A Framework for Living

Students at Southwestern are given a framework for living, which they will learn to build upon and design to fit their future during their time at Southwestern.

Prospective Students

Graduate Studies

The University offers graduate work in two areas:

MBA

Organizational and Management theory and research.

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M.Ed.

Educational leadership and advanced curriculum development.

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The Graduate Academic Dean and the Graduate Academic Policies Committee are responsible for the overall direction of the graduate programs. Each graduate program is administered by the respective Graduate Program Director.

Procedures and Requirements

1. Seek Academic Advisement

  • Prior to the first semester, each student should meet with the Program Director who serves as advisor. The advisor's major tasks are: to outline the student's program; to counsel students about academic requirements and expectations; and to approve the student's course schedule and changes in program on a semester-by-semester basis.

  • The advisor works out a proposed program for the student's complete degree and files a copy of this program on an appropriate check sheet with the Graduate Studies Office and the Records Office for follow-up monitoring.

2. Submit your application

Complete and return your application to the Admissions Office.

Admissions Office 
Southwestern Adventist University
P.O Box 567
Keene, Texas 76059

Phone:   817-202-6200 & 800-433-2240
Fax:       817-556-4753
Email:     inquire(at)swau.edu

Graduate Online Application Form

3. College Transcripts

Submit official college transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work to the Admissions Office.

Admissions Office 
Southwestern Adventist University
P.O Box 567
Keene, Texas 76059

Phone:   817-202-6200 & 800-433-2240
Fax:       817-556-4753
Email:     inquire(at)swau.edu

Admission

Admission Requirement and Procedures

The University offers graduate programs in business and education. Students are accepted for admission in fall, spring, and summer semesters. All application materials must be received two weeks prior to the beginning of a semester for an admission decision to be made. Students requesting a late admission decision will be assessed a late application fee of $25.

The Graduate Council has the responsibility for admission to the graduate programs of the University.

Students are advised that admission to graduate study is contingent upon the integrity of the information submitted to the University and contained in the application file. Discovery of false information subsequent to the offer of admission is, at the University’s discretion, grounds for withdrawal of the offer of admission or for immediate dismissal at any point in the student’s course of study. Such dismissal shall result in forfeiture of all charges paid and academic credits earned.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Students applying for graduate admission to the Master of Business Administration program must submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions and Records:

  1. A formal application for admission to graduate studies.

  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate college or university course work including evidence of the completion of a baccalaureate degree at a regionally accredited institution.

  3. Official GMAT test results taken within five years prior to application.

  4. Written recommendations from two individuals knowing the applicant’s professional ability, personal character, and intellectual promise for pursuing successful graduate study.

Admission to Regular Graduate Standing

An applicant will be accepted in good and regular standing to the MBA program if he or she meets the following criteria:

  1. A formula score of 950 or higher. The formula is as follows: undergraduate cumulative grade point average X 200 + GMAT score.

  2. Acceptable written recommendations.

  3. Satisfactory completion of prerequisite courses as specified by the business faculty.

  4. Meet the English proficiency requirements for admissions to the University.

Master of Education (MEd)

Students applying for graduate admission to the Master of Education program must submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions and Records:

  1. A formal application for admission to graduate studies.

  2. Official transcripts of all graduate college or university course work including evidence of the completion of a baccalaureate degree at a regionally accredited institution.

  3. Official GRE test results taken within five years prior to application.

  4. Written recommendations from two individuals knowing the applicant’s professional ability, personal character, and intellectual promise for pursuing successful graduate study.

Admission to Regular Graduate Standing

An applicant will be accepted in good and regular standing to the MEd program if he or she meets the following criteria:

  1. An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale on all prior college course work.

  2. Minimum GRE total test score of at least 900 taken within five (5) years prior to application.

  3. Acceptable written recommendations.

  4. Meet the English proficiency requirements for admission to the University.

Other Graduate Admission Categories

Admission to Conditional Graduate Standing

An applicant to either the MBA or MEd who does not meet the criteria specified for regular standing may be considered for admission by the Graduate Council. These conditions will be specified in the student’s letter of acceptance and may include prerequisite undergraduate course work, limited course load, English as a Second Language courses, or other academic conditions. At the time conditional acceptance is given, a plan and deadline for a change to regular standing is included with the acceptance letter. Graduate applicants may be granted a conditional acceptance for one semester in order for official transcripts to be received. International students unable to take the GMAT prior to beginning graduate study in the United States may be granted a conditional acceptance for one semester in order to take the GMAT preparation workshop provided by the graduate business program and to take the GMAT.

Admission of Non-Degree Students

Special permission to register is extended to students wishing to take graduate classes at the University for personal or professional benefit. Evidence must be provided that the student has the capacity to successfully undertake graduate course work. Non-degree students desiring to change to degree status must apply and meet all regular admission requirements. A maximum of 12 credit hours taken as a non-degree student may be applied to a graduate program.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate business majors enrolled at the University may receive special permission to register for graduate classes during the last semester prior to graduation. Academic credit earned in this manner may count towards either an undergraduate degree or a graduate degree, but not both.