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Graduate & Doctoral Admission Requirements

Thank you for applying to Southeastern University! To be considered for admission, please make sure to submit the required documents using the instructions below. To see which documents are required for your program, please click on the proper tab below.

Graduate Applicants

(Including Online, On-Campus and Partner Site students)

All graduate students must submit the documents required based on their program of choice.

Business

  • Official college transcript(s)
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA
  • Professional reference OR Academic reference
  • Personal reference
  • Current resume/curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample answering the following question: “Why I want to pursue my master’s degree at Southeastern University.” Please address how the MBA will help you improve your current/future career and how you can integrate your Christian faith. This paper should include your full name, be two to three pages in length and be formatted as follows: Times New Roman font, 12 point font, double-spaced and one-inch margins on all sides.

  • Official college transcript(s)
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA
  • Academic reference
  • Personal reference
  • Current resume/curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample answering the following question: “Why I want to pursue my master’s degree at Southeastern University.” Please address how the MBA will help you improve your current/future career and how you can integrate your Christian faith. This paper should include your full name, be two to three pages in length and be formatted as follows: Times New Roman font, 12 point font, double-spaced and one-inch margins on all sides.

Ministry

Education

Applies to all Master of Education programs

  • Official college transcript(s)
  • Professional reference
  • Personal reference
  • Bachelor’s degree (GPA of 3.0 or above preferred)
  • Three years of experience as an educator or acceptable GRE score
  • 2-3 page writing sample answering the following topic: “Why I want to pursue my master’s degree at Southeastern University.”
  • For non-native English speakers, a current TOEFL score at the mean level or higher.

If one of the above standards is not met, provisional admission may be granted depending on the strength of the other components. Such candidates will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

Behavioral & Social Sciences

Note: Students must apply as either and Advanced Standing or Traditional program student based on their background.

Advanced-Standing MSW
Baccalaureate degree in social work from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) as well as the following:

  • Applicants who completed the BSW more than 10 years ago must submit a 1-2 page letter demonstrating ways in which they have remained current on professional knowledge via completion of continuing education and/or professional social work practice experience
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Grade of B-(or higher) in all BSW practice and field education/seminar courses

OR

Traditional MSW
Baccalaureate degree in any field from a regionally accredited liberal arts institution as well as the following:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Completion of the following required pre-requisite courses with a grade of C or better: Introduction to Psychology, Statistics or Research Methods, and English Composition

AND

All MSW Students

  • Official college transcript(s)
  • Professional reference
  • Academic reference (may be replaced by a professional work reference if the undergraduate degree was completed more than five years ago)
  • Christian character reference
  • Notarized Florida Department of Children and Families “Affidavit of Good Moral Character” form
  • Essay: Write a 3-4 page personal statement addressing EACH of the following points (typewritten, 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced):
    • Professional Social Work Goals: Discuss your specific professional goals. How will attending the MSW program at Southeastern University help you accomplish those professional goals? Discuss how you plan to meet all MSW program expectations including your ability to balance the required academic coursework and field placement hours with your other personal and professional commitments.
    • Strengths and Limitations: Discuss your personal and professional strengths and limitations (areas in which you need to grow or change).
    • Diversity and Values: Discuss a time you interacted with someone who was very different from you and/or who shared viewpoints that were very different from your own. How did you handle the situation? What was the outcome? Describe your understanding of the core values of the social work profession. How have you incorporated those values into your interactions with others (personally and/or professionally)?
    • Social Work Experience: Discuss any experiences (paid or voluntary) you have had working with people in a helping capacity. Discuss the length of time, practice setting, population served, and professional insight gained from the experience.

  • Official college transcript(s)
  • Bachelor’s degree (GPA of 3.0 or above preferred)
  • Professional reference
  • Academic reference
  • Christian character reference
  • Essay: “Why have you chosen to pursue a master’s degree in counseling? Why have you chosen to apply to SEU? How will SEU’s program help you meet your career goals? What strengths or assets do you bring to the program? How have your personal experiences influenced your decision to pursue a career in the counseling profession? How will you integrate your Christian faith with your academic and professional work?” This paper should include your full name, be two to three pages in length and be formatted as follows: Times New Roman font, 12 point font, double-spaced and one-inch margins on all sides.
  • Undergraduate prerequisites, or content equivalents, to provide basic familiarity with mental health concepts (especially for those without a behavioral sciences degree): Introduction to Psychology; Theories of Personality; Developmental Psychology (e.g., Child and Adolescent Development or Adult Development and Aging); Abnormal Psychology
  • Background check (use SK84 in the “Place Order” box)
  • Interview with small group of faculty and candidates

  • Official college transcript(s)
  • Bachelor’s degree (GPA of 3.0 or above preferred)
  • Professional reference
  • Academic reference
  • Christian character reference
  • Essay: “Why have you chosen to pursue a master’s degree in counseling? Why have you chosen to apply to SEU? How will SEU’s program help you meet your career goals? What strengths or assets do you bring to the program? How have your personal experiences influenced your decision to pursue a career in the counseling profession? How will you integrate your Christian faith with your academic and professional work?” This paper should include your full name, be two to three pages in length and be formatted as follows: Times New Roman font, 12 point font, double-spaced and one-inch margins on all sides.
  • Undergraduate prerequisites, or content equivalents, to provide basic familiarity with mental health concepts (especially for those without a behavioral sciences degree): Introduction to Psychology; Theories of Personality; Developmental Psychology (e.g., Child and Adolescent Development or Adult Development and Aging); Abnormal Psychology
  • Background check (use SK84 in the “Place Order” box)

 

Unrestricted Education

  • Official college transcript(s)
  • Bachelor’s degree (GPA of 3.0 or above preferred; a GPA of 2.9 will be considered for provisional admission)
  • Professional reference
  • Academic reference
  • Christian character reference
  • Essay: Students will write a one-page essay articulating why they want to earn a degree in human services. The essay should focus on their call to the profession of human services and must demonstrate that they have a passion for helping people.

  • Official college transcript(s)
  • Bachelor’s degree (GPA of 3.0 or above preferred; a GPA of 2.9 will be considered for provisional admission)
  • Professional reference
  • Academic reference
  • Christian character reference
  • Essay: Students will write a one to two-page essay articulating why they want to earn this degree. The essay should focus on their call, desire and vision for seeking the degree.
  • Business class prerequisite through one of the following:
    • Intro to Accounting & Finance
    • Managerial Accounting

PLEASE NOTE: Additional documents may be requested by admission depending on your specific situation.

Doctoral Applicants

All graduate students must submit the documents required based on their program of choice.

  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, even if no credit was earned or grades received (transcripts must be sent directly from the colleges)
  • Possession of an earned Master of Divinity degree, or its equivalent (at least 72 credit hours) from a regionally accredited institution/program with similar academic standards to SEU.
  • Achievement of a graduate-level GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale.
  • Evidence of at least three years of consistent vocational ministry experience after receiving the Master of Divinity degree (or its equivalent).
  • Professional reference
  • Christian character reference
  • A 5-page statement of purpose reflecting the applicant’s ministerial and academic goals.
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • A personal interview may be required.

  • Regionally-accredited graduate degree with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • For non-native English speakers, a current TOEFL score at the mean level or higher
  • Current professional resume or vita
  • Christian faith statement: 2-3 page essay
  • Minimum of three full-time years of successful experience in a related field
  • Scholarly writing sample: Minimum of 5 pages (e.g. articles, graduate research papers/assignments, published work, etc.)
  • Background check (use SK84 in the “Place Order” box)
  • Two professional references
  • TurnItIn consent to comply form

  • Submit an application at SEU.edu/apply
  • Regionally-accredited graduate degree with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Current professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two typed professional letters of recommendation that address your character, experience with leadership, and ability to complete the doctoral program
  • Essay: Explain why you chose SEU for your doctoral studies, your goals for the program, talents and experiences that can lead to success, and how you will contribute to others
  • Doctoral writing sample: Demonstrate your research, writing, analytical, and problem-solving skills

  • Submit an application at SEU.edu/apply
  • Regionally-accredited graduate degree with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Current professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two typed professional letters of recommendation that address your character, experience with leadership, and ability to complete the doctoral program
  • Essay: Explain why you chose SEU for your doctoral studies, your goals for the program, talents and experiences that can lead to success, and how you will contribute to others
  • Doctoral writing sample: Demonstrate your research, writing, analytical, and problem-solving skills

PLEASE NOTE: Additional documents may be requested by admission depending on your specific situation.

Submission Information

Although official documents will be required before enrollment, copies of test scores and transcripts may be sent via email to expedite the admission process.


Official documents should be mailed to SEU using the following address: Southeastern University Attn: Admission 1000 Longfellow Blvd Lakeland, FL 33801

Please Note: Additional documentation may be requested by admission depending on your specific situation.