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Division of Graduate Studies

Doctoral Admissions

Welcome to the Division of Graduate Studies at Jackson State University. Our goal is to assist you through the application process and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your education.

We offer a wide range of graduate programs in various fields of study. Our programs are designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed to succeed in today’s fast-paced and ever-changing job market.

The application process varies depending on the level of study and program you are applying for. We recommend that you review the requirements for your desired program, and contact the Office of Admissions with any questions you may have.

For graduate programs, the application process typically includes:

  • Submitting an online application
  • Sending official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Sending test scores (GRE, GMAT, etc. for graduate programs)
  • Meeting any additional program-specific requirements

We understand that applying to university can be a daunting task. That’s why we are here to support you every step of the way. Our admissions team is available to answer any questions you may have about the application process, assist with the submission of materials, and provide guidance on the specific requirements and expectations of our institution.

We look forward to receiving your application and assisting you in achieving your academic goals.

Doctoral Admissions

While each doctoral program has its own admission requirements, the Graduate School specifies the following minimum criteria for doctoral matriculation:

Step 1.  Submit the following admission credentials to the Graduate School

  • An application for admission to Graduate School – Click Here to Apply
  • All applicants must submit one (1) official copy of transcripts from all 4 year regionally accredited colleges and universities attended. Community College transcripts are not required.
  • Every application requires an official copy of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

Official transcripts can be sent electronically using escript, Parchment or another approved electronic service to, or by mail to:

 The Division of Graduate Studies
Jackson State University
P.O. Box 17095
Jackson, MS  39217
  • Students with International transcripts: Please visit the International Admissions web page for additional information regarding transcripts.
  • Graduate School requires a 3.00 GPA (on a 4.00 Scale) at the undergraduate level or a Masters’ degree (See program requirements).
  • Admission by a major department. Departmental requirements are listed in the Graduate Catalog or in the application packet
  • 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 is made by  using a credit/debit card at the time of application.  Application payments are processed as part of the application.
  • International applicants must submit satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  • 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.


Step 2.  Other Requirements

Immunization Requirement

  • All applicants must submit immunization records showing proof of immunization compliance for measles and rubella, unless born prior to 1957, to:  JSU, Health Services, P.O. Box 17097, Jackson, MS  39217.  Telephone:  (601) 979-2260. Click here for details


Departmental/Program Requirements for Doctoral Applicants:  Please check with the program/department for specific requirements.

  • Department/program application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A written statement of purpose
  • All required national examination scores.(GRE, GMAT or MAT). University Test Code= 1341
  • Meet the minimum GPA requirement of the desired program


Additional Application Material are required for all Doctoral programs Click here for Program Contact info

General Priority Application Deadlines

Fall – March 1
Summer – March 15
Spring – October 15

Program Specific Deadlines 

Fall Admission: January 15

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Educational Administration


Fall Admission: March 1

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Ph.D. in Data Enabled Science & Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Environmental Science
  • Public Administration
  • Ph.D. in Social Work
  • Ph.D. in Urban & Regional Planning
  • Dr.PH. in Public Health
  • Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education


Fall Admission: March 15

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


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Important Dates

Keep up-to-date with all important dates for the current semester at Jackson State University. If you have any questions about the information listed, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help you further.

Division of Graduate Studies


Division of Graduate Studies
1400 John R. Lynch Street
Jackson, MS 39217-0280

Division of Graduate Studies
Jackson State University
P.O. Box 17095
Jackson, MS  39217

Phone: 601.979.2455