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Admission Requirements

Click the degree headings below for a listing of admissions requirements for each program. Additional information about the admission process is available in the Graduate Catalog.

View guidelines for international students »

Business and Management

Master of Business Administration

To be considered for admission to graduate studies at Southern Adventist University, applicants must submit a graduate application along with a $40 non-refundable fee ($25 for online applications). Applicants to the School of Business and Management must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit official transcript from the accredited institution granting your four-year baccalaureate degree. For expediency, address transcripts to "Graduate Studies."
  2. Transcript must show a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Submit GMAT score (taken within the past five years). Applicants may be admitted without a GMAT score if they have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 for a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution, or a GPA of 3.0 plus five years of full-time business management experience. International students must submit a GMAT score.
  4. Submit two recommendation forms »
International student requirements »
Master of Financial Management

To be considered for admission to graduate studies at Southern Adventist University, applicants must submit a graduate application along with a $40 non-refundable fee ($25 for online applications). Applicants to the School of Business and Management must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit official transcript from the accredited institution granting your four-year baccalaureate degree.  For expediency, address transcripts to "Graduate Studies."
  2. Transcript must show a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Submit GMAT score (taken within the past five years). Applicants may be admitted without a GMAT score if they have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 for a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution, or a GPA of 3.0 plus five years of full-time business management experience. International students must submit a GMAT score.
  4. Submit two recommendation forms »
International student requirements »
Master of Science in Administration

To be considered for admission to graduate studies at Southern Adventist University, applicants must submit a graduate application along with a $40 non-refundable fee ($25 for online applications). Applicants to the School of Business and Management must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit official transcript from the accredited institution granting your four-year baccalaureate degree. For expediency, address transcripts to "Graduate Studies."
  2. Transcript must show a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Submit GMAT score (taken within the past five years). Applicants may be admitted without a GMAT score if they have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 for a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution, or a GPA of 3.0 plus five years of full-time business management experience. International students must submit a GMAT score.
  4. Submit two recommendation forms »
International student requirements »
MSN/MBA

To be considered for admission to graduate studies at Southern Adventist, applicants must submit a graduate application along with a $40 non-refundable fee ($25 for online applications) prior to May 1 (fall admission) or October 1 (winter admission). Applicants to the MSN/MBA program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit official transcript from the accredited institution granting your baccalaureate degree in nursing, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. For expediency, address transcripts to "Graduate Studies."
  2. Current licensure as a registered nurse in Tennessee or current multistate license with privilege to practice in the state of Tennessee.
  3. Three credit hours in statistics (equivalent to MATH-215).
  4. Submit GMAT score (taken within the past five years). Applicants may be admitted without a GMAT score if they have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 for a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution, or a GPA of 3.0 plus five years of full-time business management experience. International students must submit a GMAT score.
  5. A minimum of one year (2,000 hours) of current nursing experience.
  6. Personal interview with the School of Nursing and School of Business and Management graduate program coordinators.
  7. Resumé
  8. Submit two recommendation forms »

International student requirements »

 

Computer Science

Master of Science in Computer Science

School of Computing

To be considered for admission to graduate studies at Southern Adventist University, applicants must submit a graduate application along with a $40 non-refundable fee ($25 for online applications). For acceptance by the School of Computing, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit an official transcript from an institution granting a BS in Computer Science degree from an ABET-accredited program, or a four-year undergraduate degree in computer science or related program with permission. For expediency, address transcripts to "Graduate Studies."
  2. A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  3. Submit two recommendations. Download recommendation forms »
  4. Submit a resume.

International student requirements »

 

Counseling

Master of Science in Counseling

School of Education and Psychology

To be considered for admission to graduate studies at Southern Adventist University, applicants must submit a graduate application along with a $40 non-refundable fee ($25 for online applications). For acceptance by the School of Education and Psychology Graduate Council, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit official transcript from the accredited institution granting your four-year baccalaureate degree. For expediency, address transcripts to "Graduate Studies."

    The completion of a minimum of 6 credits in psychology or behavioral sciences on the upper-division undergraduate or graduate level plus one class in research and/or statistics is required. (Note: These courses will not be counted as part of the graduate program.)
  2. A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale is required. Or, if graduate credit has been earned, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on at least 9 semester hours (with no grade lower than a B-) may be accepted.
  3. Complete a written statement of purpose regarding your motivation for joining the graduate program of choice and what you hope to gain from the program. Download guidelines » 
  4. Pass the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) background check and affirm that you are not a registered sex offender on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry. If the applicant is currently working in a state other than Tennessee, a TBI-comparable background check from that state must be submitted. Download legal declaration and waiver form »
  5. Submit three letters of reference, including one academic and one professional from recent sources, along with three recommendations. Download recommendation forms »
  6. An interview by counseling program faculty to assess the candidate's values, commitment to multiculturalism, attitudes, and communication skills. Obtain an evaluation of each of the core areas identified on the Dispositions Assessment form.
  7. Personality Test: Results from the 16 PF must be on record prior to completion of faculty interview.

International student requirements »

 

Education

Master of Science in Education

School of Education and Psychology

To be considered for admission to graduate studies at Southern Adventist University, applicants must submit a graduate application along with a $40 non-refundable fee ($25 for online applications). For acceptance by the School of Education and Psychology Graduate Council, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit official transcript from the accredited institution granting your four-year baccalaureate degree. For expediency, address transcripts to "Graduate Studies."
  2. A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale is required. Or, if graduate credit has been earned, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on at least nine semester hours (with no grade lower than a B-) may be accepted. Transcript must show a minimum of nine semester credits in undergraduate education courses (or in graduate education courses that will not be counted as a part of the graduate program).
  3. Complete a Statement of Purpose clarifying your expectations from graduate work. Download guidelines »
  4. Pass the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) background check and affirm that you are not registered sex offender on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry. If the applicant is currently working in a state other than Tennessee, a TBI-comparable background check from that state must be submitted. Download legal declaration and waiver form »
  5. Submit two recommendation forms »
  6. Instructional Leadership Emphasis—Verification of two years of successful teaching experience in a public school or non-public school, preK-12, that is approved by a recognized accrediting agency or approved by a state department of education; an institution of higher education approved by a regional accrediting association; U.S. government teaching programs; teacher exchange programs; or teaching in the armed forces of the United States.

International student requirements »

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Global Community Development

Master of Science in Global Community Development

Nondepartmental

To be considered for admission to graduate studies at Southern Adventist University, applicants must submit a graduate application along with a $40 non-refundable fee ($25 for online applications). Applicants to the Global Community Development program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit an official transcript from the accredited institution granting your four-year baccalaureate degree. For expediency, address transcripts to "Graduate Studies."
  2. A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Submit two recommendations. Download recommendation forms »
  4. Submit the online Readiness Assessment.
  5. Submit a Personal Statement.
  6. Personal interview.
  7. Resumé.

International student requirements »

Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice

To be considered for admission to graduate studies at Southern Adventist University, applicants must submit a graduate application along with a $40 non-refundable fee ($25 for online applications). Applicants to the doctor of nursing practice program must meet the following requirements:

  1. A master’s degree with a major in nursing from a recognized college or university with an accredited program. For expediency, address transcripts to "Graduate Studies."
  2. Successful completion of an undergraduate or graduate course in statistics (3 hours)
  3. A minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Personal interview with School of Nursing faculty member(s).
  5. Submit three recommendations—one academic and two from a clinical setting. Download recommendation forms »
  6. Narrative statement describing the applicant's purpose and goals
  7. Curriculum vitae
  8. Scholarly writing sample (such as a previous graduate-level paper)
  9. Current RN licensure in the state or location of residence
  10. Current advanced-practice certification from a nationally recognized organization (or approved plan for obtaining certification as part of the DNP program)
  11. Current advanced-practice license in the state or location of residence as required by that jurisdiction (or approved plan for obtaining licensure as part of the DNP program)
  12. A minimum of one year (2,000 hours) of current nursing experience as an RN or nurse practitioner. Acute care applicants should submit documentation of acute care skill set.
  13. Satisfactory outcome of the health and safety assessments, and completion of basic emergency training

International student requirements »

Master of Science in Nursing

To be considered for admission to graduate studies at Southern Adventist University, applicants must submit a graduate application along with a $40 non-refundable fee ($25 for online applications). Applicants to the MSN program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit official transcript from the accredited institution granting your baccalaureate degree in nursing. For expediency, address transcripts to "Graduate Studies."
  2. Current licensure as a registered nurse in Tennessee or current multistate license with privilege to practice in the state of Tennessee. A Georgia license is recommended for nurse practitioner students.
  3. Three credit hours in statistics (equivalent to MATH-215).
  4. Transcript must show a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. If at least 12 graduate credits have been taken from another institution, the graduate GPA may be considered.
  5. Personal interview with the School of Nursing graduate program coordinator.
  6. Submit two recommendation forms »
  7. Resumé
  8. A minimum of one year (2,000 hours) of current nursing experience. Acute care nurse practitioner applicants must have a minimum of two years (4,000 hours) of nursing experience, have substantive experience in critical care or a related area, and submit documentation of critical care skill set with application.

International student requirements »

RN to Master of Science in Nursing

To be considered for admission to graduate studies at Southern Adventist University, applicants must submit a graduate application along with a $40 non-refundable fee ($25 for online applications). Applicants to the RN to MSN program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit official transcript from the accredited institution granting your associate degree or diploma with a major in nursing. For expediency, address transcripts to "Graduate Studies."
  2. Current licensure as a registered nurse in Tennessee or current multistate license with privilege to practice in the state of Tennessee. A Georgia license is recommended for nurse practitioner students.
  3. Completion of all Southern Adventist University general education and cognate course requirements for the BS degree with a major in nursing, or an approved plan for concurrent completion of these requirements.
  4. Transcript must show a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
  5. A minimum of two years (4000 hours) of current nursing experience. Acute care nurse practitioner program applicants must have substantive experience in critical care or a related area and submit documentation of critical care skill set with application
  6. Personal interview with the School of Nursing graduate program coordinator.
  7. Submit two recommendation forms »
  8. Resumé

International student requirements »

MSN/MBA

To be considered for admission to graduate studies at Southern Adventist University, applicants must submit a graduate application along with a $40 non-refundable fee ($25 for online applications). prior to May 1 (fall admission) or October 1 (winter admission). Applicants to the MSN/MBA program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit official transcript from the accredited institution granting your baccalaureate degree in nursing, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. For expediency, address transcripts to "Graduate Studies."
  2. Current licensure as a registered nurse in Tennessee or current multistate license with privilege to practice in the state of Tennessee.
  3. Three credit hours in statistics (equivalent to MATH-215).
  4. Submit GMAT score (taken within the past five years). Applicants may be admitted without a GMAT score if they have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 for a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution, or a GPA of 3.0 plus five years of full-time business management experience. International students must submit a GMAT score.
  5. A minimum of one year (2,000 hours) of current nursing experience.
  6. Personal interview with the School of Nursing and School of Business and Management graduate program coordinators.
  7. Submit two recommendation forms »
  8. Resumé

International student requirements »

Post-master's Certificates

To be considered for admission to graduate studies at Southern Adventist University, applicants must submit a graduate application along with a $40 non-refundable fee ($25 for online applications). Applicants to the post-master’s program must meet the following requirements:

  1. A master’s degree with a major in nursing from a recognized college or university with an accredited program. For expediency, address transcripts to "Graduate Studies."
  2. Current license as a registered nurse in Tennessee or current multistate license with privilege to practice in the state of Tennessee. A Georgia license is recommended for nurse practitioner students.
  3. A minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Personal interview with the School of Nursing graduate program coordinator.
  5. Submit two recommendation forms »
  6. A minimum of one year (2,000 hours) of current nursing experience. Acute care nurse practitioner program applicants must have a minimum of two years (4,000 hours) of nursing experience, have substantive experience in critical care or a related area, and submit documentation of critical care skill set with application.

International student requirements »

 

Outdoor Education

Master of Science in Education—Outdoor Education

School of Education and Psychology

To be considered for admission to graduate studies at Southern Adventist University, applicants must submit a graduate application along with a $40 non-refundable fee ($25 for online applications). For acceptance by the School of Education and Psychology Graduate Council, applicants must meet the following requirements: 

  1. Submit official transcript from the accredited institution granting your four-year baccalaureate degree. For expediency, address transcripts to "Graduate Studies."
  2. A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale is required. Or, if graduate credit has been earned, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on at least nine semester hours (with no grade lower than a B-) may be accepted. Transcript must show a minimum of nine semester credits in undergraduate education courses (or in graduate education courses that will not be counted as a part of the graduate program).
  3. Complete a Statement of Purpose clarifying your expectations from graduate work. Download guidelines »
  4. Pass the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) background check and affirm that you are not a registered sex offender on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry. If the applicant is currently working in a state other than Tennessee, a TBI-comparable background check from that state must be submitted. Download legal declaration and waiver form »
  5. Submit two recommendation forms »

International student requirements »

 

Religion

Master of Arts

To be considered for admission to graduate studies at Southern Adventist University, applicants must submit a graduate application along with a $40 non-refundable fee ($25 for online applications). In addition, MA applicants must submit the following materials and meet the following requirements:

  1. Two recommendation forms. If the applicant works for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, one recommendation must be from the employing organization.
  2. If applicable, a record of denominational employment indicating each place, date, and capacity of service.
  3. Submit official transcript of a completed bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Other prerequisites may apply to the specific emphases.  For expediency, address transcript to "Graduate Studies."
  4. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. For an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 to 3.24, the GRE is required with a combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 1080 and a minimum analytical writing score of 4.5.
  5. Submission of a formal paper of at least 3,000 words that meets the following criteria:
     • Research-based, demonstrating appropriate use of valid sources.
     • Reflects the ability to write lucidly, with careful organization of ideas.
     • Demonstrates care and consistency in format, style, and mechanics.
     • Meets the standards for at least a B grade when compared with undergraduate research papers.

Final decisions about acceptance into the program are made by the MA Program Committee of the School of Religion.

International student requirements »

 
Master of Ministry

To be considered for admission to graduate studies at Southern Adventist University, applicants must submit a graduate application along with a $40 non-refundable fee ($25 for online applications). In addition, the MMin applicant must submit the following materials and meet the following requirements:

  1. Two recommendation forms. If the applicant works for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, one recommendation must be from the employing organization.
  2. If applicable, a record of denominational employment indicating each place, date, and capacity of service.
  3. Submit official transcript of a completed bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. This transcript must include a minimum of 12 semester hours in religion.  For expediency, address transcript to "Graduate Studies."
  4. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. For an undergraduate GPA of 2.50 to 2.99, the GRE is required with a combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 1000 and a minimum analytical writing score of 4.
  5. Submission of a formal paper of at least 3,000 words that meets the following criteria:
     • Research-based, demonstrating appropriate use of valid sources.
     • Reflects the ability to write lucidly, with careful organization of ideas.
     • Demonstrates care and consistency in format, style, and mechanics.
     • Meets the standards for at least a B grade when compared with undergraduate research papers.

Final decisions about acceptance into the program are made by the MMin Program Committee of the School of Religion.

International student requirements »

 

Social Work

Master of Social Work

MSW students may obtain regular placement (59 credits) or advanced placement (31 credits) depending on the undergraduate background.

To be considered for admission to graduate studies at Southern Adventist University, applicants must submit a graduate application along with a $40 non-refundable fee ($25 for online applications).

Applicants must meet the following requirements for regular placement:

  1. Submit official transcript from the accredited institution granting your four-year baccalaureate degree. For expediency, address transcripts to "Graduate Studies."
  2. Transcript must show a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and demonstrate a strong liberal arts background.
  3. Submit a professional résumé documenting related experience and a personal statement describing applicant’s aptitude for and interest in the field of social work. View statement guidelines »
  4. Submit two recommendation forms. (Note: The Admissions Committee may request a personal interview, third reference, and/or other information when there is a question on aptitude for a career in social work.)
  5. Submit a resumé.

Additional Requirements for Advanced Placement

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree in social work from a recognized college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, and have earned no more than one C grade in a core social work course.
  2. Submit one letter of reference reflecting past satisfactory practice experience from the applicant’s field placement faculty liaison, field instructor, or current human service job supervisor.

International student requirements »

 

 

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