Admissions

All application materials are submitted to the graduate office. Students will be notified in writing when they have been admitted. Admission to the School of Graduate Studies at SAU does not imply admission to a graduate degree program. Some graduate programs have additional admission requirements. Applicants must be in good standing with the institution they last attended in order to be eligible for admission to Southern Arkansas University.

Application Deadlines

Applications and all admission documents (transcripts and test scores) must be received by the following deadlines to avoid a late fee:

  • Fall Semester: August 1
  • Spring Semester: December 1
  • Summer I: April 1
  • Summer II: June 1

Step 1

Submit an application.

Step 2

Submit official transcript from the university where you have obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Please send official transcript to: OR Please send electronic transcript to (Preferred: E-Scrip-Safe or Speede):
School of Graduate Studies
P.O. Box 9302
Magnolia, AR 71754
gradstudies@saumag.edu

Step 3

Submit graduate entrance test score.

  • Miller Analogies Test
  • Graduate Record Examination
  • Graduate Management Admission Test

Note: GMAT or GRE is required for the MBA program. GMAT scores can be retrieved online by the graduate office at least 20 days after the test is taken.

Step 4

Submit proof of immunizations (MMR)

Note: Only required for the students who will be living on campus.

Please note

Your admissions status will only be determined when the steps above have been completed.

Unconditional Admission Status
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or above out of a 4.00 system or a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores no more than five years old. Scores should meet requirement A, B or C below:
    • A. GMAT*- A weighted score of 1,000 or above. (minimum score of 400) Weighted score is obtained by computing the formula:
      • GPA x 200 plus the GMAT score= 1,000 or more.
      • (*GMAT is required for the MBA program. Scores can be retrieved online by the graduate office at least 20 days after the test is taken.)
    • B. GRE- A score of 284 or above (verbal plus quantitative scores) or the admission index may be considered if score is less than 284.
    • C. MAT- A score of 35 or above on the MAT or an admission index of 850 or above. Admission index is obtained by computing the formula:
      • (GPA x 200) plus the MAT score x 10.
Conditional Admission Status
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.2 or above out of a 4.00 system
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores no more than five years old. Scores should meet requirement A, B or C below:
    • A. GMAT- A weighted score of 900 or above. Weighted score is obtained by computing the formula:
      • GPA x 200 plus the GMAT score= 900 or more.
      • (GMAT is required for the MBA program. Scores can be retrieved online by the graduate office at least 20 days after the test is taken.
    • B. GRE- A score of 276 or above (verbal plus quantitative scores)
    • C. MAT- A score of 30 or above.

Some colleges/programs may not allow conditional status. Students on conditional status are limited to six hours per semester.

The conditional status will be removed after the student earns a minimum of 12 semester hours of graduate credit at Southern Arkansas University with a 3.0 GPA, no grade lower than a C, and not more than one course with a grade of C. If a student fails to meet the requirements for removal of conditional status after earning 12 hours of graduate credit, he/she will be denied continuance in graduate courses at SAU.

Non-degree admission to the School of Graduate Studies
  • Licensure-seeking students: Admission requirement is same as Unconditional Admission
  • Transient students:  Letter of Good Standing from the current university is needed instead of a transcript, and entrance test is not required

Mailing Address

School of Graduate Studies
P. O. Box 9302
Magnolia, AR 71754


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