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Graduate Students

Start to Finish – Our Hoop-Free Path to Grad School

Everything about Franklin University – from our academic programs to course formats and student services – is designed specifically for working adults, like you, who balance multiple priorities. Our admission process is no exception. Because we value your time, we keep things straightforward and hassle free.

The Admissions team guides you through each phase, answering questions and providing resources that save you time. Our team empowers you to succeed – from start to finish. The information below details, step-by-step, everything you’ll need to know from application to orientation.
 

No GMAT or GRE

Bypass expensive, time-consuming tests with a 2.75+ GPA.

14-20 Month Completion

Finish your master's degree faster.

Finish Faster

Transfer up to 12 master’s-level credits from coursework or certifications.

Apply Online

Apply. Anytime. Anywhere.

With multiple start dates each year, applications are accepted year round. Aside from choosing your program of interest, the application requires you to provide demographic information and names of the institutions you have previously attended.

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How Long will it Take?

  • On average, our online application can be completed in 20 minutes.
  • Once submitted, applications are processed within 48 hours.

How Much Will It Cost?

  • For master’s programs, there is a $30 application fee
  • For doctoral programs, there is a $50 application fee

Both of these fee can be waived for Franklin University alumni and current military service members.

How will I know It’s Complete?
A member of our Admissions team will contact you within 48 hours to provide you with a username, password, and link to our myTools applicant system so you can track the status of your application.

Notes & Tips
Admission requirements vary based on the program and start date you choose. Be sure to review program specific requirements as you evaluate your start date.

Submit Support Material

Complete & Submit Supporting Materials

The graduate admission process requires the additional materials listed below in order to predict your ability to succeed in graduate school. Be sure to review the requirements carefully, fully answer all questions, and complete all required documents.

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How Long will it Take?
Everyone's writing timeline is different. You should plan to write 2-3 drafts before submitting your essay to ensure its concise and error-free. We recommend having a colleague or mentor review it during the writing process.

You should allow 7-10 days for us to receive your transcripts from your previous schools.

How Much Will It Cost?
There are no costs or fees related to us receiving and evaluating your transcripts, however, other institutions (colleges & high schools) may charge a processing fee when you request your transcripts. You can expect that cost to be between $3-$10 per institution.

How will I know It’s Complete?
Typically, within 10 days after the Admission Committee reviews your application, your admissions advisor will notify you of your acceptance in the program.
 

Notes & Tips
You can check your myTools account to make sure all of your materials have been received.
 

Finance Your Education

Minimize the out-of-pocket expense of your degree

Make your degree more affordable by taking advantage of employer tuition reimbursement, federal financial aid or installment payment plans.

Your admission advisor, along with our Financial Aid Office will work with you to help identify what opportunities are available given your specific situation.

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How Long will it Take?

  • The process to secure financing will depend on how you decide to pay for your education. Be sure to have conversations about your options early with your admissions advisor to determine the best course of action.
  • If applying for federal financial aid, you can expect your application to be processed within a few days after it has been submitted.

How Much Will It Cost?
There are no costs or fees related to applying for financial aid, scholarships or grants.

How will I know It’s Complete?

  • Knowing when you've secured financing will depend on how you decide to pay for your education. If you applied for financial aid, then receiving, reviewing and submitting your signed financial aid award letter will mean you've completed the process.
  • You can also log into our MyTools applicant system to check the status of the documents required for financial aid.
     

Notes & Tips
If applying for financial aid, please be sure to meet the priority deadlines listed below. These dates ensure we are able to process your funding before your first term payment is due.

Summer Financial Aid Deadline: March 15
Fall Financial Aid Deadline: June 15
Winter Financial Aid Deadline: Oct. 1

Register For Classes

Prepare for your success as a Franklin student

Once your admissions advisor notifies you of your acceptance, they will reach out to you to set up a phone meeting to register for classes.

This is a required step that enables your admission advisor to register you for your first term courses. Once you're registered, you'll be emailed a registration statement and a “First Steps” flyer that provides you with helpful tips for success.

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How Long will it Take?

  • Your advisor will contact you within 48 hours to register for your first class.
  • The registration appointment will take approximately 30 minutes.
     

How Much Will It Cost?
There are no fees related to registering for classes.

How will I know It’s Complete?
You will receive an email with your registration statement.

Notes & Tips

  • An academic advisor will serve as your personal contact from your first class all the way through graduation to help keep you on track and connect you to important resources along the way.
  • As a doctoral student you will have the added benefit of working closely with a faculty advisor to help guide your research interests and coursework selection.
     

Attend Your Online Orientation

Log in and get started. We'll help navigate.

Your admissions advisor will provide you with login information for your online orientation session and you'll be able to access orientation 24 hours after your registration has been processed.

Orientation is not required, but is highly recommended because you'll be introduced to Franklin's engaging, intuitive online learning environment and get acquainted with other resources and policies.

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How Long will it Take?
The Online Orientation takes about 8 hours to complete and can be completed at your own pace. It is recommended that you complete it prior to your first class, but it will remain open during your first trimester as a resource.
 

How Much Will It Cost?
There are no costs or fees related to orientation.

How will I know It’s Complete?
At the end of your orientation session, you will be asked to complete a simple quiz to ensure you clearly understood the content. Once you've submitted the quiz, your orientation is complete.
 

Notes & Tips
You'll get access to online course materials for your first class a few days before the term begins. Take an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the assignment schedule and make a plan for the term.

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