2010-2011 Academic Catalog 
    Mar 31, 2020  
2010-2011 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduate Admission

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General Information


The purpose of the admission process is to identify applicants who are likely to succeed academically in the graduate programs of the University and at the same time contribute positively to the campus community. The graduate programs of Southeastern University are open to persons holding the bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited colleges and universities whose undergraduate or graduate work has been of sufficient quality and scope to enable them to successfully pursue graduate study. Southeastern University encourages students to develop to their fullest potential by integrating personal faith and higher learning. In keeping with this philosophy, the Admission Office, and as needed, the Admission Office in contact with the appropriate Program Director, gives consideration to Christian character, academic achievement, ability, and purpose when reviewing applicants for admission to graduate programs. Consideration is given to all credentials required and/or submitted. Acceptance consideration is made after evaluation of the applicant’s complete qualifications.

Southeastern University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex (in compliance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972), national and ethnic origin, or handicap (in compliance with Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act), with regard to the admission and employment policies, the educational, financial aid, athletic or other programs and privileges to graduate students at the University. Southeastern University does not discriminate against disabled persons who are otherwise eligible for admission to the University.

Admission Requirements


Southeastern University has established qualitative and quantitative requirements for the admission of graduate students whose educational preparation evidences the potential for a high level of performance. To be considered for admission, applicants must submit an Application for Graduate Admission and a $50.00 non-refundable application fee. Specific admission requirements differ for each graduate program. Applicants should review the specific steps and requirements for admission detailed on the admission forms and information pages (see links below).

Special Admission Requirements for the Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership: http://www.seuniversity.edu/graduate/ml.php

Special Admission Requirements for the Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership Executive Program http://www.seuniversity.edu/graduate/ml_exec_coho.php

Special Admission Requirements for the Master of Business Administration Program: http://www.seuniversity.edu/graduate/mba.php

Special Admission Requirements for the Master of Business Administration European Program http://www.seuniversity.edu/euro/

Special Admission Requirements for the Master of Education in Elementary Education: http://www.seuniversity.edu/graduate/master_ed.php

Special Admission Requirements for the Master of Education in Educational Leadership:  http://www.seuniversity.edu/graduate/master_ed_leadership.php

Special Admission Requirements for the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning:  http://www.seuniversity.edu/graduate/teach_and_learn.php

Special Admission Requirements for the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning with Concentration in Arts and Academic Interdisciplinary Education:  http://www.seuniversity.edu/graduate/

Special Admission Requirements for the Master of Science in Professional Counseling: http://www.seuniversity.edu/graduate/ms_counseling.php

Special Admission Requirements for the Master of Science in School Counseling: http://www.seuniversity.edu/graduate/ms_school_counseling.php

Special Admission Requirements for the Master of Arts in Human Services: http://www.seuniversity.edu/graduate/mahs.php

International Students

International students applying for admission to any of Southeastern’s graduate programs must meet all normal requirements for admission for those programs. Additional requirements are as follows:

  1. TOEFL scores for students whose native language is not English: a minimum score of 500 paper-based, 221 computer-based, or 61 on the Internet-based (IBT) test;
  2. Financial sponsorship while in the United States as evidenced by the Affidavit of Financial Support (required for release of the I-20);
  3. Copy of valid passport and any U.S. visas held.

A student must have completed a program equivalent to the baccalaureate degree in the United States. International credentials must be evaluated by an independent evaluation service. Certified translation of all documents must also be provided, if necessary. The cost for these services must be paid by the applicant. For a list of qualified evaluators go to http://www.naces.org/members.htm or contact the Admission Office. An I-20 for non-resident aliens will not be issued until all documentation for admission has been received and approved.

International applicants are expected to make application well in advance of their projected enrollment date. In accordance with immigration regulations, international students must carry a full academic load each semester (at least nine graduate hours). Any changes in schedule must be approved by the International Student Advisor.

Readmission of Former Students

Students who have been absent from their graduate program for more than one calendar year due to withdrawal from the program for any reason (non-enrollment in a semester or term, or suspension) must submit a formal Application for Readmission to the Admission Office. If the student’s absence is longer than one calendar year, the returning graduate student is subject to new catalog requirements which are in effect at the time of their readmission.

Students must submit a Leave of Absence form prior to any absence of a semester or term, or more to the Program Director. Re-applicants who exited in good standing are eligible to apply at any time. Students who were suspended may apply for readmission at the end of the period of suspension.

Applicants for re-admission must provide evidence that all work is up to date, incompletes have been removed, grades below “C” will be repeated before continuing in the program, financial arrangements have been made (including satisfaction of any delinquent accounts with the college), and official transcripts from other schools attended during the interval have been submitted. The regulations on the acceptance of transfer credit apply to any re-admitted student. To be reinstated to a degree program, the applicant must be recommended by the appropriate Program Director and Admission Office. The Admission Office may stipulate additional requirements for readmission. Re-applicants must be in good standing and receive approval from the Admission Office, Registrar, Business Office, and Student Development Office to return. The student is notified in writing of approval or disapproval for readmission by the Admission Office. When students are re-admitted after suspension, they are placed on probation for one semester and are not eligible for financial aid.

Transfer Students

Applicants applying for admission as a transfer student must meet the same requirements as other applicants. Transfer applications are accepted year round with notification upon completion of the application process. For most graduate programs, up to nine graduate credits may be transferred. The Executive Cohort of the Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership does not accept any transfer credits. All courses accepted in transfer must have been earned at regionally accredited universities with a grade of “B” or better, and must have been earned within the last seven years. Grades from transfer work do not apply toward the GPA at Southeastern. The courses must be equivalent and have direct applicability to the student’s program, and be approved by the Registrar and appropriate Program Director. Credit is not awarded for portfolio-based experiential learning which occurred prior to matriculation.

Classification of Students

Upon admission, students are classified as degree seeking, non-degree seeking, or audit. See “Classification of Students” in the Academic Affairs section for more information.

Application Procedure

All applicants to the graduate programs of Southeastern University must submit the following to the Admission Office:

  1. Completed Application Form and submission of application fee.
  2. Official transcript(s) including documentation of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  3. Evidence of compliance with all program specific admission requirements.
  4. Recommendations.
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Current resume/curriculum vitae (optional).
  7. Medical form for international students.

The applicant must request official transcripts, test scores and other credential and recommendation forms be sent directly to Southeastern University. All requested documents must be received before an applicant can be approved. All documents submitted become the property of Southeastern University and will not be released to the applicant or forwarded to another institution, agency, or person.

Basic standards of conduct have been established by the University administration. All students are required to abide by the University policies while on campus. Graduate students must read, agree to, and abide by the Graduate Handbook.

An application to a graduate program is reviewed by the Admission Office, Program Director, and/or Applicable Program Committee. Official acceptance letters come from the Admission Office. Applicants must have all documents submitted well in advance of the application deadline for the semester in which the student plans to begin the program. See the specific program admission requirements for the applicable deadline dates.