Samford University’s Office of Professional Studies seeks students who have demonstrated a commitment to scholarship, outstanding personal character, strong work history and serious educational aims. Students attending Professional Studies programs have generally been out of high school for three years and have an average cumulative transfer GPA of 2.7 (2.0 minimum). Admission to Samford’s Professional Studies programs involves a careful analysis of academic records, character references, clarity of educational purpose and vocational ambitions that reflect the student's potential for academic success, involvement, and leadership.
Requirements for Professional Studies Students
All students applying to Samford’s Professional Studies programs are required to provide the following:
Fill out our online application. Our application fee is waived for Professional Studies applicants.
Your essay should answer the following questions:
- Why do you want to attend Samford University?
- What is your goal once you graduate from Samford?
- If you could have lunch with one historical figure, who would it be and why?
Each answer should be between 200–250 words typed in a word document.
Letter of Recommendation
Provide a letter of recommendation from a non-family member, preferably a pastor, supervisor, boss, or co-worker.
Submit an updated professional résumé with your educational and employment history. Résumés should not exceed two pages in length.
Prospective students should schedule an interview with Professional Studies administrators before acceptance. Students unable to visit campus may use video conferencing for their interview.
Official transcripts from all colleges where you were admitted as a student are required. If you have earned less than 24 college credits, you must submit your high school transcript. Official transcripts can be obtained by contacting the respective institution. Have official electronic transcripts sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or have them mailed to:
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
Transfer Credit Information
Students transferring from other institutions must arrange to have official transcripts from each college/university attended be sent to Samford University. New students should have all official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admission; current Samford students who have taken transient coursework at other schools should have official transcripts sent directly to the Office of the Registrar.
While an official evaluation of transfer credit cannot be made until transcripts have been received from other schools, prospective students, as well as current students considering transient work, can review transfer policies to see where they stand.
To see how your courses might transfer into Samford, click the button below, choose a state, then school.
Transfer by Regional Accreditation Status
Transfer work from regionally accredited institutions will be accepted if the student has earned a grade of C- or higher (D grades will not transfer into Samford).
- Non-academic courses
- Remedial courses
- Highly technical courses
- Vocational courses
- Duplicate credit
- Pass/Fail graded courses, unless documentation is received from the awarding institution stating that a grade of P is equal to a C- or better.
- Participation beyond limits in sports and music ensembles. NOTE: Not more than eight credits in music ensembles, drama participation, and physical education activity courses may apply toward the minimum of 128 credits required for graduation. No more than two credits in physical education activity courses beyond those required for graduation may be part of the combined eight credits.
Transfer work from institutions that are not regionally accredited will be considered for transfer credit where such credit represents coursework relevant to the degree sought, with course content and level of instruction resulting in student competencies at least equivalent to those of students enrolled at Samford.
College-level credit is awarded for scores of 50 or higher in most subject areas; however, students should consult with their advisors or the Registrar before scheduling any CLEP examinations. With the sole exception of UCCA 101, CLEP credit is not acceptable for university core curriculum courses.
The Joint Services Transcript (JST), issued through the JST Operations Center, reports courses that may be considered for transfer credit from any of the military branches, one source for all. “The American Council on Education’s (ACE) Military Programs evaluates formal service courses and occupations approved by a central authority, employing the services of teams of subject-matter specialists from colleges and universities (professors, deans, and other academicians) that, through the discussion and the application of evaluation procedures and guidelines, reach consensus on content, description, and amount of credit to be recommended for selected courses and occupations.” (Quoted from the JST Official Transcript Explanation.)
Samford will consider for transfer credit any course reported on the JST that has potential for academic credit. Courses that fall into vocational/career/technical areas are not considered for transfer credit. The course description reported on the JST transcript is forwarded to the appropriate academic department chair for evaluation. If a comparable Samford equivalent is approved, credit is applied for the ACE recommended credit hours and level. If additional course information is needed, the online Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services may be consulted.
In addition, the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) may be considered for world language credit if reported on the JST. The language and scores with ACE recommendations in listening, reading, and speaking are sent to the chair of the World Languages and Cultures Department for evaluation and assignment for comparable credit.