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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester - July 15
Spring Semester - December 15
(UAFS will consider applications received after these priority deadlines. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis based upon availability and program standards.)
Opportunities for advanced study are provided to qualified students seeking graduate education and/or degrees provided under the supervision of the Office of Graduate Studies and individual colleges. Students must first be admitted into graduate school in addition to being admitted into a degree program. Admission to a degree program is not guaranteed until the applicant receives official notification from UAFS. The student may not enroll in any graduate course until this official notification is received. Failure to adhere to this policy will nullify any graduate-level coursework undertaken by the student.


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Use this application only if you have already earned a bachelor's degree and are applying to a master's program.
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International students may apply for online graduate programs if they are completing the program while living outside the United States. International students must meet the admission requirements stated above. If the international application does not have a bachelor's degree earned from a United States regionally accredited college or university, they must possess an equivalent degree.
  • Official final transcripts are required from all foreign and domestic colleges and universities attended. Educational systems that cannot be compared to the United States must be evaluated course by course by an academic credential evaluation service before admission can be finalized. World Education Services is used for this service. International students must also submit certified English translations of all foreign transcripts in addition to the document in the originating language. 
  • Applicants from countries in which English is not the primary spoken language and the medium of instruction must provide required TOEFL or IELTS scores. The minimum TOEFL score is 79 on the IBT (internet-based test), 550 on PBT (paper-based test), or the IELTS score of 6.5. Scores may not be more than two years old at the time of application. Any student who graduated from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States is exempt from the TOEFL and IELTS language requirements (TOEFL or IELTS).
The Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Master of Education are not available for F1 international students living within the United States. Online programs will not satisfy visa requirements.

  • If mailing official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, they must be in official, sealed school envelopes that have been sent to the student. Do not open the envelopes, as transcripts not in the original, sealed envelopes will not be considered official. 
  • Transcripts may be sent by mail or electronically to the UAFS Registrar's Office from the individual institution(s).
  • If courses/degrees have been completed previously from UAFS, the Office of Graduate Studies will obtain transcripts from the UAFS Registrar's Office. 
Required admission documents are kept for one full year. If you do not enroll after one year, all documents are purged.

Graduate credit from a regionally accredited institution may be accepted if the course(s) are appropriate for your curriculum, grades of B or better have been earned, and courses were completed within the previous six years. Transfer credit must be approved by the program director for the program of study. Prior transfer work will be evaluated through the admission process. Once you have begun studies at UAFS, you must obtain prior approval from the program director to take any graduate course at another institution. You must complete 80 percent of the program requirements in residence.

If you fail to meet one or more of the standards required for admission as a regular student, you may be eligible for admission if space is available and under specified conditions. These conditions will be determined at the time of admission by the appropriate college and the Office of Graduate Studies.

If you have a bachelor’s degree, minimum GPA of 3.0, and wish to enroll in a maximum of six credit hours in introductory graduate courses without qualifying for a degree program, you can be admitted as a non-degree student. A non-degree student is not eligible for financial aid. Elevation to degree status must be approved by the appropriate college and the Office of Graduate Studies. You must satisfy all admission requirements.

Upon receipt and review of the complete set of admission materials, you may receive an acceptance letter, dependent on each graduate program’s capacity. If you are admitted provisionally, the offer letter will specify the conditions of enrollment expected of you with a deadline for compliance. If the specified conditions are met by the time identified in the offer, your status will change to that of a regularly admitted student. Failure to meet the conditions specified will result in termination from the program.
If you are admitted as a non-degree student, you will be limited to a maximum of six credit hours of graduate courses. No additional hours in a program will be permitted unless you proceed through the admission process.
You must reply to the admissions acceptance letter by the deadline date for receipt of all admission materials. You may not enroll in any graduate course until this official notification is received by the university.

If you are denied admission and feel you have additional information to share in the evaluation process, you may submit an admission appeal to the Office of Graduate Studies.