Our program is designed to produce well-educated practitioners, who have the potential to be active and engaged in the dispute resolution field or to implement their knowledge in the practice of their own fields. With this in mind, our admissions process takes a multifaceted approach to assessing potential students´capacity for success in the program. Our aim is to form a whole picture of each applicant, incorporating their academic, personal and professional backgrounds and histories, as well as their career plans and life goals, in order to determine whether the match between student and program is likely to result in success.
Applicants who wish to visit the campus or discuss the program are welcome to call The Werner Institute at (402) 280-3852 to schedule an appointment.
Our admissions requirements are:
- A completed electronic application accessible via this link: http://www.creighton.edu/gradschool/admissioninformation/onlineapplication/index.php.
- Application fee: Each applicant must remit, along with the application form, a non-refundable, non-waiveable application fee of $50 in the form of a check or money order drawn in U.S. currency and made payable to Creighton University.
- A Bachelor's degree and transcripts for all Bachelors and post-Bachelors coursework. Transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing school and must contain the institution's official seal or stamp. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by certified English translations.
- A 3.0 GPA or higher is required for unconditional acceptance into the program. Students not meeting this requirement may be accepted provisionally
- A CV/resume
- A student's own mission statement, describing his or her long-term goals and why this program seems to them to be the right step to take down the road of achieving them (500-750 words).
- Based on your CV/resume and your other application material, we should have a pretty good picture of where you have been and what you´ve done. Setting that aside, focus on the future: What goals have you set for yourself, looking ahead down your envisioned path? Why is this program attractive to you, in terms of meeting those goals?
- [Note: Focus on the future. A good mission statement will not be a rehash of your CV nor a discussion of how you intend to invest time and effort into your studies; it will look to the future beyond your studies and incorporate your studies as a building block in that future]
- A short writing sample in response to the exercise listed on the Admissions Writing Exercise page (1000 words).
- Two letters of recommendation: The recommendation forms should be completed by persons, other than family members or friends, who are capable of assessing your performance in an academic or work setting. Applicants may submit additional recommendations if they so wish.
- An interview with a faculty member
- Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL): All international applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language must demonstrate proficiency in English language by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT (213 CBT/550PBT). Native English speakers, or applicants who have received their baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution in which English is the primary language of instruction, may request exemption from this requirement.
- Certification of Available Finances. All international applicants must submit a Certification of Available Finances form in order for an I-20 to be issued. This form is available at http://www.creighton.edu/IntlPrograms/forms.htm
- A GRE is not required, but it may be requested or submitted in order to best help us assess your capacity for success the Program.
- Although some factors are more important than others, all factors are considered; low ratings on some may be balanced by high ratings on others.
- Only those applicants who meet the established standards will be recommended for admission.