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How to Apply

Once you have found your educational fit with an online program from CSP, we make it simple to apply online. Request more information for a specific program’s requirements.

Taking the first step is easier and more affordable than ever:

  • No Application fee!
  • No GRE/GMAT requirements for graduate programs.*
  • FREE transfer credit evaluation.
  • We may be able to cover the cost of your transcripts.
  • Complete your FAFSA in less than 7 minutes through our custom site. Ask your Enrollment Counselor for access.**

*Additional items may be required depending on the program. Please talk to your enrollment counselor or visit the respective program page.

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Traci Schabert: So I am Traci Schabert. I am the executive director at Broadwell Senior Living in Plymouth, Minnesota. I graduated from Concordia St. Paul in 2021. I have a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration. So I reached out to Concordia St. Paul, because I really wanted to check this off my bucket list. I wanted to advance my career. I reached out to Concordia via online, and I just typed in the online fill. I was dropping my kids off at school when she called. So I was in the car and I pulled into the parking lot and just sat. And I said, well, this is what I want. I’m looking to finish my bachelor’s degree as quickly as possible. I’m a full-time mom. I’m a full-time employee. So I need to figure out how to pull this off. She helped me with the right people at the college. She helped me figure out finances, balancing work-life school schedules.

And she said, “Oh, we got this.” And I said, “Great, wonderful. Here’s what you need to do.” And she guided me and it got to the point where it was like, oh my gosh, this is serious. I can do this. And she was calling at night and on weekends, whatever I needed to fit my schedule. As you through the process to go back to college in your 40s, 50s, 60s, every step has anxiety and there’s fear involved in all of it, but Concordia didn’t make it fearful. They said, okay, you need to pick classes. What are your interests? And they took it step by step. Concordia guided me through the process. I wasn’t leading it. They were leading me and guiding me. There was never one moment that clicked in that this is where I’m supposed to be, or this is what’s supposed to happen, or I’m on the right path. It was every moment.

And when you enter the information online or pick up the phone, it’s step one, you made it past that first anxiety and Concordia took it that way too. But I think one of the biggest hold ups is fear of failure and fear of not being able to afford it. So to get past the fear of not being able to afford it, you need to reach out to them because there’s money there. And everybody says that. Schools, high schools, colleges say there’s money. There’s money. Concordia helped me see that I can apply for loans that covered almost all of the tuition for Concordia. Any degree you receive, you’re moving yourself up. So it’s an investment in yourself.

CSP worked for me because I made the call and they were willing to help me and guide me. I wanted to continue my degree was for my future kids and my future grandkids. I wanted them to be able to look at me and know that it doesn’t matter how old you are. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing. Nothing can stop you and fear shouldn’t stop you. And I’m hoping that my kids see that mom never gave up. Mom kept moving forward. Mom had a dream and a passion. She didn’t allow the negative to stop her. I don’t know where I’m going to be, but I like the options.

Associate Degree Admissions Procedure

A student must submit the following items before the admissions office can process the application:

  1. Online Application
  2. Final and official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 based on a 4.0 system.
    • If you have a attended a MNSCU college or university we also ask that you provide an official accompanying DARS or MnTC goal area worksheet.
    • Transfer students with fewer than 20 college credits completed will also need to submit an official high school transcript and essay.

Bachelor’s Degree Admissions Procedure

A student must submit the following items before the admissions office can process the application:

  1. Online Application
  2. Final and official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 based on a 4.0 system.
    • If you have a attended a MNSCU college or university we also ask that you provide an official accompanying DARS or MnTC goal area worksheet.
    • Transfer students with fewer than 20 college credits completed will also need to submit an official high school transcript and essay.
    • Students who do not meet initial admissions criteria may be asked to complete the academic success essay and/or provide additional documentation.
  3. Per the note above, if applicable, submit a typed essay you would like your admissions counselor to consider in the application review process. Minimum of 500 words suggested. Submit as a PDF document through your application portal or email it as an attachment to your Admissions Counselor.

    CSP Essay Topic Options (select one):
    • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
    • The lessons we take from the obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
    • Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
    • Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one that responds to a different prompt or one of your own design.

Master’s Degree Admissions Procedure

A student must submit the following items before the admissions office can process the application:

  1. Online Application
  2. Official Transcript from the regionally accredited college or university that granted the student’s undergraduate degree or higher
  3. Personal statement that includes the following requirements:
    • The statement falls between 400 and 1000 words.
    • Includes a beginning (introduction), middle (body), and end (summary/conclusion).
    • This essay is original (no plagiarism) and reflective of the applicant’s experiences and traits. No outside work (citations and references) is allowed.
    • The submission is professional with no spelling, grammar, or sentence structure errors.
    • The statement should address the following:
      • Describe your employment history and why you are choosing to pursue a graduate degree at this time in your career.
      • Describe a personal and/or professional goal that you hope you will fulfill through earning your graduate degree.
      • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.
    • Students who do not meet initial admissions criteria may be asked to complete the academic success essay and/or provide additional documentation.

International Students Admissions Procedure

A student must submit the following items before the admissions office can process the application:

  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • IELTS overall band score of 5.5 or higher (International English Language Testing System)
  • Students from Global Language Institute (GLI) Completion of Mastering Level
  • Students from Atlanta English Institute (AEI) Completion of Level Seven
  • Students from Spring International Language Center (SILC) Completion of Level Six
  • Students from English Language School (ELS) Completion of Level 109 AND IELTS test score of 5.5 or TOEFL iBT 59 or completion of Level 112
  • TOEFL iBT 59 or 513 PBT
  • PTE result of 46 or higher
  • iTEP score of 3.5 or higher
  • Duolingo language test, score of 50
  • MELP End of Term Assessment of 520 or higher
  • Completed AmericanLife CEFR C1 Level Certificate

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at CSP must have access to a computer that meets Concordia’s technology requirements.