualify as non-matriculated students.
  • Non-U.S. citizens requiring the F-1 or J-1 visa must maintain full-time matriculated status in an academic program for each academic year they are enrolled.

Process #2: Be issued an I-20 in order to obtain your visa:

The second process is the financial review, which is coordinated independently by the International Center (IC) at Rowan University. You must complete all of the steps outlined by the IC office in order to demonstrate that you have the financial resources to support yourself for the duration of your studies at Rowan. Without complete information and appropriate certification, Rowan's International Center cannot issue the I-20 necessary to obtain your F-1 or J-1 visa. For a full list of financial review requirements and instructions please visit www.rowan.edu/internationalstudents or email internationalapplicants@rowan.edu.

The I-20 will only be issued to an applicant who:

  • Has been officially accepted in a full-time program of study at Rowan University.
  • Has demonstrated adequate resources to support the cost of living and studying in the U.S. for the entire duration of the program of study (as determined by the International Center).
  • Has submitted all required IC documents by any deadlines indicated.

Additional Information for International Students

Admissions and financial review for the I-20 are two completely separate processes; both processes must be completed in a timely manner in order for you to begin your program at Rowan. We strongly suggest that you begin working with the International Center directly after you have submitted your application to the proper admissions office. Do not wait to be admitted in order to begin working with the International Center, or you may not be able to have your documents reviewed and processed in time to obtain an I-20. Once you have been officially admitted and issued an I-20 by Rowan your final step is to submit your Matriculation Signature Page (that will be attached to your admission email if admitted) to Rowan Global and to confirm via email to globaladmissions@rowan.edu that you have received your I-20 so that you may be officially matriculated and able to begin coursework.

International Student Orientation

All non-U.S. citizens requiring the F-1 or J-1 visa will be required to participate in a mandatory International Student Orientation Program at the start of their first semester.

Please Note:

  • Rowan University does not return any application or financial documentation materials after submission, so we strongly recommend you keep copies of all items you submit.
  • If you feel a particular international student admission requirement should not apply to you, please contact globaladmissions@rowan.edu to discuss the situation before applying.
  • Non-U.S. citizens requiring the F-1 or J-1 visa who are interested in non-traditional-format programs (online, hybrid, off-site, accelerated, Saturday-only, or some combination of these) that are offered through Rowan Global should be aware of two issues:
  • Many non-traditional programs are part-time only and, therefore, would not be available to non-U.S. citizens requiring the F-1 or J-1 visa since they must be enrolled in full-time programs.
  • Many non-traditional programs are fully online or predominantly online. Per federal law, non-U.S. citizens requiring the F-1 or J-1 visa may only enroll in 3 online credits per term and must be enrolled as a full-time student every term of study. (Those not requiring the F-1 or J-1 visa may enroll in 100% online programs.)

Please keep this in mind before making your final program selection on this application. You may always contact an Enrollment Advisor (globaladmissions@rowan.edu) during the application process if you have any questions about what programs might be possible.


Application & Admissions Process

Rowan Global applicants should send all materials to Rowan Global Admissions using the address exactly as it is listed on the first page of these instructions. Once an application form is received, the student's information will be put into Rowan's system as an official applicant. As quickly as possible (given the deadline type and term to which the student applied), the application will undergo a preliminary review by Rowan Global Admissions to determine what items are on file for the applicant, and what items the student is missing - per their particular program of interest. After this review, all applicants are sent an email with information about their current application status and any missing items. Applicants whose files are incomplete at that point will be filed as we await the missing items. Applicants whose files are complete will be processed for a full evaluation by the program's Admissions Committee. Only completed application packets will be sent for a full evaluation. All applications must be complete by the appropriate deadline according to the program of interest and entry term/module.

After an applicant has received the application status email from Rowan Global, he/she may check the status of their application 24/7 online via www.rowan.edu/selfservice. Instructions are included within the email. Applicants are encouraged to refer to this online site often in order to ensure that all required materials for their program have been sent by them and received by Rowan Global Admissions. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their file is complete by the deadline.

Applicants to most Rowan Global programs should receive an admission decision from Rowan Global soon after their application is complete (provided it is for the next/upcoming application cycle and no interview is required). All admitted Rowan Global applicants are mailed an official admission letter and emailed an admission decision packet by. The admission letter outlines the official terms/conditions of an applicant's admission to his/her particular Rowan Global program. The emailed admission decision packet includes a copy of the admission letter as well as several other important items including the Rowan Global Student Guide and the Matriculation Signature Page. In order to accept the offer of admission and to trigger the matriculation and registration processes, each admitted Rowan Global applicant must sign and return to the Matriculation Signature Page to Rowan Global Admissions. Rowan Global will then officially matriculate the applicant which allows for registration.

Note: Admissions decisions are made without regard to financial need.


Completing & Submitting the Application

Submission of Materials

  • If possible, submit all required materials in one envelope at one time. (This is not possible for electronic applications, but we still ask you to group your materials as much as you are able.)
  • Please make sure all items are submitted before the deadline and that they are properly labeled with your name, intended program, program code, and intended start term/module at the top of each page.
  • The application form does not need to be typed, but please print clearly in a dark ink.
  • All forms must be completed in their entirety including the applicant's signature.
  • Please do not submit applications in binders or folders.
  • Rowan University does not return any application or financial documentation materials after submission, so we strongly recommend you keep copies of all items you submit.
  • Applications are only reviewed once complete, so please be sure you are submitting all of the required items by the proper deadline for your particular program.
  • You may only submit one application for one program at a time (per entry point).

Transcripts

  • Applicants are responsible for requesting that one official transcript from all undergraduate and graduate institutions which they have attended (regardless of number of credits earned) be sent directly to the address provided in this document.
  • Applicants who have previously completed academic courses at either the undergraduate or graduate levels at Rowan University (Glassboro State College/Rowan College) are not required to request Rowan transcripts. (These will be requested by Rowan Global on your behalf from the Registrar at Rowan University.)
  • If your transcripts might be under a different name, it is very important that you let us know on your application form.
  • In order to be considered official, transcripts must arrive in sealed envelopes bearing the college or university logos/markings. Official transcripts must also bear the signature of the Registrar and the (usually raised) official seal of the college or university. (If you have a transcript sent from the school directly to you to submit with your application package, do not open it, or it will be considered unofficial.)

Statement of Professional Objectives (required for certain programs)

Applicants are required to describe their professional goals and discuss what they hope to gain from the program to which they seek admission. If the Admissions Committee wants you to address any specific issues in your statement, they will include these instructions in the program's official admission requirements listed at www.rowanu.com/programs.

  • Please type and label your statement and be sure to include your name, program of interest, and intended start term and module at the top of each page.

Letter of Recommendation Form (required for certain programs)

  • Please select individuals not related to you who are able to assess your academic and/or professional potential in the program to which you are applying. These individuals may be former academic advisors or instructors, present employers or supervisors, or professional colleagues.
  • The Letter of Recommendation Form is required, but an actual letter of recommendation is also welcome.
  • Forms and letters should arrive in sealed envelopes with recommender signatures across the seal. If a letter of recommendation is submitted, it should (whenever possible) be submitted on official letterhead with contact information for the recommender included.

Transfer Credit Requests

  • If you believe you may have applicable graduate-level transfer credit, please discuss this with a Rowan Global Enrollment Advisor (856.256.5435) during the admissions process. If your program of interest allows transfer credit, the Advisor will then instruct you regarding the submission of a Transfer Credit Evaluation Form (available from www.rowanu.com/forms) and required supporting materials (official transcripts, syllabi, course descriptions). This form and supporting materials should be submitted to Rowan Global Admissions at the time of application. This is then forwarded by Rowan Global to the academic department who coordinates the evaluation process.
  • Most graduate programs at Rowan allow incoming matriculated students to transfer up to 12 graduate credits into the program providing a grade of B or better was earned, the courses and credits are deemed equivalent to required courses and credits in the sequence, and the coursework was taken within the past 10 years. For the transfer credit policy for your particular program, check with the program's Academic Advisor.
  • Only those students offered admission and who matriculate will receive a credit evaluation by the academic department and the Registrar. Once that evaluation is completed, any awarded credit is posted by the Registrar to the student's account at www.rowan.edu/selfservice.
  • Instructions regarding how to check awarded transfer credit are included in the Rowan Global Student Guide emailed to all admitted student as part of their admission packet.
  • Questions about awarded credit should be discussed with the program's Academic Advisor.

Application Status

Once your application has been fully entered into the Rowan system, you will be able to check the status of your application at any time online via Rowan Self Service. Please use this method to track your status throughout the admissions process. Instructions for checking your application status online are included in the email that is sent to you by Rowan Global once the online checklist has been activated for your particular file.


Incomplete Applications & Future Options

Rolling Applications to the Next Entry Point

Should your application remain incomplete after the application deadline for your particular program of interest, it cannot be evaluated for the particular entry term and module (if applicable) that you originally selected, and your application file will automatically be made inactive. However, we would be more than happy to roll your application over to the next possible entry point for your particular program. If you are interested in rolling your application, please email globaladmissions@rowan.edu the statement below. (Applicants who officially roll over their application are not required to submit a new application fee or form; they simply need to complete their file by the next entry point deadline so it may be processed for a full evaluation.)

I, FULL NAME (ROWAN ID), originally applied to Rowan Global at Rowan in TERM YEAR, MODULE (if applicable) for the NAME OF PROGRAM program. I request that my application be rolled over to the same program for the NEXT AVAILABLE ENTRY POINT (OR INSERT SPECIFIC ENTRY POINT/MODULE DESIRED). I understand I will be considered for admission once my application is complete. I understand I must submit any items missing from my application to the Rowan Global Admissions by the deadline for the new entry point before my file can be fully processed.

Beginning Your Program as a Non-matriculated Student

If it is nearing the application deadline and your application is very close to complete and you do not want to wait for the next entry point, there may be a possibility (depending upon how many items you are missing and your program of interest) to begin taking coursework for the original entry point as a non-matriculated student while you continue to complete your application so that we may process it within the same term. This option is only offered on a case-by-case basis. To inquire about beginning as a non-matriculated student please email globaladmissions@rowan.edu at least two weeks before classes begin with your name, program of interest, and original application term and module (if applicable).


Admitted Applicants & Future Options

Deferring Your Admission

Should you discover after being admitted that you are not able to accept our offer at this time but would like to begin the program at a later date, we would be more than happy to defer your admission to a future entry point – up to one year from your original application term. Deferring allows you to hold on to your spot in a future class without having to re-apply. To defer, email globaladmissions@rowan.edu with the following statement:

I, FULL NAME (ROWAN ID), originally applied and was admitted to Rowan Global at Rowan in TERM YEAR, MODULE (if applicable) for the NAME OF PROGRAM program. I am emailing now to request that my admission decision be deferred so that I may begin the same program in TERM YEAR, MODULE (if applicable). I understand that Rowan Global Admissions will contact me via letter and email to confirm this decision, and that it is my responsibility to contact Rowan Global Enrollment at globaladmissions@rowan.edu at least one month before the new entry term in order to confirm my attendance and determine if anything more is required at that time.

Changing Your Program After You Have Matriculated (COP)

After you have matriculated and begun your original program, you may decide that a different Rowan program better suits your needs. If that is the case, you are welcome to complete and submit to Rowan Global Enrollment a Change of Program (COP) form available from www.rowanu.com/forms. As you will see, depending upon the new program you request, you may need to submit additional materials based upon admission requirements. If you choose to change your program, we will review your form and attachments, let you know if you are missing any other items, and then forward it for review to the Academic Advisor for your new program of choice. A final decision regarding your COP request will be mailed and emailed to you (similar to our admission processes), and you will be asked to submit another/new Matriculation Signature Page to confirm your acceptance into the new program. Any questions about your COP should be directed to globaladmissions@rowan.edu.


Admissions Appeal Policy & Process

If the Admissions Committee denies a candidate admission, the official Rowan Global decision letter informs the student that Rowan Global does not entertain appeals; specifically, it states: "the Admissions Committee cannot discuss its decision other than to say that it carefully considers all aspects of each applicant's file." Student appeals to deny decisions are only considered if one or both of the following circumstances occur:

  • There is incorrect information in the application materials which the applicant recently discovered and has been corrected since the materials were originally submitted; and/or,
  • There is new information the applicant feels should be considered as part of their application that they did not submit with the original application, and they are prepared to submit such documentation at this time to be considered by the Committee.

All appeal requests should be sent to and are coordinated by Rowan Global Admissions with assistance from the Dean of Rowan Global. Any materials to support an appeal must be sent to Rowan Global Admissions using the following email address: globaladmissions@rowan.edu. This email must outline how/why the applicant believes they fit the appeal criteria listed above. If/when it is determined by the Rowan Global Admissions and Rowan Global Dean that an applicant's situation fits one or both of the appeal criteria, their entire original application file (along with appeal materials) will be returned to the Admissions Committee for a review and appeal decision. Applicants will be notified of the appeal decision by the Dean of Rowan Global. The appeal decision by the Admissions Committee is final.


Your Application File

Rowan Global Admission will retain your application records for a period of two years. Even if you do not email us to roll over or defer your application, we will keep your applications materials on file for two years from your original date of application. (Keep in mind that if you matriculated and then changed your mind, your letters of recommendation will have been destroyed per Rowan Global policy, and you will need to submit new letters should you wish to re-activate/re-apply.)

Reactivating Your Application

Within those two years, you may reactive your application for the same program at any time for the next entry point. To begin the process for reactivation, simply email globaladmissions@rowan.edu. (Those who reactivate do not need to submit a new application fee; although, depending upon the program, additional materials may be required.)

Re-applying

Should you choose to apply to a different program, you may reapply at any time within those two years, and we will re-use as much of your original application file as possible and then let you know which items you are still missing given the requirements of your new program of interest. To begin the process of reapplying, please submit a new application form and fee as well any other materials you already know are required for your new program. (Should you choose to reapply after two years, you will need to submit all new application materials.)