Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

Complete an admissions interview conducted in person or via online methods.

  • Sign and submit an attestation of high school (or equivalent) completion. Equivalencies include a GED Certificate. Home schooled students must present a diploma that meets the requirements of the state in which it was issued. (Students with non-US credentials please see International Student Admissions Requirements below).
  • Submit a completed application
  • Arrange for official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended to be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration, University of the Potomac.
  • Submit grade reports or scores from any recognized college equivalency examinations (e.g., CLEP, DANTES, and Advanced Placement).
  • Submit certificates from any corporate education training or professional development programs. (Note: An ACE evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for corporate educational training.)
  • Submit military training documents. (Note: An ACE military evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for military training.)
  • Provide proof of high school (or equivalent) completion. Equivalencies include a GED Certificate. Home schooled students must present a diploma that meets the requirements of the state in which it was issued. (Students with non-US credentials please see International Student Admissions Requirements below)

Download Forms

Download High School Request Form (DC/VA/Online) — fill out the form and email it to [email protected]

Download High School Request Form (Chicago) — fill out the form and email it to [email protected]

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Graduate Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general requirements, applicants for a graduate program must provide the following:

 

  • An undergraduate degree in order to enroll in University of the Potomac master’s programs: four-year bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in other countries.
  • International applicants 16 with a 3-year undergraduate degree may be admitted on the recommendation of the Admission Committee which will be based on students’ preparation.
  • Two Letters of recommendation from individuals who may be a direct supervisor or university faculty member. *This requirement may be waived for those students with Master level transfer credits*.
  • One required essay, in MSWord document form, addressing the student’s preparation for the graduate program.

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is not required for admission but is strongly preferred for students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in a business related discipline or lack the pre-requisite courses in business, finance and economics.

International Admissions Requirements

Official academic evidence of completion of secondary education (high school or equivalent) for undergraduate applicants or undergraduate for graduate applicants. Academic evidence should be translated into English. Document can be either:

  • Original verification letter from secondary/high school                           institution officer or certified (attested) copy
  • Original or certified (attested) copy of transcripts from                           secondary or post-secondary education

Proof of sufficient finances shown in U.S. currency/dollar. One or more of the following:

  • Personal funds – official bank statement
  • Sponsors – affidavit of support accompanied with            official  bank statement
  • Scholarships – official scholarship letter

Official proof of English language proficiency (any one of the items listed below)

  • TOEFL overall scores: undergraduate PBT 500 / graduate 550 or higher, IBT undergraduate 60 / graduate 79 or higher
  • IELTS overall score: 6.0 undergraduate and 6.5 graduate
  • Successful completion of the last three years of secondary education (high school or equivalent) in which the official language of the Country was English.
  • Completion of at least 12 semester credit hours with at least a C average at a U.S. postsecondary institution (college or university) at which English was the language of instruction.

Pay U.S. $100 non-refundable application fee.

A copy of the photo page and address page of passport (2 pages).

Doctoral Completion Program (DCP) Admissions Requirements

This program is for students who have previously completed doctoral courses and/or partial dissertation chapters from a previous institution. To be considered for admission into the Doctoral Completion Program (DCP) students must submit the following documentation and meet the requirements below:

  • A University of the Potomac application form
  • Registration acknowledgement form
  • Transcripts showing your completed coursework in the program of study from your previous doctoral program
  • A written statement on your intent to complete doctoral programs (i.e., reason for not completing your previous program, role of degree in your career path, proposed research area, and plan for doctoral program success)
  • Two letters of recommendation letters (academic or professional)
  • Scholarly work sample (optional)
  • 36-42 credits can be reviewed for transfer credits
  • No more than 5 years since you were last enrolled in a doctoral program, unless a waiver granted by the Office of Academic Affairs
  • Only coursework completed in the last 10 years is eligible for transfer credit, unless a waiver granted by the Office of Academic Affairs
  • You must have completed all doctoral coursework at the prior institution, with a minimum of a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • You must not have been academically dismissed from your prior institution
  • You must complete a in person, phone or video interview with UOTP
  • GRE or GMAT scores (no minimum score or time limit); optional

Duolingo English Test

The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour for only $49.

The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with University of the Potomac when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session. The overall score minimum requirement for undergraduate is 80; and for graduate is 90. Tips for Your Test Experience  Applicants One-Pager Student Sharing Results Instructions

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Graduate Program Applicants: Make Sure your Essay is Top Notch

Your essay is a reflection of your motivations and ability to communicate. Take time to write a great essay and ensure you are responding to the topic appropriately and with enough detail. Write a few drafts of your essay and be sure to check your spelling and grammar after every round of edits.