FAQs

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

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 Science in Data Science application opens on September 1 through PSMCAS.

The Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology application opens on August 2 through CSDCAS.

When are the application deadlines?

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) cohort begins each fall and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The program has a priority deadline of June 15; applications may only be submitted after this date if seats are available. Although there is no application deadline, 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 priority deadline of June 15; applications may only be submitted after this date if seats are available. Although there is no application deadline, students are encouraged to apply early, as space is limited.

The Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology program begins each fall and the application deadline is February 1. Supporting materials submitted later will be accepted, but applications must be submitted before the February 1 deadline.

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 Science in Data Science program uses the PSMCAS 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.

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?

Tuition for the 2017-18 DNP program is $5,382 per term, which includes lab and graduate student fees. Additional costs such as a background check, drug screening, fingerprinting, CPR training, immunizations, books, other learning materials, and housing during your weekends on campus are not included.

Tuition for the 2017-18 MS in Data Science program is $804 per credit hour. Additional costs include a graduate student fee of $475 per academic year, books, and housing in August for the program symposium.

Tuition for the 2017-18 MS in Speech Language Pathology program is $10,901 per term, which includes clinical and graduate student fees and a one-time Calipso speech pathology software fee. Additional costs such as a background check, drug screening, fingerprinting, CPR training, immunizations, books, room and/or board (if applicable), etc., are not included and will be your responsibility.

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.

Speech Language Pathology program 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 2018-19 FAFSA is available and will allow you to apply for federal loans for fall 2018 through summer 2019. Contact Financial Aid with any questions. Saint Mary’s College’s federal school code is 001836.