Find out what you need to know before you apply.
Each college/program has its own set of application requirements and deadlines. Typical requirements include materials such as entrance exam scores (GRE, GMAT, etc.), a personal/goal statement and letters of recommendation.
Application requirements can be found under the Admission Requirements tab of each specific program's page.
Depending on your desired program and/or native language, you will be required to submit entrance exam or English-proficiency scores with your application. Specific programs in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business accept unofficial test scores. If that option is applicable, you will see the Unofficial Test Scores page in your application. Other applicants must submit official scores.
Testing requirements vary by graduate program. Applicants should contact the graduate program they are interested in to obtain specific admission requirements. Applications can be submitted prior to completing an entrance exam. Application materials, including official test scores, must be received by the application deadline. You can use your online application to track the receipt of test scores at any time.
To designate Georgia State as the recipient of your official entrance exam scores, use the noted selections:
Do not select program codes when requesting scores.
GMAT: Georgia State University - J. Mack Robinson College of Business
GACE: school code 5090
GA Educator Ethics 350: school code 5090
GA Educator Ethics 370: school code 5090
MAT: mail official sealed score report to an address below
LSAT: mail official sealed score report to an address below
MCAT: mail official sealed score report to an address below
To designate Georgia State as the recipient of your official English-proficiency exam scores, use the noted selections:
TOEFL: Select Institution Code 5251
IELTS: Select E-Delivery Account Name Georgia State University Graduate Admissions
Refer to the International Applicant section for more information on English-proficiency requirements and exemptions.
Graduate applicants must submit one transcript for each college or university (postsecondary institution) attended, including community colleges, study abroad programs and AP credit. A transcript should be submitted for review regardless of length of time attended, whether or not grades are listed or where the final degree was conferred.
Whether unofficial or official transcripts are accepted is based upon your college, school or institute of interest.
Official Transcripts (Required)
If your program is in one of the colleges listed below, you MUST submit official transcripts for review and admission purposes. Unofficial transcripts submitted in the online application will NOT be used. Applicants should contact the graduate program they are interested in to obtain specific admission requirements. Applications can be submitted prior to completing an entrance exam. Application materials, including transcripts, must be received by the application deadline. You can log in to your online application to track the receipt of materials at any time. Official transcripts must be issued by the institution and must remain sealed. Official paper transcripts can be submitted by mail and electronic transcripts by email or by the institution’s transcript ordering site. International applicants should see the International Applicants section for exceptions.
Colleges that require an official transcript:
- Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing & Health Professions
- College of Education & Human Development
- Institute for Biomedical Sciences (including the M.I.S.; Biomedical Enterprise)
- School of Public Health
Mailing Address (U.S. Postal Service)
Office of Admissions - Graduate Programs
Delivery Address (FedEx, DHL, UPS)
Office of Admissions - Graduate Programs
Submission of Electronic Transcripts:
Electronic transcripts must be submitted directly from the institution by email or through the use of a transcript ordering site:
Unofficial (Copies of Official University) Transcripts
If your program is in one of the colleges or schools listed below, you have the option to submit official or unofficial transcripts for review and admission purposes. If subsequently admitted, you will be required to submit official transcripts using the process above. Applicants should contact the graduate program they are interested in to obtain specific admission requirements. Applications can be submitted prior to completing an entrance exam. Application materials, including transcripts, must be received by the application deadline. You can log into your online application to track the receipt of materials at any time.
Colleges that accept unofficial transcripts:
- Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (including the M.I.S.; Criminal Justice Administration)
- College of Arts & Sciences
- J. Mack Robinson College of Business
- College of the Arts
Unofficial transcripts are defined as copies of official university transcripts. Requirements for submitting unofficial (copies of official university) transcripts for review and admission purposes:
Submissions must be copies of official university transcripts uploaded directly to the Academic History section of the application. Copies of the following are acceptable:
- A hard copy (paper) official transcript issued by the university
- An electronic (digital) official transcript issued by the university
Copies of official university transcripts must be completely legible and include:
- Your name and the institution’s name
- One or more of the following features: registrar’s seal, registrar’s signature or watermark of the institution
- Your current term of study, if you are enrolled in a program
- Degree awarded and degree conferral date, if applicable
- The diploma or degree certificate page if the degree is listed separately.
- The entire transcript (with no omitted pages) *If available, include one copy of the grading scale and/or definitions page typically listed on the back of domestic transcripts
- A notarized translation of a non-English transcript and the original transcript
International credentials must meet all of the requirements listed in the International Applicants section.
The documents listed below are not accepted. Uploading these documents will significantly delay (or prevent) the review of your application:
- Self-printed academic histories
- Web-based academic evaluations
- Anything handwritten
- Documents that are password-protected or contain macros
- Unclear, illegible copies
We reserve the right to accept or reject submissions that violate any criteria listed here or submissions that would hinder application review.
Georgia State values the contributions made by students from abroad. International students come from more than 150 countries and are integral to the diversity of our university community. Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad may be subject to additional application requirements.
In addition to meeting all other applicable requirements for admission, non-native speakers of English must demonstrate sufficient English-language proficiency. Proof of English proficiency can be demonstrated through one of the following:
- Proof of baccalaureate or graduate degree completion inside (from an accredited institution) or outside the U.S., where English is the official language of academic instruction – see list of countries below
- TOEFL scores (paper or Internet-based)
- IELTS scores
- Completion of a University System of Georgia approved ESL program
Any applicant whose country of birth is English-speaking (as listed below) is not subject to the English-Proficiency requirement.
English Proficiency Exemption List
British Virgin Islands
Canada Cayman Islands
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Federated States of Micronesia
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent/ Grenadines
Tristan da Cuhna
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
United States of America
International Academic Credentials
Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are subject to additional application requirements. International credentials must be equivalent to a U.S. four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, which will be determined by an in-house evaluation or a professional course-by-course evaluation depending on your college, school or institute of interest.
Professional Course-by-Course Evaluation
A professional course-by-course evaluation is required as part of the admission process if you are applying to one of the following colleges or schools. Visit the college or school website for specific evaluation requirements:
College of Education & Human Development (requirements vary by program)
Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing & Health Professions
School of Public Health
Our credentials will be evaluated in-house if you are applying to one of the following colleges, schools or institutes. Specific requirements are listed below:
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
College of Arts & Sciences
College of Education & Human Development (requirements vary by program)
College of the Arts
Institute for Biomedical Sciences
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
The Graduate School Office of Admissions will make every attempt to evaluate your credentials for U.S. equivalency. If we cannot clearly determine equivalency, a professional evaluation for degree-equivalency will be requested by email. Submit your documents well in advance of the deadline to allow time for evaluation. If your degree is not equivalent, you will be ineligible for graduate admission. Our undergraduate programs may serve as an alternative.
- Academic credentials (or transcripts) should be issued in English by the institution and include mark sheets and course listings with grades, degree certification and the institution’s official seal/signature. If the institution does not provide an English translation, a copy of a certified English translation should be included with transcripts.
- If available, the grading scale and student’s rank should be noted on the official credentials.
- Notarized copies are acceptable or you may bring your credentials to the Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs to be copied.
International applicants need not submit financial documents, including proof of support or bank statements, during the application process. Upon admission, International Student & Scholar Services will request required documentation via iStart.
Our programs have specific admission requirements. You can find them listed under the Admission Requirements tab for the program you've chosen.
Items you may need to gather include:
- Resume/curriculum vitae
- Statement of goals
- Writing sample
- Letters of recommendation
Follow these steps to apply to a graduate program. After submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email. You can check your status by returning to your online application. When a decision is available, it will be published to the Status page of your online application, and you will be notified via email.
Start the online application
If you would like to apply to more than one program, simply return to the homepage of your application account. Applicants interested in the College of Law, the executive programs in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business and graduate reentry should visit the appropriate college or school site.
All colleges and universities (postsecondary institutions) attended must be included in your application, whether the coursework was transferred to another institution or not.
Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities you have attended must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Georgia State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 4018
Atlanta, GA 30302
- To send official GRE/MAT/TOEFL/IELTS scores to Georgia State, select institution code 5251.
- To submit official IETLS scores, select Georgia State University Graduate Admissions.
Upload Supplemental Materials
Your resume/curriculum vitae, statement of goals and writing sample can be uploaded to your application under Applicant Documents.
Enter Recommendation Contacts
For letters of recommendation, you can enter the names of your recommenders, along with their email addresses, under the Recommendations section of your application.
Once you submit your application, your recommenders will be emailed instructions on attaching a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
Upon submission of your application, you will be directed to the Status page, where you can pay the application fee and review and track the receipt of required application materials.
Your application will move to review once all application materials listed on your Status page are received. Colleges and faculty are dedicated to carefully reviewing the entire applicant pool, therefore review times vary by program. You will be notified by email as soon as a decision is made. Then, you will be able to access the decision letter from your Status page.
You’ve been accepted. Now what? Prepare for the upcoming semester by reviewing the steps below.
To finalize your admission, you must complete or opt out of the verification of lawful presence process and submit any outstanding proof of degree, official transcripts or official test scores. Return to the Status page of your application for a personalized checklist of required enrollment documents.
For guidance on course selection, program advisement and additional funding opportunities, reach out to your college or department.
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