Graduate Council will be responsible for establishing general institutional requirements (both quantitative and qualitative) for admission, retention, and completion. Admission and completion criteria for individual graduate programs (both quantitative and qualitative), especially as they differ from general institutional criteria for admission, retention, and completion, are established by program faculty. Changes in admission, retention, and completion criteria may be initiated by Graduate Council, a body that includes representation from each program faculty, or within the individual academic department, or even in open college deliberations; however, approval of changes for individual graduate programs is achieved as follows:
Department Faculty (action)
College Curriculum and Educational Policies Committee (action)
College Faculty (action)
Graduate Council (action)
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (action)
Review/Evaluation of Admission Policies
Graduate Council shall review general institutional requirements for admission, retention and completion at least once every five years, and consistent with the SACS review calendar.
Individual academic departments shall review individual program requirements for admission, retention, and completion each year, and consistent with the Graduate Bulletin review calendar.
Admission to the Master’s Degree Programs
Applications and Transcripts
The University of Montevallo welcomes applications from all individuals whose experiences, interests, and academic preparation indicate potential for success in one of the graduate programs. Forms for making application and related information are available upon request by calling 205-665-6350, by e-mailing Graduate Admissions and Records at firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at www.montevallo.edu/grad/applications.shtm.
Please note that there is a non-refundable $30 fee required for the Graduate Application, and there is a non-refundable $25 fee required for the Alternative Master’s evaluation application. Students who wish to apply online may click on the following link to access the Graduate Admissions and Records web page: www.montevallo.edu/grad/. Please note that students applying to the Alternative Master’s Program must complete and submit the printable Alternative Master’s Program evaluation application, which is available at: www.montevallo.edu/grad/applications.shtm. Students may submit the application to Graduate Study online and make payment online as well. At this time, all other forms may be downloaded and printed only.
Students applying for a master’s degree program must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Collegiate work from unaccredited postsecondary institutions (or institutions that are not in candidacy status for accreditation) is not transferable to the University of Montevallo. Students who have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution not regionally accredited but who have subsequently earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution may appeal to the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs for special consideration. A completed application form and one official transcript from each institution of higher education attended must be sent to Graduate Admissions and Records by April 15 for Summer admission, July 15 for fall admission, and November 15 for spring admission. Please note: These dates reflect priority deadlines. Applicants may submit materials after the deadline with the understanding that submitting materials after the priority deadline does not guarantee consideration for admission for the following term. These deadlines may differ for capped and cohort programs. See individual department sections for possible differences. Even though credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of another institution, it is still necessary to submit all transcripts. Such transcripts must include evidence of graduation with a degree posted.
Applicants who have yet to complete an undergraduate degree must submit a final transcript with a degree posted before the end of the first semester of graduate coursework. Students may not take additional graduate coursework without a final transcript on file in Graduate Admissions and Records.
Credit may not be given for graduate coursework taken by a student who has not been admitted officially to the graduate program at the University of Montevallo.
Students who have been enrolled in but not completed similar graduate programs at other institutions must have left in good standing in order to be admitted to the University of Montevallo graduate program.
General Test Score Requirements
Applicants for entrance to any program must also present a satisfactory, official score on the prescribed graduate examination specified by their respective college and/or department. The test must have been taken within 5 years of the date of application for graduate study.
Unless otherwise indicated in the departmental sections of this Bulletin, the following scores will be satisfactory for admission to graduate study:
The MAT is given at least once a semester at UM through the Office of Counseling and Leadership. Please contact the office secretary at 205-665-6380 for information on the MAT. The University of Montevallo requires the GRE General Test. Visit www.ets.org for more information about the GRE. Visit www.mba.com for information about the GMAT.
Minimum requirements for unconditional admission to Graduate Studies are:
There is no conditional admission for the Alternative Master’s Degree Program or the SLP Program. Students must meet criteria for unconditional admission to each phase of the program.
Decisions on admission based on general Graduate Studies requirements are made by Graduate Admissions and Records. Decisions on admission to specific programs are made by the appropriate department and the dean of the college on the basis of requirements by Graduate Admissions and Records, college, and individual department.
A conditionally admitted student will be allowed to take no more than 12 graduate hours. Graduate credit toward a degree at the University of Montevallo will not be awarded until the requirements for unconditional admission have been met. No student who has been admitted conditionally will be allowed to register after attempting 12 hours of graduate work.
Any student who has attended another institution as a graduate student must be in good standing at that institution in order to be admitted for graduate study in the same field at the University of Montevallo. Exceptions may be made if the appropriate departmental chairperson and college dean agree that there have been mitigating circumstances.
Admission to the Educational Specialist and AA Certification programs
Applications and Transcripts
The University of Montevallo welcomes applications from all individuals who have completed their master’s degrees from a regionally accredited institution and who hold an Alabama Class A teaching certificate. Forms for making application and related information are available upon request by calling 205-665-6350, by e-mailing Graduate Admissions and Records at email@example.com, or online at www.montevallo.edu/grad/applications.shtm. The completed application form, application fee, and one (1) official transcript from the institution(s) at which the student completed other graduate work should be sent to Graduate Admissions and Records by April 15 for summer admission, July 15 for fall admission and November 15 for spring admission. Please note: These dates reflect priority deadlines. Applicants may submit materials after the deadline with the understanding that submitting materials after the priority deadline does not guarantee consideration for admission for the following term. SLP, English, M.B.A., Marriage and Family Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling are only required to submit one (1) official transcript from each college or university. In addition UM undergraduates applying for these programs are not required to submit official transcripts. Graduate Admissions and Records will have access to their official transcripts on file with the University. If a student chooses to submit the application online through the online application process, he/she will have the opportunity to make payment through the web.
The Ed.S. degree and the AA certificate are earned simultaneously.
The following requirements must be met by all persons desiring entrance to the AA/Ed.S. program:
No credit toward the AA/Ed.S. will be awarded to students who have not been admitted officially to the program(s).
Special-status admission may be granted to a student under some circumstances. Special-status admission may be granted for no more than three (3) graduate hours and for no more than one term, based on a review of the student’s transcript (unofficial or official). A special-status student may register only on the day of registration. Students admitted by special status must complete their application and be admitted into a program in order to continue with graduate coursework.
Students taking courses for personal enrichment or to comply with undergraduate certification requirements may be allowed to enroll with non-degree status. If these students later apply for admission to a graduate program, credit for the course(s) taken will be evaluated on an individual course basis.
Students who wish non-degree status must submit an official transcript with a degree posted. By the end of the first term of enrollment, official transcripts from all institutions attended must be on file in Graduate Admissions and Records.
Students Who Have Not Completed a Degree
Beginning Fall 2011, undergraduate students who are in the last semester of their senior year may take up to six (6) hours of graduate credit at the University of Montevallo with permission of the department chairperson and the dean of the college housing the graduate program they wish to enter. Permission is granted to a student provided he/she has sufficient content background to indicate success at the graduate level. The student must apply and be accepted to the graduate program before taking graduate courses. Course credit cannot be counted toward the graduate degree at the University of Montevallo. Please note: This policy is not applicable to students pursuing any of the following programs: Alternative Masters in Education, Traditional Masters in Education, Instructional Leadership (Class A/Masters), and School Counseling.
Second Master’s Degree
A second master’s degree may be earned with a minimum of 18 semester hours of additional credit beyond the first master’s degree. Students seeking a second master’s degree must meet the entrance requirements for the program they wish to enter unless the appropriate departmental chairperson and college dean agree that those requirements or their equivalent were met in the first master’s degree. Requirements for the second degree will be decided by the department chair and approved by the college dean.
International Student Admission
The University of Montevallo welcomes qualified applicants from other countries. Questions concerning admission to a graduate program should be addressed to Graduate Admissions and Records, Station 6350, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL 35115, U.S.A., by e-mailing Graduate Admissions and Records at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by accessing the Graduate Admissions and Records website at www.montevallo.edu/grad/. It is recommended that international students begin the application process at least three (3) months prior to the posted application deadline.
In addition to meeting the general admission requirements, international students are required to submit the following original credentials:
Students may find more information regarding the TOEFL at www.toefl.org.
Students may find more information regarding the IELTS at www.ielts.org.
Note: After admission to the University, students are expected to notify the University of any change in health status that represents a potential risk to others. Students who may need disability-related accommodations may contact Disability Support Services.
Although federal immigration laws do not permit part-time employment for international students except in special instances, prospective students who meet the requirements previously listed are encouraged to contact the University for information regarding financial aid options.
Complete international student admission information is available at www.montevallo.edu/records/International%20pages/InternationalAdmissionsList.shtm.
Updated January 31, 2013: Text in the Admission Policies and Procedures sections has been changed to reflect the need for one official transcript from each institution of higher education attended. Previously, two official transcripts were required.