Graduate & Professional Studies: What We Look For

To be considered for admission to a graduate program at Notre Dame, a new applicant must must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

Admissions Criteria

School of Arts, Sciences & Business

1. Application

Application materials should be submitted to:

Notre Dame of Maryland University
Graduate Admissions Office
4701 North Charles St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21210

gradadm@ndm.edu

2. Official Transcript(s)

Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework should be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Official e-transcripts are accepted if sent directly from the school attended to gradadm@ndm.edu

Students with degrees from universities outside of the United States should submit an official course by course evaluated transcript. Learn more at World Education Services (WES).

3. Resume

4. Admissions Essay

Note: Essay requirement is waived for students who have completed a previous master’s degree. An official copy of the degree-bearing transcript must be provided.

Please address one of the following questions for your 300-500 word admissions essay: 

  • Pursuing a graduate program is a challenge that requires perseverance, good judgment and flexibility. Please provide an example of how you have exercised these three traits in your life.
  • Today's workforce requires employees to work collaboratively. Please provide us with an example of how you have worked with a team towards a goal.
    • What were the challenges involved?
    • What were the accomplishments?
    • Finally, what did you learn from the work?

School of Education - Initial Teaching Certification Programs

ACT, MAT, and MATESOL Programs

1. Application

Application materials should be submitted to:

Notre Dame of Maryland University
School of Education
4701 North Charles St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21210

gradedu@ndm.edu

2. Official Transcript(s)

Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework should be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Official e-transcripts are accepted if sent directly from the school attended to gradedu@ndm.edu.

Students with degrees from universities outside of the United States should submit an official course by course evaluated transcript. Learn more at World Education Services (WES).

3. Admissions Essay

Note: Essay requirement is waived for students who have completed a previous master’s degree. An official copy of the degree-bearing transcript must be provided.

Please address one of the following questions for your 300-500 word admissions essay: 

  • Pursuing a graduate program is a challenge that requires perseverance, good judgment and flexibility. Please provide an example of how you have exercised these three traits in your life.
  • Today's workforce requires employees to work collaboratively. Please provide us with an example of how you have worked with a team towards a goal. 
    • What were the challenges involved? 
    • What were the accomplishments? 
    • Finally, what did you learn from the work?

4. Three Letters of Recommendation

Note: Recommendation requirement is waived for applicants currently working full-time in a public school system or private school.

Recommendation Form (PDF)

5. Praxis Scores – or Alternate Acceptable Test Scores

The State of Maryland requires passing Praxis Core and Praxis II scores for all candidates seeking initial teaching certification. 

Undergraduate GPA
  • 3.0 GPA or Higher - An applicant may be accepted to the program at NDMU under the condition of providing passing Praxis Core scores before beginning the student teaching internship.
  • Below 3.0 GPA - Passing Praxis Core scores will be required before an applicant may be accepted to the program at NDMU.
State of Maryland Requirements for the Praxis Core
Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) Qualifying Scores
5712 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading Passing Score of 156
5722 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing Passing Score of 162
5732 Core Academics Skills for Educators: Mathematics Passing Score of 150

Candidates must achieve the qualifying score on each of the assessments; there is no composite score.

Additonal Acceptable Options

The State of Maryland will also accept the following options from candidates:

  • Praxis I: PPST scores taken before September 2014: composite score of 527 of higher
  • SAT test taken after April 1995: combined math and verbal (critical reading) score of 1100
  • SAT test taken prior to April 1995: math and verbal (critical reading) score of 1000
  • ACT composite score of 24 (ACT composite score is the average of the tests)
  • GRE revised General Test: composite of the combined verbal and quantitative score of 297. Candidates who took the GRE test prior to September 2011 will use the old composite score of 1000.

School of Education - MAT/GEI 10-Month Cohort for Initial Teaching Certification

MAT/GEI 10-Month Cohort

1. Application

Application materials should be submitted to:

Notre Dame of Maryland University
School of Education
4701 North Charles St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21210

gradedu@ndm.edu

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2018

Students with completed applications will be contacted for an interview on a rolling basis until the deadline.

Start Date: July 30, 2018

2. Official Transcript(s)

Official transcripts from all undergraduate, graduate and/or community college coursework should be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Official e-transcripts are accepted if sent directly from the school attended to gradedu@ndm.edu.

Students with degrees from universities outside of the United States should submit an official course by course evaluated transcript. Learn more at World Education Services (WES).

3. Admissions Essay

Please address one of the following questions for your 300-500 word admissions essay: 

  • Pursuing a graduate program is a challenge that requires perseverance, good judgment and flexibility. Please provide an example of how you have exercised these three traits in your life.
  • Today's workforce requires employees to work collaboratively. Please provide us with an example of how you have worked with a team towards a goal. 
    • What were the challenges involved? 
    • What were the accomplishments? 
    • Finally, what did you learn from the work?

4. Three Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are required for all GEI/MAT applicants. At least one letter must be an academic recommendation and one must be a professional recommendation.

Recommendation Form (PDF)

5. Praxis Scores – or Alternate Acceptable Test Scores

The State of Maryland requires passing Praxis Core and Praxis II scores for all candidates seeking initial teaching certification. 

Because students in the GEI/MAT program start their internship in the first semester, passing Praxis Core scores - or alternate acceptable test scores outlined below - are required for admission into the program.

State of Maryland Requirements for the Praxis Core
Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) Qualifying Scores
5712 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading Passing Score of 156
5722 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing Passing Score of 162
5732 Core Academics Skills for Educators: Mathematics Passing Score of 150

Candidates must achieve the qualifying score on each of the assessments; there is no composite score.

Additonal Acceptable Options

The State of Maryland will also accept the following options from candidates:

  • Praxis I: PPST scores taken before September 2014: composite score of 527 of higher
  • SAT test taken after April 1995: combined math and verbal (critical reading) score of 1100
  • SAT test taken prior to April 1995: math and verbal (critical reading) score of 1000
  • ACT composite score of 24 (ACT composite score is the average of the tests)
  • GRE revised General Test: composite of the combined verbal and quantitative score of 297. Candidates who took the GRE test prior to September 2011 will use the old composite score of 1000.

School of Education - Graduate Programs for Certified Teachers

Master’s, Post-Master’s, & CASE Programs

1. Application

Application materials should be submitted to: 

Notre Dame of Maryland University
School of Education
4701 North Charles St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21210

gradedu@ndm.edu

2. Official Transcript(s)

Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework should be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Official e-transcripts are accepted if sent directly from the school attended to gradedu@ndm.edu.

Students with degrees from universities outside of the United States should submit an official course by course evaluated transcript. Learn more at World Education Services (WES).

3. Admissions Essay

Note: Essay requirement is waived for students who have completed a previous master’s degree. An official copy of the degree-bearing transcript must be provided.

Please address one of the following questions for your 300-500 word admissions essay: 

  • Pursuing a graduate program is a challenge that requires perseverance, good judgment and flexibility. Please provide an example of how you have exercised these three traits in your life.
  • Today's workforce requires employees to work collaboratively. Please provide us with an example of how you have worked with a team towards a goal. 
    • What were the challenges involved? 
    • What were the accomplishments? 
    • Finally, what did you learn from the work?

4. Two Letters of Recommendation (CASE Applicants Only)

Recommendation Form (PDF)

School of Nursing

1. Application

Please be sure to complete section V: Work Experience. Our program is designed for nurses in practice. Applicants who are not currently practicing nurses will not be considered for the program.

Application materials should be submitted to:

Notre Dame of Maryland University
Graduate Admissions Office
4701 North Charles St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21210

gradadm@ndm.edu

Upon review and evaluation of all required admission materials, selected applicants will be invited to interview with nursing faculty.

2. Official Transcript(s)

  • All undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree granting school

Sealed official transcripts should be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office.

Students with degrees from universities outside of the United States should submit an official course by course evaluated transcript. Learn more at World Education Services (WES).

3. Active Registered Nursing License

Download and print from Maryland Board of Nursing.

4. Two Letters of Recommendation

Recommendations should be completed by those who have direct knowledge of your clinical expertise and potential to succeed in the chosen concentration, and have directly supervised you.

Master's Recommendation Form (PDF)

5. Admissions Essay

The NDMU School of Nursing prepares graduates for opportunities and possibilities of fulfilling the mission "educating nurses to transform the world." The essay is considered seriously in the application review process. Take care to write clearly, logically, and grammatically correct with attention to correct structure and format of good writing. (APA formatting is preferred.)

Please address both of the following instructions in a 750-1000 word essay:

  • Describe how you intend to work towards fulfilling this mission upon program completion. Please speak specifically to the concentration to which you are applying. Please make mention of your goals for the future.
  • Provide a balanced assessment of your personal characteristics that may impact your ability to fulfill this mission. Please ensure that you speak to your leadership and interpersonal style.

Alumnae Applicants

Alumnae of the University are exempt from providing transcripts, unless they attended another institution after completing their degree at Notre Dame.

Students with a Master’s Degree

Students that have completed a previous master’s degree are exempt from completing the essay requirement.

Transfer Students

Students with graduate level work completed at another university are eligible to transfer up to six credits.