​Frequently Asked Questions

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Asking the right questions is crucial to successfully preparing for your graduate studies. This list of frequently asked questions delivers clear answers to the most common student inquiries at SOLES.

The One Stop Student Center is a great resource for new students with questions regarding financial aid, student accounts, registration and military student resources.

Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions and Outreach at solesadmissions@sandiego.edu if you have questions not answered here or need additional information.

The Application Process

  • How do I apply for admission?
  • What are the requirements for admission to your programs?
  • Where can I find the deadline for submitting my application?
  • Does SOLES offer spring, summer or fall admission?
  • How much does it cost to apply?
  • I have questions about using the online application system. Can someone help me?
  • How should my recommenders submit their letters of recommendation?
  • How can I make sure all of my materials have been received?
  • What is the difference between the University of San Diego Office of Graduate Admissions and the SOLES Office of Admissions and Outreach?
  • How long does the admissions process take?
  • What are you looking for in an applicant? Who will read my application?

Standardized Testing

  • Do I need to take the GRE?
  • When should I take the GRE?
  • Can I substitute another exam (such as the GMAT) for the GRE?
  • How recent must my GRE scores be?
  • Will you accept an unofficial score report for my GRE, MAT, TOEFL or IELTS?
  • Do I need to take the CBEST or CSET? Do I need my Certificate of Clearance?


Program Offerings

  • Where can I find more information about the graduate programs offered by the School of Leadership and Education Sciences?
  • Do you offer online or hybrid degree programs?
  • I don't want a degree. Is it possible to take just one or two classes at SOLES?

Class Schedule Information

  • Where and when are classes normally held?
  • Am I able to work while I pursue a degree?
  • How long will it take for me to complete my program? Can I take classes part-time?


  • Is SOLES an accredited institution?

Tuition and Financial Aid

Transfer Students

  • I have already completed part of my graduate education at another university, and I want to transfer to SOLES. How will my application process differ?
  • I have already completed part of a graduate program at the University of San Diego and I want to transfer to a different graduate program at USD.
  • Can I transfer credits from another program?
  • I have a certification or credential from out-of-state. Will it transfer?

Visiting Campus

  • Where is SOLES located?
  • Can I visit SOLES?
  • Can I sit in on a class during my visit?
  • Can I meet with a faculty member to discuss my program of interest?
  • I am not able to visit campus. Can I still speak to someone to get my questions answered?