Each applicant to a graduate program at USFSM is required to meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. An applicant must have one of the following:
    1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and satisfying at least one of the following criteria:
      1. “B” average or better in all work attempted while registered as an undergraduate student working for a degree, or
      2. “B” or better average in all work attempted while registered as an upper division undergraduate student working for a baccalaureate degree.
    2. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and a previous graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. In cases where an applicant has a bachelor’s and a graduate degree at the time of admission, the credentials and GPA of the graduate degree will be the determining factor for admission.
    3. The equivalent bachelor’s and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution. Bachelor’s degrees from institutions in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) are considered equivalent based on the Bologna Accord. For applicants with a 3‐year Bachelor’s Degree with less than 120 hours, from Non‐Bologna Accord Institutions, a transcript evaluation from a NACES member is required to confirm equivalency.
  2. Submission of standardized test scores is at the discretion of the graduate program. Applicants from countries where English is not the official language must also demonstrate proficiency in English by providing acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  3. All specific and additional requirements of the graduate program to which admission is sought (including requirements to submit standardized test scores) consistent with the Statement of Principle.

The College Dean must approve any exceptions to these requirements.

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