Section 2.2: Admissions Criteria

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Applicants are evaluated on the basis of both past academic performance and potential for continued achievement.  In all cases, a combination of quantitative and qualitative measures is assessed. Credentials indicating an ability to succeed in graduate-level work might include cumulative and major graduate point average (GPA), caliber of prior institutions attended, progression of academic performance over time, standardized test scores, written communication skills, recommendations from faculty, relevant work experience, indices of leadership, prior research experience and correspondence between research interests and available faculty expertise.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.  If the applicant attended a non-U.S. college or university, the degree must have been received from a recognized institution where the requirements for the bachelor's degree are similar to those at KSU, as determined by KSU’s Office of Global Education.
  • A total undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.000 on a 4.000 point scale.  For graduate level coursework, a minimum 3.000 GPA is expected.  Some programs may require a higher minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA.

CONDITIONAL ADMISSION

Applicants who do not meet the minimum University and/or program requirements may be considered for conditional admission.  Admission in such cases will depend heavily on other indices of the student’s ability to handle graduate-level work.  These might include strong performance on standardized tests, GPA in the major and/or other experiences that are clearly indicative of strong academic ability.

The purpose of conditional admission is to provide applicants with an opportunity to compensate for any deficiencies, and to demonstrate their ability to satisfactorily complete graduate level work.  Conditional admission is normally assigned for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Applicant does not meet minimum University/program requirements.  The conditions are determined by the applicant’s program/college.  Normally, conditions will include the successful completion of specified graduate coursework and/or the achievement of a specified first semester GPA.  A statement of the conditions of admission, as well as the rationale for conditional admission, will be sent to the student in writing by the academic college.  Monitoring the student’s success in meeting specified conditions is the responsibility of the program.
  • Applicant does not have expected academic background in the field of proposed graduate study.  The conditions are determined by the applicant’s program/college. Normally, the conditions will include the successful completion of specified undergraduate coursework.  A statement of the conditions of admission, as well as the rationale for conditional admission, will be sent to the student in writing by the academic college.  Monitoring the student’s success in meeting specified conditions is the responsibility of the program.
  • Applicant does not meet minimum English proficiency requirements.  A statement of the conditions of admission will be included in the Letter of Admission.  Conditions include the successful completion of English as a Second Language (ESL) courses and proof of English proficiency.  Enrollment in ESL courses does not assure admission to an academic program. ESL faculty is responsible for monitoring the student’s conditions.
  • Applicant does not have final transcripts and/or degree document(s).  The required document(s) will be listed in the Letter of Admission, and must be submitted by the first day of the first semester of enrollment.  The Division of Graduate Studies is responsible for monitoring receipt of the document(s). A “hold” will be placed on the student’s record during the second week of the student’s first semester.  The hold will inhibit further course registration if the document(s) have not been received by Graduate Studies by that time.