Sep 16, 2021  
Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 
Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Southern Adventist University welcomes applications from students who will commit themselves to an educational program that unites academic integrity and Christian principles. The University does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, color, ethnic or national origin, religion, or disability.

Application for admission to graduate study, with the exception of the RN to MSN program is open to any person with a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants must have a satisfactory grade point average (see requirement of individual Schools). All application materials become the property of the University and are not forwarded or returned. Incomplete and inactive applications are purged after 12 months. An applicant whose file has been purged must reapply by the deadline dates for the term in which enrollment is anticipated.

Enrollment in a graduate program is a privilege that may be withdrawn at the discretion of the Dean of the Graduate Studies if the integrity of university standards is jeopardized.

Admission Requirements

A minimum GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) is required for regular admission to a graduate program.

Applicants must submit the following materials to be considered for admission:

  1. Graduate application form (available online at
  2. Non-refundable application fee.
  3. Official transcript from the undergraduate school granting the undergraduate degree.
  4. Professional recommendations as requested by the respective School.
  5. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and/or entrance examinations as required by the respective School. To register for the GRE and GMAT contact Educational Testing Service at
  6. Additional materials as required by the respective School.

Once all pertinent materials are received by Graduate Studies, the application is reviewed and forwarded to the respective School. Applicants are accepted at the discretion of each School’s admissions committee and are notified by mail/e-mail once an action is taken.


Application materials should be submitted to Graduate Studies by these dates:

Fall July 1 May 1
Winter November 1 September 1
Summer April 1 February 1

School of Nursing application deadlines are as follows:

Fall April 1 March 1
Winter October 1 August 1

Admission Categories

Admission to the graduate programs is based on academic preparation and potential. Applicants who meet the admission requirements may be accepted under one of three categories.

Regular Admission

Regular admission status is granted to degree-seeking students meeting all admission criteria, including program-specified requirements.

Provisional Admission

Provisional admission status may be granted to an applicant whose GPA or test scores do not meet the minimum academic requirements.

Under provisional admission, students may take a maximum of 12 graduate hours and must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00. Regular admission status may be granted once this requirement is met; students not meeting the GPA requirement are not eligible to take additional classes.  See School specific admission requirements.

Non-degree Admission

Non-degree admission status may be granted to applicants who meet the academic requirements, but who are not pursuing a degree or who have not fully completed the admissions process (see Admissions Requirements ).  International students on student visas are not eligible for non-degree status.

Under non-degree admission, students may take a maximum of 12 graduate hours and must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00. Non-degree admission does not guarantee acceptance into a degree program. Non-degree students who decide to pursue a degree must still meet all admission requirements.

Applicants who are not pursuing a degree may be granted non-degree status upon submitting these items to Graduate Studies:

  • Non-degree Application form.
  • Non-refundable application fee.
  • Official transcript, with facts of graduation, from the undergraduate school granting the undergraduate degree.


Students may register online for both on-campus and online classes. Clearance from Student Finance (423.236.2835) is required in order to register. For on-campus students, University Health Center clearance is required (423.236.2713).

To begin the registration process:

  • Click on Current Students and under Account Management, click on Create Account.
  • To register go back to, click on Current Students and under Academics, click on Register for Courses. Follow the directions of Registration.

Admission of International Students

International applicants must have a bachelor’s degree equivalent with a minimum GPA of 3.00 and meet the admissions requirements for acceptance.

The following items must be submitted before admission is considered.

  1. A completed application form and nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Official or attested university records, including proof of all degrees received, with certified translations and evaluations (see International Evaluations).
  3. Certification of English proficiency. (See School specific admission requirements.) TOEFL information and registration are available online at
  4. Documented evidence of financial resources sufficient to support the student for the calendar year, in addition to an international student deposit of $3,000 (USD).
  5. Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), if required.
  6. Letters of recommendations or rating forms.

After admission is granted and financial documentation and degree confirmation are received, Southern Adventist University issues the I-20 Form for obtaining a visa.

Only students approved by the Immigration and Naturalization Service may enroll at Southern Adventist University. The University issues a letter of acceptance and the I-20 Form, which are to be presented to the U.S. consular officer when applying for a student visa. Southern will not accept visas issued for admission to other institutions.

International students admitted to graduate study are encouraged to arrive on campus two weeks prior to the beginning of classes. They should contact the international student adviser as soon as they arrive. Graduate Studies must be notified of any change in the entering date after admission has been granted. All international students with student visas are required by current immigration laws to be enrolled in a full course study (a minimum of nine graduate credit hours) for each semester in attendance.

According to current immigration laws, international students with student visas may work on campus provided that employment is available and provided that the student is enrolled in a full course of study nine (9) graduate hours for each semester in attendance and is making progress to the completion of a degree. On-campus employment is limited to 20 hours per week while classes are in sessions and 40 hours per week during university vacation days. 

International students should not leave their homeland until they have in their possession:

  1. An admission letter of acceptance from Southern Adventist University.
  2. I-20 Form issued by Southern Adventist University.
  3. A valid passport.
  4. A valid visa to travel to the United States.
  5. Sufficient funds for the first year at Southern Adventist University.

International Transcripts

Precise, word-for-word, English translations are required for all non-English documents. Often the issuing institution will provide an English translation. Alternatively, the student may provide the translation. If the translation is anything other than the issuing institution’s official document, an original language official transcript is still required from the issuing institution. Inclusion of the student’s name in English on an original language transcript, by the issuing foreign school, helps identify the transcript.

International Evaluations

All non-U.S. transcripts must be submitted through one of the following approved credential evaluation agencies:

Evaluations are to be sent directly to Southern, Graduate Studies, by the service. All evaluation reports are considered to be advisory. Southern reserves the right to make final equivalency decisions.

English Proficiency

Regardless of nationality or citizenship, an applicant whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL scores. Refer to the respective School for TOEFL requirements.  TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date. After two years, the test must be retaken and the new score submitted.