Application Procedures for All Students

To be considered for admission to a master's, education specialist, doctoral, or graduate certificate program, applicants must hold a degree from a regionally accredited institution or its foreign equivalent. (Please review the Graduate Certificate Disclosure information.)

The Dean of Graduate Studies will make the final decision regarding a student’s application for admission to graduate studies at JSU.

Specific admission criteria can be found in each individual program section of this catalog, and all required application materials must be submitted to:

Graduate Admissions
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602

  1. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission.
  2. Non-refundable $35.00 application processing fee.
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities with degrees posted1. (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the university.)
  4. Additional items may be required by programs, such as Graduate Reference Forms; official test scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT); valid professional educator certificates; background checks; resumes; etc. A complete list of all required application items for a given program can be found in each individual program section of this catalog.
  5. If English is not the applicant’s native language, the applicant is required to submit or complete one of the following items. This is not required for international students who have earned a bachelor’s or higher degree from a United States regionally accredited institution.
    1. An official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 79 on the internet-based TOEFL is required for admission.
    2. An official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report. A minimum score of 6.0 on the IELTS is required for admission.
    3. An official Pearson Test of English (PTE) score report. A minimum score of 56 on the PTE is required for admission.
    4. An official Duolingo Test score report. A minimum score of 100 is required for admission. 
    5. Or an official International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP) score report. A minimum score of 3.9 on the iTEP is required for admission.
    6. Alternatively, the applicant may successfully complete Level 4 of the Intensive English program at JSU’s English Language Institute.
    7. Note: Students with degrees from the following countries, which have English as the official language, are exempted from the above tests: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kiribati, Liberia, Malawi, Marshal Islands, Micronesia, Monserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, St. Helena, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, and United Kingdom, U. S. Virgin Islands, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.