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Graduate Program Admission Requirements

Graduate Programs
Admission Requirements

Degree Requirements

  • A prospective student must possess, at a minimum, either a Bachelor’s degree or a Doctor of Chiropractic from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Students having an undergraduate degree and enrolled in the Doctor of Chiropractic program at Life University may enter a graduate program, providing they fulfill all other admission requirements.

Attainment of Degree

Chiropractic students without an undergraduate degree may apply to the Master’s program upon completion of a total of 180 quarter or 120 semester hours. However, the master’s degree will not be awarded until the first professional degree or undergraduate degree is conferred.

Admission Status

  • Accepted – Full Standing: A student must have submitted the following materials and met the appropriate standards to be considered for admission in full standing:
  • Completed application to the Master’s program
  • Minimum GPA (grade point average) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during last 90 quarter or 60 semester hours
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) with a score of 280 or better cumulative, or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) results with a minimum score of 40. Note, GRE/MAT are for Sport Health Science and Athletic Training only. GRE/MAT test scores are not required for the Clinical Nutrition or Positive Psychology program.
  • Three original letters of recommendation, written expressly for the Master’s program, providing personal evaluations of the applicant’s previous professional, educational and work experiences. Note, students may add 3 Professional References to their Curriculum Vitae/Resume or submit 3 Letters of Recommendation.
  • Other identified admissions criteria, such as resumé and personal statement of goals and objectives, and/or interview if invited by their program’s admission
  • Completed prerequisite coursework
  • Accepted – Provisional: Students who are lacking any of the requirements for Full Standing may be admitted on a provisional status. A student admitted provisionally must achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA during their first 12 credit hours of coursework and submit all necessary requirements previously lacking prior to progressing forward. Failure to do so will result in removal from the program.
  • Accepted – Student-at-Large: Student-at-large status is designed for students who wish to take a limited number of graduate courses that are related to their academic or professional background. These students are not necessarily seeking an advanced degree. Students who do not meet the requirements for full standing or provisional acceptance may apply for student-at-large status and, at a later time, apply for acceptance as a degree-seeking student. Students accepted under this status are not enrolled as degree-seeking candidates in the Master’s degree program and, therefore, do not qualify for financial aid.
    1. Students applying for student-at-large status must provide an official copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if applicable) showing courses, grades and graduation date(s). Transcripts must come directly from the college/university where the coursework was accomplished and be sent directly to Life University’s Office of Enrollment.
    2. There is no limit to the number of hours that may be accumulated as a student-at-large, but hours may be limited as determined by the Graduate Program.
    3. If a student seeks to change the admission status from student-at-large, all required admissions materials must be submitted for review. It is the prerogative of the Graduate Admissions Committee and the Dean to accept or reject the application for graduate study.
  • Denied Acceptance: This status is assigned to each applicant whose file has been deemed completed by the Office of Enrollment, evaluated by the transcript analyst, presented to the program’s Graduate Admission Committee and subsequently denied acceptance by the Committee and/or the Dean.

For all other admissions requirements for Life University’s Graduate programs, click here for the Academic Catalog.


The department chairs for each of the graduate programs report directly to the Dean of the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies on issues of program accreditation, graduate policy, assessment and program development. There are four departments in the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies: Positive Human Development and Social Change (Interdisciplinary Studies), Natural Sciences and General Studies, Nutrition and Sport Health Science. The Graduate Curriculum Committee is responsible for overseeing graduate curricula.