Application Process

Once you have decided to pursue an education with Sullivan University, you will be paired with a dedicated admissions officer who will strive to simplify and streamline your application experience. Select from the following to find your application process:

Diploma or Associate Degree

For a diploma or associate degree program, admission relies on the following:

  • Submission of a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as the General Educational Development (GED) certificate.
  • Submission of the student’s ACT or SAT scores in place of the entrance evaluation.
  • Completion of an application for admission to the university with a enrollment fee paid in full.
  • Request of transcripts from all educational institutions previously attended.

Applicant Interview: The university individually interviews and advises each person seeking admission. This interview often takes place on campus. Interviews can also be conducted in the student’s home or a virtual interview can be scheduled and conducted via telephone and computer. Students from other parts of the United States or international students may complete an application by mail or online.

Bachelor's Degree

Applicant Interview: The University individually interviews and advises each person seeking admission. This interview often takes place on campus. Interviews can also be conducted in the student’s home or a virtual interview can be scheduled and conducted via telephone and computer. Students from other parts of the United States or international students may complete an application by mail or online.

Students wishing to enter the Baccalaureate Division in Business Administration, Human Resource Leadership, or Information Technology must:

  • Possess an associate degree from Sullivan or another accredited institution. Alternatively, the student must possess approximately 90 quarter hours of credit or 60 semester hours of credit.
  • Complete an application for admission to the university with a fully paid enrollment fee.
  • Submit a high school diploma or equivalent, such as the General Educational Development (GED) certificate.
  • Request transcripts from all educational institutions previously attended.

Students wishing to enter the on-campus Baccalaureate Division in Paralegal Studies must possess an associate degree in Paralegal Studies from Sullivan or another paralegal program that is ABA-approved, or which is in substantial compliance with ABA guidelines and otherwise appropriately accredited, or is a full member of the American Association for Paralegal Education.

Students wishing to enter the Baccalaureate Division in Hospitality Management must possess an associate degree in a hospitality major from Sullivan or another regionally or nationally accredited institution.

The Graduate School

All applicants to Sullivan University’s graduate programs must be either in their final two quarters of classes in a Bachelor’s degree program at Sullivan University or have an earned Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Candidates for admission to the graduate school must demonstrate proficiency in verbal, written, quantitative and critical reasoning skills. This can be accomplished by a review of transcripts of previous undergraduate and any prior graduate courses, or through application of criteria established by the University’s graduate school admissions process. Applicants for admission to the Sullivan University Graduate School should contact the Graduate School admissions staff for additional information. Students who otherwise qualify for graduate admission may be accepted on a provisional basis. Course work for all graduate degrees consists of twelve courses (48 credit hours) (dual Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Managing Information Technology is 64 credit hours), of which no more than 49% may be transferred from an accredited college or university. The Dean of the Graduate School must approve all transferred credits.


Admission to PhD in Management Program

Admission into the Ph.D. program in Management is selective and contingent upon an applicant’s satisfying a number of conditions. Primary factors considered include the applicant’s graduate grade point averages, significant experience in a professional managerial capacity, career interests and goals discussed in an essay, professional recommendations, and the applicant’s appropriateness for Ph.D. study and ability to handle advanced-level research. Applicants who seek admission into the Ph.D. program must submit the following materials for consideration by the Ph.D. Admissions Committee within fifteen (15) days prior to the start of Ph.D. studies:

  • Completed Graduate School application form;
  • Nonrefundable enrollment fee;
  • Official transcripts indicating a completed, related master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university, or from a non-U.S. institution with comparable accreditation. A minimum of a 3.40 on a 4.0 scale for master’s course work is required;
  • Current resume that demonstrates proven progressive experience in a managerial capacity in business, government, or not-for-profit management;
  • Contact information for three references from past or current employers, university professors, or professional associations. Personal references from family, friends, and others are not acceptable;
  • A minimum 750 word essay describing how your goals and experiences make you a superior candidate to pursue research and studies in management.

The Ph.D. admissions process has two stages. First, an applicant must submit all required documentation to the Ph.D. Admissions Committee within fifteen (15) days prior to the start of Ph.D. courses. Second, all members of the Ph.D. Admissions Committee review the application package, which includes all required documents, and decide whether to admit or not to admit the applicant into the Ph.D. program. All decisions rendered by the committee and approved by the Dean of The Graduate School are considered final.
International Students Graduate School Admission

Applicants for the Graduate School from foreign countries must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Meet the regular admission requirements in order to be accepted into the Ph.D. in Management program;
  • Provide the University with an English translation of their previous college or university work;
  • Meet TOEFL, ILITS, or iTEP requirements outlined in the Admission of International Students section of this catalog;
  • Adhere to the University’s regular admission procedures pertaining to international students.

See the special section related to international students and international programs included elsewhere in the catalog for more details related to international programs

College of Pharmacy
  • The application cycle opens in July of each calendar year in accordance with PharmCAS.
  • SUCOP has a rolling admissions process. Interviews begin in the fall. We encourage you to get your application in early.
  • Early Decision
    • If SUCOP is your first choice, we encourage you to take part in the early decision process.
    • PharmCas and SUCOP Supplemental Application are due: September 5, 2017 (Early Decision Deadline ONLY)
  • Regular Decision
    • PharmCas and SUCOP Supplemental Application are due: March 1, 2018
      • We encourage you to apply in the fall, well before the deadline.
  • Correspondence through the application, interview and admissions process is done via email. Applicants are encouraged to check their email regularly for status updates.
International Students

Sullivan University welcomes students who are committed to higher learning and professional development. In addition to satisfying the regular admission requirements for an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral program, international students must provide specific documentations when submitting an application. Listed below are the details regarding the application process for international students seeking admission to the university for both undergraduate and graduate programs.


Prospective students are expected to:

    • Provide a completed Sullivan application along with paid application and processing fee.
    • Provide a copy of their current Passport (including all pages of existing visas and/or entry stamps).
    • Submit Statement of Purpose (750-word essay of past, present, and future).
    • Include a copy of their current I-20 (if applicable).
    • GRE or GMAT score (required). (Graduate School).
    • SAT or ACT (unless you have an associate degree) for undergraduate admission.
    • Official transcripts from an accredited university or college.
    • Provide accepted statements of financial responsibility (converted to U.S. dollars) and verification of their ability to fund estimated minimum expenses.
    • Provide an Affidavit of Support for sponsorship along with financial documentation supporting the sponsorship.
    • TOEFL, IELTS, or iTEP (required).

All applicants, undergraduate and graduate, whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS or iTEP scores to demonstrate basic English proficiency. Applicants native to Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom will be presumed to be proficient.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain necessary information and application forms and to schedule and take the test by a date that will assure delivery of results to the university by required deadlines. Only TOEFL scores of 197 (computer-based), 500 (paper-based) or 60 (Internet-based) will be considered for admission to any program in the university. TOEFL scores are only valid for two years after the test date. An IELTS score of 6.5 or an iTEP score of 4.0 is required for undergraduate students and 5.0 is required for graduate students.

The University may require an advance deposit of funds to cover one year’s estimated expense for all non-immigrant international graduate students before the issuance of the I-20 Form.

Please note that applications will be received on a competitive basis and Sullivan University does not guarantee admission.

Future students are strongly adviced to explore the websites listed below which explain official regulations and the legal process for students wishing to pursue academic studies in the United States.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Non-Degree Seeking Students: Students who enroll for personal and/or professional development rather than to pursue a diploma or degree may apply for admission to the university as non-degree seeking students. Admission status is determined by the information reported by the applicant. A high school transcript or GED certificate is required. There is no limit to the number of credit hours a non-degree student may accumulate.

However, should the student decide to convert his or her enrollment status from non-degree seeking to degree-seeking there is no guarantee that the courses taken while in a non-degree seeking status will be applicable to a particular Sullivan University degree program. The person who converts to a degree-seeking status must meet all regular admissions requirements for the appropriate degree-seeking program. A student whose status is non-degree seeking is responsible for notifying the registrar’s office if he or she chooses to become a degree-seeking student.

Please Note: Courses with the prefixes BFS and PBA, as well as CAM 252, CAM 256, and CAM 260 may not be taken by non-degree seeking students.

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