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Admission Process

On January 6, 2015, the Board of Regents voted to consolidate Southern Polytechnic State University and Kennesaw State University. The new Kennesaw State University will operate as a fully consolidated university  Fall 2015.

Please submit a completed application packet to the Office of Graduate Admissions by the priority deadlines to ensure a prompt decision regarding your admission. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing, once your completed application packet is received. 

Degree Seeking Requirements:


Certificate Requirements:

  • Application for Graduate Certificate 
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Official transcript from each institution attended
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Immunization Form
  • If your Baccalaureate degree was awarded outside of the US you must submit a course-by-course evaluation with GPA from WES*or Silny & Associates.

 **Note: Documents submitted without a graduate studies application will be destroyed after six months


State Authorization for Online Programs:

 In compliance with State Authorization for the delivery of distance education, our online program are not available in  Minnesota at this time.


International Students Requirements:

  • ALL of the above for Degree Seeking applicants
  • Official English Proficiency Test (if native language is NOT English)
Accepted Scores: TOEFL   80  Internet-based
  IELTS   6.5
  • Applicants from the following countries are exempt from the English Proficiency requirement: Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Sierre Leone, South Africa, Tobago, Trinidad, United Kingdom, United States of America or Zimbabwe.
  • Students who have academic work outside of the U.S. must have an Official Course-by-Course Transcript Evaluation with Grade Point Average calculation completed. Official Transcript Translation is required if coursework is not in English. From a regionally accredited institution.
  • We only accept scores from the following Credentialing Agenies:   WES,*  Josef Silny or Evaluation Services, Inc

For more information please refer to the International Graduate Students section.

 * MS-Engineering Technology/Electrical only accepts WES


Readmission Requirements:Student who have not attended for two or more consecutive semesters.

Application/Document Deadlines for Domestic Students:
Fall Semester   June 1st (Please note this has changed)
Spring Semester            Nov. 1st
Summer Semester         April 1st
(this includes Readmits)


Lawful Presence Verification

During the October 2010 meeting, the Board of Regents approved 2 new policies: Policy 4.1.6, Admission of Persons Not Lawfully in the United States, and Policy 4.3.4, Verification of Lawful Presence.

Policy 4.3.4 - Verification of Lawful Presence

Each University System institution shall verify the lawful presence in the United States of every successfully admitted person applying for resident tuition status, as defined in Section 7.3 of this Policy Manual, and of every person admitted to an institution referenced in Section 4.1.6 of this Policy Manual.

Students may provide any of the following to verify Lawful Presence:

  • Certified U.S. Birth Certificate showing the student was born in the U.S. or U.S. territory. Photocopy is not acceptable.
  • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS from N-550 or N-570)
  • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561)
  • U.S Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (SD-1350) or Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240)
  • Current U.S. Passport
  • Current Driver's License issued by the State of Georgia after Jan. 1, 2008
  • Current ID issued by the State of Georgia after Jan. 1, 2008
  • Current military ID (service member only, not dependent)
  • Current, valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form I-151 or I-551)