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Application Process FAQs


Q: How do I apply to one of the graduate programs in the College of Education & Human Development?
All applicants must submit an online application.

Q: Where can I find information about my program’s admission requirements?
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 & Human Development.

Q: Will you accept supplemental materials (transcripts, test scores, etc.) that arrive past the application deadline?
Your application must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. (EST) by the posted deadline. Supplemental materials (transcripts, test scores, etc.) should arrive soon after the application deadline so that the admissions office can complete your file 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.

Q: What other supplemental materials will I be required to submit in addition to the online application?
Each applicant must submit one official transcript 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 program deadlines are listed on the Application Materials and Deadlines page of our website. Some departments have set priority deadlines for applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid/assistantships — these are noted where applicable.

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 Admissions – Graduate Programs
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 4018
Atlanta, GA 30302

Our street address is:
Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs
Georgia State University – Sparks Hall 325
33 Gilmer Street SE
Atlanta, GA  30302


Q: Do I need to submit transcripts from accredited colleges or universities where I only took one or two courses, continuing education classes, or other coursework?
You must submit one (1) official transcript 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: May I submit official transcripts electronically?
Yes, we accept transcripts electronically through Parchment and eSCRIP-SAFE. We also accept transcripts emailed to [email protected], when sent directly from a college or university.

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 (including grade point average) from either Josef SILNY or SpanTran (foreign credential evaluation service providers). 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/IELTS/GACE Program Admission/Georgia Educator Ethics Entry) scores by the deadline?
Deadlines established in the College of Education & Human Development are application submission deadlines. Applicants are encouraged to submit an application for admission early — prior to the deadline — even if the required test scores are not immediately available.  Once an applicant has submitted an application for admission, an Admission Specialist will be in contact regarding the specific admission materials necessary to be considered for admission, including any test scores.  Your Admission Specialist will guide you through the admission process from application submission to an admission decision.  Submit your online application early, even if required test scores are not yet available..

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/IELTS 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. All GRE scores MUST be from tests taken within the last five years.

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 and IELTS?
The minimum score requirement for TOEFL is 79 (computer based). The minimum score requirement for the IELTS is 6.5.

Q: Where can I learn about the GACE Program Admission and Georgia Educator Ethics assessments?
College of Education & Human Development initial certification programs require passing scores (or exemption) on all three portions of the GACE Program Admission Assessment as an admissions requirement.  In addition, for these programs, the Georgia Educator Ethics assessment is also required for admission. Visit our GACE & Georgia Educator Ethics page for more information about these assessments, how to register for them, and how to qualify for exemption.


Q: What is the application process and how will I receive notification of my admission decision?
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 & Human Development 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 that you wish to postpone the term of admission. He or she will help you with that process.

Q: If I am not recommended for admission or wish to withdraw my application, may I have my materials back?
Once your application and 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.