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1100 Graduate Admissions

First-time, prospective students who want to apply for admission at the graduate level must refer to the college sections in this catalog for admission requirements of the particular graduate programs.

The graduate admissions process is coordinated by the Office of Graduate Admissions, located in 200 Sparks Hall (email gradapply@gsu.edu). Colleges, schools, and institutes are responsible for graduate admissions decisions. This applies to degree-seeking, non-degree seeking, and transient graduate applicants, except where noted and excludes the College of Law.

Georgia State University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender, disability, veteran status or national origin. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited, U.S. institution, or its equivalent, is required for entry into Georgia State’s graduate programs. Admission is based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, an applicant’s academic record, test scores, experience, circumstances, good conduct and character. Admission is a competitive, selective process and meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

Absent extenuating circumstances, good disciplinary standing at previously attended colleges and universities is a condition of admission for all applicants. For purposes of admission, good disciplinary standing means that the applicant has no pending disciplinary charges, outstanding disciplinary sanctions or disciplinary issues that would prevent the applicant from re-enrolling at previously attended postsecondary institutions.

Applicants with a criminal and/or disciplinary history who are determined to be otherwise admissible for a respective term based on their academic record and other credentials are required to complete an admissions background review process before an admission decision is made by the university. Instructions for completing that review process are communicated to the applicant after the university has determined that the applicant is otherwise admissible for that term.

Omissions or misrepresentations on an application for admission are grounds for automatically invalidating consideration by, acceptance to and continuation at Georgia State. Applicants have a duty to update their application with Georgia State when information changes after application submission.

1110.05 English Proficiency

See college admissions pages for expectations regarding English proficiency. Proof of English proficiency can be demonstrated through one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Documentation that the baccalaureate or a prior graduate degree was obtained in an English-speaking country
  • Completion of a University System of Georgia approved ESL program

1110.10 Verification of Lawful Presence in the United States

  • Applicants must provide evidence of lawful presence in the United States to qualify for in-state tuition classification or out-of-state tuition waivers.
  • Students on any type of visa will be asked by International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) to upload immigration information into iStart for this purpose AFTER admission and prior to enrollment.

1115 GSU-62 Program

Applicants who meet the criteria listed below may apply for GSU-62 waivers of tuition and fees. The regulations listed also apply to the GSU-62 student who wishes to audit classes instead of taking courses for credit. Audit registration is completed by the Enrollment Services Center and requires permission from the instructor prior to registration.

1115.05 Deadlines

Applicants must submit the application and required documents by the deadline specific to the graduate program.

Note: All deadlines are subject to change.

1115.10 Requirements

The following minimum requirements must be met in order for a student to receive a GSU-62 waiver.

  • Must meet all applicable admission requirements for their program of study.
  • Must be 62 years of age or older at the time of registration. (Submit a birth certificate or other comparable written documentation, such as a current U.S. passport, verifying proof of your age.)
  • Must be classified as a Georgia resident in accordance with the Regents’ Requirements for Resident Status.

GSU-62 students must be admitted to graduate study to be eligible to enroll for graduate courses (those numbered 5000 and higher). Note that the College of Law does not accept GSU-62 students.

GSU-62 students will register on a space available basis during late registration. No tuition and fees will be assessed except for certain classes which require supplies or laboratory fees. All usual student and institutional records will be maintained.

1120 Lawful Presence for In-State Tuition

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia requires all students applying to Georgia State University to provide verification of their lawful presence in the United States to be classified as in-state for tuition purposes.

This requirement is detailed in the following Board of Regents policies:

Policy 4.3.4 Verification of Lawful Presence

Students may be verified through one of the following options below:

  1. Verification through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

If you are either a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident or eligible non-citizen (does not apply to international students on a visa) that has completed and submitted a FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education will verify your lawful presence. If you are not able to be confirmed as lawfully present the Office of Financial Aid will follow-up with you for additional documentation.

  1. Submission of one of the following documents:
    • Current Georgia Driver’s License issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008*
    • Current Georgia ID Card issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008*
    • Current U.S. Passport *
    • Certified U.S. Birth certificate (must be submitted in person)
    • Permanent Resident Card (front and back copy)*
    • S. Certificate of Naturalization *
    • S. Certificate of Citizenship *
    • S. Certificate of Birth Abroad*
    • Military ID (must be verified in person)

*Copies of these documents are acceptable.

Submit documents directly to the Office of Graduate Admission

  1. Verification through SEVIS (Student and Exchange Information System)

If you have or are applying for an F, or J visa we will verify your lawful presence through SEVIS. As this is already part of the immigration process there are no additional steps required to have your Citizenship Verification Hold removed. Simply comply with the requirements outlined by our Office of International Student and Scholar Services as you prepare to arrive at Georgia State University.

  1. Verification through SAVE (Systematic Alien verification for Entitlements)

All nonresident alien students on some sort of visa will need to submit immigration documents verifying their lawful status to the office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). Such documents may include an I-94 card, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) approval notice or receipt notice, or other documentation that the student is in lawful visa status.

This includes students who have been previously enrolled at Georgia State but are either returning (re-entry) to a degree program or applying for a new degree program. Transient students must also be verified.

1130.10 Definition

A graduate re-entry applicant is a student who previously enrolled at Georgia State University and who wishes to re-enroll in the same graduate program for one of the following reasons:

The student is on inactive status as a result of three or more semesters of non-registration.

The student has received a registration hold due to violation of the continuous enrollment policy (see section 1312.40 for additional details regarding the continuous enrollment policy).

Students that have only attended Georgia State University at the graduate level cannot apply for re-entry to enroll at the undergraduate level. Graduate students wishing to enroll at the undergraduate level should complete a new application for undergraduate admission and submit the appropriate application fee and all transcripts to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students should refer to the appropriate area of Section 1100 for deadlines, admission requirements and other policies related to transfer, transient and postbaccalaureate admission.

All re-entry students must notify their college’s Office of Academic Assistance/Office of Graduate Services/Office of Graduate Recruiting & Student Services prior to registering if any of the following conditions apply:

  • The student has attended another school since last attending Georgia State University.
  • The student has disciplinary actions pending at the last institution attended since matriculation at Georgia State.
  • The student has been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation since last attending Georgia State.
  • Failure to notify the university of the above conditions could result in university sanctions, including expulsion.

1130.20 Deadlines

Applications for re-entry admission and the nonrefundable re-entry application fee must be submitted by the deadlines established by the college to which the student wishes to return. Students should visit the website for their college’s Office of Academic Assistance/Office of Graduate Services/Office of Graduate Recruiting & Student Services to access the specific deadlines and to download the complete re-entry application. Students who have attended other colleges and/or universities since last registering at Georgia State must have official transcripts of all coursework submitted prior to their college’s re-entry deadline for the appropriate semester.

1140 Graduate Admissions Appeals

The Chair of the academic department of the graduate program and the dean of the relevant college are the President’s designees for purposes of hearing Graduate Admissions Appeals.

Applicants for graduate program admissions who are denied admission due to academic ineligibility may appeal the denial to the department chair within twenty (20) calendar days of the date of the denial letter. The college dean serves as the final level of appeal.

Applicants for graduate admission who are denied for reasons related to disciplinary/criminal history or falsification of application may appeal the denial to the Associate Provost for Graduate Programs within twenty (20) calendar days of the date of the denial letter. The decision of the Associate Provost for Graduate Programs is final.

1150 Academic Advisement

Academic advisement is an essential component of an education at Georgia State University, and the university is committed to providing the individual advice and assistance that students need at every step of their degree programs. All graduate students are advised in their respective colleges or departments. Contact your college’s Office of Academic Assistance/Office of Graduate Services/Office of Graduate Recruiting & Student Services if you have questions about advisement resources available to you.

1160 Changing Catalog Editions

Students must normally satisfy the curricular degree requirements of the catalog in effect at the time they enter Georgia State University. In some circumstances, revisions may be required to provide more effective programs. The term “curricular degree requirements” refers to the courses and grades required to earn the degree. Changes in academic regulations affect all students, regardless of the catalog edition; examples include the scholastic discipline policy, procedures for removing incomplete grades, and appeals procedures.

Graduate students should consult their college’s chapter of this catalog for information on the instances when a student will be required to change catalog editions.

Students may choose to satisfy the curricular degree requirements of a later catalog, but, if they choose to do this, they must meet all the requirements of the later catalog. Curricular degree requirements of more than one catalog edition cannot be combined. Students who choose to satisfy requirements of a later catalog must notify the Office of Academic Assistance/Office of Graduate Services/Office of Graduate Recruiting & Student Services of their college.

Degrees will be awarded only to students who have satisfied all of the academic and administrative requirements of the university and the college awarding the degree.