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Admission Criteria

Applicants will be required to meet admissions criteria established by the Graduate School for Unconditional or Conditional status in order to enroll in graduate courses.  Individual Graduate Programs may have higher admissions criteria that have to be met.  Please see the ASU Graduate Bulletin for program requirements.
 

Graduate School Admission Criteria

Unconditional Admission Status

The following Graduate School admission requirements are minimum standards which identify the pool of applicants from which departments select students to be admitted to candidacy in a degree program. To be granted unconditional admission status in the Graduate School, applicants must have:

  • Submitted a completed online application for admission and the designated nonrefundable application fee to Graduate School Admissions, along with the required program documents, by the deadline on the department website.
  • Earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution (or its equivalent as determined by the Graduate School).
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale or a 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours.
  • Achieved a minimum 3.00 GPA on any previous graduate courses completed at either Arkansas State University or another accredited university.
  • Submitted official transcripts from each college or university as requested by the Graduate School. Official transcripts must be submitted directly from the registrar of other institutions to the office of the Graduate School at Arkansas State University.

Conditional Admission Status

An applicant who fails to meet the GPA requirements for Unconditional Admission Status, who lacks the appropriate undergraduate background for a particular degree program, or whose baccalaureate degree is from an unaccredited institution, may be granted conditional admission status after:

  • Submission of a completed online application for admission and the designated nonrefundable application fee to Graduate School Admissions, along with the required program documents, by the deadline on the department website.
  • Submitted official transcripts from each college or university as requested by the Graduate School. Official transcripts must be submitted directly from the registrar of other institutions to the offi ce of the Graduate School at Arkansas State University.
  • Achieving a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale or a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours for admission into a graduate program or for admission as a non-degree student.

Program Admission Criteria

Meeting the minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate School does not necessarily ensure acceptance into a particular graduate degree program. Individual departments may establish requirements for individual degree programs above and beyond the standards for admission to the Graduate School.

The admission criteria for each program is listed on their corresponding program information page.

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