Admission requirements
Graduate & adult learning

Select your program for specific admission steps.
Official transcripts can be mailed to the address below or as an official e-transcript to admissions@nwciowa.edu:

Northwestern College  
Office of Admissions 
101 7th Street SW 
Orange City, IA 51041

Online programs

To be eligible for admission, you must meet the following criteria:
(See how to apply for more detailed instructions)

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (applicants with a GPA under 3.0 may be eligible for conditional admission on a case by case basis)
  • Send official transcripts from your bachelor's degree institution  (no undergraduate transcripts are required of NWC alumni) by mail or as an official e-transcript to  admissions@nwciowa.edu.
  • Provide a copy of a teaching license for the M.A. in School Counseling (if the applicant holds a teaching license)
  • Applicant writing sample
  • Updated résumé
  • Two (2 letters of recommendation)
  • Background check through CastleBranch

To be eligible for admission, you must meet the following criteria:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale ( conditional admission with GPA of 2.7 to 2.99)  (Degrees from colleges accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education [ABHE] or affiliated with the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges & Universities [TRACS] will be considered on a case-by-case basis.) 
  • Send official transcripts from your bachelor's degree institution  (no undergraduate transcripts are required of NWC alumni) by mail or as an official e-transcript to  admissions@nwciowa.edu.
  • Provide a copy of teaching license. Applicants must possess a valid teaching license. A digital or scanned copy from your state's Department of Education website is sufficient.
  • Applicants for the M.Ed. Educational Administration + Principal Endorsement, and Principal Endorsement-only option should have at least one school year of teaching experience; those in their first year of teaching can be accepted and the program director can waive this requirement.

(licensure and non-licensure programs)

To be eligible for admission, you must meet the following criteria:

  • An associate's (AA, AS or AAS) or bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.25 on a 4.0 scale ( conditional admission with GPA below 2.25)   
  • Send official transcripts from your associate's degree and all previous institutions (unofficial transcripts can be sent for a transfer credit review, but official transcripts are required for admission) by mail or as an official e-transcript to admissions@nwciowa.edu

Licensure track

After completing 12 credits in the B.A. Early Childhood program, students will apply to the education department and licensure program track.

To be eligible for admission, you must meet the following criteria:

  • An associate's degree or hospital diploma in nursing from an accredited institution
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale ( conditional admission with GPA below 2.7)      
  • Send official transcripts from your associate's degree and all previous institutions (unofficial transcripts can be sent for a transfer credit review, but official transcripts are required for admission) by mail or as an official e-transcript to admissions@nwciowa.edu
  • Provide a copy of active RN license to practice nursing in the state of residence from your Board of Nursing website

 

To be eligible for admission, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Send official transcripts from your high school or college showing at least nine completed credits by mail or as an official e-transcript to admissions@nwciowa.edu
  • Complete a bilingual language verification conversation with the program director. 

Campus programs

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies 

See  how to apply and  prerequisites.

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