Northcentral University accepts students on a continual basis. The Application for Admission can be submitted online any time during the year through the Northcentral University website. The Registrar’s office reviews each applicant file to ensure that the prospective student meets the program-specific basis for admission. 

Provisional Admission

Northcentral University offers provisional admission to applicants who meet the basis of admission verified through unofficial documentation and student attestation. A student who is admitted on a provisional basis is only granted full admission status once all official documentation has been received by Northcentral University.

Provisional Admission for Students with U.S. Transcripts

Provisional Admission is available for students who have provided unofficial transcripts from U.S. institutions (and an attestation of degree conferral and/or total credits completed when requested). Students who have provided unofficial transcripts* from U.S. institutions are offered Provisional Admission status for a maximum of 90 days starting with the first day of enrollment in an NCU course.  Students who do not provide the required official documentation prior to the 91st day of enrollment will be administratively dismissed by the University.  Students who have been dismissed for failure to provide official documentation within the allotted time frame will not be allowed to reenter the University until all official documentation has been provided.

Provisional Admission for Students with International Transcripts

Students who have provided unofficial transcripts from international institutions (and an attestation of degree conferral and/or total credits completed when requested) may be offered Provisional Admission status for a maximum of 180 days starting with the first day of enrollment in an NCU course.  Students who do not provide the required official documentation prior to the 181st day of enrollment will be administratively dismissed by the University.  Students who have been dismissed for failure to provide official documentation within the allotted time frame will not be allowed to reenter the University until all official documentation has been provided.

*Unofficial transcripts must include the students full name, the name of school, degree conferred and conferral date (if applicable), and must include all pages of the transcript.

Provisional Admission for Students with Equivalency Evaluation

Northcentral University will provisionally accept internationally awarded degrees as the basis of admission provided an unofficial degree equivalency evaluation from a Northcentral University approved credential evaluation agency is supplied. During the enrollment process, Northcentral will work with an applicant to determine which approved credential evaluation may be recommended for their personal situation. A list of Northcentral University approved credential evaluation agencies can be found on Northcentral University's public website. All official transcript evaluations completed by approved credential evaluation agencies are due 180 days after the start of the student's first course. An official credential evaluation is defined as being received:

Second Degrees

Students who have a conferred Bachelor degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university can earn a second Bachelor's in the same discipline by completing a minimum thirty (30) credits as stipulated for an undergraduate specialization. If the second Bachelor's is not in the same discipline, twelve additional credits will be required for pre-requisite fundamental courses.

Students in, or who have completed, their Bachelor's or Master's program at Northcentral University and wish to earn a second degree at the same or higher program level are subject to the University's Basis of admissions policy and total credit and specialization requirements of the specific program.

If a student returns to Northcentral for an additional degree, unsuccessful attempts at coursework constituting a portion of the conferred degree shall not negatively impact a students SAP status in subsequent programs, nor shall time elapsed in pursuit of a conferred degree affect the time remaining in subsequent programs. Minimum grade requirements and other transfer credit policy still apply.

Refer to the policy on Changing Degree Programs for information on substituting another program for the current program.

English Proficiency

If English is the second language of a student, an official score demonstrating English proficiency is required for admission. A minimum official examination score is required for basis of admission to all Northcentral University programs as outlined under English Proficiency.

Full Acceptance Requirements - Undergraduate Programs

Admission to a Northcentral University Bachelor’s degree program requires:

AND

OR

*Acceptable equivalents of a high school diploma:

Note: Acceptance of an official academic transcript showing a conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution as the basis of admission for a Northcentral University Bachelor’s degree program is subject to Dean approval.

Full Acceptance Requirements - Master's Programs

Admission to a Northcentral University Master’s program requires a conferred bachelor’s and/or a conferred master's or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.

MEd with Specialization in PK-12 Principal Leadership - In addition to general requirements for admission to an MEd program, applicants to the MEd program with specialization in PK-12 Principal Leadership must have:

Master's Programs in the School of Marriage and Family Sciences - In addition to evidence of the conferred degree, applications for admission to the School of Marriage and Family Sciences Master's programs require prior to the first date of attendance:

For the Master's program (MBA) in the School of Business and Technology Management, there are two options for entering:

Direct Entry - Individuals with a previously completed bachelor's degree in business from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution may immediately begin the MBA program.

Evaluation Track - Individuals who do not meet direct entry requirements will begin their degree plan with MBA5101-8 Foundations for Graduate Study in the Global Business Environment, followed by SKS5000-8 Comprehensive Strategic Knowledge Studies, and upon successful completion of SKS5000-8 take the remaining courses in their degree plan.

Full Acceptance Requirements - Certificate Programs

Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

A completed bachelor’s level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university is required. Credit hours from another university or institution cannot be transferred towards a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program.

Post-Master's Certificates

Admission to a Northcentral University Post-Master's Certificate programs requires a conferred master's degree and/or a doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution. Examples of acceptable doctoral degrees include doctor of philosophy (PhD), doctor of education (EdD), doctor of business administration (DBA), juris doctorate (JD), doctor of medicine (MD), doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO), doctor of chiropractic (DC), doctor of dental surgery (DDS), and doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM).

Full Acceptance Requirements - Doctoral Programs

Admission to a Northcentral University Doctoral program (including the Education Specialist – EdS – program) in the School of Education requires a conferred post-baccalaureate master's degree and/or doctoral degree from a nationally or regionally accredited academic institution. Examples of acceptable doctoral degrees include doctor of philosophy (PhD), and doctor of education (EdD).

Admission to the Doctoral program in the School of Business and Technology Management will be determined by the degree used to meet the basis for admission.

Doctoral program in the School of Business and Technology Management In order to enter the doctoral program, applicants are required to have a conferred master's degree from a nationally or regionally accredited academic institution. There are two options for entering the doctoral program in the School of Business and Technology Management.   

Direct Entry – Individuals with either a previously completed master's degree in:

           may immediately begin the doctoral program through the DBA or PhD track.

Evaluation Track – Individuals not meeting the direct entry requirements are required to take SKS7000-8 Doctoral Strategic Knowledge Studies as part of their degree plan.

Students in the Evaluation track will begin their degree plan with BTM7101-8 Foundations for Doctoral Studies in Business followed by SKS-7000-8 Doctoral Comprehensive Strategic Knowledge Studies and upon successful completion of SKS7000-8 take the remaining courses in their degree plan.

Admission to the Doctoral programs in the School of Psychology and the School of Marriage and Family Sciences will be determined by the degree used to meet basis of admission and/or clinical experience.

Doctoral Program in Psychology - In order to enter the doctoral (PhD) program in psychology, applicants must have earned a master's degree from a nationally or regionally accredited university. There are two options for entering the doctoral program in psychology:

Doctoral Program in Marriage and Family Therapy - In order to enter the doctoral (PhD) program in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), applicants must have earned a master's degree from a nationally or regionally accredited university. The qualifying master's degree must have been completed in a clinical training program (e.g., MFT, psychology, social work, counseling). There are two options for entering the doctoral program in MFT:

In addition to evidence of the conferred degree, applications for admission to the School of Marriage and Family Sciences' Doctoral programs require prior to the first date of attendance: