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Graduate Admissions Process

In order to make your admissions process as smooth as possible, follow the steps in this application checklist.

  • Choose a Graduate program. Ship offers you master's, post-master's, certificate and certification, and doctoral programs. A full listing is located on the Graduate Programs page.
  • Complete a Graduate Admissions Application. For quicker processing, apply online; paper applications are also 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 enables us to have the most accurate record of your academic history. At 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. E-mailed copies or copies scanned and sent by you will not be accepted.
  • Possibly take the GRE, MAT, or GMAT - especially if your undergraduate GPA was 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. An admission decision cannot be made until all supplemental documents are received.
  • Submit supplemental materials by e-mail 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 these documents via USPS mail or fax to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • Track your application's status. Ship's online portal enables 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. Normally, you should expect to have a formal admission decision within 3 weeks of submitting all your application documents. You will receive your admission decision via USPS mail and are encouraged to routinely check your application status online.

Withdraw or defer your application to a future semester by completing the Request to Withdraw or Defer Form.