Graduate Programs

Expanding the landscape of graduate education

In keeping with the increasingly diverse academic interests of students, Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans is proud to offer Master's programs in Education, Counseling, Public Health and Theology and a Doctoral program in Educational Leadership.

Being a leading HBCU, we strive to offer certifications in a plethora of fields that will not only help our graduates lead, innovate, and stay competitive in the workforce but to also make a difference in the sectors of commerce, healthcare, and the environment. 

Application Deadlines 

April 1 priority deadline
June 1st regular deadline 

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A Message from Associate Dean Dr. Marcus S. Cox

Welcome to the beginning of your Graduate School journey! On behalf of Xavier University of Louisiana Graduate School, I want to thank you for choosing to study in one of our premier graduate programs. On this website, you will find a variety of information to help you navigate around campus and online. However, please feel free to contact my office should you have any questions or concerns.

Again, welcome and I wish you a very positive learning experience.

Marcus S. Cox, Ph.D. MBA 
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Summer School 
Director of the Center for Continuing Studies and Distance Education

Course Catalog

Graduate Admission Requirements 

A bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university with an overall GPA of 2.5

GPA requirements can vary. Please consult your program.

Minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of 280 or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores of 380 for Education and Counseling applicants; GRE or MAT scores for Theology applicants; GRE or MCAT scores for Public Health applicants; GRE scores for Speech Pathology applicants;

Praxis 1 may be waived if: Applicants have completed a Master’s degree or higher or earned an ACT composite score of 22 or a SAT combined verbal and math score of 1030

A statement of interest is required for Education, Counseling, Public Health, and Speech Pathology applicants

Two letters of reference for Education and Counseling applicants; Two letters of reference from professors and one ministerial letter from a pastor or pastoral staff person for Theology applicants; Three letters of reference are required for Public Health and Speech Pathology applicants

*The Master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology at Xavier University of Louisiana is an Applicant for Candidacy by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

  • An admissions application
  • $30 graduate application fee
  • All official college/university transcripts (including undergraduate and graduate work)
  • Official test scores ◦Education, Counseling, and Theology applicants must submit scores from the GRE or the MAT
    • Teaching applicants must also submit scores from Praxis I and II 
    • Public Health applicants must submit scores from the GRE or MCAT
    • Speech Pathology applicants must submit scores from the GRE
  • Reference letters ◦Education and Counseling applicants must submit two letters of reference from former or current supervisors or instructors
    • Theology applicants must submit two academic letters from professors familiar with the student's academic work and one ministerial letter from a pastor or pastoral staff person familiar with the student's work in their church and/or community
    • Public Health and Speech Pathology applicants must submit three letters of reference
  • A statement of interest 
  • Education, Counseling, and Speech Pathology applicants must submit a one-page essay on why the applicant has chosen the proposed program of graduate study
    • Public Health applicants must submit a one page (approximately 500 words) statement of interest that addresses the following: What are your interests in public health and why are you planning to pursue an MPH and What are your future career goals and what have you done either academically or professionally to guide your interest in public health?
  • A writing sample is also required for Speech Pathology applicants

Students who are applying to the University's Doctoral program must submit the following to be considered for admission:

  • An admissions application
  • All official college/university transcripts (including undergraduate and graduate work)
  • Official scores from the GRE or MAT (these scores must be no more than 5 years old)
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to appraise the scholastic aptitude, leadership ability, and personal and professional potential in a doctoral program
  • A statement of interest explaining why the applicant wants to enroll in a doctoral program, the applicant's research interests, and why the applicant chose Xavier's program
  • An example of the applicant's best scholarly writing in APA format that should be no more than five years old and approximately 8-10 doubled-spaced pages, not including the cover page and the reference page

Applicants planning to attend classes on a visa should review the Information for Graduate International Applicants.

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