General Information and Completion Requirements

General Information

  •  Application Requirements - Candidates must follow the application requirements in order to earn the program degree and/or teacher certification.
  • Candidates holding a degree in a teaching field may be eligible to transfer up to six (6) semester hours (or no more than two (2) courses) of coursework from another institution, provided these courses are equivalent to Samford’s courses, the courses are on the same level as the degree the candidate wishes to pursue (ex: Master’s level to Master’s level), and these courses were NOT used towards the completion of a previous degree. Transfer courses require the pre-approval of the Chair of the Graduate Studies, the Certification Officer, and the Alabama State Board of Education (ALSDE). Candidates wishing to receive pre-approval must provide two (2) official copies of transcripts and detailed catalog course descriptions for each course from the University where these courses were taken. The candidate must have earned a grade of B or better in each course the candidate wishes to be considered for transfer.
  • Test Information for GRE and MAT Candidates interested in pursuing a master of science degree or education specialist degree must provide official score report of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a minimum score of 295 verbal and quantitative combined or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) with a minimum score of 396 – NO SCORE OLDER THAN 6 YEARS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Please note: this requirement is waived for any candidate who has successfully completed a graduate degree prior to beginning this program. All Doctor of Education candidates' test scores are also waived.
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  • Financial Information - Please direct financial aid inquiries to the Samford University Financial Aid Office at 205.726.2905. All tuition-related questions can be directed to the Samford University Bursar's Office at 205.726.2816. For program-specific scholarship information, please contact the School of Education Graduate Studies Office at 205.726.2564. For more information, click here.

Completion Requirements

  • Completion of Coursework - Candidates in all graduate programs must ensure that they take the correct courses, according to the checklist, and earn the correct number of semester hours for completing a degree. The same courses do not count toward two certificates on different levels, e.g., Class A and Class AA.
  • Grade Point Average - A GPA of 3.0 must be maintained throughout and until the completion of the MSE and Ed.S graduate programs. A GPA of 3.5 must be maintained throughout and until the completion of the Ed.D program. Candidates whose GPA drops below these specified GPAs may be required to withdraw from the program.  
  • State Certification Application - If applicable, candidates will be given paperwork to be completed for Alabama certification during the final semester of coursework. The paperwork must be returned to the Certification Officer.
  • Comprehensive Exit Examination - All graduate candidates are required to successfully complete a Comprehensive Examination in order to be eligible for graduation. Candidates will complete the Comprehensive Examination process during the final semester of coursework.
Students and applicants with disabilities who seek accommodations must make a request by contacting the Section 504/Disability Access and Accommodation Coordinator, Anne Sherman, Director of Disability Resources, 205-726-4078,