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SPS Graduate Admissions

Students applying for entry into the School of Professional Studies master's and doctoral level programs must fulfill the general requirements for admission to the University of the Incarnate Word and the special requirements for admission to the MBA, MAA and MSODL programs.

General Requirements
  • Evidence of an earned Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with an overall GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • Official transcripts from each college and university previously attended. These transcripts must be mailed or e-mailed directly from the college or university to our office.
  • At least one of the following as specified by the discipline under program description:
    • A nationally recognized entrance test specified by the discipline
    • Evaluation by one or more professionals in the intended field of study
    • Professional certification or a degree of equal or higher level than that sought from an accredited institution of higher learning
    • Letters of Recommendation
Transient Students

Students in good standing at a recognized graduate school who wish to enroll for a maximum of nine credit hours and who plan to continue at the school of original admission may be admitted as transient graduate students. Students must fill out a formal application for admission and submit either a statement of good standing from the dean of the graduate school where they are enrolled or an official transcript. Enrolling in additional course work beyond the nine hours will require application for a change of status.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

If non-degree seeking, an applicant to Graduate School must submit:

  • Evidence of an earned Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from each college or university previously attended. These transcripts must be mailed directly from the college or university to the Admissions Office.

Non-degree-seeking students may register for a cumulative total of no more than nine credit hours of graduate course work under the normal grading system. Students holding a master’s degree who do not wish to apply for admission as degree-seeking students may register for a cumulative total of no more than 12 credit hours of graduate course work under the normal grading system.

Non-degree seeking students are expected to conform to graduate standards of scholarship. In some cases, credit hours taken under a non-degree seeking status and under the normal grading system may be applied toward a degree if a student later gains admission into a graduate program. Such credits will be evaluated as though they were transfer credits from another institution and must be approved by the Program Advisor and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.
Non-degree seeking students may not be eligible for some forms of financial aid.

International Students

Proof of English proficiency is required for international students before registering and enrolling for classes. Graduate students must have a TOEFL score of 83, an IELTS score of 6.5 or completion of ELS level 110 English for Academic Purposes is required prior to registering for university courses. Students graduating from an accredited US university are exempt from the English requirement.

See our International Students admissions guidelines for more information on transcripts and transcript evaluation.

Degree Specific Requirements

Special Admissions Requirements
Master of Arts in Administration

A. Unconditional Admission to the MAA program will be granted to applicants who satisfy all general requirements for admission to graduate studies to include:

  • Baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0,
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work, and
  • A completed application.
  • GRE not required for unconditional applicants.

B. Conditional Admission (2.5-2.99 GPA) to the MAA program will be granted to applicants who satisfy all general requirements for admission noted above but who have a GPA of 2.50 but less than 3.0. Those granted Conditional Admission and will be required to complete the first four courses with a “B” or better. Neither the GRE nor the GMAT is required.

C. Conditional Admission (2.0-2.49 GPA) to the MAA program will be granted to applicants who satisfy all general requirements for admission noted above but who have a GPA of 2.00 but less than 2.5. Applicants with a GPA above 2.0 but less than 2.5 MUST take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test or the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT). Applicants must achieve a minimum verbal score of 150 and a minimum quantitative score of 144 or higher and an analytical writing score of at least 3.5 on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test OR a 450 or higher on the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) before they can be admitted into the MAA program. Those achieving these scores will be granted Conditional Admission and and will be required to complete the first four courses with a “B” or better.

D. As a general rule, applicants with an earned baccalaureate degree with an overall GPA less than 2.0 will not be admitted.

Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership

Please note: Students are not required to be certified teachers to enter this program.

A. Unconditional admission to the program will be granted to applicants who satisfy all general requirements for admission to graduate studies to include:

  • Baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 GPA scale
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • A completed application for admission to the School of Professional Studies

B. Conditional Admission may be granted to the program if you have an overall undergraduate GPA between 2.00 and 2.49, and meeting all of the other requirements for unconditional admittance. You may be admitted with the understanding that you must achieve a minimum grade of "B" in each course completed through the first 12 hours of graduate study.

C. If you have not taken the GRE, you may be admitted with the understanding that you will satisfy the testing requirement during the first Fall or Spring semester of enrollment, as applicable.

Master of Business Administration
A. Unconditional Admission to the MBA program will be granted to applicants who satisfy the following requirements:
  • Baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above (No GMAT required)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • An evaluation by the graduate program advisor
  • Evidence of completion of the Common Professional Components (CPCs); an adequate foundation in: Accounting I & II, Management Information Systems, Economics (Macro and Micro), Statistics and Quantitative Techniques, Global Environment, Marketing, Legal Environment, and Management
    UIW provides a low cost alternative for completing your MBA Prerequisites/CPCs
B.  Conditional Admission will be granted to applications who satisfy the following requirements:
  • Baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5-2.99 (No GMAT required)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • An evaluation by the graduate program advisor
  • Evidence of completion of the Common Professional Components (CPCs); an adequate foundation in: Accounting I & II, Management Information Systems, Economics (Macro and Micro), Statistics and Quantitative Techniques, Global Environment, Marketing, Legal Environment, and Management
    UIW provides a low cost alternative for completing your MBA Prerequisites/CPCs

Those granted Alternate Admissions will be assigned to specific courses that will be taken at the beginning of the program, all of which must be completed with a “B” or better.

Master of Science in Organizational Development & Leadership

A. Unconditional Admission to the MSODL program will be granted to applicants who satisfy all general graduate studies admission requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • A completed application
  • GRE not required for applicants with a GPA of 2.5 and above

B. Conditional Admission (2.5-2.99 GPA) to the MSODL program will be granted to applicants who satisfy all general requirements for admission noted above, but who have a GPA between 2.5 - 3.0. Those granted Conditional Admission will be required to complete the first four courses with a “B” or better. Neither the GRE nor the GMAT is required.

C. Conditional Admission (2.0-2.49 GPA) to the MSODL program will be granted to applicants who satisfy all general requirements for admission noted above but who have a GPA of 2.00 but less than 2.5.

  • Applicants with a GPA above 2.0 but less than 2.5 MUST take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test or the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT).
  • Applicants must achieve a minimum verbal score of 150 and a minimum quantitative score of 144 or higher and an analytical writing score of at least 3.5 on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test OR a 450 or higher on the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) before they can be admitted into the MSODL  program.

Those achieving these scores will be granted Conditional (GPA 2.0-2.49) Admission will be required to complete the first four courses with a “B” or better.

D. As a general rule, applicants with an earned baccalaureate degree with an overall GPA of less than 2.0 will not be admitted.


How to Apply

Fill out the online application. The application deadline is the Sunday one week prior to term start date. For assistance with an application, please email our admissions staff or call us at (210) 757-0202 or toll free at (877) 603-1130.

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Students who applied and were previously enrolled in the School of Professional Studies have not attended class in more than two terms do not need to complete a new application. To re-enroll into classes, please follow the instructions on the Returning Student Readmission Page

As part of the admissions process, request official transcripts from all previous schools you have attended after you've submitted an application. No admission can be completed, and no formal degree plan prepared, until we receive current (issued within the last 6 months) official transcripts from all post-secondary schools you have attended. Students with fewer than 24 transferable hours must also submit high school transcripts as well.

Mail Official Transcripts to:

SPS Admissions
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway CPO #294
San Antonio, Texas 78209

Universities and colleges may send electronic transcripts to eapapply@uiwtx.edu
School code: 6303

Having trouble accessing the application?
Our application page may be not be accessible or may be blocked from workplace or government networks. Please try accessing the website from a private computer/device at home or from an alternate network. If you continue to have difficulties, contact eapadmission@uiwtx.edu or 800-318-1876 for assistance.

Note to current UIW main campus students:

SPS is designed for the adult learner who has been out of high school for five years and has worked in a full-time job for three years. Courses are taught by scholar practitioners who expect students to share their work experience in classes.
UIW main-campus students who are within 15 credits of graduation and cannot get the classes they need on-campus may ask their advisor to take a class online. The student’s main campus dean must also approve. The dean of the School of Professional Studies has final approval. Students who are allowed to take courses are advised of the expectations for the classes.