General Graduate Requirements

All graduate programs at Columbus State University require that students hold a baccalaureate or master degree from a college or university accredited by one of the regional accrediting associations. Specific admission requirements for each graduate program are included with the description of that program in the section, Graduate Academic Programs.

New applicants must submit a formal application to the Admissions Office along with a $50, non-refundable, application fee. Georgia residents 62 years of age or older and soldiers serving on active duty are exempt from this fee. Documentation to support the exemption will be required when the application is submitted. All applicants, with the exception of foreign nationals, must provide Social Security numbers, which can be obtained at any Social Security office (social security numbers are required for institutional purposes only). As required under the University System of Georgia policy, a completed certificate of immunization must be received before enrollment. Forms are available at Specific programs may require additional items such as resume and/or letters of recommendation.

Admission credentials must be filed on or before the deadline date listed on the calendar in this catalog. Official consideration is given to an application only after all credentials are received. Ordinarily, application processing requires from three to six weeks. Applicants who wish to delay their date of entry to the University should notify the Admissions Office in writing. After a year has elapsed, a new application, and credentials must be submitted.

Students furnishing the University with false, incomplete, or misleading information relating to their application or academic record will be subject to denial or dismissal.

Graduate Council

The Graduate School provides a framework for supporting excellence in graduate research, scholarship, teaching, and mentorship in accordance with Columbus State University's mission and consistent with the mission of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.  The voting membership of the Graduate Council includes appointees from each of four academic colleges for a total of nine members. The number of voting members from each college is based on the number of students enrolled in graduate programs across campus so that every academic college will have at least one voting member and no academic college will have more than three voting members. The Director of Graduate School, the SACSCOC Liaison and a representative from graduate enrollment services serve as ex-officio non-voting members of the Graduate Council.

Official Transcripts

Applicants seeking admission to a graduate program must request that an official transcript from each college and university attended be sent directly to the Admissions Office. Applicants seeking admission to a specialist in education program or to the doctoral program need only to request an official transcript from the institution where the master's degree was awarded. Transcripts received from other institutions become the property of Columbus State University and will not be released to the student or a third party.

Test Scores

Applicants are required to furnish the Admissions Office with official test scores as specified below:

  • The general portion of the Revised Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with "writing assessment" component may be used for the Master of Education (MED/MAT) programs, Master of Science (MS) programs, Specialist in Education (Ed.S.), and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) programs. In lieu of GRE, a copy of the applicant's clearly renewable teaching certificate may be submitted for specific College of Education and Health Professions programs.
  • The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or GRE may be used for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs and the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) program.
  • The general portion of the GRE or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) may be used for the MPA program.

Arrangements to take the GRE and MAT at Columbus State University can be made by registering online at Testing information for the GMAT can be found at Scores from tests taken more than five years prior to application for admission to a graduate program.