Equipping you for success
Congratulations on success in your undergraduate studies. A graduate degree from SFA will take your knowledge and skills to the next level, making you even more attractive to prospective employers.
Our graduate programs are known for the strong culture of support and individualized attention we offer students. We welcome individuals with wide-ranging talents and interests. We look for prospective students who not only seek a rigorous academic program but also want to embrace our many learning opportunities, including study abroad programs, faculty- and student-led research projects, internships and graduate assistantships.
Most importantly, the opportunities for success continue after you complete your degree. Numerous employers recruit leaders directly from our well-respected graduate programs.
Graduate program options
Applying for a graduate program: The requirements
To apply for a master’s degree program at SFA, you must meet one of the following requirements:
- Be in your final year of undergraduate work;
- Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university; or
- Have 95 or more semester hours of undergraduate work at SFA and be approved as an Overlap Student (an undergraduate pursuing graduate and undergraduate studies at the same time).
Generally, all applicants must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a 2.8 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. Minimum GPA requirements vary depending on your academic major. Visit your major department’s website to check its admission requirements.
GRE and GMAT test requirements
- The GRE General Test is a multiple-choice exam designed to measure verbal, analytical and quantitative skills. There also are GRE Subject Tests in 17 fields of study.
- The GMAT measures prospective students’ likelihood of success in graduate management programs.
Letters of recommendation and essays
Letters of recommendation and/or essays may be needed, depending on your academic major. Visit your major department’s website to check its admission requirements.
Doctoral and terminal degrees
Our doctoral and terminal degrees — the highest degree offered in a field of study — have more application requirements. You can find them on the programs’ webpages:
Graduate admission types
SFA offers four types of graduate admission. Please see the SFA Graduate Bulletin: 2016-2017 for all requirements and restrictions.
This admission status allows students to work toward a graduate degree.
Generally, if you have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a 2.8 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, you are a candidate for clear admission. You’ll also need recommendations from the department you’re interested in and the appropriate academic dean.
This admission status allows you to work toward a graduate degree, but you must earn a B average on coursework in your first twelve semester credit hours of study (or the number of hours set by the graduate advisor). Probationary students who do not meet that objective will be placed on academic suspension.
To be considered for probationary admission, you must have an overall GPA of 2.3 and the consent of a program advisor, and you must be recommended by the major academic department and the appropriate academic dean.
Probationary admitted students aren’t eligible for financial aid.
This status allows you to take graduate courses for one semester only. It’s an option if you can’t supply all of your required documents before the first semester of enrollment, but, based on your academic performance up to now, you appear to meet the requirements for clear admission. Provisional graduate students must have the recommendation of the appropriate department and approval of the dean. This status can be utilized for one regular semester or two summer sessions. SFA doesn’t offer provisional admission for applicants seeking M.B.A., M.P.A., Ed.D. or Ph.D. degrees, and provisionally admitted students aren’t eligible for financial aid.
This status allows students who already hold a bachelor's or master's degree to take graduate courses on a limited basis. This may be a good option if you want to take courses to qualify for a graduate degree program, professional development or personal enrichment.
Applying to SFA: The process
Here’s a checklist of what you will need to complete your application for graduate admission to SFA:
- A completed application (done through ApplyTexas.org)
- Your official undergraduate transcript
- Your official GRE/GMAT scores
The cost for applying to SFA as a graduate student is $50. You’ll pay this at the end of the application process.
Tip: If you are applying for a program that requires an application essay, write it ahead of time — that way, you can simply copy and paste your final draft into the online application.
Post-baccalaureate students may apply a maximum of six credit hours — earned with grades of B or better — to a thesis program OR 12 credit hours — earned with grades of B or better — to a non-thesis program. There is an exception: ALL hours earned in an SFA certificate program can be considered for transfer into a graduate degree program.
To transfer credits from other institutions, you’ll need to submit an official transcript of the courses to be considered and have the approval of the appropriate academic department and academic dean.
When will I hear back?
Decision letters are typically sent out within 1-3 weeks. Once you apply, you’ll get your own mySFA account within one week. mySFA is the official communication method of the university, so it’s important that you log on and set up your account.
If you are not accepted and wish to appeal the decision, you will need to submit a written appeal to the university’s Graduate Council through the dean of the Graduate School.
After you apply, don’t forget:
Log on and set up your mySFA account right away. Financial aid awards, housing assignments and class registration are all done through mySFA.
Get started early! You don’t have to be admitted to apply for aid. Learn more about the different aid options that may be available to you, like grants, loans, scholarships and more.
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