Admissions Requirements

Each of Winthrop University’s online graduate programs has unique admissions requirements to ensure that every student we admit is ready to succeed in our rigorous online courses. Please see the basic requirements for each degree below:

Online Master of Arts in Arts Administration (M.A.A.A.)

An ideal candidate for the M.A.A.A. program would meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in an arts or business management discipline.
  • Overall undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation. Recommendations from arts and/or academic professionals who can speak about the applicant’s involvement in the nonprofit arts field and the applicant’s academic research/writing skills are preferred.
  • Submit an essay describing background in a nonprofit art/cultural environment and reasons for pursuing this degree program.
  • At least one year of professional work experience in a nonprofit arts/cultural environment.
  • Must be a current working professional or volunteer (minimum 20 hours per week) at a nonprofit organization while you are enrolled in the program.
  • Applicants must submit official transcript(s) from all institutions attended, even if the classes were transferred or if the applicant withdrew from the school.
  • International students must have a course-by-course evaluation of their international coursework conducted by an independent evaluation service. See additional international requirements below.

NOTE: Applicants that do not meet all the requirements of the ideal candidate are still encouraged to apply. Admissions decisions are based on holistic reviews of an applicant’s entire application package.

Online Master of Business Administration (MBA)

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (prerequisite courses may be needed for holders of a non-business degree).
  • Minimum GMAT score of 400 (GRE score of 292 may be accepted in lieu of GMAT).
  • GMAT Waiver available for those who qualify.
  • 5 years or more of professional work experience (Strategic Leadership concentration applicants only).
  • Applicants must submit official transcript(s) from all institutions attended, even if the classes were transferred or if the applicant withdrew from the school.
  • International students must have a course-by-course evaluation of their international coursework conducted by an independent evaluation service. See additional international requirements below.

Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education Intervention

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • 3.0 G.P.A. If G.P.A. is below 3.0, preferred GRE scores of 151 verbal reasoning and 153 quantitative (or MAT score of 392).
  • Submission of a valid U.S. teaching license (South Carolina Department of Education Class III Certificate or the equivalent from another state).
  • Applicants must submit official transcript(s) from all institutions attended, even if the classes were transferred or if the applicant withdrew from the school.
  • International students must have a course-by-course evaluation of their international coursework conducted by an independent evaluation service. See additional international requirements below.

Online Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (Traditional program).
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited institution (Advanced Standing program).
  • 3.0 G.P.A. required on your last 60 credit hours (Traditional program).
  • 3.0 G.P.A. overall required (Advanced Standing program).
  • Target GRE and MAT scores are 400 for the MAT or a combined 280 for the GRE with a 3 on the GRE writing component.
  • 3 professional reference recommendations.
  • A professional resume.
  • A personal narrative statement (2-3 pages) addressing the following:
    • Your reason for pursuing the MSW degree.
    • Your career goals upon completing the degree.
    • Any previous paid or volunteer experience you may have had in the human services arena. This statement must be developed solely by the applicant with no outside assistance.
  • Applicants must submit official transcript(s) from all institutions attended, even if the classes were transferred or if the applicant withdrew from the school.
  • International students must have a course-by-course evaluation of their international coursework conducted by an independent evaluation service. See additional international requirements below.

International Admissions Requirements

  • International students must have a course-by-course evaluation of their international coursework conducted by an independent evaluation service, then have the official report sent directly to us. Accepted services include World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions. Students must also demonstrate English language proficiency with one of the following:
    • A TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based test or of at least 79 on the internet-based test.
    • An IELTS score of at least 6.0 (the MBA program requires an IELTS score of 6.5).
    • Successful completion of level 112 of the Intensive English for Academic Purposes Program from an English Language School (ELS) center.

For a full list of international admission requirements, visit our International Students page. 

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If you have additional questions about admissions requirements for Winthrop University online graduate programs, please contact a program manager toll-free at 833/257-1704 or request more information today!