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Graduate Admission

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

December 1 for bachelor's to master's applicants (CNU juniors only); July 1 for applicants to traditional programs.

Please contact the Office of Teacher Preparation at to discuss your requirements.

No, all applications and required documents must be submitted before the application deadline.

Each program has an application checklist of specific admission requirements. They can be found on the "Checklists" box on the left side of this page.

A minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA is required for admission consideration as a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking applicant. The initial licensure-only program (non-degree status as part of the teacher preparation program) requires a minimum 2.8 cumulative undergraduate GPA for admission consideration.

Send the recommendation forms electronically to the recommender from CNU Live after you complete your application.

One recommendation form must be from a professor in your major. If you are a Christopher Newport student applying to an MS program, your intended thesis adviser would be an excellent recommender. The other recommendation form(s) should come from professors in your major or professors who can speak to the academic abilities, dispositions and qualities you demonstrate. Consult your checklist for specifics required by your program. If you currently are working in your field or have had experience working, a recommender who can speak to your abilities in that field could be helpful. The admission committee will review the recommendation forms to assess how professors rate your probability of being successful when studying at the graduate level. The admission committee can request you to submit recommendation forms from other professors if they need more clarity to make an admission decision.

Please ask your professors if they are willing to recommend before sending the recommendation form to them. Allow at least two weeks for professors to send their responses.

No. The recommendation form with dispositions / abilities / qualities is required. A reference letter alone is not adequate.

Log in to your application on CNU Live and request your recommendation form be re-sent from the recommendations link.

If your application fee has been processed, you can return to your online application through CNU Live to view the status of your recommendations.

Request your official transcripts be sent to graduate admission. Instructions are available on the Office of the Registrar website.

Use the College or University Transcript Request Form to request transcripts be sent to us.

Refer to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia's Virginia Domicile Guidelines.

There is a link to pay the fee after you complete the electronic application.

Yes. Email We can only confirm documents received; we cannot evaluate scores for you.

Applicants for the environmental science bachelor's-to-master's five-year program must have a thesis adviser. Submit the Procurement of Thesis Adviser Form with your application.

Applicants for the traditional environmental science program have a thesis or non-thesis option. The curriculum for each is detailed in the Graduate Catalog.

Applied physics and computer science applicants are not required to have a thesis adviser when applying.

Standardized Tests

Yes, the electronic application can be completed before the test scores have been submitted.

The minimum score on the GRE standardized test is 295 for Verbal and Quantitative sections combined, with reasonably balanced scores between the two sections, if taken after August 2011. A score above 300 usually indicates a student will be successful in our programs. Official scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) using institution code 5128.

Each program has an application checklist of specific admission requirements. They can be found on the "Checklists" box on the left side of this page.

Send your ACT scores directly from the ACT website.

Yes. All documents will be reviewed by the graduate program coordinator and the director of graduate studies, if needed.

After I Apply

Return to your online application on CNU Live to check the status.

After the complete admission package has been submitted, bachelor's to master's program applicants who applied to the applied physics and computer science or environmental science program should allow three weeks for the committee's decision and processing. A decision letter will be sent to you by mail. Master of Arts in Teaching Program applicants should receive a decision letter by mail on April 1. Traditional program applicants should allow three weeks for the admission decision and processing. A decision letter will be sent to you by mail.

Email with your response.

If you are entering as a full-time traditional student, please submit a completed Certificate of Immunization, which must be signed or stamped by a licensed health care professional. Submit the certificate to the Office of the Registrar in Christopher Newport Hall, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA 23606-3072. Please direct any questions regarding this requirement or a waiver to the Office of the Registrar at (757) 594-7155 or by email at

CNU created an immunization policy that incorporates the requirements for immunizations set forth in the Code of Virginia, 23.1-800. Students may have received these immunizations as a child or later in life.

(If you are part of the bachelor's to master's program, your Certificate of Immunization should already be on file.)

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