Stephen F. Austin State University

Bachelor's Degrees

Bachelor Degrees in Human Services

Undergraduate Concentrations/Emphases

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.

BSRS Rehabilitation Services
Orientation and 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
PhD School Psychology
School Psychologist Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
BS Communication Sciences and Disorders
Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant
MS Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathologist License
Certification of Clinical Competency (ASHA)


Office of Admissions
Erma Nieto Brecht
Executive Director of Enrollment Management

Rusk Building, Suite 206
Phone: (936) 468-2504

Fax: (936) 468-3149
P.O. Box 13051, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3051
Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to SFA will be required to meet the following class rank and minimum test scores:

High School Rank

ACT Score

SAT Reasoning
Test Score
(Prior to March 2016)
(Not including writing)

SAT Reasoning
Test Score

1st quarter
Top 10% No Minimum Score No Minimum Score No Minimum Score
11 to 25% 17 850 930
2nd quarter 20 950 1030
3rd quarter 24 1100 1170
4th quarter File Review File Review File Review
Admissions Policies and Procedures

Stephen F. Austin State University encourages qualified students to apply for admission. Students seeking admission should make every effort to complete the appropriate procedures as soon as possible. Undergraduate application for admission, preliminary academic counseling and evaluation of previous college course work are available on campus in the Office of Admissions.

Applicants wishing to apply for admission or readmission to the university must complete the electronic version of ApplyTexas application.

All new and returning undergraduate applicants for admission are required to submit a non-refundable application fee of $45. The application fee for international students is $50. The ApplyTexas application is available at

Admission Procedure

  1. Submit the ApplyTexas application for freshmen, available online at, with a $45 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Arrange for official ACT or SAT scores to be sent to the university. Test scores from the junior year are acceptable, and the submission of multiple test scores is permissible. Students are required to submit the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT. At this time, admission requirements do not include writing scores. The highest composite ACT or SAT (critical reading plus math) result is used to determine admissibility. Test results may be forwarded directly from the testing service to SFA or via email from the student's account. Be sure to designate Stephen F. Austin State University on the ACT or SAT application. (The SFA school code is 4188 for ACT and 6682 for SAT.)
  3. Arrange for an official high school transcript to be sent to the Office of Admissions following completion of junior year. The transcript must indicate the applicant's numerical class rank, if applicable, at the conclusion of the junior year or first semester of the senior year.
  4. Arrange for official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions attended to be forwarded to the Office of Admissions, regardless of whether transfer credit was earned or is desired.
Transfer Students

Admission Policy

Students who have previously attended a regionally accredited institution must apply as transfer students.

Applicants who have earned fewer than 15 semester hours of transferable college credit must have an overall 2.0 GPA on all transferable work attempted and must also satisfy eligibility requirements for first-semester freshmen. Transfer applicants who have earned more than 15 semester hours must:

  1. not currently be on academic suspension from another educational institution
  2. and have earned a GPA of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on all transferable work attempted.

Admission Procedure

  1. Submit a completed ApplyTexas application, available online at, for transfer students with a $45 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Arrange for official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions attended to be forwarded to the Office of Admissions regardless of whether transfer credit was earned or is desired.
  3. Following receipt of the completed application and all transcripts, previous collegiate studies are evaluated for transferable credit. Applicants are notified by mail of their admission status.

Transfer Credit

SFA accepts transfer credit from regionally accredited institutions on a course-by-course basis as determined by the Office of Admissions. All courses are examined in terms of content, level and credit hours awarded and are subject to the following conditions:

  1. Courses are evaluated and transferred to SFA on a course-by-course basis by comparing the levels, content and course prefix. Grades and course credits are transferred exactly as they appear on the official transcript of the institution where they were taken.
  2. Credit hours for courses are transferred based on the number of hours that are shown on the official transcript of the institution where they were taken and not on the credit value of the SFA course equivalent.
  3. General en bloc credit is assigned to a course that is transferable but is not an exact equivalent by level or by description. In this case, the student's academic dean will determine its acceptability into degree programs.
  4. Junior/community college courses transfer as lower-level (freshman or sophomore level) credit. Upper-level coursework completed at a community college for an approved bachelor's degree will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Credits from senior colleges/universities transfer at the same level at which they were taken (lower or upper-level). Graduate-level courses that are used as upper-level courses to complete a bachelor's degree may not be used later in a graduate degree.
  5. Most academic credit is transferable with the exception of remedial or developmental courses. Some departments may limit the number of credits that may be applied to a degree.
  6. A maximum of 66 academic hours plus four hours of kinesiology activity from junior or community colleges may apply toward a bachelor's degree. If more than 66 hours are transferred, the student's academic dean will determine which hours will be included in the 66 and how those courses will be substituted in the degree plan.
  7. A repeated course is considered only once, and the best grade is used when computing the transfer GPA needed for acceptance into SFA.
  8. Grade points from transferable courses are not calculated into SFA's GPA and appear on the student's record as transfer credit.
  9. Quarter hours convert to semester hours based of the following formula: 1 quarter-hour = 2/3 of semester hour. All other types of credit are converted to semester hours.
  10. There is no limit for credits transferred from senior colleges/universities. However, all students must complete a minimum of 42 semester hours in residence at SFA in order to earn a bachelor's degree.
  11. Coursework earned from educational experiences obtained in the armed forces is accepted in transfer on a limited basis. The "Guide to the Evaluation of Experience in the Armed Services" is used by the Office of Admissions for evaluating military credit. Military transcripts such as the Joint Services Transcript, AARTS, SMART, Community College of the Air Force and the Coast Guard Institute are used in the evaluation review process.
  12. Credit for vocational/technical, WECM and experiential learning can only be used in the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program or in certain approved signed articulation agreements. Individuals wanting additional information on the B.A.A.S. program should contact the dean's office of the College of Liberal and Applied Arts.

Transfer Repeats of SFA Courses

Students may repeat courses taken at SFA at other accredited institutions. Transfer hours will, however, be governed by the following rules:

  1. The grades earned at SFA will remain on the transcript.
  2. The hours attempted at SFA will not be changed as a result of coursework completed elsewhere.
  3. Transfer credit for a course originally taken at SFA has no effect on the GPA for work attempted at SFA.
  4. Transfer hours of repeated work may be used to satisfy degree requirements other than those related to GPA.

Equivalency Guides

Equivalency Guides for all Texas community colleges are available at Two-year planning guides for all major degree programs using the Texas Common Course Numbering System are available on the web. Transfer students from community colleges are encouraged to discuss their degree program and course selection with an admissions counselor in the Office of Admissions.

Transfer of Core Curriculum

In accordance with the Texas Legislature, if a student completes the common core curriculum at a state-supported institution in Texas, that block of courses may be transferred to any other institution of higher education and must be substituted for the receiving institution's core curriculum. A student also will receive credit for each of the individual courses transferred that meet the core requirements. Students who are Core Complete at any Texas school are considered as Core Complete at SFA.

Transfer Credit Dispute Resolution

Students transferring to SFA may appeal the non-transferability of lower-division course work in accordance to the guidelines set forth by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Written notice of non-acceptable courses must and will be sent to the student as well as to the sending institution. Reason for denying credit may be requested from SFA. Students wanting to dispute the denial of credit must contact the designated official at the sending or receiving institution. The Office of Admissions is the designated official at SFA.

SFA, the sending institution and the student shall attempt to resolve the transfer of the course credit in accordance with board rules and guidelines. If the dispute is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student or the sending institution within 45 days after the date the student received written notice of denial, SFA must notify the commissioner of its reasons for denial of credit. The commissioner of higher education or the commissioner's designee shall make the final determination concerning a dispute and will give written notice of the decision to the student and to the institutions.

The Coordinating Board shall collect transfer disputes data and the disposition of each case that is reported to the commissioner.

If SFA has cause to believe that a course being presented by a student for transfer is not of an acceptable level of quality, it will first contact the sending institution and attempt to resolve the problem. In the event SFA and the sending institution are unable to come to a satisfactory resolution, SFA may notify the commissioner of higher education, who may investigate the course. If its quality is found to be unacceptable, the board may discontinue funding for the course.