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Admission Types

After evaluation of your credentials by the appropriate department and by the Office of Graduate Education and Research, you will receive a letter from the Graduate Office providing notification of the admission decision. There are three possible admission decisions:

  1. Admission has been granted under one of the categories listed below,
  2. Admission has been denied, or
  3. The decision has been deferred for reasons listed in the notice.

The admission letter will also state the conditions of admission and the period of validity for the admission.

Attendance in the Graduate School at Eastern Kentucky University is not a right. It is a privilege which may be withdrawn by the University or any area of graduate study if it is deemed necessary by the Office of Graduate Education and Research in order to safeguard the University’s standards.

Degree Seeking Admission

- For students admitted into a master's degree program

There are three classifications of Degree-Seeking admission:

  1. Clear
  2. Provisional
  3. Probationary

Clear Admission

Applicants who meet all of the general graduate requirements and the specific requirements for their particular program are eligible for clear admission. General requirements for clear admission are:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. An overall undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) of 2.5
  3. Submission of acceptable official test scores on an approved examination (see specific program requirements for information on acceptable examinations and scores).

A department may waive the requirements for clear admission stipulated in item 2 or 3 for applicants having already earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

**Individual programs may have additional or higher criteria for clear admission.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all of the required application materials prior to admission consideration, but who otherwise meets the admission requirements, may be granted provisional admission upon the recommendation of the appropriate department and approval of the Office of Graduate Education and Research.

Complete and satisfactory credentials must be received by the Graduate Office before the end of the semester in which the student has registered in a provisional status. A student with a provisional status will not be permitted to enroll for more than one semester. Provisional admission does not guarantee, in any way, subsequent clear admission.

International students may not be admitted on a provisional basis.

Probationary Admission

An applicant who does not meet conditions 2 or 3 of the admission requirements for clear admission, but who does show promise for successful graduate study, may be granted probationary admission upon the recommendation of the appropriate department chair and approval of the appropriate college dean and Dean of Graduate Education and Research.

Students admitted under probationary status:

  • Are permitted to take a maximum of 12 credit hours.
  • Must achieve clear admission before they will be permitted to register for any graduate course work beyond an initial 12 hours.
  • May not transfer graduate coursework earned at EKU to another institution until they have earned Clear Admission.
  • May not attempt any graduate course work graded pass/fail. In the case where specific courses have been designated by a program for the satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading mode, a maximum of three hours of course work graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory may be permitted during the initial 12 hours.
  • May be subject to special course requirements or other conditions imposed by the department, academic dean, and/or the Office of Graduate Education and Research.
  • May not hold an assistantship.
  • Are not permitted to register for a second semester until their grades are posted from the probationary semester.

To achieve Clear Admission students:

  • Must successfully complete at least nine hours of approved graduate course work at EKU with a graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • Earn no more than one grade (regardless of the number of course credit hours) of “C” or lower
  • Meet any additional requirements stipulated by their department

The Office of Graduate Education and Research will inform the student of all conditions required for consideration for clear admission at the time the student is granted probationary admission status.

International students may not be admitted on a probationary admission basis.