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Our Admissions team will answer any questions you may have and help to make your transition into becoming a student go smoothly.

How to Apply for Degree and Certificate Programs

Applicants are responsible for completing an admissions interview and for
submitting the following information.

  1. Complete and submit the online application form.
  2. A $60 application fee (non-refundable).
  3. Letters of recommendation. Two (2) letters of recommendation are required for masters and certificate program applicants. Doctoral applicants submit three (3) letters of recommendation.
  4. Doctoral applicants submit a copy of their curriculum vitae or resume.
  5. A copy of your driver’s license or government issued ID.
  6. A recent headshot photo of yourself.
  7. Official transcript from previous institution submitted directly from the school to the Hawthorn University, PO Box 275, Whitethorn, CA 95589, or [email protected]
  8. A 500-1000 word personal statement including:
    • Your future goals and reasons for wanting to attend Hawthorn University.
    • A personal or professional achievement that made you feel empowered or proud. This experience may be a significant challenge that you faced in your life and how you overcame it.
    • The ways you will manage responsibilities to allow the time and energy necessary to succeed in the program including the number of hours you can devote to your studies per day or per week.

Applicants are notified of the enrollment decision by email. Matriculating applicants are  required to review and sign a digital Program Enrollment Agreement and a Fact Sheet. Non-matriculating applicants digitally sign a Fact Sheet and are required to sign a Course Enrollment Agreement when the course is requested.

Upon the Registrar’s receipt of the above documentation, applicants will be officially enrolled in Hawthorn University’s orientation course. This short online orientation must be completed before a course is released to the student. Orientation guides students through a personal online learning portal and assists in gaining familiarity with the learning process at Hawthorn.

Applications and deposits are held for one full year from the date submitted.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Find out how to enroll in your program of interest. Review how many transfer credits could apply to your certificate or degree program.

How to Apply as a Non-Matriculating Student

Applicants interested in the Continuing Education (CE) courses are required to fill out demographic information on the application and submit a photo ID. There is no application fee for any course in the CE program. Written permission from a legal guardian is required for admission of a person under legal age.

Applicants not matriculating for a degree or certificate who are interested in taking individual courses for personal or professional advancement enter the University as a non-matriculating student and fill out an application. No application fee is charged. Program admission requirements apply. For example, applicants who want to enroll in a master’s level course must show proof of an earned bachelor’s degree and submit photo ID. Students interested in taking courses in the WTNC or MSTN program are members of the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Should a non-matriculating student decide to enroll in a program at a later date, a new program application must be submitted along with all required documentation for admission into the program. A $60 application fee (non-refundable) will be charged.

How to Submit Documents

Submit your completed application and $60 application fee (if applicable) PRIOR to submitting required documents.

The best procedure for submitting all documents, except for your official transcript, is to upload them directly into the document section of the application.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from previously attended institutions must be mailed in a sealed envelope directly to

Hawthorn University
PO Box 275
Whitethorn, CA 95589

or sent by secure electronic transfer straight from the previously attended institution to the [email protected].

PLEASE NOTE: If your degree is from a school outside the United States, you will need to have your degree translated (if it is not in English) and evaluated by a service such as World Education Services (recommended). If you prefer, you may also use any service recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES®). Foreign transcript evaluations will add about 3-5 weeks to the application process.

Hawthorn University Catalog

You are encouraged to review the Hawthorn University Catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet. If you cannot open the PDF, you might need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Hawthorn University Sample Program Agreement

Click Here to download a copy of a sample Program Enrollment Agreement (from the MSHN program). If you cannot view the PDF below, download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Contact the Admissions Team

Complete information about all of our degree and certificate programs is available on each program page, including program description, course curriculum, admission requirements for each program, tuition, what the program prepares you to do, types of jobs available, frequently asked questions, and the complete catalog.

However, if you cannot find the specific information you require or for help during the admission’s process, please use the link below to schedule a call back:

https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=17484261&calendarID=3046909

State Authorization Regulations for Online (Distance) Education

Hawthorn University is currently authorized or no authorization is required to accept students from the states listed below.

Hawthorn University is currently enrolling students from the following states:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas * certificate programs only
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware * certificate programs only
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey * certificate programs only
  • North Carolina * certificate programs only
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
    If your state is not listed above, you are not currently eligible for enrollment.  As state approval is an ongoing process, please check this page routinely to see if your state has been added (See State Authorization PDF below).

For additional information on the State Authorization Regulations for Distance Education, please contact an admissions representative.

English-Only Courses

Hawthorn University does not provide English as a second language instruction and all classes are taught in English. Hawthorn University requires prospective international students to have an academic background equivalent to an education in the United States, to fulfill admission requirements, and to speak and write fluent English.

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