Graduate Frequently Asked Questions

The office is located on the ground floor of the Andrew Young School building at 14 Marietta Street NW, Suite G-52, Atlanta, GA 30303. A campus map may be found at http://www.gsu.edu/map.html.
Criminal Justice Department:

Master of Science and Doctoral students in Criminal Justice: Dr. Eric Sevigny (esevigny@gsu.edu)

Economics Department:

Master's students in Economics: MA advisor, Dr. Felix Rioja (frioja@gsu.edu)
Doctoral students in Economics: Dr. Rusty Tchernis (rtchernis@gsu.edu).

Public Management and Policy Department:

Master's and Certificate programs: Ms. Michelle Lacoss (mlacoss@gsu.edu) with administrative advisement questions
Dr. John Thomas, Director of MPA/MPP program (jcthomas@gsu.edu) for academic advisement.
Doctoral students in Public Policy: Dr. Christine Roch (croch@gsu.edu).

Social Work:

Master of Social Work: Ms. Renanda Dear (rwood@gsu.edu).

Enrollment verification is processed centrally at Georgia State University. More information on the process is located at Enrollment Services.
In the Andrew Young School graduate courses range from 7000-8999 for master's students. 9000-9999 are doctoral level courses. Outside of the Andrew Young School, each department may have differing ranges but typically graduate courses will begin at no less than 6000.
If you are a student in a graduate certificate, Master of Public Administration, or the Master of Public Policy you may submit an online petition here. Students in the MA Economics program should consult with Dr. Felix Rioja (frioja@gsu.edu) for course substitutions.

Students in the MS Criminal Justice program should consult with Dr. Eric Sevigny (esevigny@gsu.edu) for course substitutions.

Students must follow the degree requirements listed in the graduate catalog for their term of entry to the program.

  • Criminal Justice students should contact their advisor to go over their program requirements and fill out the program of study to be submitted to the Office of Academic Assistance
  • Economics students should contact their advisor to go over the degree requirements and fill out a program of study form to be submitted to the Office of Academic Assistance.
  • Public Management and Policy
    • Students within the Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Policy, and graduate certificate programs should review their academic evaluation online through PAWS. This will show you exactly which courses you should take and list the courses you have already taken.
    • PhD students in Public Policy should contact Dr. Christine Roch (croch@gsu.edu) to go over degree requirements and fill out a program of study form to be submitted to the Office of Academic Assistance.
  • School of Social Work students should contact their advisor to go over the degree requirements.
Information on the cross registration process is located here.

  • Note: Generally undergraduate students may not be approved to cross register for a course at another institution within 50 miles of Georgia State University if the course is routinely offered at Georgia State.
Yes. Walk-in's are held Monday through Thursday each week. The walk-in schedule is:

  • Mondays and Thursdays: 2:30 - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 9:30 - 11:00 AM

Students may also make individual appointments by calling the OAA (404-413-0021) or emailing their advisor in advance.

The Andrew Young School does not offer wait listing or overflows into classes that are at maximum enrollment. If a course is full you may contact each department directly to inquire if new sections or seats will be added to the schedule for any particular course:

  • Criminal Justice: 404-413-1020
  • Economics: 404-413-0104
  • Public Management and Policy: 404-413-0107
  • Social Work: 404-413-1050

Generally, if no additional seats or sections will be added students should check the online schedule regularly and during the drop/add period for course openings.

Master's level students may transfer up to 6 credit hours (2 courses) into their current graduate program. Instructions on the process and the online submission form are located here.

Criminal Justice PhD students may transfer up to 6 credit hours into their program. Students should consult with the doctoral coordinator Dr. Eric Sevigny (esevigny@gsu.edu) for details.

Economics PhD students may transfer up to 15 credit hours into their current program. Students should consult with the doctoral coordinator Dr. Rusty Tchernis (rtchernis@gsu.edu) for details.

Public Policy PhD students do not have a transfer limit. Students should consult with the doctoral program Director, Dr. Christine Roch (croch@gsu.edu), for details.

A master's student in the school whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 at the end of a semester will be placed on "scholastic warning." After being placed on scholastic warning, a student must attain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average within two consecutive semesters of enrollment; otherwise, the student will be terminated from the master's program. If a 3.0 is attained in one of the two semesters the student will be returned to good standing in the program.
A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher is required for graduation.  Grades for all attempted graduate courses at Georgia State University are included with the GPA calculation whether the course will be used in a program of study or not.
Master's students may only use three hours (1 course) with a grade of "C" toward the degree. Only in a course in which a grade of C or lower is earned may a student repeat the course and only one such course may be repeated, one time. When a course is repeated both grades count in the student's cumulative grade point average.
Nine (9) hours or more is considered full-time at the graduate level. Anything below that is considered part-time.
A variety of holds may be placed on your account. Holds placed by an administrative or academic department must be resolved by that particular department. Examples of holds and who to contact are:

Hold Type Contact/Action for resolution
Emergency Contact Hold Instructions on How to Remove an Emergency Contact Hold
Immunization Hold www.gsu.edu/health
Student Accounts Hold One Stop shop: 404-413-2600, 227/228 Sparks Hall, or onestopshop@gsu.edu
Yes, grades for all attempted graduate courses at Georgia State University are included with the GPA calculation whether the course will be used in a program of study or not.