Graduate Admissions Requirements

Equal Opportunity Policy

Fort Valley State University subscribes to both legal and moral obligations in its pursuit to achieve affirmative action in the provision of employment and educational opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, age, gender, and physical or mental disability. To this end, the Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Office and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs work closely to provide an environment which is free of bias and inequality.

Application for Graduate Admissions

An applicant seeking admission to a Graduate Program at Fort Valley State University may download an application at (Click here to download application) and email to  or submit a written application by mail to Director of Graduate Admissions, College of Graduate Studies, Fort Valley State University, 1005 State University Drive, Fort Valley GA 31030. Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution (in a related field to meet prerequisites). Applications for the online version of the Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management program should note this on the application form. The completed application, along with all supportive documentation, must be submitted to Graduate Studies prior to the semester which the applicant plans to enroll. Applications received after this deadline will be processed at the discretion of the institution. Applicants will receive official notification of their admissions status by mail. Admission to the Graduate College is NOT to be interpreted as automatic admission into a specific degree program.  For transfer and transient students, all college work must have been completed at a regionally accredited institution and the required medical and immunization forms must be on file with the University. Immunization forms for fully online students should simply identify them as online, but documentation of immunization will be required if they enroll for any blended or face-to-face classes.

General Requirements for Admission to Graduate Study

Fort Valley State University offers the Master of Public Health in Environmental Health; the Master of Science degree in Animal Science, Biotechnology, Mental Health Counseling, and Rehabilitation Counseling & Case Management; the Master of Science in Education degree in Early Childhood/Special Education, Middle Grades Education and School Counselor Education, and the Education Specialist degree in School Counselor Education.

To be admitted to Graduate Studies, students must submit a minimum of the following*:

  1. Graduate Application form ( along with $20 application fee; $75 International students
  2. One official transcript from each college/university attended demonstrating a cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale
  3. Three letters of recommendation or recommendation forms (
  4. A personal or professional statement
  5. A resume
  6. Immunization record (applicants for fully online programs should state this on the form).
  7. Submission of a standardized test score (GRE, MAT, or other) is strongly recommended and may be an important consideration, but is not required.

*Individual programs can set higher standards and have additional requirements, including but not limited to a personal interview and samples of academic work.

*In addition, individual programs may provide justification for an exception to the minimum admission requirements on a case-by-case basis. Please check the admission requirements in this catalog listed under the program you are interested in. The request for consideration of an exception will be presented to the Graduate Council for approval or rejection.

The Dean of FVSU Graduate Studies will admit students only after they have been approved by the Director of Graduate Admissions and the program admissions committees or program heads.

Transient Students

A student enrolled in an accredited college or university may apply for temporary enrollment at Fort Valley State University as a transient student. Such a student will ordinarily be expected to return to the college or university where he/she is a degree-seeking student. Transient status is limited to the one semester in which the student enrolls. A transient student must present a statement of good standing from the Registrar of his/her home institution recommending his/her admission as a transient student. An immunization record is required before admission can be allowed unless the student is a fully online student or a military student.


A former student whose attendance has been interrupted for one or more semesters, excluding a summer term, is required to complete an application for readmission at least 20 days prior to the required enrollment date. The application form is provided by the College of Graduate Studies and should be returned to the Registrar once completed. The student will resume previous admission status if readmitted.


A student who has been accepted to graduate studies but has never attended must reactivate the application by applying for readmission through the Graduate Studies Admissions Office.

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: Documents are retained for a four-year period only.

Post Graduate Admission

  1. Individuals with a graduate degree from an accredited college, who wish to take graduate courses for enrichment purposes or for any other reason with the exception of pursuing a graduate degree, may seek Post-Graduate Admission.
  2. Only nine hours taken in this category can be used toward a graduate degree, and it is the student’s responsibility to reapply in order to be moved to the regular admission status.
  3. The student must have a minimum 3.00 grade-point average.
  4. Courses in this category may be used for re-certification, if applicable.

International Students

Fort Valley State University is recognized by the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the Department of Justice for attendance by non-immigrant students. All alien applicants must comply with the same admission requirements as all other applicants. In addition, all alien applicants must also submit an Affidavit of Support Form. This form is required before a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) is issued. By presenting a letter of acceptance and the Certificate of Eligibility to a U.S. Consul, an international student may be granted permission to enter the United States as a non-quota immigrant student. Currently, International Students must pay one year of tuition in advance.

Georgia Constitutional Amendment No. 23

In compliance with provisions of the Georgia Constitution (Amendment 23), persons 62 years of age or older may enroll as regular or auditing students in courses offered for resident credit on a “space available” basis, without payment of matriculation fees. They must pay for supplies and laboratory or shop fees. To be eligible for enrollment, such persons must be residents of Georgia and be 62 years of age or older at the time of enrollment. They will need to present a birth certificate or other comparable written documentation of age to enable the institution to determine eligibility. In general, they must meet all System and institution undergraduate or graduate requirements.

Military Veteran Students

An individual who has served in the United States Armed Forces may be admitted as a veteran student. The applicant is, however, subject to the regular or non-traditional admissions requirements, whichever is most appropriate to their background. The University grants credit to such an applicant according to the recommendations listed in “A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services,” published by the American Council on Education.