Admission

The University offers graduate programs in business, education and counseling.  Students are accepted for admission in fall, spring, and summer semesters according to the following deadlines:

                        Fall Semester, August 1

                        Spring Semester, November 1

                        Summer Semester, April 1

Applications received by the appropriate deadline will require a $50 deposit.  Admission for the desired term cannot be guaranteed for applications received after these deadlines.  Applications submitted after these deadlines will require a $100 deposit.

Consideration for admission to graduate study is contingent upon the integrity of the information submitted to the University.

Discovery of false information subsequent to the offer of admission is, at the University’s discretion, grounds for withdrawal of the offer of admission or for immediate dismissal at any point in the student’s course of study. Such dismissal shall result in forfeiture of all charges paid and academic credits earned.

Requirements and Procedures

Students applying for graduate admission must submit the following documents to the Admissions Office:

  1. A formal application for admission to graduate studies.
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate college or university coursework including evidence of the completion of a baccalaureate degree at a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a comparable degree from a foreign academic institution.
  3. Evidence of English language proficiency.  See International Student Admissions, page 11.
  4. Written recommendations from two individuals knowing the applicant’s professional ability, personal character, and intellectual promise for pursuing successful graduate study.
  5. An essay of 500-750 words that describes some of the most important experiences of your life and how they have shaped the person you have become. Also, describe how continuing your education at Southwestern Adventist University will fit into your goals for the future.

Additional documents may be required by the academic department offering the desired degree program.

Master of Arts in Counseling (MA)

In addition to the general University graduate admission requirements, students applying for admission to the Master of Arts in Counseling program must submit to the Admissions Office official GRE test results taken within five years prior to application.

Students applying for graduate admission to the Master of Arts in Counseling program must also apply to the Department of Education and Psychology.  The following materials must be submitted to the department:

  1. A formal departmental application to graduate studies in counseling.
  2. Appropriate documentation for a certified background check.

The department will also interview the applicant.

Admission to Regular Graduate Standing

An applicant will be accepted in good and regular standing to the MA in Counseling program if he or she meets the following criteria:

  1. Acceptable areas of study for admission to the MA in Counseling include psychology, education, social work, criminal justice, or other behavioral science.
  2. A score of 590 or higher based on the following formula: undergraduate GPA x  100   +   GRE score (combined verbal and quantitative sections).
  3. A recommendation from the Department of Education and Psychology based on the personal essay, interview, and background check.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

In addition to the general University graduate admission requirements, students applying for admission to the Master of Business Administration program must submit to the Admissions Office official GMAT test results taken within five years prior to application.

Admission to Regular Graduate Standing

An applicant will be accepted in good and regular standing to the MBA program if he or she meets the following criteria:

  1. Prerequisite courses for admission to the MBA program include: Principles of Accounting I, Principles of Accounting II, Micro or Macroeconomics, Principles of Marketing, Business Finance, Principles of Management, and Introduction to Probabilities and Statistics.
  2. A score of 950 or higher based on the following formula: undergraduate GPA x  200 + GMAT score.

Master of Education (MEd)

In addition to the general University graduate admission requirements, students applying for admission to the Master of Education program must submit to the Admissions Office official GRE test results taken within five years prior to application.

Admission to Regular Graduate Standing

An applicant will be accepted in good and regular standing to the MEd program if he or she meets the following criteria:

  1. Acceptable areas of study for admission to the MEd include education, school guidance, or at least 20 semester hours in education.
  2. An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale on all prior college course work.
  3. A score of 590 or higher based on the following formula: undergraduate GPA x 100 + GRE score (combined verbal and quantitative sections).

Other Graduate Admission Categories

Admission to Conditional Graduate Standing

Graduate applicants may be granted a conditional acceptance for one semester in order for official transcripts to be received.

International students unable to take the GMAT prior to beginning graduate study in the United States may be granted a conditional acceptance for one semester in order to take the GMAT or GRE.

An applicant to the MA, MBA, or MEd graduate program who does not meet the criteria specified for regular standing may be considered for admission by the Graduate Council.  In the event that conditional acceptance is given, conditions will be specified in the student’s letter of acceptance and may include prerequisite undergraduate course work, limited course load, English as a Second Language courses, or other academic requirements.

Admission of Non-Degree Students

Special permission to register is extended to students wishing to take graduate classes at the University for personal or professional benefit. Evidence must be provided to the program director that the student has completed a bachelor’s degree and has the capacity to successfully undertake graduate coursework. Non-degree students desiring to change to degree status must apply and meet all regular admission requirements. A maximum of 12 credit hours taken as a non-degree student may be applied to a graduate program.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate business majors enrolled at the University may receive special permission to register for graduate classes during the last semester prior to graduation. Academic credit earned in this manner may count towards either an undergraduate degree or a graduate degree, but not both.