Prospective Students

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If you are a prospective graduate student, we look forward to welcoming you to Jackson State University. The Division of Graduate Studies' web site provides information for prospective graduate students regarding our more than 50 graduate programs, application procedures, and other information related to graduate education at Jackson State.If you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the Division of Graduate Studies at (601) 979-2455 or Dr. Dorris Robinson-Gardner, Dean

General Admission Requirements

  • An application for admission to Graduate School – Click here to apply.
  • All applicants must submit two (2) official copies of transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges and universities attended. (One transcript will be retained by the Office of Graduate Admissions and one copy will be forwarded to the academic program.) Offical transcripts can be sent electronically using escript to, or by mail to:
The Division of Graduate Studies
Jackson State University
P.O. Box 17095
Jackson, MS  39217
  • All applicants must submit Immunization Records to:  JSU, Health Services Center, P.O. Box 17097, Jackson, MS 39217.  Telephone: (601) 979-2260. Click Health Services for more information
  • Out-of-state and International applicants must submit a $25.00 application fee. Applications will not be processed without payment of the application fee. Payment can be paid online using a credit/debit card or by money order and mailed to the Division of Graduate Studies.  Click here to pay online.
  • International applicants must submit satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS scores. Click International Graduate Student for more information.
  • International applicants must also file a Certified Declaration of Financial Support (Form I-134, Affidavit of Support) with the university. Please consult our International Programs Office for additional information.

Applicants should consult the major department for additional requirements. These materials should be sent directly to the major department, and include:


Graduate Funding & Financial Aid

Students who wish to apply for graduate student support must be admitted to the Division of Graduate Studies as a degree seeking student and must complete the required application form. Additional information can be found by clicking Graduate Funding & Financial Aid.

Support may also be available by qualifying for an Out-of-State Fee Waiver. Eligibility includes:

  • First- Time Graduate students with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Military personnel, Spouse or Dependent
  • Dependent of Non-Resident Alumni
  • First-Time Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathmatics (STEM) student (50% out of state waiver).


Additional Application Material is required for the following programs:

  • Executive Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration
  • Dr.P.H. in Public Health
  • M.P.H. in Public Health
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Urban and Regional Planning
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration
  • Master of Science in Educational Administration & Supervision
  • Master of Social Work Program
  • Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA)
  • M.S. in Communicative Disorders
  • Ed.D. in Early Childhood Education
  • M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
  • M.A. in History
  • Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning


General Application Dates

Fall- March 1

Summer- March 15

Spring- October 15

Programs may have specific deadlines and admit only once a year.
Deadlines Dates & Admission Semesters for Specific Programs

January 15: Fall Admission

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Fall/ Summer Admission

  • Specialist in Education (all concentrations)


March 1: Fall Admission

  • Ph.D. in Environmental Science
  • Public Administration
  • Ph.D. in Ed. Administration
  • Ph.D. in Social Work
  • Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education (update 11/11)
  • Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning
  • M.S. in Communicative Disorders
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Dr.PH. in Public Health
  • M.A. in Sociology
  • M.A. in Criminal Justice
  • M.A.T. in Teaching (online)


March 15: Fall Admission

  • Ph.D. in Business Administration
  • Ed.D. in Early Childhood Education


Summer Admission

  • MSW (Advanced Standing Program & Parttime)
  • M.S. in Educational Admin.  and Supervision


Fall and Summer Admissions

  • M.S. in Community Counseling
  • M.S.Ed in School Counseling
  • M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling


 Late Applications: Departments vary in their willingness to consider late applications. Some departments adhere strictly to the stated deadlines and will not look at applications that arrive late. Other departments will continue to review applications until all spaces have been filled. In every case, the earlier the Graduate School receives your materials, the better your chances for full consideration. This website contains lots of useful information about various standardized tests like the GRE, GMAT, MAT, LSAT, MCAT, PCAT, and DAT, along with lots of other major tests. The site provides detailed articles describing the different test sections and contains practice tests that follow the official test outline.