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Graduate Students

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

We offer more than 40 graduate programs — including three doctoral programs — designed to help you reach your career goals. Explore our graduate program offerings now.

Applying for a graduate program: The 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 and a 2.8 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. 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

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 four types of graduate admission. Please see the SFA Graduate Bulletin: 2017-2018 for all requirements and restrictions.

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.

Provisional admission

This status allows you to take graduate courses for one semester only. It’s an option if you can’t supply all of your required documents before the first semester of enrollment, but, based on your academic performance up to now, you appear to meet the requirements for clear admission. Provisional graduate students must have the recommendation of the appropriate department and approval of the dean. This status can be utilized for one regular semester or two summer sessions. SFA doesn’t offer provisional admission for applicants seeking M.B.A., M.P.A., Ed.D. or Ph.D. degrees, and provisionally 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.

Applying to SFA: The process

Here’s a checklist of what you will need to complete your application for graduate admission to SFA:

  • A completed application (done through ApplyTexas.org)
  • Your official undergraduate transcript
  • Your official GRE/GMAT scores

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.

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. 

After you apply, don’t forget:

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.

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.

mySFA

Log on and set up your mySFA account right away. Financial aid awards, 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.

Vaccine

State law requires that new students have a bacterial meningitis vaccine at least 10 days prior to enrollment. You must also submit your shot record to the Office of Admissions. Submission of shot record is also required in order to receive your housing assignment.

Housing

On campus housing is available for graduate students. Use mySFA to apply for housing. Early applicants can begin applying for their specific housing preference after December 18th.

Freshman Students

Join the latest Lumberjacks

Each year, more than 2,000 high school graduates enter our freshman class and transform into leaders, thinkers and motivated learners. With over 80 undergraduate majors and a supportive, caring campus culture, SFA offers every new Lumberjack a path to success.

Who succeeds at SFA? We’re looking for a freshman class of excited, motivated, curious individuals ready to make the absolute most of their college years in an exceptional setting.

Who is considered a first-time freshman? You are a first-time freshman if you have not attended a college or university since high school graduation, even if you’re entering with college-level credits.

Curious about community college transferable hours? Check our course equivalency guide and two-year planning guides.

Applying to SFA: The requirements

First-semester freshmen applicants must:

  • Complete an accredited high school program.
  • Meet the following standardized test requirements:

High school class rank

Old SAT 
(prior to March 2016)
(math + critical reading)

New SAT
(after March 2016)

ACT
Top 10%No minimum requiredNo minimum requiredNo minimum required
Top 11-25%85093017
2nd Quarter 950103020
3rd Quarter 1100117024
4th Quarter File ReviewFile ReviewFile Review

When is the application deadline?

SFA is a rolling admissions university, meaning there is no application deadline. However, there are incentives if you apply early.

What are the benefits to applying early?

Students who complete the admission and housing application process by December 1, 2017, (for enrollment in Fall 2017) enjoy special benefits:

  • Get early notification of your Fall 2018 residence hall.
  • Receive priority sign-up for orientation, which provides the best opportunity to secure the class schedule you want.
  • Stop worrying about applying to college, and start preparing to become an SFA Lumberjack.

Applying to SFA: The process

Applying to SFA is easy with the ApplyTexas online admissions application. Use ApplyTexas to apply to SFA beginning July 1 of your senior year of high school. You can preview the application to get a sense of the questions.

Here’s a checklist of what you will need to complete your application for admission to SFA:

  • A completed application (done through ApplyTexas.org)
  • Your official high school transcript
  • Your official SAT/ACT scores

The cost for applying to SFA is $45. You’ll pay this at the end of the application process. Check here to see if you  qualify for an application fee waiver.

Unique circumstances

Nontraditional secondary education: Home-schooled applicants

Home-schooled applicants for admission who present evidence of completion of a nontraditional secondary education without an official class rank will have a class rank assigned by the Office of Admissions. This process is in accordance with Texas Senate Bill 1543. The class rank will be comparable to the average class rank of other applicants who have equivalent ACT or SAT scores.

As with other applicants, if initial rank and score requirements are not met, a holistic review of the applicant’s file carefully examines all credentials presented. Applicants are encouraged to provide as much detail as possible regarding their academic achievements and extra-curricular involvement when completing the Apply Texas application. An official, notarized home school transcript is required to demonstrate evidence of completion. The Office of Admissions has a notary on staff free of charge.

Nontraditional secondary education: Applicants with GEDs

The process is the same but will require a holistic file review. This is a careful examination of all the credentials presented by the student to determine whether the applicant not only meets the academic requirements for admission but also possesses the skills and experiences that facilitate a successful career at SFA.

You will need to submit your GED scores to the Office of Admissions.

Applicants who have dual-credit or Advanced Placement (AP) credits

The process is the same, but you will need to submit official college transcripts and/or advanced placement scores to receive earned credit.

Alternative Admissions

There are several ways to earn admission into SFA for students who do not immediately qualify. For details, visit Alternative Admissions.

When will I hear back?

Decision letters should arrive within 2-3 weeks of submitting a complete application. 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. 

After you apply, don’t forget:

More about accredited high school programs

SFA requires first-time freshmen applicants to have completed the Recommended High School Program, the Distinguished Achievement Program, Endorsement Program with Algebra II or Distinguished with Endorsement Program to ensure they have received adequate preparation for college-level work.

Applicants who have not completed one of these programs will need to demonstrate that they have completed a high school curriculum more rigorous than what is required of the Minimum Graduation Plan, Basic Plan or Foundation.

mySFA

Log on and set up your mySFA account right away. Financial aid awards, 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 and scholarships. Learn more about the different aid options that may be available to you, like grants, loans, scholarships and more.

Vaccine

State law requires that new students have a bacterial meningitis vaccine at least 10 days prior to enrollment. You must submit your shot record to the Office of Admissions by email, fax or mail using the contact information below.

Housing

Use mySFA to apply for housing. Early first-year applicants (Dec. 1 and earlier) can begin selecting their room assignments the week of Dec. 15, and other first-year students can start room selection the week of April 1.

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