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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 an even more attractive candidate 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, and look for prospective students who not only seek a rigorous academic program but also want to embrace our many learning opportunities.

We offer 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

Our master's and doctoral programs are designed to help you reach your career goals. Explore our graduate program offerings now. We also have several online graduate programs available.

Applying to the graduate school

Master's program 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).

GPA requirements

Generally, all applicants must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. 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

Depending on the graduate program you’re pursuing, you may be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

  • 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: additional requirements

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 three types of graduate admission. 

Clear admission

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.

Probationary admission

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.

Post-baccalaureate admission

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.

Overlap Program admission

The Overlap Program allows qualified undergraduate SFA students to pursue a limited amount of graduate study concurrently with undergraduate study.

Learn more about the overlap program

Maximum of 12 credit hours of graduate work is allowed.


To be eligible for the Overlap Program, you must have 95 or more semester hours of undergraduate work at SFA and be currently enrolled.

95-110 undergraduate semester hours: You also must have an overall and upper-level 3.0 GPA.

110 or more undergraduate semester hours: You also must have an overall 2.5 GPA and an upper-level 2.8 GPA.

Graduate assistantships

Graduate courses taken in the program aren't applicable toward your undergraduate degree and you're ineligible for a graduate assistantship while in the overlap program.

Students enrolled in the five-year BBA/MPAc program are eligible for a graduate assistantship when they have fewer than 12 credit hours remaining in their undergraduate coursework.

Applying to the Overlap Program

To be admitted to the Overlap Program, you should:

  1. complete an overlap application
  2. and obtain the approval of the graduate program advisor in the major department, appropriate academic dean, and dean of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.
Transitioning to graduate admission upon earning bachelor's degree

Overlap Program students must reapply for full graduate admission when the undergraduate degree is completed.

Now accepting applications

Apply now for fall 2024, spring 2025 and summer 2025.

Application process

Here's a checklist of what you will need to apply to SFA:

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.

Transferring credits

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. 

Appeals process

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 offers, submission of supplemental documents, housing assignments and class registration are all done through mySFA.


Financial Aid

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.



Bacterial meningitis immunization requirement

All students who will take face-to-face classes or live on campus are required by state law to have a bacterial meningitis vaccine, that is less than five years old, administered at least 10 days prior to the start of term.



On campus housing is available for graduate students. Use mySFA to apply for housing. 


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