Application Process FAQs
Refer to the Application Materials Required by Programs page on our website.
Q: Whom should I ask to write the letters of recommendation?
Usually, anyone who can attest to your ability to successfully undertake graduate study may write letters of recommendation for you. Some programs may ask for specific supervisors or coaches (refer to Application Materials Required by Programs for specific information). The people writing letters of recommendation may send them directly to our office, but it is preferred that you list your recommenders and their email addresses in the “recommendation” portion of your online application.
Q: Do I need to submit the “Certificate of Immunization” form by the application deadline?
No. You will need to submit the “Certificate of Immunization” form to the Student Health Center if you are accepted into a graduate program in the College of Education.
Q: Are materials that arrive past the deadline reviewed with the application?
No. Only materials received in the Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions by the appropriate application completion deadline are forwarded to the department for review.
Q: May I transfer credits from another college or university?
A request for credit transfer can be made only after you have been accepted and registered as a student at Georgia State University.You will need to meet with your program advisor and complete the necessary form, with signed approval from your advisor and department chair.
All applicants must submit an online application.
Q: What other supplemental materials will I be required to submit in addition to the online application?
Each applicant must submit two official transcripts for every institution attended. Furthermore, most departments require a statement of purpose/goal statement and a resume (these may be uploaded as part of the online application), GRE scores (scores must be from test taken within the last five years), and letters of recommendation (preferably submitted through the online application). In addition, some programs require additional entrance tests and certifications — please refer here for details.
Q: What are the application deadlines?
Graduate degree program deadlines and non-degree program deadlines are listed on our website. Some departments have set priority deadlines for applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid/assistantships — these are noted on the deadline charts.
Q: Can I apply for more than one program for any given semester?
Yes. We encourage you to apply to any and all programs in which you are interested. You must, however, submit a separate application fee of $50.00 (USD) for each desired program. You will also need to use a unique email address and password for each application.
Q: Where should I send my supplemental materials?
Supplemental materials should be sent to:
Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 3977
Atlanta, GA 30302-3977
You must submit two (2) official copies of transcripts from each college or university you have attended, regardless of the amount or nature of the coursework that you took there.
Q: May I submit official transcripts sent to me?
Yes. However, the transcripts must be in an unopened envelope bearing a Registrar’s official seal.
Q: What if I received a degree from or took coursework at a non-U.S. institution?
If your degree was awarded by or coursework taken at a non-U.S. institution, you will need to submit a University course-by-course evaluation from a translation service — Josef SILNY or ECE. Please request the service to send the evaluation directly to the Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions.
Q: Do I have to submit the entrance test (GRE/MAT/TOEFL/GACE) scores by the deadline?
Deadlines established in the College of Education are COMPLETION DEADLINES. That means that all materials required for admission must be in the Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions by that date. Official test scores must arrive in our office by the completion deadline. You may send unofficial copies, however, they do not substitute for official notification from the testing agency. Please take the entrance test(s) in sufficient time for official score reports to reach our office by the application deadline (at least six weeks is recommended). Do not submit an application if you have not completed your entrance test(s) by the deadline.
Q: Where should I have my official test scores sent?
Georgia State University’s institution code is 5251. Use this code for the GRE/MAT/TOEFL. There is no “department code.” Use the institution code only.
Q: If I have taken the GRE/MAT/or TOEFL and have requested that ETS send an official copy to Georgia State University, will you accept a photocopy of my scores pending receipt of the official report?
Yes. The scores will be considered unofficial until reported officially by ETS.
Q: Under what circumstances would I need to submit TOEFL scores?
In addition to meeting the regular admission requirements, prospective international applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL is not required for an applicant holding a degree from a U.S. college or university or whose native language is English.
Q: What is the minimum score requirement for the TOEFL?
The minimum score requirement is 79 (computer based).
Q: Where can I learn about the GACE test and why can’t I use the Praxis I test if I am not from Georgia?
Many of the College of Education programs require passing scores on all three portions of the GACE Program Admission Assessment as an admissions requirement. For more information about the GACE, as well as information on how to qualify for exemption of the GACE Program Admission Assessment, please refer to our GACE information page.
Your online application must be submitted by 11:59 P.M. EST on the program deadline. Once your application arrives, your file is created. At that point, your admission specialist will add to your file any supplemental materials as they are received. These materials are then checked on your status page. Because of heavy volume, if you wait until near or on the deadline to submit your online application, it will take approximately two weeks for your file to be created and materials added to it. Do not expect to see activity regarding your status until two weeks after application submission.
Your admissions specialist will monitor compliance with minimum criteria as your supplemental materials arrive. If at any time it is determined that you do not meet requirements in one or more specific areas (grade point average, test score or percentile, and/or certification), your status page will indicate that your application has either been withdrawn or denied. Also, you may see a withdrawn status if your file is incomplete.
Once complete, your file will be forwarded to the appropriate department for faculty review. During this time, your status page will indicate that your file is at the department for review. As soon as the department informs this office of their decision to recommend for either admission or denial will be posted on your status page. A formal letter will be sent to you shortly thereafter via postal mail.
Q: If I am accepted, for what kinds of financial aid might I qualify?
To check your qualifications for university financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid. If you are interested in graduate teaching or research assistantships, first contact your College of Education department.
Q: If I am accepted into a program and wish to defer my attendance, what are my options?
You must notify your Admissions Specialist (Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions) that you wish to postpone the term of admission. He or she will provide you with information and further instructions.
Q: If I am not recommended for admission or wish to withdraw my application, may I have my materials back?
Once the materials have arrived in our office they become the property of Georgia State University. For this reason no materials will be returned or released to an applicant or to any other party, such as another school or external agencies, for example. Moreover, your application fee is nonrefundable and will not be returned if your application is withdrawn or denied.