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How to Apply

Getting Started

Create an account with our online admissions system today. This will allow you to complete an application for graduate programs in the School of Business and Nonprofit Management—or start one and save your progress if you need to finish it later. You’ll use this application for degree and certificate programs.

(You can also request more information about our programs if you're not quite ready to apply.)

If you’ve already started an online application, you can log back into the system to complete it.

Admission to graduate programs in the School of Business and Nonprofit Management is granted throughout the year. There are no strict application deadlines, but we encourage you to apply well in advance of the term during which you wish to start. Courses are offered in terms beginning in August, October, January, March, May, and July.

Along with this convenient online, no-fee application, you’ll need:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  2. An electronic copy of your current resume
  3. Contact information for two individuals who can provide recommendations based on your professional and/or academic history and accomplishments (for degree-seeking students only)
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended

Please have your transcripts sent directly to North Park University:

North Park University Admissions
3225 W Foster Ave., Box 19
Chicago, IL 60625

Test Scores and GPA Requirement

Most students will not have to submit test scores from the GMAT or GRE. If you have a graduate degree of any kind, or a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, no test scores are required. In addition, students applying to certificate programs, or who wish to take only one or two courses, do not have to submit test scores.

If you do not have a graduate degree and your undergraduate cumulative GPA is lower than a 3.0, you may submit GMAT or GRE scores as part of your application. If you choose not to do so, you may be provisionally accepted as a degree-seeking student. This allows you to take five graduate courses, after which you will be granted full admission to a degree program if you earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher in these courses. All five courses will apply to the degree you choose.

International Students

In addition to the requirements listed above, international degree-seeking students must also provide the following:

  1. An official transcript evaluation performed by World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators. This evaluation should be a course-by-course report.
  2. A bank statement and affidavit of support indicating available funds of a minimum of US $33,000, exclusive of North Park scholarship assistance.
  3. Copies of your passport and, if available, your visa and current I-20.
  4. An official TOEFL score in compliance with North Park University’s English Proficiency Requirement.

North Park does not offer teaching assistantships or fellowships. However, international students are eligible to receive North Park scholarships.

Application Timeline

You’ll receive an email to the address you include with your online application to confirm that it was submitted successfully. Once your official transcripts and all other required application materials have arrived, the admissions committee will review your credentials and make an admissions decision. Decisions are typically made within two weeks of receiving all application materials.

How to Apply