Graduate Admission Requirements

Degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

  • Each document submitted for admission remains the property of Christopher Newport University
  • International applicants have additional requirements (see the international applicants tab above)

The graduate program coordinator for each master's program welcomes your questions concerning admission to their specific program.

Applicants for the teaching licensure-only program should consult with the Office of Teacher Preparation regarding admission requirements.

Graduate application
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If Virginia is listed as the state in your permanent address, this form will proceed automatically to the Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates.

Information for CNU juniors applying to the bachelor's-to-master's five-year program We offer master's degree programs that can be completed with one additional year beyond the senior year. Students may elect to participate in a fifth year of study to earn their master's degree.
Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates

Only needed if you want to qualify for in-state tuition rates.

Application fee (pdf) Submit electronically with the online application or print and mail to
Graduate Admissions
Christopher Newport University
McMurran Hall 159 B
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606

Three Recommendation Forms:

Please log in to CNU Live to send recommendation forms electronically.

IF requested by your professor, the recommendation forms may be printed and mailed or delivered to academic or employer references.

Transcript request (pdf) Print and mail to previous college(s).
Graduate application for international students To obtain the additional documentation you will need, visit international student information. An application fee form and three recommendation forms also are required.
Application process checklists

To determine if your application materials have been received or to check the status of your application packet, please contact gradques@cnu.edu

Application deadlines for degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking applicants:

Fall Admission:

  • July 15 for MS in Applied Physics and Computer Science
    and MS in Environmental Science applicants
  • Fall admission is not available for the Master of Arts in Teaching and Initial Licensure program

Spring Admission:

  • November 1 for MS in Applied Physics and Computer Science
    and MS in Environmental Science applicants
  • October 15 for Master of Arts in Teaching and Initial Licensure applicants

Summer Admission:

  • March 15 for MS in Applied Physics and Computer Science
    and MS in Environmental Science applicants
  • January 15 for the Master of Arts in Teaching Program 

The application and all supporting documents must be received by the deadlines indicated by each program in order for the application packet to be complete and be sent to the graduate admission committee for review and possible consideration for graduate admission

Bachelor's-to-Master's Five-Year Graduate Program -- February 1
The application and all required documents must be received by the deadline in order for the application packet to be complete and be sent to the graduate admission committee for review and possible admission.

International Graduate Applicants - Admission Requirements

If you are an international applicant (not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident) applying for admission to graduate studies, please send all of the following to graduate admission at CNU:

  • Graduate application for international applicants
  • Application fee form with fee (the application fee is non-refundable)
  • All secondary, college and university (undergraduate and graduate) transcripts to World Education Services, Inc. (WES), an official credential evaluator.Once the review is complete, it must to be sent directly from WES to graduate admission at CNU.
  • Submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). To be considered for admission, you must submit a minimum score of 92 for the Internet-based TOEFL, an equivalent score of 237 on the computer-based TOEFL or an equivalent score of 580 on the paper-based TOEFL.
  • Financial resources statement, if you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Submit any official bank statements or affidavits (fewer than six months old and not photocopied) verifying the availability of financial resources to show that you can afford to study in the United States.**

An interview also may be required. English proficiency in reading, writing and speaking is expected.

*   WES prepares an objective, analytical report that describes the credentials and interprets them in terms of their U.S. equivalents.

**  As a state-supported institution, CNU currently does not provide financial aid to international students.
U.S. federal financial aid is not available to foreign citizens, even those currently living in the U.S. 

We feel It is important  for you to know this information because you will need to provide proof that you can finance your education before you apply.  A certificate of eligibility (Form I-20) will not be authorized until a financial resources statement form is completed, supported by bank statements that certify the information and submitted to graduate admission.

Application Deadlines for International Applicants***
Deadline Semester / term of entry
April 1  Fall semester (the Master of Arts in Teaching Program does not permit admission for fall)
October 1 Spring semester

*** The application, application fee and all required documents must be received by the deadline in order for the application packet to be sent to the graduate admission committee for review and possible admission. 

Once you submit your application, a file is begun in your name to gather all the required documents for the admission selection committee. Your application package will be reviewed only when complete. Please use the application checklist associated with the program to which you applied to verify that you have submitted all required materials.

After the application package is complete (with all required documents), the Office of Graduate Studies reviews and delivers it to the appropriate graduate program coordinator who meets with graduate faculty members in his / her department to make the admission decision.

To check the status of your application or for questions / concerns regarding registration, contact gradques@cnu.edu.

Please allow three weeks for the admission decision and processing

You will receive the decision by mail. We encourage you to submit your application and documents well in advance of the deadlines listed on the application deadlines tab.