Online Admissions

BVU provides convenient online programs designed to help advance a career whether with a bachelor's degree or a master's.

Making learning convenient

BVU’s online platform is designed with students in mind. Assignments are clear and detailed, tutors can be accessed at any time of the day, and notifications are customizable so you can stay focused and on track.

Real Focus

BVU instructors genuinely care for and prepare their students by focusing on real-world problem solving skills and practical experiences that can be applied immediately in the workplace.

Real Support

At BVU students work side-by-side with enrollment specialists to create a life balance and a personalized path toward success with a quality, affordable degree.

Real Experience

Our students frequently attend conferences and education-related programs hosted by BVU, as well as reap the benefits of our strong partnerships with local schools and Iowa’s Area Education Agencies.

Award Winning Platform

BVU’s online platform, Canvas, recently received three awards from the 2016 Campus Technology Readers' Choice Awards in higher education, including “Best Learning Management System and E-Learning Platform.” The platform was nominated by professors, administrators, and tech leaders who submitted Canvas as their favorite online learning management software.

Admissions Requirements - Online Programs

Requirements

  • Hold a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Have a 2.75 undergraduate grade point average. Students with less than a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average may apply for admission consideration. To do so all the same materials below are required plus documentation of analytical writing ability (minimum of two samples or a portfolio of writing) or an admission’s interview with one or more members of the Organizational Leadership Program Council.
  • Submit official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning previously attended.
  • Complete a graduate application form.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic personnel equipped to speak to the candidate’s preparation for graduate study.
  • Submit an essay concerning applicant's personal and professional directions related to leadership.
  • Have access to minimum technology requirements.
  • Be accepted. Students will be notified in writing of the decision by the Organizational Leadership Program Director.

BVU Plus One Program Admissions Requirements

Prospective students who are within 30 hours of completing a Baccalaureate degree at Buena Vista University may seek early admission which allows students to apply up to 6 credits earned while still an undergraduate to the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree. If accepted, the two courses are applied toward the degree completion requirements for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. See course descriptions for courses eligible to be taken as an undergraduate. The student must possess a 3.0 GPA in his/her undergraduate major coursework to be granted permission to take the graduate level courses while yet an undergraduate. Such early admission is provisional. See Provisional Admission Status.

How To Apply

  1. Submission of the online application form, including the 400 word essay found in the form. 
    Apply
  2. Provide two letters of recommendation from those who can evaluate your work. 
  3. Official paper transcripts, from any institution attended as well as any graduate transcripts, sent directly to:

    Graduate Programs
    Buena Vista University
    610 W. 4th Street
    Storm Lake, IA 50588

  4. Please contact the Graduate office at 712.749.2162 or grad@bvu.edu with any questions.

Requirements

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum undergraduate college GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
    Applicants who cannot meet this requirement may be considered for probationary admission status and may enroll in up to nine hours of graduate study at BVU. These applicants will be reviewed at that time and pending successful completion of these nine hours (at least a "B" in each course), may be granted full status.
  • Copy of a valid K-12 teaching certificate or license.

How To Apply

  1. Submission of the online application form, including autobiographical essay.
    Apply
  2. Three letters of recommendation. One from your principal, one from a colleague, and another from a reference of your choosing.
  3. Official paper transcripts, from any institution attended as well as any graduate transcripts, sent directly to:

    Graduate Programs
    Buena Vista University
    610 W. 4th Street
    Storm Lake, IA 50588
  4. Provide a copy of a valid K-12 teaching certificate or license.
Please contact the Graduate office at 712.749.2162 or grad@bvu.edu with any questions.

Requirements

BVU's degree completion programs are classified as junior-senior level. Persons who have completed an associate degree or 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution qualify for admission. College level examination program credits (CLEP) and life experience credit may be available as described in the academic section. 

How To Apply

  • Although personal interviews are not required, applicants are urged to confer with an advisor.
  • Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended be sent to BVU. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
  • Complete the BVU Degree Completion Application
  • If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.
  • Students who have previously earned a B.A. or B.S. degree may be eligible to earn a second bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University.

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