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SPSU Graduate Catalog

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Quick Facts

Students who wish to pursue a Masters degree, a transition certificate, or a graduate certificate at SPSU are admitted to the School of Graduate Studies. The admissions requirements are outlined below.

What are the qualifications I must possess in order to be considered for admission into a graduate program at SPSU?

You must have:

  • Graduated from a regionally accredited institution with a bachelor's degree
  • Attained a 2.75 undergraduate grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) (Some degrees require higher GPA's.)

If you are an international student, see the special section in this catalog for additional requirements.

The following graduate programs have additional requirements:

M.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology:

Undergraduate engineering or engineering technology degree in the areas of electrical, computer, or telecommunications

M.S. in Information Design and Communication:

A timed, proctored, on-campus essay written in response to a given assignment

M.S. in Software Engineering:

Documentation of at least one year of software project-related work experience (or comparable co-op work)

M.S. in Systems Engineering:

Undergraduate engineering, engineering technology, computer science or physical science degree

Some departments require the GRE or GMAT. See admissions requirements for the specific major you are interested in for details.

What if I don't meet these qualifications?

If you do not meet the criteria above, you might still be admitted, but a committee will review your overall application and make a determination based on:

  • Your undergraduate work,
  • Your professional industry experience,
  • Any other indicators that might point to your potential to succeed. You may submit anything you feel might help the committee to understand your background for consideration.

If you are admitted by the review committee, you will be admitted on probation. If you attain a 3.0 GPA at SPSU after 9 hours of graduate work (or three courses) you will be removed from probation and will be allowed to continue as a graduate student. If you do not attain a 3.0 GPA after 9 hours, your academic record will be reviewed and you may be dismissed.

What documents should I submit in order to be considered for admission?

In order for an application to be complete, all required documents must be submitted and evaluated.

  • An application for admission to a graduate program
  • An official transcript from each college previously attended
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty, work supervisors, clients, or professional colleagues
  • A description of relevant work experience, if applicable
  • A Statement of Purpose, describing professional career goals and how completion of the graduate program will help achieve them

If you are an international student, see the special section in this catalog for additional requirements.

Are the graduate programs at SPSU eligible for federal and other types of financial aid?


Are the graduate programs at SPSU accredited?

Yes. Southern Polytechnic State University is an accredited, coeducational, residential university offering associate, bachelor, and Masters degrees.

Southern Polytechnic State University is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, Telephone: 404-679-4501)

The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accredits the Master of Business Administration.

When do I have to have my application and other documents submitted in order to be considered for the coming term?

SPSU uses a rolling admission process. This means you can apply at any time up until the term has started. However, the number of seats in each program is limited and you are encouraged to apply early in order to be assured of there being sufficient space. You will dramatically decrease the chances of having problems with your admission and your application for financial aid if you will meet the following priority deadlines:

Fall Term: July 1st

Spring Term: November 1st

Summer Term: April 1st

Some departments require much earlier applications in order to meet review board requirements.

In order for an application to be complete, all required documents must be submitted and evaluated. If, for some reason, you cannot assemble all of your documents in time, submit the materials you have and then follow up with other documents when they become available. The earlier you have everything submitted before a term starts, the easier it will be to have a seamless and trouble-free start to your academic pursuit.

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