Feb 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Catalog

Admissions


Undergraduate Admissions Requirements


Graduate Admissions Requirements


Adams State University welcomes applications from individuals interested in a personalized, high-quality postsecondary education. The admissions process is designed to support the role and mission of Adams State University, valuing opportunity and access for students of all backgrounds.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

Adams State University’s driving purpose is to provide equitable access to education. We promote successful and engaged lives by caring for, connecting with, and challenging our students, campus, and community. Our admissions processes consider both academic and personal attributes reflecting this purpose. All applicants are considered for merit scholarships between $1,000 and $3,000 per year based on cumulative GPA.

First-time Students

Apply anytime after completion of your junior year in high school. First-time admissions standards pertain to students who are applying to go to college right after high school graduation.

Application requirements

  1. ONLINE APPLICATION FOR ADMISSIONS
  2. Official high school transcripts. All transcripts must arrive at Adams State in an unopened envelope from the sending institution.
  3. Optional SAT and/or ACT test scores.
    • Adams State University is test-optional. Test-optional means you can choose whether or not to submit your SAT/ACT scores to us to consider for your admissions decision.
    • Applicants who choose not to submit a test score for admission will not be negatively impacted.
    • All SAT/ACT scores must arrive at Adams State either on an official high school transcript or directly from ACT or College Board.
    • We encourage students with a GPA below 2.8 to submit SAT/ACT scores to be considered as a piece of their application, but it is not required.
    • We encourage students to submit SAT/ACT scores to be used for class placement.
    • We do not require the writing portion of either the SAT/ACT.
    • Our ACT code is 0496, and our SAT code is 4001.

Mail transcripts and SAT/ACT scores to:
Adams State University
Office of Admissions 
208 Edgemont Blvd, Suite 2190
Alamosa CO 81101

Applicants will be notified if additional information is needed.

It is recommended that applicants have completed the Colorado Higher Education Admission Recommendations (HEAR) during high school to be prepared for college:

  1. Four years of English
  2. Four years of mathematics (Algebra I and higher)
  3. Three years of natural/physical science (including two units lab-based science)
  4. Three years of social science (including one unit of U.S. or world history)
  5. One year of foreign language
  6. Two years of academic electives

Home School Students

First-time students who have completed their secondary education through alternative options such as home schooling should submit documentation of their work (e.g. transcript, portfolio, etc.) in lieu of high school transcripts above.

General Educational Development (GED) Students

First-time students who have completed the GED should submit an official GED score report in lieu of high school transcripts above. Students receiving a score of 150 or above in each content area on the 2014 GED (450 or greater on the 2002 version, or 45 or greater on the 1988 version) will be eligible for admission. This route to admission is not to be used by students with a diploma.

High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) Students

First time students who have completed the HiSET should submit an official HiSET score report in lieu of high school transcripts above. Students receiving a score of 8 on each subtest, 2 on the essay, 45 combined score will be eligible for admission. This route to admissions is not to be used by students with a diploma.

Range of Admitted Students
Mid-50% High School GPA*
2.91 - 3.79, 4.0 scale, includes weighted GPA
*GPA and test score ranges of admitted freshmen from Fall 2021 data

Transfer Students

To be considered for admission to Adams State University, prospective transfer students must submit the following documents:

  1. A non-refundable, $30 application fee (waived in October)
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  3. Official high school transcripts or GED test scores are required of transfer students with less than 24 transferable credits

Transfer students with 24 or more transferable credits and a cumulative grade point average of 2.3 or higher will be strong candidates for admission into the baccalaureate program. Transfer students with less than 24 college-level credit hours completed will be considered for admission based on prior transfer work, as well as first-time freshman admissions requirements.

Transfer students with a cumulative grade point average below 2.3 will be considered on an individual basis and are strongly encouraged to submit a personal statement and letter(s) of recommendation.

Returning Students

Any student who has previously attended Adams State University and has been out for at least three semesters (including summer term) must apply for readmission by completing an application for readmission. Students may apply for readmission in the Office of Admissions or online at adams.edu. Official transcripts from all colleges attended since last attending Adams State University must be submitted to the Office of Admissions prior to being readmitted.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students who do not wish to pursue a degree at Adams State University may apply as non-degree seeking students. Non-degree seeking students must submit an avocational application/registration form to the Office of Admissions. Avocational (non-degree seeking) students are not formally admitted to Adams State University and are not guaranteed admission should they submit a formal degree-seeking application at a later date. Avocational students are not eligible for financial aid or Scholarships.

High School Concurrent Students

Qualified high school students may be eligible to register for courses on campus at Adams State University. To be eligible for the concurrent enrollment program, students must be approved by their high school and meet all prerequisites, including minimum placement testing requirements, for each course they choose to take. Students choosing to take advantage of this program should contact the ASU Concurrent Enrollment Program.

International Students

Adams State University welcomes international students. International applicants need to apply prior to May 1 for the fall semester, October 1 for the spring semester, or February 1 for the summer session. All international students who desire to enter the university must comply with all provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. A complete set of credentials, including verification of financial support, must be sent to the Office of Admissions with a formal application for admission and a $30 non-refundable application fee in U.S. dollars. All information must be in English. The college must have proof of English proficiency. International students should request to have submitted directly to Adams State University official transcripts which have been evaluated by a NACES approved agency to determine US equivalencies for grades, credit hours and institutional accreditation. Payment for evaluation is strictly the student’s responsibility. Only post-secondary level coursework deemed to have a US equivalency will be accepted in transfer.

College- or university-level work completed outside the United States will be accepted for transfer, only if the college or university is accredited by one of the U.S. regional accrediting associations. Other collegiate-level work is acceptable only on the basis of credit by examination. This examination will be conducted by the department chair most closely associated with the academic classes in which the student might wish to transfer. Each department chair will decide whether a written, oral, or credit review of the transcript will be necessary to establish credit.

Credit for coursework from non-accredited schools may be given after completion of 24 credit hours and maintenance of a 2.0 or above cumulative grade point average. After students have earned 24 credit hours, they should petition the department chair over their major area as well as the Vice President for Academic Affairs for approval of this transfer credit.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

MBA Admission Requirements

Students desiring to enroll in a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree program must have a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from an accredited institution.

Complete the online application for admission Pay the $30 application fee at time of application Submit all supplemental admission documents at time of application or through the Self Service Center after application submission:

These documents include:

  • Letter of intent - describing interests, background, the emphasis of interest, and professional goals. The letter will be used to assess writing skills for eligibility into the program.
  • Resume
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation. Recommenders will be sent an automatic email to complete this online letter of recommendation  submission during time of application. Please have recommenders’ first names, last names, and emails at time of application.
  • Send all official transcripts from previously attended institutions.

Transcripts from ASU need not be requested. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. Please have all official transcripts sent to:

graduatestudies@adams.edu (for electronic official  transcripts).

OR

Adams State University
Office of Graduate Studies
208 Edgemont Blvd., Suite 2300
Alamosa, CO 81101

Correspondence MBA Admission Requirements

Application Requirements:

  • Completed Correspondence MBA Paper Application for Admission 
  • Conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution 
  • Official Transcripts from ALL Previously Attended Institutions.
    • Transcripts need to be received from withdrawn institutions.
    • Transcripts from ASU need not be requested.
    • Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted.
  • Resume
  • Letter of Intent describing interests, background, and professional goals.
    • Letter of intent will be used to assess writing skills for eligibility into the program.
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation:
    • Letters must be recently written and be from professional associates who can speak to the applicant’s academic strengths and potential.

Please send application materials to:

Adams State University
Office of Graduate Studies
208 Edgemont Blvd., Suite 2300
Alamosa, CO 81101

Counselor Education MA Admission Requirements

Students desiring to enroll in an online Master’s Degree program in the School of Counselor Education must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Students enrolled in the final year of undergraduate study may be admitted to graduate study  pending verification of receipt of the baccalaureate degree.

Deadlines & Cohort Information

Currently, there are no deadlines. Space is limited each semester, therefore, priority is given to complete applications submitted early. Please note that enrollment/admission may end before the aforementioned deadlines.

Our enrollment management system admits students per semester based on application completion date (the date all of your application materials are submitted and the application fee is paid).

The later you complete your application the greater the potential to be considered for a term later than you anticipated. The earlier the better!

Master of Arts in Counseling online cohorts begin every Fall and Spring semesters.

Admission Documents

A candidate who is interested in enrolling at Adams State University to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Counseling must:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Pay the $30 non-refundable application fee at the time of application
  3. Submit ALL supplemental admission documents at time of application or through the Self Service Center after application submission.

These documents include:

Short Essay Questions
Completed on the online application (highly encouraged to write out prior to copy/paste into online application):

  • Relevance of career goals-How do you plan to utilize your counseling degree?
  • Aptitude for graduate level study-Please explain your preparation for graduate level work. Describe your skills and available resources that will enable you to succeed in this graduate program.
  • Potential success in forming effective counseling relationships-Describe your understanding of the counseling process. What do you believe is important in forming an effective therapeutic relationship with your potential clients?
  • Respect for cultural differences-Explain how you would navigate working with a person(s) who has/have a different perspective or different values than your own.
  • Question assessing personal disposition-Describe (briefly) a hard truth you have learned about yourself as an adult. How did you learn about it? How have you responded to that knowledge?

Two (2) online letter of recommendation forms from professional sources addressing the ability of the applicant to become a counselor, academic strengths, and potential. Recommenders will be sent an automatic email to complete this online letter of recommendation form during time of application. Please have recommenders’ first names, last names, and emails at time of application.

  1. Send ALL official transcripts from previously attended institutions

Transcripts from ASU need not be requested. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. International transcripts must be evaluated by an approved international credential evaluator. Please have all official transcripts sent directly from the institutions to:

graduatestudies@adams.edu (for electronic official transcripts)

OR

Adams State University
Office of Graduate Studies
208 Edgemont Blvd., Suite 2300
Alamosa, CO 81101
 

  1. Download and read the M.A. Counselor Education Student Handbook

Note
Additional information may be requested by the School of Counselor Education before an admission decision can be determined.

The School of Counselor Education Director will notify students of admission decisions.

If you have below a 2.75 cumulative GPA from your last conferred degree, please provide a brief letter explaining the outcome of your GPA, what has changed, and how you feel that now you would be a successful candidate. If you have 12+ credit hours post-conferred degree, please let us know to re-evaluate your GPA with the additional credit.

Admission is not possible at this time for international students.

Counselor Education and Supervision PhD Admission Requirements

Adams State University and the School of Counselor Education welcome your application for admission into our online 60-credit hour Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision (CE&S) program.

Our program is CACREP-accredited and is competitive as we only offer admission to cohorts of 12 students or fewer. The current tuition and fee rate for this program for 2022-2023 is $592.80 per credit hour plus any additional student fees and books. Fees do not include expenses related to travel and required on-campus attendance.

Please review our Admissions FAQs including a welcome video from the program.

Requirements for Admission Include:

  • Regionally or nationally accredited Master’s degree* in counseling or a closely related field**
  • 3.0 GPA or higher for Master’s degree
  • Attend interviews, orientations, and residencies as outlined

*Students who are finishing a Master’s degree in counseling or a closely related field can apply if the master’s degree will be completed before the start of the doctoral program.

**During the admissions process, students’ curricular experiences are evaluated to verify completion of coursework, including CACREP entry-level foundational curricular standards, CACREP entry-level professional practice standards, and CACREP entry-level specialized  practice area requirements so that any missing content can be completed before or concurrently with doctoral-level counselor education coursework.

Preferences for Admission Include:

  • Master’s degree in counseling from a CACREP-accredited program
  • Two or more years of post-master’s counseling experience
  • Current clinical license or certification in their state of practice

Information and Deadlines for Fall 2023 Cohort: The CE&S program utilizes a cohort model which begins every Fall semester. The following timeline for the admission cycle is as follows:

  • July 1, 2022: Fall 2023 application open
  • December 1, 2022: Deadline for all application materials to be verified
  • December 16, 2022: Interview status updates distributed via email
  • February 8 & 9, 2023: On-campus Interviews*
  • February 24, 2023: Admission decision notifications distributed
  • May 24 & 25, 2023: On-campus new Ph.D. student orientation*
  • August 21, 2023: Fall 2023 semester starts 

*In-person/on-campus in Alamosa, Colorado attendance required.

In addition to the application deadlines for the doctoral program, separate deadlines exist for financial aid/student loans:

Required Admission Documents

A candidate who is interested in enrolling at Adams State University to pursue a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision must:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee during the online application process.
  3. Submit ALL supplemental admission documents online via the application Self Service Center. These documents include:

Letter of Intent

The School of Counselor Education does not require Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test scores for applicants applying for Fall 2023. In lieu of the GRE, applicants’ Letters of Intent will be reviewed and considered as a writing sample to demonstrate written communication skills and potential aptitude for academic writing. The Letter of Intent should address the following six questions specifically within 3-4 pages:

  1. Why are you pursuing a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision at Adams State University?
  2. What professional experiences do you have related to the counseling profession?
  3. What personal and professional dispositions are essential for future counselor educators and supervisors?
  4. What experiences do you have in regards to scholarship, professional leadership, and advocacy?
  5. Describe your commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
  6. Describe your professional plans with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, post-graduation.

The admission committee will consider a number of factors when making admission decisions. This decision will include at a minimum: (1) academic aptitude for doctoral-level study; (2) previous professional experience; (3) dispositions consistent with professional practice, including self-awareness; (4) oral and written communication skills, (5) commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice; (6) potential for scholarship, and (7) potential for professional leadership and advocacy.

Two (2) Reference Request Forms

Forms need to be from associates who can attest to the applicant’s academic aptitude for doctoral-level study, professional experiences, personal and professional dispositions, oral and written communication skills, commitment to diversity, and potential for scholarship, leadership, and advocacy. Recommenders will receive an automatic email to complete the letter of recommendation form. Please have recommenders’ first names, last names, and emails at the time of application.

Current Resume/Curriculum Vitae

  1. Official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) from ALL previously attended institutions. Any degrees earned (or in progress) must be from regionally accredited colleges or universities.

Transcripts from ASU need not be requested. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES approved international credential evaluation agency. Please have all official transcripts sent directly from the institutions to:

graduatestudies@adams.edu (for electronic official transcripts)

OR

Adams State University
Office of Graduate Studies
208 Edgemont Blvd., Suite 2300
Alamosa, CO 81101

  1. Download and read the latest:
    Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision Student Handbook

Note:

Additional information may be requested by the School of Counselor Education before an admission decision can be determined.

The processing of applications can take several weeks depending on receipt of official transcripts and other required application materials.

Admission is not possible at this time for international students.

Cultural Resource Management Admission Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Complete the online application for admission
  • Pay the $30 application fee at the time of application
  • Submit ALL supplemental admission documents at time of application or through the Self Service Center after application submission.These documents include:
    • Letter of intent - describing interests, background, the emphasis of interest, and professional goals. The letter will be used to assess writing skills for eligibility into the program.
    • Resume
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation. Recommenders will be sent an automatic email to complete this online letter of recommendation submission during time of application. Please have recommenders’ first names, last names, and emails at time of application.
    • Send ALL official transcripts from previously attended institutions

Transcripts from ASU need not be requested. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. Please have all official transcripts sent to:

graduatestudies@adams.edu (for electronic official transcripts)

OR

Adams State University
Office of Graduate Studies
208 Edgemont Blvd., Suite 2300
Alamosa, CO 81101

HEAL Graduate Admission Requirements

Students desiring to enroll in a Master’s Degree program in Higher Education Administration & Leadership (HEAL) must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (for Executive Leadership Certificate (ELC) option - hold a master’s degree or higher). Candidates must currently hold a position within an institution of higher education (some exceptions may apply).

Admission Documents

A candidate who is interested in enrolling at Adams State University to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration & Leadership or the Executive Leadership Certificate (ELC) must:

  • Complete the online application for admission
  • Pay the $30 non-refundable application fee at time of application
  • Submit ALL supplemental admission documents at time of application or through the Self Service Center after application submission. These documents include:
    • Resume / curriculum vita, which focuses on your unique strengths and accomplishments in academics, as a volunteer, and professionally
    • Letter of intent
    • MA Only: Essay (2-3 pages in length) addressing specifically how do you see yourself improving educational opportunities for Latino/a students in the future. The Essay will be used to assess writing skills for eligibility into the program.
    • ELC only: Essay (paragraph) completed during the online application addressing what is your leadership goal in higher education.
  • Send ALL official transcripts from previously attended institutions.

Transcripts from ASU need not be requested. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. International transcripts must be evaluated by an approved international credential evaluator. Please have all official transcripts sent directly from the institutions to:

graduatestudies@adams.edu (for electronic official transcripts)

OR

Adams State University
Office of Graduate Studies
208 Edgemont Blvd., Suite 2300
Alamosa, CO 81101

Additional information may be requested by the Higher Education Administration & Leadership Director before an admission decision can be determined.

Candidates should have an undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0, the last 30 credit hours of the degree.

Those candidates with a G.P.A. lower than 3.0 may be conditionally admitted until after the first semester, at which time evidence is provided as to the ability to do graduate level work and admission requirements will be reviewed again.

Kinesiology Admission Requirements

Students desiring to enroll in the Master of Science degree programs in the Department of Kinesiology must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.

An acceptable minor in physical education or the equivalent from an accredited institution will be considered  for the coaching and sport administration programs.

Exercise Science, Coaching, and Sport Administration Programs

Students without undergraduate majors in physical education, exercise science, kinesiology or related areas may be required to take prerequisite or “leveling” courses. These may vary according to the student’s specialization.

Applied Sport Psychology Program

Students without undergraduate majors in physical education, exercise & sport science, kinesiology, sport psychology, psychology, business or related areas may be required to take prerequisite or “leveling” courses. These may vary according to the student’s specialization.

Application Complete Deadlines

Applied Sport Psychology
Fall 2023 semester cohort - Application complete date: March 1

Coaching
Spring semester cohort - Application complete date: November 1
Summer semester cohort - Application complete date: March 1
Fall semester cohort - Application complete date: July 1

Exercise Science
Fall 2023 semester cohort - Application complete date: July 1

Sport Administration
Spring semester cohort - Application complete date: December 1
Summer semester cohort - Application complete date: May 1
Fall semester cohort - Application complete date: August 1

How to Apply

  • Complete the online application for admission
  • Pay the $30 application fee at time of application
  • Submit ALL supplemental admission documents at time of application or through the Self Service Center after application submission. These documents include:
    • Letter of intent for Exercise Science, Applied Sport Psychology, and Sport Administration programs - describe interests, background, the emphasis of interest and motivation behind wanting to pursue a degree of interest, and professional goals. The letter will be used to assess writing skills for eligibility into the program.
    • Letter of intent for Coaching program - please discuss why you want to pursue a MS in Coaching from Adams State University (e.g., How will this degree help you achieve your professional goals). Length: 1 page, including formal header.
  • Personal Statement for Coaching program - in one to three words, how would you describe your coaching style (i.e., what characteristics define you as a coach). If you are not currently a coach, consider how you want to be as a coach. Please elaborate on why you chose these words. Length: 2-3 paragraphs, not including formal header.
  • Current Resume (all programs)
  • Two (2) online letter of recommendation forms (all programs). Recommenders will be sent an automatic email to complete this online letter of recommendation form during time of application. Please have recommenders’ first names, last names, and emails at time of application.
  • Coaching program only: Each recommender, along with completing the form, must also attach a current formal letter of recommendation.

Send ALL official transcripts from previously attended institutions.

Transcripts from ASU need not be requested. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. Please have all official 

transcripts sent to:

graduatestudies@adams.edu (for electronic official transcripts)

OR

Adams State University
Office of Graduate Studies
208 Edgemont Blvd., Suite 2300
Alamosa, CO 81101

An undergraduate cumulative GPA of a 3.0 in the final 60 hours of the undergraduate degree program is required. Additional information may be requested if a student does not meet the GPA requirement.

If applicant’s undergraduate degree is in something other than Kinesiology, the student may be required to complete additional pre-requisites.

The Office of Graduate Studies will notify students of admission decisions.

For further information email hppe@adams.edu

Music Education Admission Requirements

Students desiring to enroll in the Master of Arts in Music Education degree program must:

Hold a baccalaureate degree in music from an accredited institution of higher education,
OR
Hold a baccalaureate degree in another subject
AND
have completed a state licensure program in music,
OR
Hold a baccalaureate degree in another subject
AND
have earned a passing grade on a state standardized licensure exam in music or music education, such as the Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Music Educators (PLACE), the Praxis exam, etc.

Application Deadline: August 15

Admission Process

  • Complete the online application for admission
  • Pay the $30 application fee at time of application
  • Submit ALL supplemental admission documents at time of application or through the Self Service Center after application submission. These documents include:
    • Letter of intent, approximately 1 page, discussing interests, background, the emphasis of interest, and professional goals.
    • A philosophy of education essay, approximately 1 page, that will be used to assess writing skills for eligibility into the program.
    • Resume - include academic, teaching, and professional musical experience.
    • Two (2) online letter of recommendation forms from professional sources addressing the ability of the applicant to become a counselor, academic strengths, and potential. Recommenders will be sent an automatic email to complete this online letter of recommendation form during time of application. Please have recommenders’ first names, last names, and emails at time of application.
    • Audition (for hybrid tracks in conducting, composition, and performance only; not required for fully online program)

Send ALL official transcripts from previously attended institutions directly from the institutions to ASU

Transcripts from ASU need not be requested. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. Please have all official transcripts sent to:

graduatestudies@adams.edu (for electronic official transcripts)

OR

Adams State University
Office of Graduate Studies
208 Edgemont Blvd., Suite 2300
Alamosa, CO 81101

Additional Requirements

Students applying to the combined online/on-campus program with a concentration in performance or conducting will audition in person or submit an audition recording.

Students applying to the combined online/on-campus program with a concentration in composition will submit representative original compositions with their application. Students must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, the last 30 credit hours of the baccalaureate degree.

Those with a GPA lower than 3.0 will be conditionally admitted until after the first semester at which time evidence is provided as to the ability to do graduate level work.

Public Administration Admission Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Complete the online application for admission
  • Pay the $30 application fee at time of application
  • Submit all supplemental admission documents at time of application or through the Self Service Center after application submission. These documents include:
  • Letter of intent - describing interests, background, the emphasis of interest, and professional goals. The letter will be used to assess writing skills for eligibility into the program.
  • Resume
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation. 
    Recommenders will be sent an automatic email to complete this online letter of recommendation submission during time of application. Please have recommenders’ first names, last names, and emails at time of application.

Send all official transcripts from previously attended institutions.

Transcripts from ASU need not be requested. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. Please have all official transcripts sent to:

graduatestudies@adams.edu (for electronic official transcripts)

OR

Adams State University
Office of Graduate Studies
208 Edgemont Blvd., Suite 2300
Alamosa, CO 81101

School of Education Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

All admission documents must be submitted by the application complete deadlines.

Fall Semester | August 1
Spring Semester | December 15
Summer Semester | May 15

Fall, Spring, or Summer cohorts begin for the following programs: 

Curriculum and Instruction, MA Online
Curriculum and Instruction STEM, MA Online
Curriculum & Instruction Post-baccalaureate Initial Teaching Licensure Elementary Education, MA Online
Curriculum & Instruction Post-baccalaureate Initial Teaching Licensure Secondary Education, MA Online
Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education, MA Online
Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education, Endorsement Only Online
TESOL, Certificate Only Online
Educational Leadership-Principal, Endorsement Only Online
Educational Leadership-Principal, MA Online
Post-baccalaureate Initial Teaching License, Licensure Only Online
Mentor Endorsement, Endorsement Only Online

Fall cohorts begin for the following programs:
SPED, Licensure Only Online
SPED, MA Online

Admission Documents

A candidate who is interested in enrolling at Adams State University to pursue a Master of Arts degree, licensure program, or add an endorsement to a current Professional Teachers License must:

  • Complete the online application for admission
  • Pay the $30 application fee at time of application

Submit ALL supplemental admission documents at time of application or through the Self Service Center after application submission. These supplemental admission documents include:

  • Letter of intent - describing interests, background, the emphasis of interest, and professional goals. The letter will be used to assess writing skills for eligibility into the program.
  • Two (2) online letter of recommendation forms. Recommenders will be sent an automatic email to complete this online letter of recommendation form during time of application. Please have recommenders’ first names, last names, and emails at time of application.
  • Copy of active professional teaching licensure (not required for licensure programs).

Send ALL official transcripts from previously attended institutions.

Transcripts from ASU need not be requested. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. Please have all official transcripts sent to:

graduatestudies@adams.edu (for electronic official transcripts)

OR

Adams State University
Office of Graduate Studies
208 Edgemont Blvd., Suite 2300
Alamosa, CO 81101

Candidates are evaluated on the following criteria:

Past academic performance, including areas of academic strength, with greater weight given to current course work. Personal statements from the candidate’s letter of intent listing goals, accomplishments, and experience. Letter of recommendation forms. We consider the comments made by others who can evaluate the applicant’s accomplishments, communication, interpersonal skills, and leadership potential.

Licensure programs have an admission requirement of at least a 3.0 cumulative undergrad GPA with an approved content degree.

Note:

If your cumulative GPA is below 3.0, you may be required to complete the GRE test with a minimum score of 140 Quantitative, 146 Verbal Reasoning, Combined score of at least 297 and 3.5 Analytic Writing.

If GPA is between 2.5 and 3.0 you could be approved/admitted conditionally.

All students must maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA while admitted to continue enrollment in the program.

GRE web link: https://www.ets.org/gre/ The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for Adams State University is: 4001

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Admissions Requirements

  • Complete the online application for admission
  • Pay the $30 application fee at time of application
  • Submit ALL supplemental admission documents at time of application or through the Self Service Center after application submission. These documents include:
    • Letter of intent - describing interests, background, the emphasis of interest, and professional goals. The letter will be used to assess writing skills for eligibility into the program.
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation. Recommenders will be sent an automatic email to complete this online letter of recommendation submission during time of application. Please have recommenders’ first names, last names, and emails at time of application.

Send ALL official transcripts from previously attended institutions.

Transcripts from ASU need not be requested. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. Please have all official transcripts sent to:

graduatestudies@adams.edu (for electronic official transcripts)

OR

Adams State University
Office of Graduate Studies
208 Edgemont Blvd., Suite 2300
Alamosa, CO 81101