Stephen F. Austin State University

Doctoral Degrees

Doctoral Programs

Important Information About Licensure

If you are applying for admission to or currently enrolled in an educational program that may prepare an individual for an initial occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code Section 58.001 and/or if you later decide to change to an educational program that prepares you for an initial occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code Section 58.001, in accordance with state law, please be advised of the following:

  1. An individual who has been convicted of an offense may be ineligible for issuance of an occupational license upon completion of the educational program.
  2. Each licensing authority that may issue an occupational license to an individual who completes an educational program must establish guidelines that state the reasons a particular crime is considered to relate to a particular license and any other criterion that affects the decisions of the licensing authority.
  3. Local or county licensing authorities may issue additional guidelines related to criminal history. Applicants should contact their respective local or county licensing authority for more details.
  4. A person may request a criminal history evaluation letter regarding the personal eligibility for a license issued by a licensing authority under Texas Occupations Code Section 53.102.

A selection of our educational programs prepare individuals for issuance of an initial occupational licenses (see list below). An "occupational license" is a license, certificate, registration, permit, or other form of authorization required by law or rule that must be obtained by an individual to engage in a particular business or occupation. The following programs and organizations require an occupational license. Click here to read more about the Occupational License HB 1508.

B.S.R.S Rehabilitation Services
Orientation & Mobility Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) Certification
MA Professional Counselor
Clinical Mental Health Licensed Professional Counselor
Clinical Rehabilitation Licensed Professional Counselor
School Counseling Licensed Professional Counselor
Ph.D. School Psychology
School Psychologist Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders
Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant
M.S. Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathologist License
Certification of Clinical Competency (ASHA)
B.S.I.S. Special Education
Teacher Certification
M. Ed. Special Education
Non-teacher Certification dependent on concentration/degree track
Initial Teacher Certification dependent on concentration/degree track
Educational Diagnostician Certification dependent on concentration/degree track
Visual Impairment Certification dependent on concentration/degree track
Orientation & Mobility Certification dependent on concentration/degree track

Graduate Admission

Admisssion to Candidacy

Some programs use a process called "Admission to Candidacy" as a trial period and a method to determine whether the student has deficiencies that need to be made up prior to full admission into the program. This process is determined by the department and may include diagnostics examination, additional documentation, a degree plan, thesis proposal, etc. Check with your department to determine if they use a candidacy process, and ask for a copy of the written procedure.

Thereafter, at stipulated stages, a student must:

  1. complete all requirements of the degree plan
  2. apply for the degree
  3. and take a comprehensive examination administered by the major department and, if applicable, the minor department.
Procedure after Admission
Following admission to a graduate degree program, a student must confer with the graduate advisor in the major department and, if applicable, the minor department to obtain advice about the courses to take. As soon as possible and preferably during the first semester or summer session of enrollment, a student should have a degree plan made by the graduate advisor in the major department and, if applicable, the minor department. In the case of a minor, a representative of the minor department must be included on the student's advisory committee. Some departments require an Admission to Candidacy.
Application Fee
The application fee for all U.S. and international graduate students is $50. The fee is submitted with the application materials.
Admission Criteria

In general, a student may be granted clear, probationary or, in a few instances, provisional admission. All students seeking admission to a graduate program should consult criteria directly with the graduate program advisor of the department in which they wish to study for specific admission requirements. Each department has the authority to set admission standards higher than the general criteria set by the university. Departmental criteria thus outweigh university criteria.

Clear Admission

Clear admission to a degree program is generally granted when an applicant has an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a 2.8 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.

Admission requirements for the M.B.A. and M.P.A. (accounting) programs are listed in the Rusche College of Business section of this bulletin.

For clear admission requirements to the M.F.A., M.S. (forestry), M.A. (psychology), M.S.W., Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs, see the respective program descriptions elsewhere in this bulletin. In all cases, an applicant must be recommended for admission to a graduate degree program by the major department. No applicant will be granted clear admission until all official transcripts and GRE or GMAT scores, if required, are received by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.

Probationary Admission

An applicant failing to achieve clear admission to graduate study may be considered for probationary admission by having an overall GPA of 2.30 to 2.49 on a 4.0 scale and consent of the program advisor. The departmental graduate program advisor may require test scores and/or a combination of other factors, such as professional experience, to meet the requirements for probationary admission. An applicant must be recommended for admission to a graduate degree program by the major academic department.

A student granted probationary admission must earn a B average on coursework the first 12 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.

Provisional Admission

For all graduate-degree-seeking students, applicants unable to supply all the required documentation prior to the first semester of enrollment, but who, based on previous academic performance, appear to meet the requirements for clear admission, may be considered for provisional admission. This status requires the recommendation of the appropriate department. It is valid for one regular semester or two summer sessions only.

Complete and satisfactory credentials must be received by Research and Graduate Studies and reviewed by the department prior to the beginning of the following semester of work. If this does not occur, the person will not be permitted to continue as a degree-seeking student. A maximum of 12 hours of graduate-level coursework taken under provisional status may be applied toward a degree. Those applicants seeking the M.B.A., M.P.A. (accounting), Ed.D. or Ph.D. are not eligible for provisional admission.

Provisionally admitted students are not eligible for federal or state financial aid.

Post-Baccalaureate Admission

A student already holding a baccalaureate or graduate degree may be admitted to graduate study on post-baccalaureate status. On this status, a student may take courses for the purpose of qualifying for a graduate degree program, professional development or personal enrichment. There are restrictions and limitations on the application of post-baccalaureate hours toward a graduate degree. Upon gaining admission to a degree program and with the approval of the graduate advisor, the department chair and the dean, the post-baccalaureate student 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. The exception is that all hours earned in an SFA certificate program can be considered for transfer into a graduate degree program.

To be admitted to post-baccalaureate study, the applicant must present proof of holding at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. A GRE score is not required, but may be required if the student decides to later apply for regular admission.

Post-baccalaureate admission is not available for graduate study in the Rusche College of Business.

Types of Admission

Admission to Research and Graduate Studies is under the control of the dean of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, to whom application for admission must be made and to whom all correspondence should be addressed on the subject.

Four types of admission exist:

  1. Clear admission under which the student is eligible to work toward a graduate degree
  2. Probationary admission under which the student is eligible to work toward a graduate degree but with the provision that the student earn a B average on coursework the first 12 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.)
  3. Provisional admission under which an individual is permitted to take graduate courses for one semester only, under the provisions described below
  4. Post-baccalaureate admission under which the student already holding a bachelor's or master's degree is eligible to take graduate courses but may apply only a limited number of these courses toward a graduate degree