Graduate Categories of Admission

We have four categories of graduate admissions namely: Regular, Provisional, Non-degree and the Continuous Graduate Certificate/Professional. Applicants may be granted admission to each of these categories having fulfilled the requirement for each category. Requirements of each category are different and prospective students are advised to examine each category carefully to determine which one best fits their qualifications and purpose.


Overall, grade point average (GPA), recommendation letters, previous graduate work and interviews, depending on the programs are used together to determine the candidates overall likelihood of successful performance in our graduate programs. Different graduate programs may also have some specific requirements unique to their programs which must also be met before admission is granted. Individuals must achieve a regular admission status before they can graduate. Only those with this status are eligible for graduate assistantships. (Please see individual program information for specific requirements).

Regular Admission

Applicants may be granted regular admission to a graduate program if they have met the Graduate School minimum degree program requirements of 3.0 grade-point average and above, two letters of recommendation, graduated official transcripts from all posted secondary institutions attended, and have met all requirements from the graduate programs the applicant wishes to attend.

So, requirements Regular admission include:
3.0 GPA
Two letters of recommendation or two recommendation forms
Graduated official transcript(s)
Meet all requirements from desired graduate program

Submission of all these materials together determines candidate’s overall likelihood of successful performance in Albany State University graduate program and eligibility for regular admission. Individuals must achieve regular admission status before they can graduate. Only those with this status are eligible for graduate assistantships. (See individual program information for specific requirements)

Provisional Admission

Applicants who do not fully meet the requirements for regular admission may be considered for provisional admission. The following criteria must be met in addition to admission requirements:
An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an undergraduate major in, or prerequisites for, the planned field of study, where applicable. An undergraduate grade-point average of at least 2.5 and two letters of recommendation.

Meet all requirements from the graduate program the student wishes to attend. Program specific documents such as recommendation letters, writing samples, etc. Click here for program specific documents. A student satisfying nine semester hours of course work in provisional status with no grade of less than “B” may be admitted to regular admission. Otherwise, the student’s enrollment is terminated. Individual programs of study may have higher provisional admission standards.

Non-Degree Admission

Students who are not eligible for regular or provisional admission may be considered for non-degree admission. No student will be allowed to take more than nine (9) hours in non-degree status. If a student has not gained eligibility for provisional or regular status by the time the nine hours are completed, then the student will be automatically dropped from the program.

Continuous Graduate Certificate/Professional Program

Applicants interested in obtaining graduate certificates/professional certification in a particular graduate program may be admitted as graduate certificate/professional students. This admission category is available to candidates in professional areas who desire to enhance their capacity and increase their knowledge and acquire additional skills by taking a few courses in a particular graduate program. A student admitted in this program may earn more than nine credit hours; however, only nine hours will be accepted toward the master’s degree if they choose to seek a graduate degree in any of our graduate programs. They must maintain a B average and meet all program’s requirement if they wish to transition to a degree program.

A student admitted as Non-Degree or Continuous certificate/professional programs WILL NOT be eligible to receive financial aid.

We are excited about your interest in our graduate programs and we look forward to having you us as soon as possible in our graduate program

Transient Admission

A full-time graduate student in good academic standing at another institution may enroll for one semester as a transient student. The regular institution must provide written authorization for the student to enroll under this status. Copies of transcripts and standardized test scores are not required.

Senior Policy

Albany State undergraduate students with senior standing may be admitted to non-degree status in a Graduate Program and register for graduate courses if the following conditions are met:

Submission of a formal graduate application; seniors must apply and be formally accepted as non-degree seeking students in a specific graduate program.

Seniors in an undergraduate program can be admitted only as non-degree seeking students at Albany State University.
Seniors must be within twelve (12) hours of graduation to be admitted to a Graduate Program.

Seniors are limited to a maximum of sixteen (16) total hours (graduate and undergraduate) per semester. Their enrollment must not exceed 16 hours per semester (i.e., up to a total of six (6) graduate and ten (10) undergraduate hours), the maximum number allowed without an overload approval.

Seniors are permitted to take a maximum of two graduate courses (6 hours) during any semester.
Seniors enrolled in a Graduate Program must have and maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Seniors must follow the same regulations that all non-degree status students in a Graduate Program must follow.

With the exception of seniors enrolled at Albany State University, all other applicants to a Graduate Program must have a bachelor’s degree before they can be admitted to a Graduate Program.

Only a total of nine (9) semester hours taken as a non-degree seeking student or under provisional status will be accepted to fulfill the requirements for a subsequent master’s degree.