Graduate Application Information

Applications are accepted online. If you are a current undergraduate student at Samford University applying to begin graduate study after graduation, please apply online.

If you have already submitted an application online, please do not submit a second application. If you need to change the program or your start term, contact Brooke Karr.

Graduate Application Deadlines+

To be considered for admission by the School of Education Graduate Studies Admissions Committee, applicants must have a complete application on or before the posted application deadline for each upcoming term. Admissions Committee meetings generally take place within one week following the posted application deadline for each upcoming term. Applicants are typically notified of the Committee's decision within one week following each Admissions Committee meeting. Applicants should plan completion of applications accordingly to accommodate for possible schedule variations (holidays, inclement weather, etc.). Admission is competitive and applicants meeting the application deadline will be given preference. Admission is determined by the School of Education Graduate Studies Department Admissions Committee, which considers a combination of the applicant's GPA(s), GRE/MAT score(s), results of scholarly writing sample evaluation, written statement of purpose, candidate recommendations and interview (if applicable).

*Admission to any education program is based on the availability of a cohort.  If a cohort is not available, the applicant will be given the option to move his/her application to the next available term and any paper admission materials that were mailed may be held on file for up to two years.

Start Dates and Deadlines
Start DateDeadline

Fall (August start date)

* Fall start not available for Fifth-Year Non-Traditional Master's in Early Childhood/Elementary Education

July 15

Spring (January start date)

* Spring start not available for Fifth-Year Non-Traditional Master's in Early Childhood/Elementary Education

Nov. 15
Summer (June start date) April 15

Notes+

It takes approximately two full weeks for newly admitted candidates to be issued a Samford UserID, password and email address—information needed to register and pay/coordinate financial aid for courses.

Scholarships awarded by the School of Education Graduate Studies Department are posted for each academic term separately and may not be posted prior to the payment deadline set by the bursar’s office (205-726-2816). Candidates receiving scholarships from the School of Education Graduate Studies Department should prepare to either (1) pay the full amount owed and request a refund after the start of classes or (2) pay the amount owed, less the scholarship amount. If candidates choose the second option, it will be the candidates’ responsibility to monitor his or her student account to be sure all financial obligations have been met in a timely manner.

Candidates not completing payment for courses by the payment deadline may be dropped from courses and/or issued a late payment fee.

Candidates interested in the special alternative certificate should direct all inquiries to the certification officer at 205-726-2566.

The immunization record requirement is not part of a complete application for the School of Education Graduate Studies Department. Applicants are expected to have the immunization record requirement completed no later than two weeks after the first day of the first term of his or her program to avoid a Student Health Services Immunization Record requirement late fee. All inquiries regarding the immunization record requirement should be directed to Student Health Services at 205-726-2835.

Students and applicants with disabilities who seek accommodations must make a request by contacting the Section 504/Disability Access and Accommodation Coordinator, Disability Resources, 205-726-4078, disability@samford.edu.