Graduate Admission Requirements

While there are common requirements for acceptance to the Graduate School, each department has unique admission criteria. The admission criteria for each degree are listed in this catalog with each degree plan. Those wishing to apply to any of the master’s degree programs at Adams State must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. The following are the common criteria:

  • A completed application for admission to the Graduate School
  • $30 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcript(s) from all colleges attended. Official transcript(s) from all higher education institutions must be sent directly from the institution to the Graduate School at Adams State University verifying receipt of the baccalaureate degree and all other higher education coursework. International transcripts must be translated and evaluated (even those that are in English) by an organization such as World Education Services or the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. No credits will be accepted from non-regionally accredited institutions. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university is considered a violation of academic integrity. Transcripts from ASU need not be requested; however, official transcripts confirming transfer credits are required. Unofficial transcripts or transcripts “issued to student” will not be accepted.
  • Two letters of recommendation (see each department for specific type of letter)
  • In general, departments require a 2.75 GPA in the most recent 30 hours of coursework. Teacher Education, History/Humanities, and Human Performance and Physical Education Departments require a 3.0 GPA in the most recent 30 hours of course work. Individual departments may have additional requirements.

Admission Classification

Graduate Student

This classification applies to a student who has been officially admitted to a master’s degree, licensure, or endorsement program. A student may be admitted conditionally or unconditionally.

Graduate-Special Student

This classification is intended primarily for students who desire course credit only and do not wish to pursue a new degree, license, or endorsement. It also applies to students who have applied for admission to a graduate program but have not yet been accepted. Twelve (12) semester hours is the maximum number of credits that will count toward a degree when taken by a student in graduate-special (non-degree-seeking) status. Any coursework above the 12-credit-hour limit will not count toward degree requirements. A student with the status of Graduate Special is not eligible for financial aid or loan deferment.

International Students - Graduate Level

Adams State University welcomes international students. All international students who desire to enter the university must comply with all provisions of the Immigration Act. A complete set of credentials for students planning to reside in the U.S. and verification of financial support must be sent to the Graduate School with a formal application for admission and a $30 nonrefundable application fee in U.S. dollars (credit card, check or money order). All information must be in English. The university must have proof of English proficiency. A minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is considered acceptable. A score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is acceptable. If a student attends an ESL program, successful completion of level 109 is considered acceptable.

The equivalent of a bachelor’s degree must be earned to enter a graduate program at Adams State University. Please request an official transcript be sent directly from your school(s) to the Graduate School at Adams State. All information must be in English. International students are responsible for having their foreign official transcripts (secondary and/or postsecondary) evaluated by AACRAO International Educational Services, World Education Services, or Foundation for International Services, Inc. to determine what U.S. equivalencies exist for grades, credit hours and accreditation. Official results should be sent directly to Adams State University from one of the three services. Payment for this service is the responsibility of the student. Only college or university-level work certified to have U.S. accreditation equivalency by these organizations will be accepted directly in transfer.

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