Graduate Categories of Admission

Regular Admission

Applicants may be granted regular admission to a graduate program if they have met the minimum degree program requirements of grade-point average and standardized test scores (402 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or 146 Verbal and 140 Quantitative Graduate Record Examination (GRE)) plus provided the aforementioned material and information. On the GRE, the verbal score and the quantitative score are considered separately and weighted depending on the particular program of study.

Grade point average (GPA), test scores, recommendation letters, previous graduate work and interviews are used together to determine the candidate’s overall likelihood of successful performance in the 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 2.2.

A score on the MAT of no less than 374 or a score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) of no less than 143 Verbal and 138 Quantitative.

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.

A student admitted to a graduate certification program may earn more than nine credit hours; however, only nine hours will be accepted toward the master’s degree.

A student admitted as Non-Degree WILL NOT be eligible to receive financial aid.

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.