Admission Requirements


Please Submit:

  • A completed graduate study application form.
    • Apply online for free, OR
    • Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions to have a paper application sent to you. 
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required).
  • Official, sealed transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation written by appropriate professionals.
  • A current resume.
  • A letter of intent explaining how the Seton Hill graduate program can help you accomplish your professional goals.
  • Portfolio of artwork containing 15 - 20 examples of your own artwork as PDF files, including work in drawing, painting and clay. Submit via email or by mailing a CD or USB drive.
  • A recent sample of your academic or professional writing (preferably in APA style).
  • Preparatory Coursework Form (PDF).

International Students

In addition to the requirements listed above, international students must provide: 

  • A transcript evaluation from the World Education Services (WES). 
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores meeting specific program requirements.

Click here for more information on applying to Seton Hill as an international student.

Preparatory Coursework

Applicants must have completed the following preparatory coursework at an accredited academic institution with grades of B (3.0) or better. These courses may or may not have been included in the undergraduate degree. These may be undergraduate or graduate level courses.

18 semester credits of studio art including:

  • Three credits each of: drawing, painting, clay sculpture (should include some hand building).
  • Three credits of advanced studio coursework in painting, drawing or clay.
  • Six credits of additional studio art coursework in any media.

12 semester credits of psychology courses including:

  • Three credits each of introductory/general psychology, abnormal psychology and developmental psychology.
  • Three credits of additional psychology coursework. 

Provisional Admission

Applicants lacking preparatory coursework may request to be admitted to the graduate program provisionally, with the understanding that any outstanding preparatory coursework must be completed by the end of the first year of graduate study. When this coursework is completed the applicant will be granted regular graduate student status, which is required in order to continue into the second year of study. Use the bottom portion of the Proof of Completion of Preparatory Coursework form to request Provisional Admission.

Admission Process

Please submit completed applications including all requested materials no later than eight weeks prior to the term in which you wish to enroll: by July 1 for fall admission and by November 30 for spring admission.

You may submit application materials all at once or piecemeal. As soon as the Office of Graduate and Adult Studies receives any application materials from you an electronic file is created. You will have access to the file, to enable you to track the progress of your application. After all materials have been received your application will be reviewed and you will be notified in writing of the admission decision.