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Temporary Waiver of Admission Tests

In response to numerous restrictions created by the COVID-19 health crisis, Jacksonville State University (JSU) will temporarily waive requirements for the Graduate Records Examinations (GRE), the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), and the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for graduate program applicants through the spring, summer, and fall 2021 admission periods.

GRE or MAT: Students who choose the GRE or MAT test score waiver must maintain a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) during the first 12 credit hours of graduate study or submit an acceptable GRE or MAT test score during that same time period to remain eligible for continued graduate study.

GMAT: Students who choose the GMAT test score waiver must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.7 and maintain a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) during the first semester of graduate study or submit an acceptable GMAT test score during that same time period to remain eligible for continued graduate study.

To be considered for admission to Graduate Studies, applicants must:

1.  Hold a degree from a regionally accredited institution or its foreign equivalent.
2.  Meet all program-specific admission requirements as posted in the Graduate Catalog, excluding the
     GRE, MAT, or GMAT requirement.
3.  Complete the JSU Graduate Application for Admission.
4.  Pay the non-refundable $35 application processing fee.
5.  Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities with degrees posted to Graduate Admissions
     (students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the university).
     Graduate Admissions
     Jacksonville State University
     700 Pelham Road North
     Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602
6.  Send any other required application materials to Graduate Admissions or upload them to their
     application account, as specified within the application.  

International Students may waive the GRE, MAT, or GMAT test requirement as indicated above, but must additionally meet all other international admission requirements as specified in the Graduate Catalog and on the International House and Programs website.

Please contact Graduate Admissions with any questions at (256) 782-5348 or graduate@jsu.edu.

Please see the International Graduate Students site for complete information.

Students wishing to transfer to JSU should complete the JSU Graduate Application for Admission and then, if accepted, request transfer credit to JSU.

Steps to Transfer Credit

  1. Complete and submit a Transfer Credit Request form, listing the course(s) you wish to transfer.
  2. Request an official transcript from the institution where the credit was earned be sent to Graduate Certification (if it has not already been sent with your application for admission):
    Graduate Certification
    Jacksonville State University
    700 Pelham Road North
    Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602
  3. Email course descriptions for courses requested on your transfer credit request to your Graduate Program Officer:

    School of Education, Department of Kinesiology, and Department of Music:
    Julie Maddox, Graduate Program Specialist
    Room 322, Bibb Graves Hall
    Phone: (256) 782-5327
    Email: jmaddox@jsu.edu

    School of Arts and Humanities (minus Department of Music), School of Business and Industry, School of Health Professions and Wellness (minus Department of Kinesiology), School of Human Services and Social Sciences, and School of Science:
    LaRilda VanSandt, Senior Graduate Program Specialist
    Room 322, Bibb Graves Hall
    Phone: (256) 782-5345
    Email: 
    vansandt@jsu.edu

Evaluation of Transfer Credit

  • Evaluation of transfer credit is made by the appropriate department of the student’s major and approved by Graduate Studies. A student intending to enroll at another institution and transfer a course(s) to JSU, must receive approval of the course work prior to enrolling in the course to ensure the course will be accepted for inclusion in the student’s program of study.
  • Transfer credit cannot be used to raise the GPA of JSU coursework to the required minimum GPA of any major, teacher certification program, or graduate certificate program.
  • Only courses NOT previously used as credit toward a previously earned degree may be considered for transfer credit.
  • Only graduate courses with grades A, B, P, and S may be transferred to JSU. Grades of C or below will not be eligible for transfer.
  • Transfer credit must meet Time Limits as stated in the Graduate Catalog.
  • Please see the Graduate Catalog for complete information on transfer credit.

A student who holds a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution may enroll in graduate courses as a professional development/non-degree seeking student.

Please follow these simple steps to submit your application:

  1. Complete the JSU Graduate Application for Admission
  2. Pay the non-refundable $35 application processing fee. 
  3. Send official transcripts from all colleges/universities with degrees posted to Graduate Admissions (students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the university):
    Graduate Admissions
    Jacksonville State University
    700 Pelham Road North
    Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602

Please contact Graduate Admissions with any questions at (256) 782-5348 or graduate@jsu.edu.

If, at a later date, the student decides to pursue a degree at JSU, the student must petition, in writing, to the Director of Graduate Studies that the course(s) taken as a professional development/non-degree seeking student be counted toward the degree. The student must also meet the admission requirements for the degree program, and all coursework used toward the degree must fall within its given time limit.

A graduate student in good standing at a regionally accredited college or university may be admitted to Jacksonville State University as a transient student. 

Please follow these simple steps to submit your application: 

  1. Complete the JSU Graduate Application for Admission
  2. Pay the non-refundable $35 application processing fee. 
  3. Send a letter of good standing from the dean of the graduate school of residence or a current official transcript to Graduate Admissions:
    Graduate Admissions
    Jacksonville State University
    700 Pelham Road North
    Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602

Please contact Graduate Admissions with any questions at (256) 782-5348 or graduate@jsu.edu.

In addition, it is the student’s responsibility to request that a JSU transcript be forwarded to the college of residence upon completion of the course(s).

The Faster Master’s program allows exceptional JSU undergraduate students to take up to 12 hours of graduate coursework during their junior and senior years, which double count towards both the bachelor’s and the master’s degree. To see full details and a list of the degree programs that participate in the Faster Master's, please visit the Faster Master's website. 

Please follow these simple steps to submit your application: 

  1. Complete the JSU Graduate Application for Admission
  2. Submit three Graduate Reference Forms completed by individuals who can provide qualitative assessment of the applicant’s potential for success in graduate coursework. Reference forms will be submitted electronically. Instructions for submission will be sent through email to the applicant upon submission of the online graduate application. 
  3. Send any other application items as specified by the degree program. Please see the Faster Master's website for each program's application requirements.

Please contact Graduate Admissions with any questions at (256) 782-5348 or graduate@jsu.edu.

The Accelerated Senior Privilege allows a graduating senior to take up to six graduate hours of coursework during his or her final undergraduate semester. Accelerated Senior Privilege will also be extended to graduating seniors at other colleges and universities, provided all conditions specified below are met.

Please follow these simple steps to submit your application: 

  1. Review the list of Graduate Programs and select your degree program. 
  2. Complete the JSU Graduate Application for Admission
  3. Pay the non-refundable $35 application processing fee. 
  4. Submit a Verification Form completed by the academic advisor or certification officer of the school of the student’s undergraduate major to Graduate Studies that verifies the following:
    • The student holds an overall GPA of 3.00 and a GPA of 3.00 in the undergraduate major;
    • The student has passed the English Competency Examination (ECE); and
    • The student is within six semester hours of successfully completing undergraduate degree requirements.
  5. Submit any other required application materials to Graduate Admissions, or upload them to your application account, as specified within the application. 

Please contact Graduate Admissions with any questions at (256) 782-5348 or graduate@jsu.edu.

The following restrictions are placed on Accelerated Senior Privilege: 

  • The student may take no more than six semester hours of graduate level courses prior to the completion of all undergraduate degree requirements. The student will not be allowed to register for additional graduate level courses until all undergraduate degree requirements have been met; 
  • The student must not exceed a total course load (undergraduate and graduate) of 13 semester hours in the fall and spring and 7 semester hours in each of the summer terms. Any exception to this regulation must be approved by the department head and the Director of Graduate Studies; 
  • The student must provide all application materials for the desired graduate program to Graduate Studies, and be accepted, prior to the end of the semester of senior privilege and prior to pre-registering or registering for further coursework; and 
  • MBA students must provide an official GMAT score of at least 400 prior to enrolling in senior privilege classes.

If at any time a student wishes to change from one major or concentration to another, the student must request a Change of Major or Concentration through the JSU Graduate Application for Admission

The student must meet the admission requirements of the newly selected major or concentration as specified in the catalog current at the time the student is changing. The student must be in good academic standing in his or her current major.

In some instances, rather than processing the change of major request, Graduate Admissions may require an individual to submit a new graduate application for the desired program and pay the non-refundable $35 application processing fee.

Changes of major or concentration that are approved after the start of the semester will not be effective until the next semester.

If students have not taken classes for one calendar year, they become inactive in the JSU system. 

Please use the JSU Graduate Application for Admission to update your status and reactivate your student account.

Clery Notice: In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, https://clerycenter.org/policy-resources/the-clery-act/  the Jacksonville State University Police provide information on crimes statistics, crime prevention, law enforcement, crime reporting, and other related issues for the past three calendar years. The JSU Annual Campus Security and Fire Report is available online.

JSU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs or activities that it operates. JSU is required, by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Department of Education regulations to implement Title IX, not to discriminate in such a manner. This requirement to not discriminate in educational programs and activities extends to employment by the university and to admission thereto. Questions regarding Title IX and the implementing regulations should be referred to JSU’s Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights, or to both. For more information about the Title IX grievance procedure, including how to report or file a complaint of sex discrimination, how to report or file a formal complaint of sexual harassment and how JSU will respond to such complaints, please visit our Title IX website at www.jsu.edu/titleix or contact our Title IX Coordinator: Jennifer Argo, Title IX Coordinator, Bibb Graves Hall, Suite 301-A, (256) 782-5769, jlargo@jsu.edu or titleix@jsu.edu