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Apply to Our Graduate Degrees or Certificates

  • MSc in Information Design & Communication (36 credit hours)—GRE required
  • MSc in Information & Instructional Design (36 credit hours)—GRE required
  • Introductory and Advanced Certificates—no GRE required
All applicants, degree or certificate, must meet or exceed the minimum GPA of 2.75 from an accredited university.

Before starting the application process: 

Please contact Ms. Donna McPherson at dmcphers@spsu.edu and provide her with your name, email, and degree/certificate selection. Ms. McPherson will help you with the process and follow-up on your application.

To initiate the application process with the Graduate School, students must submit the following to Graduate Admissions:

  • completed application form. You apply online through the Graduate School's application center.
  • application fee of $50. This is non-refundable and payable online.
  • transcripts. One official sealed transcript sent directly from each college attended.
  • immunization certification. Please print and sign the waiver on the back stating enrollment in online courses only.
  • statement of purpose essay. See the Graduate School's information on the statement of purpose essay.
  • professional resume. This resume details current and previous work experience.
Students applying to the degree programs must have:
  • GRE minimum scores of:
    • 153 for Verbal Reasoning
    • 144 for Quantitative Reasoning
    • 4 or above on the writing component

    To complete the application process with the department, students must write an essay.

    This essay is timed; topics are provided by the department.Contact the Program Assistant, Donna McPherson, tcom@spsu.edu, or 678-915-7202, to schedule a day and time to write the essay.

    The essay topic and instructions will be sent via email, on the day scheduled. The applicant is responsible for timing the essay and sending an electronic copy back to the department within two hours of beginning the essay.

    Preparatory Work

    Students applying to the Introductory Certificate or the degrees and who do not have a background in writing and/or graphics may be given provisional admission status and required to take IDC 5001 and/or IDC 5002 as preparation for the degree program. A grade of B or above is required for full admission into the degree program. Students may also self-select for either or both of IDC 5001 and 5002.

    Students who are applying to the Advanced Certificates may, on evaluation of the Admissions Committee, need to complete IDC 5001, 5002 or a 6000-level writing/graphics course.

  • For students wishing to update their library and information literary competencies, please see LIBR 5001 in our list of IDC courses.


    Your application materials are due for consideration by these dates:

    • July 1 for Fall Semester (begins mid-August)
    • November 1 for Spring Semester (begins early January)
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