Graduate Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions:

There is no minimum GPA requirement for consideration to our master’s programs.  The average GPA of a competitive applicant is 3.2.  Upon receipt of your transcripts, we would calculate the overall GPA and the last 2-years GPA to give us a balanced view of your scholastic career.
The programs in the Andrew Young School do not have a minimum GRE or GPA, nor do the admission committee’s use a formula to determine admission eligibility.  All aspects of the applicant's file are taken into consideration for admission decisions; however, GRE scores and GPA's that are well below a competitive range will greatly reduce your chances of admission. The Andrew Young School does not admit students on a probationary basis.
Students at the graduate level typically do not transfer into a program in the Andrew Young School. Each student wishing to join the program must apply as a new student and meet all admission requirements. Applicants are not guaranteed admission. Once admitted, students may request to transfer course work. Master's level students may transfer up to 6 credit hours (2 courses) into the graduate program. Instructions on the process and the online submission form are located here.

Criminal Justice Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. students do not have a transfer limit but are subject to review and approval. Students should consult with the doctoral coordinator Dr. Christine Roch (croch@gsu.edu) for details.

In order to take graduate level courses in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies without pursuing a master's degree you would need to apply and be admitted as a non-degree seeking student.  The deadline for applying for Fall term is June 1st; Spring is November 1st.  To be admitted you would need to submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (graduate and undergraduate)
  • GRE scores
  • Goal Statement that includes the reason for applying as a non-degree graduate student and a list of courses you want to enroll in
  • International applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores
The Andrew Young School does not admit students on a probationary basis.
Each degree program has a graduate admissions committee composed of Andrew Young School faculty which determines the eligibility of each person who applies for graduate-level admission. Admission decisions are competitive. Each applicant is evaluated individually and among the current group of candidates. In this evaluation, consideration is given to the applicant's academic record, scores on the graduate entrance test(s), educational background, educational objectives, narrative information, work experience, professional activities and character. These elements together must indicate a favorable prospect of success in graduate study for an offer of admission to be made. In making the decision, the committee must consider at all times the optimum number of students in the program.

Applicants aged 62 or over that want to resume, continue, or begin a college education, are considered a GSU-62 applicant. This program is designed to allow eligible applicants to register for college-level courses for credit or audit on a space-available basis.

For more information you may visit http://admissions.gsu.edu/how-do-i-apply/other-enrollment-types/gsu-62-students/. The contact person for GSU-62 is Judith Carson. You may reach her at 404-413-2011 or by email at jcarson3@gsu.edu.

 

Application Materials:

Yes, you must submit a copy of your transcripts from each institution attended regardless of the number of classes you took or whether you received a degree at that institution or not to be considered for admission.  Once admitted, you will be required to submit one official transcript from each institution attended by the first day of classes for the term of admission.

Yes. Good photocopies or scanned copies of transcripts are accepted for consideration of your admission to our graduate programs.  This can either be an official electronic transcript, or a paper copy that you have scanned and uploaded. The document must have one or more of the following features: registrar’s seal, registrar signature, or watermark of the institution. Documents such as self-printed academic histories, web-based academic evaluations, and anything hand-written are not acceptable for review process.  Official transcripts will only be required if you are subsequently offered admission by GSU.

Only the doctoral program in Criminal Justice and Criminology requires a writing sample. Applicants to all other programs should not submit a writing sample.  The doctoral programs in Economics and Public Policy require a statement of goals and a biographical statement. The writing sample section is used to upload the biographical statement for these two programs.

The Andrew Young School offers application fee waivers to McNair Scholars and applicants eligible for the GSU-62 program.

For McNair Scholars, this application fee waiver applies to all graduate programs except the Joint Doctoral Program in Public Policy.  To obtain a waiver, current McNair scholars must:

  • Request that written verification from the institution's McNair coordinator be submitted directly to the Office of Academic Assistance by email or mail
  • Begin the online application
  • Notify the graduate admission coordinator by email at gradays@gsu.edu of the waiver request before submitting the online application.
  • Once verification is received, the waiver will be applied to the online application and the applicant will be notified to complete the application submission process.

For GSU-62 participants, Georgia residents that are 62 years or older are eligible for an application fee waiver under the GSU-62 program.  To obtain an application fee waiver:

  • Submit the GSU-62 application fee waiver request form prior to submitting your application.
  • Once your request has been reviewed and approved you will be notified by e-mail that your application fee waiver has been approved and applied to your application.
  • At this time you may finalize and submit your application.
The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies offers application fee waivers to McNair Scholars for the following programs:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Art in Economics
  • Master of Art in Economics - Policy Track
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Policy
  • Master of Social Work
  • Doctoral program in Criminal Justice
  • Doctoral program in Economics
  • Doctoral program in Public Policy (GSU only program. Joint program excluded from waivers)
  • Certificate programs in Disaster Management, Nonprofit Management & Social Enterprise, and Planning and Economic Development.

To obtain a waiver, current McNair scholars must:

  • Request that written verification from the institution's McNair coordinator be submitted directly to the Office of Academic Assistance by email, fax or mail;
  • Begin the online application
  • Notify the graduate admission coordinator by email at gradays@gsu.edu of the waiver request.
  • Once verification is received the waiver will be applied to the online application directly.
No. All applications are submitted online here.
You may access the online application here.
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://map.gsu.edu/#/
Regular mail should be delivered:
Office of Academic Assistance
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
P.O. Box 3992
Atlanta, GA  30302-3992

In-person deliveries and courier packages should be sent to our street address:
Office of Academic Assistance
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
14 Marietta Street NW, Suite G-52
Atlanta, GA  30303

 

GRE Questions:

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test used to evaluate your readiness for graduate-level work. More information on the test, testing centers, pricing, etc. may be found at www.ets.org/gre.
You should take the General GRE test and have it reported to institution code 5251. Subject tests are not required for admission to graduate programs in the Andrew Young School.
GRE scores cannot be waived for applicants to the Ph.D. programs in the Andrew Young School.

GRE Waivers are considered as follows:

  • Graduate Certificates in Nonprofit Management & Social Enterprise and Planning & Economic Development:  Applicants who have a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 may apply for a waiver of the GRE requirement.
  • Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Administration:  Applicants may be considered for a waiver of the GRE with departmental approval.  Applicants eligible for a GRE waiver must have (1) a 2-year Master’s degree or (2) a minimum of 5-years work professional work experience in the public and/or nonprofit sectors and a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0.  For consideration, applicants should complete the Master in Public Policy/Public Administration waiver form here.
  • Applicants for the Master of Arts in Economics program may be considered for a waiver of the GRE with departmental approval.  Applicants should complete the MA Economics waiver form here.
  • Applicants for the non-degree seeking status should complete the non-degree waiver form here.
  • Applicants to the Master of Social Work program may be considered for a waiver of the GRE with departmental approval.  MSW applicants should complete the MSW waiver form here  for consideration.
  • Master of Social Work – Advanced Standing applicants are not required to take the GRE if they have a BSW from an accredited institution.  Contact Ms. Renanda W. Dear, Director of Student & Community Services at 404-413-1057 or socialwork@gsu.edu for details.

If you have any questions, please contact GradAYS@gsu.edu.

Applicants may apply at any time; however, all test scores must be received by the application deadline for admission consideration.  Applications will not be considered if GRE scores are not received by the deadline.
The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies does not accept the GMAT as substitution for the GRE to our graduate or Ph.D. programs.
GRE scores are valid for five (5) years. They must be officially reported by ETS to institution code 5251 to be considered for admission review.
There is no minimum GRE requirement for consideration to our graduate programs; however, the average score of a competitive applicant to our master's programs would be a cumulative 1000 points (pre-2012 testing) on the verbal and quantitative sections of the test and a cumulative 295-300 (post-2012 testing) on the verbal and quantitative sections of the test.
ETS will send scores to GSU within 10-15 days after the GRE is taken. It is recommended that you take the GRE at least one (1) month prior to the application deadline for your program of choice to ensure it is received on time.
 

Funding, Tuition & Fees:

The Office of Student Accounts has a comprehensive site to detail the cost of enrollment at Georgia State University: http://www.gsu.edu/studentaccounts/tuition_and_fees.html.
A Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) is an opportunity to work within an academic department while receiving a stipend. The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies offers the opportunity to apply for a GRA at the time of application.  Assistantships at the master's level generally entail a $2,000 stipend for the Fall or Spring term and a tuition waiver for all but $37.50 in tuition for the same term.  Student Activity Fees are not eligible to be waived.  The number of GRA's are limited and competitive in nature.  Selection is based on academic credential and other admission criteria established by the admission committee. The number of available GRA's fluctuate each semester based on departmental budgetary constraints.
There is no separate application for GRA consideration at the time of admission. Applicants should simply respond "yes" to the GRA question on the online application for consideration.
Please review the rules and regulations on the Tuition Classification page: http://sfs.gsu.edu/tuition-fees/tuition-classification/.

Master of Social Work Admissions:

A Liberal Arts perspective is required by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) for those entering MSW programs.  Students are required to have completed an introductory statistics course with a grade of "C" or better.

An undergraduate degree with a 3.0 grade point average overall in all undergraduate course-work, or a 3.25 in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate course-work. For advanced standing status the applicant should have a 3.25 grade point average overall.

There is no minimum GRE requirement for consideration to our graduate programs; however, the average score of a competitive applicant to our master's programs would be a cumulative 800 points (pre-2011 testing) on the verbal and quantitative sections of the test and a cumulative 295-300 (post- August 2011 testing) on the verbal and quantitative sections of the test.

The Advanced Standing, Master of Social Work program is available only to applicants possessing a Bachelor of Social Work from a Council on Social Work Education accredited program awarded in the last five years. Advanced Standing applicants must have earned a grade of “C” or better, or be in the process of completing: Social Welfare Policy, Research Methods, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social Work Practice and Field Education. The application should include a copy of the final field evaluation. The Advanced Standing student will enroll for 9 semester hours in the summer session, and will be expected to fulfill the second year curriculum as noted in the full-time program.

All Master of Social Work classes are held at Georgia State University’s downtown campus. All Master of Social Work classes are held during the day, Monday through Friday. Field Placements are also during the working hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Transfer admissions are handled on a case-by-case basis. All transfer credit must be from a M.S.W. program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The student must have earned a grade of “B” or better in all transferable courses. The M.S.W. Admissions Committee will be responsible for reviewing the applicability of transfer credits. Questions regarding transfer credit should be directed to Renanda W. Dear, Director of Student and Community Services at 404-413-1057.

The School of Social Work requires the applicant to submit three Reference Forms. We suggest that at least one be an academic recommendation. Other recommendations should be sought from employers and/or supervisors from paid and/or volunteer work. It is suggested that a friend, relative, or peer not be used as a reference. Give recommenders adequate time to fill out the forms and write letters, and ask them to return the forms to you in a signed and sealed envelope, so that you can submit them with your application.

For applications submitted by the February 1st priority deadline, written notification of admission will begin after March 1st.  Applicants who apply by the April 1st deadline, written notification of admission will begin after May 1st.  No admission decisions will be given by telephone.

You can call or e-mail Renanda W. Dear, Director of Student & Community Services at 404-413-1057 or socialwork@gsu.edu.

International Admissions:

General Questions:

You may contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for a variety of questions related to immigration regulations and studies at Georgia State University as an international student.   Please visit http://isss.gsu.edu/about/contact/ for contact information.
Yes. If available, please submit a copy of your passport with your application materials.
Yes, all applicants to our graduate programs are eligible to receive a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA). There is no separate GRA application. Applicants should simply respond "yes" to the GRA question on the online application for consideration.
No. You should simply complete the international immigration form at the time of application. If admitted to the program you may then submit any required supplemental information.
 

TOEFL/IELTS Questions:

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a test that measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. More information on the test, testing centers pricing, etc. may be found at www.ets.org/toefl.
Applicants may apply at any time; however, all test scores must be received by the application deadline for admission consideration.  Applications will not be considered if TOEFL scores are not received by the deadline.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assesses the language ability of candidates.  More information about this test, including testing sites and pricing, can be found at https://www.ielts.org/.
Yes. The Andrew Young School accepts the IELTS Academic score. The recommended minimum is a score of 7.

NOTE:  The Joint Georgia Tech/Georgia State Public Policy Ph.D. program only accepts TOEFL scores.

Most international students typically take the TOEFL, however we also accept the IELTS.

NOTE:  The Joint Georgia Tech/Georgia State Public Policy Ph.D. program only accepts TOEFL scores.

Ph.D. Admissions:

The Ph.D. program in Economics and Ph.D. program in Criminal Justice & Criminology are full-time programs.

The Ph.D. in Public Policy requires full-time attendance for one year (two consecutive semesters) and is considered a full-time program.

Ph.D. students complete their program, on average, within five years.  It typically takes two years to complete coursework and between two-three years to complete the dissertation.

The admissions committee for each program typically reviews the entire applicant pool at the same time. Decisions are made by mid-February, and the accepted applicant is asked to make a commitment at the time the acceptance and assistantship (if awarded) offer is made.

Application Materials:

The biographical statement should be uploaded in the "writing sample" section of the online application.

Only the doctoral program in Criminal Justice and Criminology requires a writing sample. Applicants to all other programs should not submit a writing sample.  The doctoral programs in Economics and Public Policy require a statement of goals and a biographical statement. The writing sample section is used to upload the biographical statement for these two programs.

Minimum Requirements:

There is no minimum GPA requirement for consideration to our Ph.D. programs, the average GPA of a competitive applicant is 3.4.  Upon receipt of your transcripts, we would calculate the overall GPA and the last 2-years GPA to give us a balance view of your scholastic career.

There is no minimum GRE requirement for consideration to our Ph.D. programs, however, the average score of a competitive applicant to our Ph.D. program would be a cumulative 308-310 (post-2012 testing) on the verbal and quantitative sections of the test.

You do not need a Master's degree to be admitted into the doctoral program. Each program will, however, have a number of master's level prerequisites that must be completed. Please review the program requirements of the degree you are considering for further details: http://aysps.gsu.edu/deadlines/