Frequently Asked Questions
Applying to a UNG Graduate Program
How do I apply?
What is the deadline to apply?
Where do I send my application materials?
How do I check the status of my application?
Can I apply to more than one program?
I applied previously; do I need to reapply and pay the application fee again?
We offer one free update per application to the next available term for your program of interest. If you would like to change your application term or program, submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org a message indicating you wish to take advantage of your free update. If the free update is available, Graduate Admissions will make the adjustment. If necessary, a paper application may be requested, however, a second application fee will not need to be paid.
If you complete the online application, you will be required to submit the application fee again. Payments made through the online application process are not refundable.
I completed my application and submitted my materials; now what?
What are the admission requirements?
When will I receive an admission decision?
I’m an international student; what are the requirements?
An international student is someone who has not been granted or does not have U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency. In order for these students to study in the United States, they must obtain an F-1 or J-1 visa. International applicants must enroll for at least nine hours per semester, excluding summer semester, and may only enroll in up to three hours of online (distance education) coursework per semester. International applicants must be accepted as degree-seeking.
International students must meet all program admission requirements for the program, but also have some additional requirements. Not all programs allow International student admission. Please check the program.
How does Graduate Admissions calculate graduate admission GPA and why may it be different than the GPA reported on my transcript?
The graduate admission grade point average (GPA) calculation is as follows. For all non-doctoral programs, the number of completed grade point average credits is the total of completed units taken at the collegiate level for which students received a letter grade A-F or WF (plus and minus points are not used). If a student repeated a course, both attempts are used for the purpose of calculating the graduate admission grade point average.
This may differ from the GPA reported on your transcript, the institutional GPA. Many schools will only include your last attempt at a course and exclude all prior attempts. For example, if you repeated a 3 credit hour class and received a D on the first attempt and an A on second attempt, your institutional GPA may only include 3 hours with an A, 12 points for an average of 4.0. However, UNG Graduate Studies’ admission calculation will include 6 hours (both attempts) and 15 points (3 for the D and 12 for the A) for an average of 2.5. In addition, some schools use plus and minus points. UNG will adjust all plus and minus points.
GPA calculation is slightly different for physical therapy applicants. The number of completed grade point average credits is the total of completed units taken at the collegiate level and all credits taken beyond the bachelor’s degree for which students received a letter grade A-F. Plus and minus points are used. If a student repeated a course, both attempts are used for the purpose of calculating the graduate admission grade point average. This grade point average calculation was approved by PTCAS, the application submission process through which all physical therapy applicants to the University of North Georgia must apply.
How much is tuition?
What fees will I be required to pay?
Does UNG have a tuition payment plan?
How do I apply for financial aid?
Are there any graduate assistantships available?
What are the requirements for Georgia resident in-state tuition?
What entrance tests are required for graduate admission?
It’s been a few years since I took the exam. Are my old scores still valid?
Am I required to take TOEFL/IELTS?
If English is not your native language, English proficiency must be proven.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Personal copies and photocopies are NOT accepted.
TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two calendar years from the test date.
Required minimum scores:
- TOEFL internet based - 79
- TOEFL computer based test - 213
- TOEFL paper based test - 550
- IELTS - 6.5
You may also prove English proficiency if you hold a bachelor's or master's degree equivalent from an accredited institution located in a country where English is the native language.
What are official transcripts?
Do you accept electronic transcripts?
I attended UNG/Gainesville State College/NGCSU in the past. Do I need to request official transcripts from UNG?
No, do not request official transcripts from the University of North Georgia.
If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.
I haven’t graduated yet. Do you still need my transcript?
Yes. In order to begin the evaluation process, please submit your transcript.
If you are accepted, we will need a final transcript with your degree posted.
If my transfer hours are on the transcript, should I request an official transcript from each institution?
I have copies of official transcripts; may I submit those?
What if I attended/graduated from an out of country university?
What is the Proof of Lawful Presence requirement and what fulfills it?
I have a hold for LWPR; what is that?
LWPR is the abbreviation we use for Proof of Lawful Presence. You will not be able to register for classes until this requirement is fulfilled. Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants who are accepted for admission or readmission to UNG and who seek to be classified as in-state for tuition paying purposes to provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the State of Georgia and the United States. Refer to these instructions for a list of documents that will fulfill this requirement.
Can I send you a photocopy of my birth certificate?
No, photocopies of birth certificates are not accepted. We must see an original, certified birth certificate with a raised seal.
Am I required to submit an immunization form?
If you are attending a class on a campus or university managed facility, yes , you are required to submit the UNG certificate of immunization. Online program applicants are not required to submit the UNG certificate of immunization. If a student chooses at a later time to take a class on any designated campus site or university managed facility, the student is required to submit immunization documentation.
Health professional related graduate programs require separate immunization forms with additional requirements beyond what is required by the university. Check the program for additional requirements.
- Exemptions may apply on religious or medical grounds.
- Download the UNG certificate of immunization and have it completed by a health care provider.
- A titer test available through your physician or local health department and may be submitted to confirm the required immunities.
I'm having trouble with the online recommendation forms; can you help?
We use a third party to process our online applications. If you applied online and completed the recommendation section, your references will receive an automated email. If they have not received the form, please check the ApplyWeb FAQs for assistance.
If you applied using a paper application or if you did not complete the online recommendation section, download the paper recommendation form, complete the top section and send to your references. Once the bottom portion has been completed, the form may be sent to Graduate Admissions via email, fax or mail. Graduate Admissions does not contact your references.
Not all programs require recommendation forms. Check with your program of interest.