Get the intensity and interactivity of traditional graduate-level courses in a completely online environment.

Signum University’s online classroom allows you to take classes from wherever you want and permits flexibility in your schedule. Our courses are rigorous, with multiple class sessions per week and a substantial amount of reading, writing, and studying outside of class.

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How to Apply

Applying to Signum University is easy and convenient. Our application is entirely online. 

You will need to provide the following information:

  • Contact information
  • A scanned copy of a government-issued photo ID
    (This can be a state driver’s license or ID, a federal Green Card, or a passport.)
  • A recent picture of yourself
  • A writing sample of any kind
    (This can be an essay you wrote as an undergrad, a blog entry, a piece of professional writing, etc.)
  • Undergraduate information
    • The name of the institution that issued your Bachelor’s degree
    • Your graduation year
    • Your GPA (if educated in the United States)
  • A short personal statement regarding your interests

The application is free to submit. We do not charge an application fee at this time.

If you have any questions regarding applying to Signum University, please contact [email protected] and an advisor will be happy to assist.

Application Requirements

Before enrolling in a credit program at Signum University, you must already have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in any field of study. We welcome applications from students who do not have a background in the humanities.

If you already have your Bachelor’s degree, you can submit your application at any time.


A transcript is not required at the time of application. However, an official undergraduate transcript will be required upon acceptance into the program. Students who fail to provide an official undergraduate transcript within one term of starting the M.A. program will be removed from the program.

If your transcript is in a language other than English, you are required to verify it through a professional credential translation service. Please submit your transcript upon acceptance to Educational Credential Evaluators in order to complete your application for admission.

Location Requirements

Applicants from outside the US are welcome to apply. 

As of 2021, there are specific states in the US from which we cannot yet accept credit students. See the list of states from which we are currently able to accept applications.

English Language Proficiency

Since our classes are delivered in English, students must be able to speak and write English. Application responses and writing samples must be written in English. 

Prospective students whose native language is not English can demonstrate proficiency in English in one of two ways with their application:

  • Include a diploma or transcript showing completion of a high school or undergraduate program at a school where the medium of instruction is English,
  • The student can include with the application scores from one of several possible English-proficiency tests.

If you speak English as a second language and have any concerns about language proficiency, please contact us at [email protected]

Application Process

Upon submission, your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Team and processed appropriately.

  • If your application is accepted, you will receive instructions by email about how to register for your first course.
  • If there are any issues or questions, the Admissions Coordinator will contact you to discuss your application.

Once your application has been processed, you will receive a welcome packet via email with introductory materials to orient you with our online classroom; our course registration system, Goldberry; and Signum University’s community. Accepted credit students will also be required to sign an enrollment agreement. You can also browse our course catalog and choose the classes you want to attend.

Application Deadlines

We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. However, please submit your application well in advance of the term you wish to start your first credit course. 

We strive to process all applications in a timely manner; however, as the beginning of each term nears, the Admissions Team can be very busy, and application processing may take longer.

All term start and end dates, as well as thesis application deadlines, are listed on our Academic Calendar.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the application cost?

There is no fee to apply to any of the programs from Signum University at this time.

How much does the M.A. program cost?

For full financial information, please visit our Finances page.

How much does the graduate diploma program cost?

For full financial information, please visit our Finances page.

Why do you need my photo as part of the application?

This is only required in order to prove the person who has applied to take courses is actually the person attending the lectures and discussion sections. Your photo is not shared outside of the Signum Admissions team and the faculty member who affirms that the photo matches the student; your photo will not be used for marketing purposes.

How long should my writing sample be?

Your writing sample should be long enough to showcase your writing skills. A sample of 3 to 4 pages double-spaced is often sufficient, particularly if you are using a paper written for a prior undergraduate or graduate course.

My degree is in mathematics/biology/sciences. Can I succeed in a humanities program?

Yes! We have many students from all academic backgrounds apply to Signum University’s programs. Our Writer’s Forge helps students without a humanities background hone their academic writing skills, if needed, and our preceptors and lecturers are happy to guide students through writing assignments. In addition, our required course LITZ 506 Foundations in Critical Reading and Research is designed to help all students, not just those from science backgrounds, to learn the foundations of humanities research and writing.

I’m not ready to apply. Can I try a course before applying for credit?

Absolutely! If you are not yet ready to apply to the M.A. program or graduate diploma program but would like to see what our courses are all about, we encourage you to consider auditing. You could audit in the asynchronous Anytime Audit of your choice; audit as a Discussion Auditor for an upcoming course; or audit as a Premiere Auditor for an upcoming first-run of a new course.

Request More Information

Not ready to apply? Do you need more information? 

Not a problem! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need assistance or just have a question. Our Admissions Coordinator will be happy to assist you.