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Frequently Asked Questions

Applying to a UNG Graduate Program

How do I apply?

Complete the online application.

Doctor of Physical Therapy applicants apply through PTCAS.

What is the deadline to apply?

Application deadlines vary by program.  Please check the program.  All items are due by the application deadline.  This includes the application, application fee, official transcripts, proof of lawful presence, official test scores if required, recommendations if required and any additional items required by the program.

How do I apply for a term that is not showing as available?

Some programs only admit new students for specific terms.  Please check the program's admissions page for available terms.  If the program accepts for your term of interest and you still do not see it as an option, it is possible we may not be accepting applications at this time.  Our application schedule is as follows:

Summer Graduate Admissions applications open July 1

Fall Graduate Admissions applications open September 1

Spring Graduate Admissions applications open Spring 1

Application deadlines vary by program.

Where do I send my application materials?

  • Upload with your online application
  • Email to:
  • Fax to: 706-867-2795
  • Mail to:
    Graduate Admissions
    University of North Georgia
    82 College Circle
    Dahlonega, GA 30597-1001

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 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?

Check your application status, once all application materials are received, your file will be forwarded to the program for review.

I am having trouble with the online application; can you help me?

We use an third party to process our online applications.  Please see their FAQs for assistance.  If you are unable to solve the problem, please contact us for a paper application and submit the application fee to Graduate Admissions.

Admission Requirements

What are the admission requirements?

Admission requirements vary by program.  Please check with the program.

When will I receive an admission decision?

Admission decision processing varies by program.  Please check the program.

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.

GPA Calculation

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.  Unless otherwise stated, 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 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 entry-level DPT applicants. Grade point average is calculated by PTCAS, the application submission process through which all entry-level physical therapy applicants to the University of North Georgia must apply.


How much is tuition?

Tuition varies by program.  Check the Business Office tuition and fees webpage, for more information.

What fees will I be required to pay?

Fees vary by campus.  Check the Business Office tuition and fees webpage, for more information.

Does UNG have a tuition payment plan?

Yes. Check for details.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Contact the Financial Aid department for information,

Are there any graduate assistantships available?

UNG has graduate assistantship opportunities in a variety of departments and on many campuses. Securing a graduate assistantship provides opportunities that enhance your career-readiness.  Many positions provide a stipend and offer flexible scheduling. Accompanying waivers drastically reduce the cost of graduate tuition. To request more information or to get on an email list for position availability, contact Candace Lovell in Graduate Studies at

What are the requirements for Georgia resident in-state tuition?

Classification of in-state for tuition purposes requires an individual to have established domicile in Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of classes for the semester in which the student plans to enroll.  Check Residency Requirements for additional information.

Test Scores

What entrance tests are required for graduate admission?

Entrance test requirements vary by program.  Check with the program.

It’s been a few years since I took the exam. Are my old scores still valid?

Only scores less than six years old will be considered.

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?

Official transcripts are accepted directly from the issuing institution via postal mail or electronically to Student transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.

Do you accept electronic transcripts?

Yes, if mailed electronically to directly from the issuing institution.  Electronic transcripts issued to the student and then forwarded to will not be accepted as official.

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?

Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.  Please request official transcripts from each institution attended.

I have copies of official transcripts; may I submit those?

Student transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.

What if I attended/graduated from an out of country university?

International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GPSC) does not recognize evaluations from World Education Services (WES).  Education applicants should review the GPSC website at

Lawful Presence

What is the Proof of Lawful Presence requirement and what fulfills it?

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.

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.

I wasn’t accepted; can I appeal?

Yes.  Check with the program.

I would like more information. Whom do I contact?

Graduate Admissions can be reached at 706-864-1543 or

Can I transfer graduate credit hours from another institution?

In order to earn a master’s degree at UNG, a student must earn a minimum of 24 semester hours of credit in residence.  Check the Graduate Catalog for requirements by program for transfer credits.

What career services do you offer?

Check with UNG Career Services.

I was accepted; now what?

Information can be found on the I've Been Accepted, Now What? page.

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