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Graduate Program Admissions - Columbus State University

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Graduate Program Admissions

Create what's next. Columbus State's 30-plus graduate programs are designed to empower students to advance professionally, change careers, and deepen their understanding of new and emerging fields.

Our programs span a wide range of areas, but all share a set of common strengths:

  • They emphasize hands-on learning and creative problem-solving strategies.
  • They're led by world-class instructors and groundbreaking researchers who are eager to help you succeed.
  • And they focus on your creative pursuits, priorities, and professional goals.

By earning a graduate degree from Columbus State, you're taking your education to the next level. Here, learning becomes leading – and you become a force for change in the lives of others.

Columbus State offers the following graduate degree programs:

  • Master's Degrees
  • Doctorate Degrees
  • Specialist Degrees

General Requirements

Program Requirements

Admission to Graduate Programs differs from undergraduate admission as admission decisions at the graduate level are made by the individual academic departments and requirements vary by program. Please plan accordingly. Find your degree page on the graduate school site for more information about admission to your particular program. You may also reference the graduate degree section of our catalog as it is the final authority on requirements for specific programs.

Your completed application packet, which includes both general admission requirements and individual program requirements, should be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the posted admission deadlines. Send your application packet, supplemental documents, transcripts, and test scores to Columbus State University online or via mail:

  1. Document Upload Page
  2. Email to
  3. Mail to Office of Admissions, Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, GA 31907

General Application Deadlines

Semester Graduate Application Deadline Graduate Document Deadline
Summer April 30 May 15
Fall June 30 July 15
Spring November 30 December 15


Programs with Specific Document Deadlines and Terms of Entry

Program Semester Graduate Document Deadlines
M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Fall March 1
M.Ed. in School Counseling Fall March 1
Ed.D. in Curriculum and Leadership Fall May 15


Graduate Admission Exams

Graduate programs require scores from one of the following standardized exams. Check the individual degree programs for specific exam requirements.

Note for Out-of-State Students

If you will be living outside of Georgia while enrolled in courses, please visit our Program State Authorizations and Approvals page before applying to find out if Columbus State University is able to offer your program of interest where you will be living.

If you will be living internationally, or have any questions about state authorization or professional licensure authorization, please contact the State Authorization office at Please include in your email:

  • Your name
  • Where you will be physically present while taking classes
  • Program of interest

The State Authorization office can only address questions related to state or licensing board approvals, for all other questions please contact the appropriate department:

Visit our Out-of-State Student page for more information for students living out of state.

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