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Graduate Admissions: General Requirements

Admission to Graduate Programs differs from undergraduate admission, as admission decisions at the graduate level are made by the individual academic departments. The graduate catalog is the final authority on requirements for your program of interest. Applicants must have completed or nearly completed a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Graduate Admission
Deadlines for Semester Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017
Graduate Application Deadline* November 15 April 15 July 1

Standard Requirements For All Programs

(except where indicated in specific program requirements below)

College of
Education

College of Education

Adult Education  MEd and Certificate

Adult Education  MEd and Certificate

Academic Requirements

Required Supporting Documents

  • Two (2) completed and signed Letters of Recommendation
  • letter of Intent by the applicant (using the required format in the application)
  • Completion of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission Educator Ethics Assessment
Curriculum and Instruction MEd (Fully Online)

Curriculum and Instruction MEd (Fully Online)

Academic Requirements

Required Supporting Documents

  • A letter of intent written by the applicant (following the College of Education's specified letter format).
  • One (1) completed and signed College of Education Initial Disposition Assessment form-- Initial disposition assessments take the place of letters of recommendation.
  • A College of Education's Employment Verification Form signed by the appropriate school representative or criminal background check as directed by the College of Education. 
  • Documented T-4 certification or equivalent state issued clear, renewable teaching certificate or service certificate. 
Early Childhood Education MAT (Initial Certification)

Early Childhood Education MAT (Initial Certification)

Academic Requirements

Required Supporting Documents

  • Passing scores on the Georgia Assesments for the Certification of Educators (GACE)-- Program Admission Assessment or an allowed exemption.
  • Two (2) completed and signed College of Education Initial Disposition Assessment -- Initial disposition assessments take the place of letters of recommendation.
  • letter of Intent by the applicant (following the College of Education's specified letter format)
  • Completion of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission Educator Ethics Assessment. 
Early Childhood Education MEd (Fully Online)

Early Childhood Education MEd (Fully Online)

Academic Requirements

Required Supporting Documents

  • letter of Intent written by the applicant (following the College of Education's specified letter format).
  • One (1) completed and signed College of Education Initial Disposition Assessment form-- Initial disposition assessments take the place of letters of recommendation.
  • A College of Education's Employment Verification Form signed by the appropriate school representative or criminal background check as directed by the College of Education. 
  • Documented T-4 certification or equivalent state issued clear, renewable teaching certificate or service certificate in K-5 or K-12.
Reading Specialist Education MEd (Fully Online)

Reading Specialist Education MEd (Fully Online)

Academic Requirements

Required Supporting Documents

  • A letter of intent written by the applicant (following the College of Education's specified letter format).
  • One (1) completed and signed College of Education Initial Disposition Assessment form-- Initial disposition assessments take the place of letters of recommendation.
  • Documented T-4 certification or equivalent state issued clear, renewable teaching certificate in any field.
  • A College of Education's Employment Verification Form signed by the appropriate school representative or criminal background check as directed by the College of Education. 
Reading Endorsement (Fully Online)

Reading Endorsement (Fully Online)

Academic Requirements

Required Supporting Documents

  • A letter of intent written by the applicant (following the College of Education's specified letter format).
  • One (1) completed and signed College of Education Initial Disposition Assessment form-- Initial disposition assesments take the place of letters of recommendation.
  • Documented T-4 certification or equivalent state issued clear, renewable teaching certificate in any field. 
  • A current clear criminal background check conducted as directed by the College of Education. Note: This requirement may be waived only with evidence of employment as a full-time teacher of record in Georgia. Evidence must be presented on the College of Education's Employment Verification Form.
Secondary Education MAT (Initial Certification)

Secondary Education MAT (Initial Certification)

Offering concentrations in English, History, Mathematics and Science

Academic Requirements

Required Supporting Documents

  • Passing scores on the Georgia Assesments for the Certification of Educators (GACE)-- Program Admission Assessment or an allowed exemption.
  • Two (2) completed and signed College of Education Initial Disposition Assessment -- Initial disposition assessments take the place of letters of recommendation.
  • Letter of Intent by the applicant (following the College of Education's specified letter format)
  • Completion of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission Educator Ethics Assessment. 
  • Passing scores on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) content assessment for the proposed field of study: NOTE: Candidates who earned a degree in their field of study within the past seven years can have this GACE requirement. 
Special Education MAT (Initial Certification)

Special Education MAT (Initial Certification)

Academic Requirements

Required Supporting Documents

  • Passing scores on the Georgia Assesments for the Certification of Educators (GACE)-- Program Admission Assessment or an allowed exemption.
  • Two (2) completed and signed College of Education Initial Disposition Assessment -- Initial disposition assessments take the place of letters of recommendation.
  • Letter of Intent by the applicant (following the College of Education's specified letter format)
  • Completion of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission Educator Ethics Assessment. 
Special Education MEd

Special Education MEd

Academic Requirements

Required Supporting Documents

  • A letter of intent written by the applicant (following the College of Education's specified letter format).
  • One (1) completed and signed College of Education Initial Disposition Assessment form-- Initial disposition assesments take the place of letters of recommendation.
  • Documented T-4 certification or equivalent state issued clear, renewable teaching certificate in special education.
  • A College of Education's Employment Verification Form signed by the appropriate school representative or criminal background check as directed by the College of Education. 
Special Education Transition Specialist Endorsement Certificate (Fully Online)

Special Education Transition Specialist Endorsement Certificate (Fully Online)

Academic Requirements

Required Supporting Documents

  • A letter of intent written by the applicant (following the College of Education's specified letter format).
  • One (1) completed and signed College of Education Initial Disposition Assessment form-- Initial disposition assesments take the place of letters of recommendation.
  • Documented T-4 certification or equivalent state issued clear, renewable teaching certificate in special education.
  • A current clear criminal background check conducted as directed by the College of Education. Note: This requirement may be waived only with evidence of emplotment as a full-time teacher of record in a public school in Georgia. Evidence must be presented on the College of Education's Employment Verification Form . 
Teacher Certification in Post-Baccalaureate, Non-Degree, Teacher Certification (Concentrations: Art Education and Music Education)

Teacher Certification in Post-Baccalaureate, Non-Degree, Teacher Certification (Concentrations: Art Education and Music Education)

Academic Requirements

Required Supporting Documents

  • Passing scores on the Georgia Assesments for the Certification of Educators (GACE)-- Program Admission Assessment or an allowed exemption.
  • Two (2) completed and signed College of Education Initial Disposition Assessment -- Initial disposition assessments take the place of letters of recommendation.
  • Letter of Intent by the applicant (following the College of Education's specified letter format)
  • Completion of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission Educator Ethics Assessment. 
  • Passing scores on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) content assessment for the proposed field of study; NOTE: Candidates who earned a degree in their field of study within the past seven years can have this GACE requirement deffered until the start of internship.
Teacher Leader Endorsement (Fully Online)

Teacher Leader Endorsement (Fully Online)

Academic Requirements

Required Supporting Documents

  • A letter of intent written by the applicant (following the College of Education's specified letter format).
  • One (1) completed and signed College of Education Initial Disposition Assessment form-- Initial disposition assesments take the place of letters of recommendation.
  • Evidence of certification at the Professional level in any field.
  • A current clear criminal background check conducted as directed by the College of Education. Note: This requirement may be waived only with evidence of emplotment as a full-time teacher of record in a public school in Georgia. Evidence must be presented on the College of Education's Employment Verification Form . 
College of Health Professions

College of Health Professions

Communication Sciences & Disorders MS

Communication Sciences & Disorders MS

Fall intake only, January 15 postmark deadline. Applicants please apply using the CSD Central Application Service (CSDCAS).

Academic Requirements

Applicants to the program must have knowledge of the scope of speech-language pathology practice. This knowledge will be demonstrated in one of two ways:

  1. The applicant must complete the requirements for a baccalaureate degree in communication sciences and disorders from a regionally accredited institution

    OR
     
  2. The applicant must complete the requirements for a baccaluareate degree in a field other than communication sciences and disorders plus appropriate prerequisite coursework in the field of speech-language pathology/communication sciences and disorders. See our Post-Baccalaureate Studies program page for more information.

Academic Pre-requisites

The Graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAC). Pre-requisite courses that provide a foundational understanding of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing, as well as (basic) courses in natural sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and math must be completed to meet accreditation standards.We require all courses be completed or in process of completion when applying to the program.These include:

  • Biological Science (Science of living things-Biology, Human Anatomy, etc)
  • Physical Science (Science of non-living things-Physics, Chemistry, etc)
  • Social Science (Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology.etc)
  • Statistics

GPA

A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 is required. This minimum GPA is based on ALL college-level work.

Test Scores

Admission requires a score of no less than 145 on the verbal section and 141 on the quantitative section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)  (Equivalent scores on the retired GRE are also acceptable.)  For students whose second language is English, a score of 550 (paper-based) or 100 (computer-based) or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of 6.5 or better on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be substituted for the verbal GRE score.

Application Submission

Applications must be submitted through the CSD Central Application Service (CSDCAS).

Interview

Interviews are required as part of the admissions process for the Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders program. Declining interview is an automatic declination of potential admission into the program for the admissions cycle. A select group of competitive applicants will be offered an opportunity to interview for possible admission into the program. These interviews will take place during the month of March. Selection for interview is NOT a guarantee of admission. Any expense incurred for interviews are the responsibility of the student.

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen

A background investigation and ten-panel drug screen must be completed with Professional Screening and Information, the company selected by Armstrong's College of Health Professions, prior to the start of classes. Results of these must be presesented to the program secretary no later than July 15th of each year (typically twice -- once prior to the start of the graduate program and once prior to the start of the second year of the graduate program). Students who do not pass the criminal background check and a drug screening test will be restricted from clinical placements and may be dismissed from the program at the discretion of the program faculty and the Armstrong College of Health Professions administration.  Any fees or cost associated with background checks and/or drug testing will be the responsibility of the student. Further information will be provided to students upon acceptance to the program.

 Additional Requirements

Current proof of the following requirements must be provided to the program upon the student's receipt of an official acceptance letter from the program no later than July 15.

  • Professional liabilty insurance (Further information will be provided to students upon acceptance to the program)
  • Health insurance or waiver (Further information will be provided to students upon acceptance to the program)
  • 25 ASHA CCC-supervised clinical observation hours
  • First aid certification
  • Infant/child and adult CPR certification (Only American Heart Association or American Red Cross will be accepted.)
  • Negative TB PPD skin test (or negative chest x-ray following positive PPD)
  • Flu Shot (required from October 1 to March 31)
Health Services Administration MHSA

Health Services Administration MHSA

Applicants must apply through HAMPCAS.

Required Supporting Documents

  • Letter of intent
  • Resume
  • Test scores: GRE  or GMAT 
Nursing MSN

Nursing MSN

Academic Requirements

  • Regular Admission:
    • Completed requirements for a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited institution
    • Current unrestricted Georgia RN license to practice nursing
    • A score of no less than 150 (verbal) and 141 (quantitative) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a scaled score of 402 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or eligibility for GRE/MAT Waiver*
  • Provisional Admission:
    • Completed requirements for a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited institution.
    • A score of no less than 150 (verbal) and 138 (quantitative) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (or a scaled score of 389 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or eligibility for GRE/MAT Waiver*

Required Supporting Documents

  • Employment History
  • Letter of Intent (Admission Essay)
  • Hepatitis B Declaration Form
  • Nursing Reference Form (3) required
    *Professional references must be from nursing faculty, clinical preceptor or nursing supervisor. Only 1 reference from a nursing co-worker will be accepted*
  • Health Appraisal Form (2 pages)
  • Test scores: GRE opens a new window or GMAT opens a new window or eligibility for a waiver
    The eligibility for the waiver is based on one's cumulative undergraduate and BSN GPA. There is no formal request or application for the waiver necessary. Every applicant is reviewed for the waiver upon application to the MSN program and you will be contacted only if the waiver has not been approved. In order to qualify for a waiver students must hold a bachelor's (BSN) from an accredited institution in the United States or Canada with a cumulative GPA and nursing GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • a copy of your state issued driver's license
Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Post-Master’s Certificate

Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Post-Master’s Certificate

Academic Requirements

  • Completed requirements for a master of science in nursing from an accredited institution
  • Current unrestricted Georgia RN license to practice nursing

Required Supporting Documents

Adult Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate

Adult Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate

Academic Requirements

  • Completed requirements for a master of science in nursing from an accredited institution
  • Current unrestricted Georgia RN license to practice nursing

Required Supporting Documents

Nursing Administration Post-Master’s Certificate

Nursing Administration Post-Master’s Certificate

Academic Requirements

  • Completed requirements for a master of science in nursing from an accredited institution
  • Current unrestricted Georgia RN license to practice nursing

Required Supporting Documents

Physical Therapy DPT

Physical Therapy DPT

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) applicants apply directly through the PTCAS Application and do not need to fill out the Online Application for Graduate Admissions. Learn more about the DPT Application process.

Public Health MPH

Public Health MPH

Academic Requirements

  • 2.8 undergraduate grade point average on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum GRE scores of 146 Verbal and 140 Quantitative*

Required Supporting Documents

Gerontology Graduate Certificate

Gerontology Graduate Certificate

Required Supporting Documents

  • Gerontology Certificate application
  • Letter of Intent
  • Interview with the Gerontology Certificate Program Coordinator (the Program Coordinator will contact the applicant if an interview is necessary) 
Sports Medicine MS

Sports Medicine MS

Academic Requirements

  • A minimum 2.7 cumulative undergraduate grade point average on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum GRE  scores of 146 verbal reasoning and 141 quantitative reasoning

Required Supporting Documents

Strength and Conditioning Graduate Certificate (Fully Online)

Strength and Conditioning Graduate Certificate (Fully Online)

Accepting applicants for Fall 2015 term.  Please visit the Strength and Conditioning webpage for more information about the program.

College of
Liberal Arts

College of Liberal Arts

Criminal Justice MS (Fully Online)

Criminal Justice MS (Fully Online)

Academic Requirements

  • A 2.5 overall grade point average or higher on completed requirements for a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and a 2.75 grade point average over the last two years of undergraduate study (last sixty semester hours)
  • Minimum GRE scores of 150 verbal and 141 quantitative or a 3.5-4.0 on the analytical writing section, or minimum MAT score of 44 (402-407)

Required Supporting Documents

Cyber Crime Graduate Certificate (Fully Online)

Cyber Crime Graduate Certificate (Fully Online)

Academic Requirements

  • A 2.5 overall grade point average or higher on completed requirements for a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and a 2.75 grade point average over the last two years of undergraduate study (last sixty semester hours)

Required Supporting Documents

History MA

History MA

Offering tracks in American History, World History and Public History

Academic Requirements

  • Regular Admission:
    • An undergraduate major in history or a related field
    • A 3.0 overall grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate work
    • Minimum GRE scores of 151 on the verbal section and 145 on the quantitative section or 4.0 on the analytical section
  • Provisional Admission:
    • An undergraduate major in history or a related field
    • A 2.75 overall grade point average or higher on undergraduate college work
    • Minimum GRE scores of 145 on the verbal section and 141 on the quantitative section or 3.0 on the analytical section 

Required Supporting Documents

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample of at least 1000 words- this sample should reflect scholarly writing but may represent professional or creative writing
  • Official GRE  scores
Public History Graduate Certificate

Public History Graduate Certificate

Academic Requirements

  • Minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale

Required Supporting Documents

  • Writing sample of at least 1000 words- this sample should reflect scholarly writing but may represent professional or creative writing
Professional Communication and Leadership MA & Graduate Certificate

Professional Communication and Leadership MA & Graduate Certificate

Academic Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 2.50

Required Supporting Documents

  • Letter of intent. A writing sample of 200-500 words that describes how a Master's Degree in Professional Communication and Leadership would help you meet your personal and professional goals. This essay may include a discussion of any weaknesses in your academic record.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
College of Science & Technology

College of Science & Technology

Computer Science MS

Computer Science MS

Offering tracks in Computer Science and Health Informatics

Academic Requirements

  • Regular Admission:
    • Bachelor of Science in a science, mathematics, or engineering discipline or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field. In addition, the applicant must have completed undergraduate course work equivalent to CSCI 1301 (Introduction to Programming Principles)
    • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
    • Minimum GRE scores of 156 verbal, 144 quantitative and 4.0 analytical writing
  • Provisional Admission:
    • A Bachelor of Science degree in a science, mathematics, or engineering discipline or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
    • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.4 on a 4.0 scale
    • Minimum GRE scores of 146 verbal, 141 quantitative and 3.0 analytical writing  

Required Supporting Documents

Scientific Computing Post-Baccalaureate Certification

Scientific Computing Post-Baccalaureate Certification

Academic Requirements

  • Regular Admission
    • Bachelor of Science in a science, mathematics, or engineering discipline or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field. In addition, the applicant must have completed undergraduate course work equivalent to CSCI 1301 (Introduction to Programming Principles).
    • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.7.
    • Minimum GRE scores of 156 verbal, 144 quantitative and 4.0 analytical writing

 

  • Provisional Admission
    • A Bachelor of Science degree in a science, mathematics, or engineering discipline or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
    • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.4 on a 4.0 scale
    • Minimum GRE scores of 146 verbal, 141 quantitative and 3.0 analytical writing

Required Supporting Documents

 

Graduate Admission Exams

Most programs require scores from one of the following standardized exams. Check individual programs below for specific exam requirements.

IMPORTANT:  Applications and all supporting documentation must be submitted directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions located in Victor Hall.

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