Instructions for Graduate Application

  1. Prospective students residing in states other than Georgia, please be advised: Due to new regulations governing online education, VSU cannot deliver all online programs to students residing in certain states. Please contact The Graduate School before applying to confirm whether your state has approved VSU for online education delivery.
  2. Read each item and question carefully. Be sure to answer all required fields. You can interrupt the process at any time, save your information, and resume your application at a later time.
  3. Submit the form and $35 application fee. This is a non-refundable fee, so be sure to review the admission requirements below before submitting the application. NOTE: Electronic checks require 10 business days to clear and applications will not be released to the Graduate School until the check clears. This may impact processing around deadlines and should be considered when selecting a payment method.
  4. Complete and submit the admission requirements listed for your program by the established deadline. Applicants are responsible for providing all the application materials required for admission by the program deadline. Visit the Degrees and Programs link on our website (www.valdosta.edu/gradschool) for a full list of admission requirements and deadlines for your program. Send all admission materials to:

    VSU Graduate School
    1500 North Patterson Street
    Valdosta, GA 31698

    Goal statements, resumes, recommendations, and some forms may be sent as scanned documents to gradschool@valdosta.edu or faxed to 229.245.3853. Please contact our office if you have questions about what can be submitted by email or fax.

  5. You will receive an automatic email once your application has been downloaded by our office. If you have questions, contact us: gradschool@valdosta.edu.

GENERAL ADMISSION INFORMATION

  1. APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION/READMISSION
    • The application must be completed in full and all supporting documents must be submitted to the Graduate School by your program's deadline.
    • VSU graduate students working on a degree or non-degree program who have not enrolled in the last calendar year (three semesters) must reapply for readmission to the Graduate School. If you are unsure of your last date of enrollment, please contact the VSU Graduate School at gradschool@valdosta.edu or 229-333-5694.
    • Current VSU graduate students who wish to change programs, apply for a second degree, or pursue an add-on certificate/endorsement must submit a new application to the Graduate School.
    • Applicants who have attended institutions OTHER than VSU (before or after entering VSU) must submit to the Graduate School an official transcript from each institution attended. This includes all undergraduate and graduate institutions, even those where you took transfer credit. Transcripts previously submitted to VSU Undergraduate Admissions cannot be used for graduate admission applications.
  2. APPLICATION FEE
    The $35 online application fee is non-refundable. The application cannot be submitted without paying the fee via the secure server.
  3. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS
    • Degree-seeking applicants must submit an official transcript from each institution where he or she has previously enrolled - both undergraduate and graduate courses. For non-degree or transient requirements, please contact the Graduate School at gradschool@valdosta.edu.
    • Transcripts are considered official when they bear an official seal and signature and are sent to the VSU Graduate School in the original, unopened envelope or by a secure official e-transcript service. Mailed transcripts may also be sent to the applicant and then forwarded to VSU; however, if the original envelope is opened prior to receipt by the Graduate School, the transcript is not considered official and cannot be accepted for degree-seeking admission.
    • Current and former VSU Students: Records of VSU courses will be obtained by the Graduate School. You are, however, required to submit a transcript from each school you attended prior to entering, and after attending, Valdosta State.
    • Transcripts submitted to Undergraduate Admissions as part of an undergraduate application to VSU cannot be applied towards a graduate application for admission.
    • The MAT in Special Education requires two copies of an official transcript be submitted. One copy is for the Graduate School file and the second copy is for the certification records of the College of Education and Human Services.
  4. TEST SCORES
    • Official test scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) are required by many degree programs. See your program admission information to determine which test(s) will be considered by your academic program and for information on test score requirements.
    • Some departments require scores be taken in the last 5 years (Adult and Career Education, for example). If you tested over 5 years ago, some programs may consider the scores if you can produce documentation from your prior graduate school or a score report from your own records.
    • Scores are considered official when they are received directly from the testing service. Student copies of scores are not considered official for admissions purposes unless you tested over 5 years ago and the department will review scores from that time period.
    • For registration information on the GRE visit www.gre.org, the GMAT visit www.mba.com, or visit www.milleranalogies.com for the MAT. Students may also contact the Graduate School at gradschool@valdosta.edu for additional information.
  5. CERTIFICATE OF IMMUNIZATION
    • All students who attend face-to-face courses as part of their program are required to submit the Certificate of Immunization/Medical Form. Visit your program page at http://www.valdosta.edu/academics/graduate-school/our-programs/ to access the form.
    • The form must be submitted prior to enrollment, but it is not an admission requirement. Applicants may wait until an admission decision is received before they submit the completed form.
    • Students in fully online programs (i.e., programs without any face-to-face requirements) are not required to show proof of immunization, but are required to complete the Distance Learning Exemption checkbox on the form.
    • Students in programs with face-to-face requirements must submit dates of immunizations, dates of diseases, or date of the immune titer. The form must be signed by a health official.
    • If you have attended VSU in the past, or you are currently attending VSU, this form is not required.
  6. SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS (if required)
    • To complete your application packet for review, some programs require additional documents, including but not limited to the following: recommendations, written statements, resumes, etc. Applicants should check their program requirements for a complete listing for their desired major.
    • Many supplemental materials have required forms and instructions that must be followed for completion. Visit your program page at http://www.valdosta.edu/academics/graduate-school/our-programs/ to download required forms.
  7. INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTS
    • Applicants who attended college/university outside the U.S. must submit a course-by-course evaluation of international transcripts. This evaluation must be completed by an international credentials evaluation service. Fees associated with this evaluation are the responsibility of the applicant. For a list of possible services, please visit http://www.valdosta.edu/academics/academic-affairs/international-programs/student-information/transferring-procedures.php.
    • Applicants for whom English is not their first language and those who completed degrees outside the U.S. must submit documentation of language proficiency. Please consult the program requirements page for the language proficiency test(s) your program honors. These may include official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), official scores on the IELTS, completion of Level 6 at VSU's English Language Institute with a B average or better, or documentation of successful completion of ELS Language Centers' Level 109. Language proficiency scores must be submitted in addition to (not in lieu of) the GRE, GMAT, or MAT (as required by the degree program). Institution-based TOEFL scores will not be accepted.
    • A completed Certificate of Finance must be submitted. This form must be certified by a bank official and document evidence of adequate funds needed for study in the U.S. This document is required prior to the admission deadline.
    • I-20 visas cannot be issued to students for online programs.
  8. RECOMMENDATIONS (if required)
    • Several graduate programs require recommendations. Recommendations must be completed using the appropriate recommendation form. For many programs this is the General Recommendation Form. Other programs, like the MSW and MFT programs, require their own recommendation form. The form must be completed by the applicant and the recommender. Letters submitted without a required form are considered incomplete and cannot be used for admission.
    • See program information for specific requirements or contact the Graduate School at gradschool@valdosta.edu or 229-333-5694.
    • Please Note: Appropriate recommendation sources include current/former professors, current/former employers (especially those in a field related to the graduate major), or professional colleagues. Recommendations of a personal nature (e.g., family and friends) are discouraged and in some instances will not be considered for admission to a program.
  9. APPLICATION DEADLINES
    • Application deadlines are defined as the final date that materials may be submitted for review. Application packets must be complete with all required documents on hand in the Graduate School. Applications that are incomplete at the deadline will not be reviewed for admission that term. Incomplete applicants may request a semester change update so their file can be reviewed for a future term.
    • Program deadlines are established by each program. Please visit your program information page at http://www.valdosta.edu/gradschool/programs.shtml for a listing of all graduate admission deadlines.
  10. ACCEPTANCE/DENIAL OF APPLICATION
    • A letter from the Graduate School verifies official acceptance or denial.
    • Acceptance is granted for a specific semester only. Accepted students who opt not to enroll for that term must contact the Graduate School to request an update. Requests to change the semester of admission will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
    • Applications may be updated to a different semester once. Additional term changes will require a new application and application fee. Applications are good for one year. If you wish to update your application after that year, you must submit a new online application and fee.
    • If you wish to change your date of enrollment prior to a decision being rendered, or following your official acceptance, contact the Graduate School.

ADMISSION CLASSIFICATIONS

For information on possible admissions classifications, please visit our website (www.valdosta.edu/gradschool) or consult the current Graduate Catalog, available on our website.

RETENTION OF RECORDS

Applications and supporting documents for denied applicants, accepted applicants who did not enroll, or applicants who did not complete the application process prior to the deadline are retained by the Graduate School for three years (effective 2008). Transcripts, test scores, and other documents submitted without an associated application are retained for two years.

For students who enroll, the Graduate School retains application and supporting documents for seven years from the date of last enrollment.

NOTE: Valdosta State University reserves the right to verify or validate all information submitted for consideration for admission into graduate study. This includes, but is not limited to, contacting recommendation sources and requesting additional test score/transcript documentation, if deemed necessary.

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