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Addendum to the 2015-2016 General Catalog Doctoral Academic Information
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Addendum to the 2015-2016 General Catalog Doctoral Academic Information > Admission and Financial Aid
Admission Requirements for the Art Therapy Doctorate Program
NDNU has developed a rigorous academic program that requires graduates to have extensive research and clinical skills. Admission to the program will be on a competitive basis with the following as minimum requirements:
We are seeking students who are: professionals working in the field of art therapy, meet the admissions requirements, and have the capacity and interest to become leaders in areas of research and practice. The doctoral art therapy program faculty will strive to ensure a diverse student population. Students must be individuals who can work independently, can thrive as members of a learning community, and who display psychological mindedness and development of clinical skills. Interest and commitment to research and advanced writing skills is required also. The curriculum is designed such that all credits are taken through the NDNU campus.
International students whose first language is not English are required to submit proof of English language proficiency. For the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, the minimum requirement is a score of 550 (paper-based total), 213(computer-based total), or 80 (internet-based total). For the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, the minimum requirement is a score of 6 on the Academic Test. For the International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP) exam, the minimum requirement is a score of 4.5. For the Pearson Test of English (PTE), the minimum requirement is a score of 5.3.
International students attending an NDNU approved English as a Second Language School are eligible to opt out of the TOEFL requirement if he/she meets the minimum requirement of the TOEFL waiver agreement. Please consult with the Office of Admission for specific agreements with partner language schools. These international students must take NDNU‘s English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment exam prior to enrolling in classes to determine if NDNU‘s English for International Students (EIS) coursework is appropriate or required.
International university transcripts must be evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service. We require a course-by-course evaluation. We accept evaluations from members of NACES and recommend World Education Services, Inc. International students must also complete the International Student Financial Statement of Personal or Family Support as part of the application process. This form is available from the Admission office or it can be downloaded as a printable document in PDF format.
Application Procedures for Doctoral Program
Application and Fee
Fill out the application for doctoral admission online, and then mail in supplementary forms, such as recommendations. The $60 nonrefundable application fee is paid online.
Fill out the application forms from Graduate Admissions or print the forms from the website and mail them or deliver them in person to the Graduate Admissions Office. Include the $60 nonrefundable application fee with your application.
Have one official transcript sent to Graduate Admissions from each college or university attended. One transcript must show a bachelor's degree granted from a regionally accredited institution, and one transcript must show a master’s degree granted from a regionally accredited institution.
Note: All official documents submitted for admission consideration become property of the institution and cannot be returned or copied for distribution.
Three recommendation letters that are of professional nature are required.
Admission Requirement Deadlines
Because the doctoral art therapy program is a cohort model with all students taking the same courses, students will be added in the fall only. To ensure admission, we urge you to complete your application and provide required documents well before August 1st.
Students may be admitted to the doctoral program with any of the following statuses:
Full admission may be offered to a student who has met all admission requirements.
Provisional admission may be offered to a student who meets all admission requirements except for a specific requirement such as an official transcript. An admission hold will be placed on a student’s record if all admission requirements are not received within six weeks of the first semester of enrollment. A student will not be allowed to register for the following semester unless all admission requirements are received.
International Conditional Admission
International applicants who have met the academic requirements for admission will be considered for international conditional admission. To be considered for international conditional admission, an applicant must submit evaluated transcripts and references. Full admission is granted once proof of English language proficiency is submitted and when all requirements are met. For international conditional admission, graduate admission committees will make a judgment on the applicant’s potential for success in the doctoral program and for contributing to the mission of the program.
Terms of Admission
Admission is offered for a specific year and term. Admitted students may be eligible to defer their enrollment by contacting the Art Therapy Department. Admission file documents are retained for one year only.
The mission of the Financial Aid Office is to work with graduate students to help make studying at NDNU affordable. The Financial Aid Office, located in St Mary’s Hall, offers both financial assistance and referrals to other resources. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to seek specialized scholarships in their disciplines; many community, professional, and fraternal organizations also offer scholarships.
For financial aid purposes, students are considered to be full-time graduate students when enrolled in 9 units. Graduate students are eligible for loan programs when enrolled on at least a half-time, 3-unit basis. Graduate students with Unclassified Graduate status are not eligible for financial aid.
Students who plan to utilize federal, state, or NDNU financial aid in financing their graduate degree or credential must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. Most graduate students are eligible for Direct loans and Grad PLUS loans.
For further information, contact the Financial Aid Office at (650) 508-3600 or e-mail email@example.com.
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