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Graduate Studies

10% Discount to Avila University alumni

Continue your education at Avila. As an alumnus of the University, you're eligible for a 10% discount on your tuition when you enroll in any graduate studies program at Avila. Talk with an admission rep for details.

Welcome to Graduate Studies at Avila University

At Avila, we inspire you to be the best by offering you the skills you need to advance your career and education.

With a master's degree or graduate certificate from Avila University, you can unlock opportunities and advance your goals. Avila University offers flexible scheduling and evening and online classes designed specifically to fit the needs of a busy, working adult. Financial aid, tuition reimbursement and flexible payment options are available to those who qualify.

Advance your career by going to graduate school at Avila.

Graduate Programs

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

School of Psychology


School of Business

Master of Business Administration


School of Education

Master of Arts

The following programs lead to initial teacher certification:

    • MAEd in Secondary Education (Teacher Certification)
          • Art (K-12) certification
          • Biology certification
          • Business certification
          • Chemistry certification
          • English certification
          • Physical Education certification
          • Social Studies certification
          • Speech/Theater certification

Advanced Certifications

Graduate Certificate

School of Natural & Applied Sciences

Master of Science

Advantage Institute for Professional Studies

Master of Arts

Master of Science



Admission Requirements

Minimum Admission Criteria for School of Graduate Studies Programs

Prospective students applying for admission to one of Avila’s graduate programs must:

  1. Complete all parts of the application for admission on our website;​

  2. Have a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by accreditors recognized by both the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), including regional accrediting bodies; Teacher education certification programs require a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution;

  3. Have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate or graduate level coursework.  Programs that lead to a state teaching certification require a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.  Students with less than the minimum grade point average requirement may be considered for admission depending on the graduate program of interest.  Additional admission steps may be required for those who fall below the minimum grade point average requirement;

  4. Submit official transcript/s of the bachelor’s degree as well as any graduate level coursework.

Additional Requirements

Additional admission procedures are outlined in the respective section for each of the Graduate Programs. Those interested in applying may obtain more information by contacting one of the following offices or visiting

Finance Your Education

Whether you plan to pursue a graduate degree as a full-time or part-time student, we are here to help you finance your Avila University education.  

Tuition & Fees

All of our graduate studies program tuition rates include your textbooks and standard campus fees. 

Financial Aid

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid team is here to help you finance your education.  We'll prep you with the tools and information you need and craft a personalized plan to help you pay for school. 

Learn more about financing your graduate degree here

Contact Financial Aid

Located in the Student Success Center in Hodes 

p: 816.501.3600
f: 816.501.2462

Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 6:00 pm CST

Should you need to visit with a member of the staff outside of posted office hours, please contact us at to make arrangements.

Graduate Assistantships

Looking for a Graduate Assistant position?  

Graduate Assistantship opportunities are posted through Avila's Human Resources department.  Search open positions

Additional Graduate Assistantships may be available by department. Please contact the graduate department of interest to inquire.

Payment Options

Payment Options

Various payment options are available through our business office.  These include payments made at the beginning of each course, installment payments and deferred payment options for those receiving tuition reimbursement.  Please contact our business office at 816-501-3600 or for more information.  


Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in high-need fields in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.

In order to be eligible for a TEACH Grant at Avila University, a student must meet the following criteria:

Be admitted to, and enrolled in, the School of Education in an approved program of study leading to a teaching certificate or a Master's degree.

    • Achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25
    • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
    • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Visit to sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve form and complete the TEACH Grant counseling requirement

Avila University graduate programs which currently meet the “high-need field” qualifications for a student to receive a TEACH Grant are:

Learn more about the TEACH Grant here or contact the School of Education at 

International Students

International students are an integral part of graduate student enrollment at Avila University.

Student Support Services

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The following services are offered to add value and enhance the academic experience for all Graduate students at Avila University: 

Career Services

Career Services

Career Services collaborates with groups and individuals to provide students and alumni opportunities to prepare for lifelong career development in the global community.  Discover tips and resources related to:

    • Job Search
    • Resume building
    • Career Exploration
    • Interview tips
    • Matching degrees to careers
    • Jobs & Internships

Learn more about Avila's Career Services here

Counseling Services

Counseling Services

Avila offers free and confidential counseling for all of our students. Our goal is to assist students in making the most of their educational opportunities and enhance the quality of their lives.

During a counseling session, the counselor will ask you questions in order to help you talk about your concerns and identify your goals for counseling. You will never be forced to talk about anything you don’t want to.  However, you may be encouraged to examine unhealthy patterns and behaviors.

Counseling sessions are typically 45 to 50 minutes in length.  Some of the more common problems addressed in counseling include:

    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Loss/Grief
    • Stress
    • Decision-Making
    • Academic Concerns
    • Adjusting to College
    • Homesickness
    • Worries/Fears
    • Relationships
    • Self-Esteem
    • Choosing a Major/Career

Learn more about Avila's Counseling Services here

Disability Services

Disability Services

Disability Services are available to the entire Avila community.  

The goals of Disability Services are to:

  • Promote an environment at Avila that is physically and attitudinally barrier free.

  • Provide services and accommodations to enable students and employees with documented disabilities to participate in and benefit from all University programs and activities.

  • Encourage students and employees to become as independent and self-reliant as possible.

  • Provide information and consultation about specific disabilities to the entire Avila community.

Learn more about Avila's Disability Services here


Tutoring Services

Tutoring Services are offered to all students and the entire Avila community. 

The mission of these services, which is based on the Avila University community values, is to provide resources, programs, and services to support the academic integration of students into the university community, facilitate their academic achievement, and promote independent learning in a safe and supportive environment.

Students may schedule a face-to-face or online tutoring session.  

Learn more about Avila's Tutoring Services here

Avila Care Team (ACT)

Avila Care Team (ACT)

The Avila Care Team affirms the mission and values of Avila University by responding with care and compassion to the personal crises which may impact any member of the Avila community.

When a member of the Avila community experiences a crisis or serious problem in their life, we ask that those aware of it bring the situation to the attention of an ACT member. The team will discuss the best and most sensitive way to support the person in need. For example, an instructor reports to the ACT that a student has been missing class and appears depressed. An ACT member or an advisor that has a good relationship with that student will check in with the student and refer the student to the appropriate resources.

Learn more about the Avila Care Team and the members here.  

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2019-2020 Graduate Course Catalog

New! 25% Discount for Displaced Workers Enrolling in any Graduate Program

Now available to all workers who are displaced, laid-off, or furloughed. This 25% off of tuition discount is available to your spouse or partner as well. Apply within six months of separation from your employer and enroll in Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 classes to qualify.

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  • 4-Year Graduation Guarantee
  • Internship or Research Guarantee
  • Up to $1,000 Travel Award


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