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Admission to the School of Graduate Studies

Admission to the School of Graduate Studies is dependent upon the presentation of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, as well as other required documents. Undergraduate transcripts must accompany all applications. No application will be considered unless the complete official transcripts of the applicant's entire undergraduate (and graduate if any) work are in the possession of SUNO’s School of Graduate Studies. Also, no transcript will be accepted as official unless it is received directly from the registrar of the institution where the work was done. Official supplementary transcripts are required as soon as they are available for any work completed after the application for admission has been submitted. The prospective student must satisfy the requirements of the department, as well as those of the School of Graduate Studies, to be admitted to graduate study in a given department. The resources available may limit admission to some programs.

The School of Graduate Studies requires a cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.7 for all undergraduate work. Some departments, such as the Department of Computer Information Systems, require acceptable scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, or the GMAT in addition to the required grade point average. Inquiries about specific requirements should be addressed to the department of interest. Deviations from the above requirements are made only when these and other criteria, including letters of recommendation and statements of purpose, are reviewed by the department, recommended by the department, and approved by the Associate Vice Chancellor of Graduate Studies.


Minimum Requirements for Admission to the School of Graduate Studies

The minimum requirements for admission to Southern University at New Orleans School of Graduate Studies include the following:

  • A minimum grade point average of 2.7 on all undergraduate work, or 3.0 on all graduate work completed, based on a 4.0 scale.
  • Official Transcript(s): For Master's Students - transcripts showing all undergraduate work (and graduate work pursued, if any). APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED WITHOUT TRANSCRIPTS. [For Doctoral Students - transcripts showing all graduate work pursued.
  • Acceptable scores on a general test of the Graduate Record Examination. Although the Graduate School does not have a minimum score, individual programs may require a minimum score for admission. Individuals who have already earned a graduate degree and return for a second degree must present new GRE Scores if previous scores are more than seven years old. (Only Required for Computer Information System Candidates).
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A Statement of Purpose.
  • For INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: International Credential Evaluation (WES), an Affidavit of Support (U.S. Department of Justice form I-134), and a Notarized Financial Statement (Bank Statement of at least $24,000 US dollars per academic year. This form should be dated within 3 months of student’s initial start date).