Below you will find all the information you need to successfully enroll in the Graduate School here at Alabama A&M University.
Applicants for admission to graduate study at Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate degree from another country). In many degree programs, the number of applications received from individuals qualified for graduate study regularly exceeds the number of students who can be accommodated. In such cases, only the most highly qualified are offered admission. The number of spaces available in various departments is limited according to the availability of faculty, special resources, and funds for students requiring financial assistance. The decision to admit an applicant is based primarily on a combination of the following criteria:
- Quality of undergraduate and previous graduate work. The Graduate School requires as a minimum a 2.65 on a 4.0 scale in all undergraduate courses taken at a regionally accredited college or university.
Adequate performance in prerequisite courses is also required (i.e. all grades in these courses must be a “B” or above).
- Official, GRE/GMAT scores for programs that require entrance exams.
The following Masters degree programs do not required GRE/GMAT scores: Biology, Early Childhood Education, Family & Consumer Sciences, Plant & Soil Science, Psychology, Secondary Education, Social Work and Urban Planning.
- Letters of Recommendation that speak to the applicant’s potential for successful completion of the degree program to which the applicant is applying.
- Supplemental evidence of potential success for graduate studies. Some programs require other evidence of potential for success, such as a portfolio, personal interviews, examples of scholarly work, and or research.
- Available space in the program, and competitive rating within the applicant pool for the given term of entry.
APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
- Completed “official” Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University Application for Admission to Graduate Studies and a non-refundable application fee.
Graduates of Benedict, Martin Methodist, Morris, Judson, Voorhees, North Carolina Wesleyan, Stillman, Talladega, Edward Waters, Lane, Miles, Rust, Tougaloo, Concordia, Wiley, Harris Stowe, and Livingstone Colleges and Johnson C. Smith, Shaw, Wilberforce, Fort Valley State, Winston-Salem State, Bethune-Cookman and Fisk Universities do not have to pay the application fee.
- Official transcripts from each collegiate institution attended directly mailed to the School of Graduate Studies Office, P. O. Box 998, Normal, AL 35762.
- Official test scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required for many programs. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required for the MBA (University Code: 1003). Test scores over five years old or results brought by the applicant to the Office of Graduate Studies are not accepted.
- Two letters of recommendation on official Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University “Letter of Recommendation” forms. These recommendations should speak to the applicant’s potential for successful completion of the graduate program to which he/she is applying(usually, letters of recommendation are from the applicant's former professors). Additional recommendations may come from employers or supervisors who are familiar with the applicant's work experience.
- Details on any professional work experience.
- Applicants must demonstrate adequate academic preparation in their proposed area of study. Those with deficiencies in academic preparation may be required to take additional coursework to strengthen their backgrounds.
- Other requirements specified by the particular degree program to which the applicant is applying.
APPLICANTS FOR ADMISSION MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
Regular/Full Admission To be admitted unconditionally, applicants must:
- Have a minimum grade point average of 2.65 on a (4.0 GPA scale) at the undergraduate level from a regionally accredited college/university.
- Submit a minimum score of 146 on the verbal and 140 on the quantitative portions of the GRE (if required). Together the combined score must be a minimum of 286. Some programs may require higher GRE scores. MBA students are required to attain a minimum GMAT score of 350.
- Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Meet all program-specific requirements.
NOTE: Individual departments may require higher GRE/GMAT scores or other specific requirements; see departmental sections for details. Deferral of admission status is not allowed for: Psychology, Social Work, and Communicative Sciences.
Students who do not meet one of the two main requirements (GPA or GRE/GMAT test scores) for regular admission may be admitted conditionally. Students admitted conditionally are allowed one semester to fulfill the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Analytical Test (GMAT) requirement. Students are required to earn a minimum grade of “B” in these courses to progress to regular admission. Students failing to meet these standards can be at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies dismissed from the Graduate program.
The Office of Graduate Studies updates the records of students, who were admitted conditionally, during the first two weeks of each semester and during the following periods:
- April 15-25
- July 15-25
- November 15-30
The Office of Graduate Studies will not process any student seeking a change of status outside of the dates listed above.
Conditionally admitted students have two semesters (inclusive of summer sessions) to remove all provisions outlined in the original letter of admissions. Students who fail to remove conditions at the end of two semesters will be ineligible to receive student loans or other forms of financial assistance. Deferral of admission status is not allowed for: Psychology, Social Work, and Communicative Sciences.
This is a category for students who do not intend to seek an advanced degree from Alabama A&M University. Persons seeking to enroll as non-degree students must possess an undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution. They also must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). Non-degree students usually include:
- Those who intend to transfer graduate credit earned at Alabama A&M University to other institutions.
- Those who intend to use graduate credits earned for professional certification.
- Those that enroll for personal satisfaction.
A non-degree student who subsequently seeks full admission must satisfy requirements for admission to the specific program. Non-degree students are only allowed to transfer a maximum of 9 semester hours if they get approval to enter an AAMU graduate degree program.
ADMISSION OF STUDENTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
Alabama A&M University welcomes applications from students from other countries. Applications should be sent three to six months before the registration date for each term. All applicants must meet Graduate School and departmental requirements as described in this catalog. In addition, international students must submit an official academic transcript accompanied by official/or notarized English translations. These documents must be sent directly from the institution(s) attended. Personal copies are not accepted. All foreign (non-U.S.) transcripts must be translated and evaluated by the World Education Services (WES) or a current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation. This review must provide conclusive evidence that the applicant is the recipient of a degree comparable to the American bachelor's degree, which normally terminates 16 years of full-time study, 4 years of which are at the post-high school level. The official transcripts must show all post-high school work attempted, including grades or marks in each course, examination grades and standing in examinations and classes, or whatever other credentials are available to give a clear description of the student's academic accomplishments. Other requirements for international students include:
- Scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Test results must be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies from the Educational Testing Services (Alabama A&M University Code: 1003).
- A certified financial statement indicating the applicant’s ability to pay for the cost of education. An original/official bank statement no more than six months old at the time of registration must be submitted to the Graduate School in order to obtain the I-20 for the F-1 student visa. In certain cases, advance payment of tuition and fees may be required.
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing System (ELS) Certification Examination is required if the applicant's first language is not English; the minimum score for admission on the TOEFL internet-based version is 500 (paper-based test) or 61 (internet-based test), and the 5.5 on the ELS Certification Examination. The Alabama A&M University Code is 1003.
The Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, administers these tests in testing centers all over the world. Further information about the test and testing dates may be obtained at www.ets.org or from the nearest U.S. Embassy, Consulate or United States Information Service, United States Educational Commission and foundations abroad and bi-national centers.
Admission to graduate study does not carry any implication concerning the award of financial aid. Assistance for graduate students in the form of assistantships is available from some departmental programs and administrative units, but applicants from abroad are in competition with U.S. students for available awards. The University reserves the right, even after the arrival and enrollment of students from another country, to make individual curricular adjustments whenever particular deficiencies or needs are found. Students may be required to take such courses without credit and at their own expense. This could also apply to additional course work in English as a foreign language whenever necessary.
NOTE: All international students are required to maintain an international student health insurance once admitted to the University. Coverage for a spouse and/or dependents is available and must be purchased separately at the Student Health Center. A brochure explaining the coverage of the student health insurance program is available at the Student Health Center.
A student who has not registered for at least three credits during a twelve-month period will be transferred to inactive status and must file an application for readmission. Readmission is not automatic, nor does it necessarily reinstate the student in the status accorded prior to becoming inactive. Students not enrolled over a twelve-month period, who have not exceeded twenty-four months may apply directly to the Dean of Graduate Studies for readmission. Students not registered in more than twenty-four months must submit a new admission application (along with required fees and appropriate credentials) directly to the Office of Graduate Studies and have their credentials reviewed by their respective department before a decision on readmission can be rendered.
ADMISSION OF UNDERGRADUATES TO GRADUATE COURSES
Senior undergraduate AAMU students who have completed all required courses, and are within 6 hours of graduation may enroll for a maximum of six semester hours of graduate work. Students seeking to enroll in a Graduate course must have a 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and a letter from their academic advisor granting permission to enroll a graduate course. When graduate courses are taken for undergraduate credit, they may not be used as part of a future graduate program. Seniors who are completing their final semester at other institutions will be considered for admission when they present the following documents:
- Official undergraduate transcript.
Letter from the institution’s Registrar stating the student has applied for graduation and will graduate that semester if the courses enrolled in are successfully completed.
Admission, if granted, will be contingent upon the receipt of the diploma or a letter from the Registrar indicating that the student has completed the requirements for the degree and when the degree will be awarded. The student will also be required to provide the School of Graduate Studies, Office of the Dean with an official transcript within 30 days of registration.