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Graduate & Professional Studies

Admissions Procedures

Nichols College regards each prospective student as an individual, considering each application as it is submitted throughout the academic year. Applications for graduate and undergraduate students are accepted on a rolling basis and acceptance decisions are made once the application is complete. It is the goal of Nichols College that every student who enrolls is provided the best career-focused business and professional education.

Once accepted into the GPS program, students may start as early as the next session start date. Nichols College offers six (6) “start” dates throughout the calendar year: fall semester, session l and session ll; spring semester, session l and session ll; and summer semester, session l and session ll. Note that all GPS courses are accelerated seven-week courses.


Students considering a Nichols College graduate program may take a number of courses prior to formal admission. It is recommended that students interested in nonmatriculated student status make an appointment for an interview with an admissions advisor.

Graduate students may take up to three (3) courses (9 credits) prior to formal admission. Undergraduate students may take up to five (5) courses. Please be aware that until a student has applied and been accepted to the college, there is no guarantee that the courses a student self-selects will apply to a future degree program.


To be admitted to a graduate degree program, students must submit the following:

  • Graduate application
  • Personal statement (up to 800 words)
  • Official sealed transcripts covering all prior academic work at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Application fee

Applicants will receive written notification of the outcome of the admission decision within ten (10) business days of completing their application.

It is recommended that students interested in provisional status make an appointment with an academic advisor in order to ensure that correct courses are taken. Once the three (3) courses have been completed, nonmatriculated students must complete all formal admission requirements if any additional courses are to be taken.

Graduate students must have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in their undergraduate program to be admitted to a graduate degree program at Nichols College. Students with a 2.75–2.99 CGPA may be allowed provisional acceptance. Students granted provisional status must achieve a 3.0 GPA after taking their first three (3) courses in order to continue the program. If a minimum 3.0 grade point average is achieved, the student will be granted full admission. However, if the minimum 3.0 is not achieved, the student will not be allowed to continue the program.


Students seeking a transfer from another college must follow the regular application procedure outlined in the admission procedures. Transfer students must request official transcripts of all previous college or university work attempted, whether or not credit has been granted. Upon admission to Nichols College, copies of the transfer student’s transcript are sent to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation. The Registrar will send to the student notification of credits accepted for transfer.

Courses for transfer credits will be evaluated according to the following guidelines:

Graduate Students

  • Requests for transfer credit will be reviewed at any time during the graduate program.
  • Courses taken at regionally accredited higher education institutions where a grade of “B” (3.0 or above) was earned will be accepted for transfer credit provided the course or courses are similar to a course or courses offered at Nichols College and are applicable to a Nichols College degree program.
  • Once matriculated into the program, approval by the GPS Director of Academic Programs is required.
  • The maximum allowable transfer credit hours for a graduate program at Nichols College is nine (9) graduate-level semester credit hours.
  • The capstone course is ineligible for transfer credit and must be taken at Nichols College.


  • Graduate students who have previously attended the college and have left or withdrawn for more than 2 years will need to reapply.  If the student has attempted academic work at other regionally accredited institutions since leaving Nichols College, official transcripts of the work must be submitted.  The same policy would apply to previously accepted applicants who never matriculated.

    If less than two years has elapsed, the student or applicant would be paired directly with our Student Success team for assistance.

This publication provides information concerning the programs at Nichols College and does not constitute a contract with the student.

The policies and procedures contained in the 2019-current Nichols College Catalog will remain in effect until otherwise noted. Nichols College reserves the right to change at any time the rules governing admission, tuition, fees, courses, the granting of degrees, or any other regulations affecting the campus community. Such changes are to take effect whenever college officials deem necessary.