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 Dorris Robinson-Gardner, Dean

General Admission Requirements

  • An application for admission to Graduate School – Click here to apply.
  • All applicants must submit two 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.)
  • All applicants must submit immunization records to:  JSU, Health Services Center, P.O. Box 17097, Jackson, MS 39217.  Telephone: (601) 979-2260.
  • Out-of-state and International applicants must submit a $25.00 application fee (money orders only).
  • International applicants must submit satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  • Application for an Out-of-State FeeWaiver". Eligibility………….
  • First- Time Graduate students with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above


    • STEM First-Time Graduate students (50% waiver for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math majors).

*International applicants must also file a Certified Declaration of Financial Support with the University with the Division of International Studies. Click for: Form I-134, Affidavit of Support (pdf). The student should consult the major department for additional requirements. These include the following:

  • Three letters of recommendation (Generic Form :  GSRecF). Contact  department/program for required format or form.
  • Standardized test scores.
  • Special application forms and materials
  • Departmental requirements are listed in the Graduate Catalog or in the  application packet JSUAP JSUAP(pdf file)

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

Generic Reference Form (Note:  Not all programs will accept this form)

General Application Dates

Programs may have specific deadlines and admit only once a year. Fall – March 1 Summer – March 15 Spring – October 15

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.