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Frequently Asked Questions

When should I apply to the program I am interested in?
The priority application deadlines vary by program. For more information, please visit the page associated with the program of interest, call 502.272.7200, or email your question to gradadmissions@bellarmine.edu.

What should I include with my application packet? 
The application materials vary by program. However, most graduate programs require the following: 

  • Signed and completed application
  • $40 application fee 
  • Recommendation form(s)
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended mailed directly to Bellarmine University
  • GRE or GMAT score
  • International students must provide proof of English proficiency.
  • The Office of Graduate Admission and the individual program department reserve the right to request additional information or a personal interview. Please note admission to an individual department or school is determined by the department or school and not the Office of Graduate Admission. Admission requirements vary by program so please visit the department page of interest for more information, call 502.272.7200 or email your question to gradadmissions@bellarmine.edu.

Who should complete recommendation forms for me? 
You should select the person(s) recommending you carefully. You should ask someone who can speak to your ability to perform academically. Typically, these are written by a work supervisor, former professor or colleague.

Do I need to submit an official transcript from each college and university I have attended?
Yes. Each applicant is asked to submit an official transcript (mailed directly from the college or university attended) to Bellarmine. This includes institutions in which only one or two courses were taken. The address to mail the information to is: Bellarmine University, Office of Graduate Admission, 2001 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 40205

What is the definition of an official transcript? 
An official transcript is one that is mailed directly from the institution to Bellarmine University and is not marked Issued to Student.

How much is the application fee? 
A $40 application fee is required for each graduate and second degree program. Students that have applied previously and paid the fee are exempt from paying again. Bellarmine alumni are exempt for paying the fee as well.

How much is tuition?
Tuition varies by program. For more information, please visit the department or school webpage, call the Office of Graduate Admission at 502.272.7200 or email your question to gradadmissions@bellarmine.edu.

How do I get financial aid? 
All graduate and second degree students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Bellarmine school code is 001954. For more information on how to do this, please visit the FAFSA website or call the Bellarmine University Office of Financial Aid at 502.272.7300.

If your employer has a tuition reimbursement policy, what do you need to do? 
If you employer has a tuition reimbursement policy, please contact them directly to see what is needed for the company/organization to assist with funding your advanced degree. Bellarmine University does have a tuition deferral plan and our Bursar’s Office will assist you with completing the necessary paperwork. The Bursar’s Office can be reached at 502.272.8264.

When will classes start? 
All graduate and second degree programs start at various times during the year. Bellarmine University is on a 15 week semester schedule for the fall and spring. Summer classes are shorter in length based on the number of hours and the class meeting dates and times. To find out the next semester start and admission application deadlines, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 502.272.7200 or gradadmissions@bellarmine.edu.

What times are most of the classes?
Class times and meeting locations vary by program. For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 502.272.7200 or email your question to gradadmissions@bellarmine.edu.

How quickly can I complete a degree?
This will vary by program. For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 502.272.7200 or email your question to gradadmissions@bellarmine.edu.

What services, programs and resources will help me advance my career with a Bellarmine graduate degree?
The Career Development staff connects students, alumni, employers and the community through jobs, internships and volunteer work. Services include personal assessment, career exploration, educational planning and leadership development. Bellarmine faculty and staff also help individuals pursue opportunities for experiential learning, professional employment, career advancement and transition. Career counseling, information and advice are available through individual meetings, group presentations, mentoring and networking activities, or by phone, email and Internet. Programs include workshops, resume reviews, mock interviews and career fairs. Online resources provide career assessments and information; resume, portfolio and interview preparation tools; employment opportunities; and more. For more information, please visit the Career Center website.

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