FAQs

If your question is not addressed here, please contact Melissa Fruscione, Director of Admission - Graduate Studies at mfruscione@saintmarys.edu or  call (574) 284-5098 or text (574) 216-3873.

Are the graduate programs co-ed?

Yes. Both men and women benefit from the student-centered attention, excellent faculty, and dynamic curriculum at Saint Mary’s College. Men and women are encouraged to apply.

When do applications open?

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) application opens on September 1 through NursingCAS.

The Master of Autism Studies application opens on September 5 through GradCAS.

The Master of Science in Data Science application opens on September 5 through GradCAS.

The Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology application opens on August 1 through CSDCAS.

The Dual Degree (Autism Studies and Speech Language Pathology) application opens on August 1 through CSDCAS.

When are the application deadlines?

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) cohort begins each fall. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, but prospective students are encouraged to apply early in order to increase their chance of admission. The application deadline is June 15.

The Master of Autism Studies cohort begins each summer and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The program has an application deadline of March 31; applications may be submitted after this date if seats are available. Students are encouraged to apply early, as space is limited.

The Master of Science in Data Science cohort begins each fall and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The program has a non-binding early action deadline of December 15. Applications completed by December 15 will be guaranteed a decision by December 22. The program has a regular decision priority deadline of June 15; applications may be submitted after this date if seats are available.

The Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology program begins each fall and the application deadline is February 1; all supporting materials must be received by February 3.

The Dual Degree (Autism Studies and Speech Language Pathology) program begins each summer and the application deadline is January 15; all supporting materials must be received by February 1.

Is there an application fee?

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program uses the NursingCAS application service and requires no additional application fee to Saint Mary’s.

The Master of Autism Studies program uses the GradCAS application service and requires no additional application fee to Saint Mary’s.

The Master of Science in Data Science program uses the GradCAS application service and requires no additional application fee to Saint Mary’s.

The Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology program uses the CSDCAS application service and requires no additional application fee to Saint Mary’s.

The Dual Degree (Autism Studies and Speech Language Pathology) program uses the CSDCAS application service and requires no additional application fee to Saint Mary’s.

I'm not sure how I want to focus my DNP. Can I apply to more than one track?

No. Prospective students may only apply for the DNP program in one of three tracks: adult-gerontology acute care (AG-ACNP), adult-gerontology primary care (AG-PCNP), or family nurse practitioner (FNP). If after beginning the program you want to change your area of focus, you may work with the Program Director to adjust your course sequencing and program track.

What is the cost of tuition and fees?

Students entering all graduate programs in 2020 will pay a tuition rate of $675 per credit hour plus a per credit hour program fee that varies by program. Tuition rates will not increase from year to year for this cohort as long as the student remains enrolled in the program or takes an approved leave of absence.

The DNP cohort entering in 2020 will pay $675 per credit hour plus a $225 per credit hour program fee which includes tuition, lab, and graduate student fees. Additional costs include a background check, drug screening, fingerprinting, CPR training, immunizations, books, other learning materials, and housing during your weekends on campus.

The MS in Data Science cohort entering in 2020 will pay $675 per credit hour plus a $150 per credit hour program fee which includes tuition and graduate student fees. Additional costs include books, supplies, travel, and housing in August for the program symposium/immersion.

The MS in Speech Language Pathology cohort entering in 2020 will pay $675 per credit hour plus a $320 per credit hour program fee which includes tuition, clinical and graduate student fees, and a one-time Calipso speech language pathology software fee. Additional costs include a background check, drug screening, fingerprinting, CPR training, immunizations, books, and housing.

The Master of Autism Studies cohort entering in 2020 will pay $675 per credit hour plus a $200 per credit hour program fee which includes tuition, and graduate student fees. Additional costs include books and supplies, background check, CPR training, immunizations, and housing.

The Dual Degree cohort entering in 2020 will pay $675 per credit hour plus a $250 per credit hour program fee which includes tuition, clinical and graduate student fees and a one-time Calipso speech language pathology software fee. Additional costs include a background check, drug screening, fingerprinting, CPR training, immunizations, books, and housing.

When will I be notified of decision?

DNP program applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates can expect a decision approximately one month following completion of the application, which includes all supporting materials.

Data Science program applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates can expect a decision approximately one month following completion of the application, which includes all supporting materials. Candidates with complete applications on file by December 15 will be guaranteed a decision by December 22.

Master of Autism Studies program applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates can expect a decision approximately one month following completion of the application, which includes all supporting materials.

Speech Language Pathology program applicants will be notified of application status by mid-to-late March.

Dual Degree applicants will be notified of application status by mid-to-late March.

I’ve been accepted.  How do I reserve my seat in the class?

Each graduate program requires a $500 non-refundable deposit which will be credited toward your tuition.  Visit the Admitted Student webpage for program-specific details including when and how to pay the deposit.

What are my financial aid options?

Students enrolled at least half-time (at least 4 credits in the fall/spring and at least 3 credits in the summer) will be eligible to apply for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan and also the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. More information about both loans.

The 2020-21 FAFSA is available and will allow you to apply for federal loans for through summer 2021. Contact Financial Aid with any questions. Saint Mary’s College’s federal school code is 001836.