Stephen F. Austin State University


Requirements for Admission

For detailed information about the types of admission see the Graduate Bulletin - Catalog. Some programs have higher admission standards than those on this page. Contact the program advisor for more information.


You must submit official transcripts from each college/university attended to the Graduate Office at least 30 days prior to entering. SFA will accept credit or recognize degrees only from institutions accredited by one of the regional accrediting bodies.

When completing the admissions application, please be sure to list all last names that may appear on transcripts. Request transcripts to be sent to the Graduate School at SFA. (NOTE: If you are a graduate of SFA, you do not need to order a transcript from SFA.)


You must have 18 semester hours of undergraduate work in the field you wish to study or 18 semester hours of closely related work approved by the appropriate academic department. Some programs allow you to take their background courses after admission. Contact the program advisor for more information.

Undergraduate students at SFA who are seeking Overlap admission must have completed at least 95 semester hours of undergraduate credit.

Grade Point Average

An applicant 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 undergradute work, exclusive of freshman level courses.

If you do not meet the minimum GPA requirements, it is possible to be admitted on a probationary status. You should contact the department advisor to see if your GRE scores and/or combination of other factors might meet the requirements for admission.

Test Scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Some programs require acceptable Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. To determine which programs require a GRE, see Programs and Degrees. SFA does not have a minimum GRE score requirement for admission, but generally, acceptable scores are approximately 130 to 170 on each of the verbal and quantitative sections of the test. Many departments look closely at the GRE results in making their admissions decisions.

If you will be taking graduate courses for the purpose of qualifying for a graduate degree program, certification, professional development, or personal enrichment (Post-Baccalaureate admission), the GRE is not required.

GRE Testing at SFA

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

If you are pursuing business or accounting, you must have an acceptable score from a combination of undergraduate grade point average and GMAT score. The score many be derived from either: (a) Overall GPA x 200 + GMAT > 950 or (b) Upper Level GPA x 200 + GMAT > 1000. No probationary or provisional admission is permitted in either the MBA or Professional Accountancy programs.

GMAT Testing at SFA

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

If English is not your native language, you must demonstrate English proficiency in order to begin your academic studies. The minimum score required to demonstrate English proficiency on the TOEFL is at least 550 on the paper-based version or 79 IBT (Internet-Based). English proficiency may be demonstrated in several ways. For more information on English Proficiency requirements, contact the Office of International Programs.

Application Fees

The application fee for all U.S. students is $25 for terms Fall 2013 and before. The application fee for international is $50. Effective Spring 2014, the application fee wil be $50 for all graduate students.

Recommendation Letters

International students must submit three letters of reference from former professors. U.S. students should contact the department advisor for information about required recommendation letters.

SFA Recommendation

You must be recommended for admission by the major department and the appropriate academic dean.

Additional Requirements

You should contact the department advisor to ensure you meet program-specific requirements and supply any additional required documentation in your application packet. See How to Apply for step-by-step instructions for submitting your application packet to the Graduate School.