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Master's & 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.

Master's Applicants

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

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

Business & Management

  • 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.

  • Bachelor’s degree (GPA of 3.0 or above preferred)
  • Submit an application at SEU.edu/apply
  • College transcript(s)
  • Current professional resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (One professional and one personal; Letters of recommendation should be requested through the SEU application portal.)
  • Essay (400-600 words for each prompt): 
    1. How might the core components of this program (design and business principles) benefit your career aspirations? 
    2. When you contemplate the idea of “design management,” what specific conceptual elements do you consider to be essential to implementing that idea in a practical manner?

 

Ministry

  • Official college transcript(s)
  • Resumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • Professional reference OR Academic reference
  • Executive supplement
  • Christian character reference
  • Statement of Purpose– A three-page essay describing (1) your sense of vocation in Christian ministry, articulating the significant points of affirmation that led to your understanding of your calling; (2) integrating your reflection on a theological book(s) that has helped to shape your understanding of your calling; and (3) how you understand your call in relation to the mission of Southeastern School of Divinity to prepare leaders for the church, academy, and world.

  • Official college transcript(s)
  • Professional reference OR Academic reference
  • Christian character reference
  • Statement of Purpose – A three-page essay describing (1) your sense of vocation in Christian ministry, articulating the significant points of affirmation that led to your understanding of your calling; (2) integrating your reflection on a theological book(s) that has helped to shape your understanding of your calling; and (3) how you understand your call in relation to the mission of Southeastern School of Divinity to prepare leaders for the church, academy, and world.

  • Official college transcript(s)
  • Professional reference OR Academic reference
  • Christian character reference
  • Statement of Purpose – A three-page essay describing (1) your sense of vocation in Christian ministry, articulating the significant points of affirmation that led to your understanding of your calling; (2) integrating your reflection on a theological book(s) that has helped to shape your understanding of your calling; and (3) how you understand your call in relation to the mission of Southeastern School of Divinity to prepare leaders for the church, academy, and world.
  • 5-Page Research Paper– The paper can be written on any topic and must contain 3-5 scholarly sources with Chicago/Turabian citation and a bibliography. It can be a research paper previously written by the applicant.

  • Official college transcript(s)
  • Professional reference OR Academic reference
  • Christian character reference
  • Statement of Purpose – A three-page essay describing (1) your sense of vocation in Christian ministry, articulating the significant points of affirmation that led to your understanding of your calling; (2) integrating your reflection on a theological book(s) that has helped to shape your understanding of your calling; and (3) how you understand your call in relation to the mission of Southeastern School of Divinity to prepare leaders for the church, academy, and world.

  • Official college transcript(s)
  • Professional reference OR Academic reference
  • Christian character reference
  • Statement of Purpose – A three-page essay describing (1) your sense of vocation in Christian ministry, articulating the significant points of affirmation that led to your understanding of your calling; (2) integrating your reflection on a theological book(s) that has helped to shape your understanding of your calling; and (3) how you understand your call in relation to the mission of Southeastern School of Divinity to prepare leaders for the church, academy, and world.

 

Education

  • Official college transcript(s)
  • Professional reference (For Educational Leadership, must come from Principal or Assistant Principal)
  • Personal reference
  • Bachelor’s degree (GPA of 3.0 or above preferred)
  • Three years of experience as an educator or acceptable GRE score (For Educational Leadership only)
  • Last two years of supervisor evaluation at the effective or highly effective level. (For Educational Leadership only)
  • Current Resume (For Educational Leadership only)
  • 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.

 

Human Performance & Sport Studies

  • Official college transcript(s)
  • Professional reference
  • Personal reference
  • Bachelor’s degree or prior graduate level degree (GPA of 3.0 or above preferred)
  • Current Resume
  • 2-3 page writing sample answering the following topic: “Why I want to pursue my master’s degree in Kinesiology 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, and English Composition

AND

All MSW Students

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.
  • Prerequisite BUSI 5103 Data Management and Analysis (waived for students with transcripted coursework in Excel)

  • 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 or Academic reference
  • Christian character reference
  • Essay: Students will write a one-page essay articulating why they want to earn a degree in pastoral care and counseling and how they plan to use the degree in their ministry.

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.

  • Submit an application at SEU.edu/apply
  • Regionally-accredited graduate degree with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Two letters of recommendation (Letters of recommendation should be requested through the SEU application portal.)
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Current professional curriculum vitae
  • EdD admission essay
  • EdD writing assignment

  • 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 letters of recommendation (Letters of recommendation should be requested through the SEU application portal.)
  • DSL admission 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 letters of recommendation (Letters of recommendation should be requested through the SEU application portal.)
  • PhD admission 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.