Graduate Admissions Requirements
Thank you for your interest in Shippensburg University's
School of Graduate Studies. It is our goal to make the application process as painless and simple as possible. Use the links on the
Graduate Programs page to view detailed information and application procedures for each master’s program. Our
FAQ page can answer some of your questions about the application process.
Admissions Requirements for Master’s Programs
- Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from a college or university accredited in the United States or the equivalent from a foreign college or university prior to enrollment. A minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA (on a 4.0 scale) is required for most programs. Please note that some programs may have higher GPA minimum requirements. Refer to
program websites for more information. Provisional acceptance may be possible, but not guaranteed for applicants who do not meet minimum requirements.
- Applicants must complete the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if required for admission to the program in which the student wishes to enroll.
- The department offering the desired degree program must recommend acceptance. Before such recommendation is given, an interview with a faculty member may be required. Applicants must meet any other additional requirements established for the degree program, including grade point averages that exceed the minimum graduate admission requirements.
- Individual departments may have more rigorous requirements.
Submit all supplemental documents such as your resume, statement of interest, essay, questionnaire, and any other documents by e-mail to
GradAdmiss@ship.edu as PDF or Word document attachments. Please include your full name and date of birth in the body of the e-mail.
Graduate Admissions Application Checklist
- Choose a Graduate program. Ship offers Master's, Post-Master's, Certificate and Certification programs, and post-bachelor's programs. A full listing of programs is located on the
Graduate Programs page.
- Complete a Graduate Admissions Application. For quicker processing,
apply online; however paper applications are available. Contact the
Office of Admissions. A $45.00 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of submission.
- Submit official transcripts. Include each and every institution that has awarded you college credit. This allows us to have the most accurate view of your academic history. At a minimum you must show you have been awarded a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the institution, or mailed to: Shippensburg University, Office of Graduate Admissions, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg PA 17257. Emailed copies or scanned copies sent directly from the student will not be accepted.
- Applicants may be required to take the
GMAT. This is most common for applicants with a GPA below 2.75. Testing requirements are listed on individual program pages. International applicants should also visit the
International Requirements page.
- Check your graduate program requirements for supplemental application materials. A complete listing of all graduate programs can be found on the
Graduate Programs page. Please note your file is not complete until we receive all of these supplemental documents.
- Submit supplemental materials by email as a PDF or Word document attachment to
GradAdmiss@ship.edu . Be sure to submit these items prior to the application deadline. You may also send documents via postal mail or facsimile to the
Office of Graduate Admissions.
- Track your application status.
Ship’s online portal allows you to check your application and see which items are still outstanding.
Application Review Process
Once you have successfully completed the application process, your file will be sent to the academic department for initial review. Faculty within that department will review your application and may contact you to schedule a formal interview. After the review process the Chair of the academic department will submit a recommendation to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. The Office of Graduate Admissions will complete a secondary review and a decision will be rendered. Decisions will be sent to the applicant via postal mail. You are encouraged to routinely
check your application status online.
Questions? Contact us
Email the Office of Graduate Admissions at
GradAdmiss@ship.edu or call (717) 477-1213.