Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies at Salisbury University

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We are excited that you are considering Salisbury University for your graduate education! We have provided the following steps to help you throughout the application process.

Please review these steps carefully. To be considered for admission, the Salisbury University application, all transcripts and supporting documents must be submitted. For questions regarding the application process, please call the Office of Graduate Studies and Research at 410-548-3546. For more information about specific program admission requirements, including priority application deadlines, please contact the appropriate graduate program director.

The Graduate Admission Process

1. Submit a Graduate Application
A $65 non-refundable application fee is required.

  • Application to Graduate Admission at Salisbury University can be completed by visiting our Online Application Center. For questions related to the CollegeNet online application process, please visit:
  • You will be required to pay your $65 non-refundable application fee prior to application submission. Accepted methods of payment include credit/debit cards and electronic checks. The application fee is waived for all Military and Veteran applicants.
  • Please note international students must provide additional documentation to be considered for admission to Salisbury University. Please contact the Salisbury University Center for International Education for assistance.

2. Submit Official Transcripts

  • You are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university you attended.
  • U.S. Transcripts - U.S. institutions may send official transcripts electronically or in a sealed envelope (no exceptions).
  • Foreign Transcripts - Must be submitted n their original version, in English, with a GPA listed on a 4.0 scale and with credits comparable to SU credits. Otherwise, a professional course-by-course evaluation of all foreign academic transcript(s) is required. This professional evaluation will determine your academic level within the American system of education. The prospective student will be required to pay the cost associated with obtaining the evaluation. The cost of a course-by-course evaluation is approximately U.S. $100 to $150. Chinese applicants are required to provide an evaluation from the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC).
  • SU Transcripts - Currently, or previously enrolled SU students do not need to request their SU transcripts from the Registrar.
  • Unless otherwise directed, all paper transcripts should be sent to: Office of Graduate Studies and Research, 1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801.
  • Electronic transcripts should be sent to

3. Submit Letters of Recommendation

  • Letters of recommendation are handled via an online recommendation system which is part of our online application. On page five of the application you will be asked for the following information:
    • Name of recommender(s). (Check with your program of choice to see how many letters are required.)
    • Institute or Business Affiliation of each recommender.
    • E-mail addresses of each recommender.
    • Waiver - you must choose whether or not to waive your right to review the recommendations. Most people choose "Yes" to waive their right of review. You should discuss this with your recommender before you answer this question. Once you have submitted your application, you cannot change this decision. Your choice will be transmitted to the recommender in the instructional email he/she will receive.
  • Online Recommendation Forms - As soon as you submit your online application, an email will be sent to your respondents. This email will inform your respondents how to complete the online letter of recommendation. To ensure receipt of this email, please inform each respondent about this email prior to the submission of your application.
  • Paper-based Recommendation Forms – If your recommenders are unable to complete the online recommendation form, evaluators may complete the following forms and return to Office of Graduate Studies and Research, 1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801.
  • If you or your respondents have technical difficulty with the online letter of recommendation system, please contact CollegeNet directly at the following email address: It may be necessary to provide CollegeNet with your user id and/or the name of the applicant or respondent.

4. Submit Residency Documentation

  • If you live in Maryland and would like to be considered for in-state tuition, please complete the Residency form and return to the Tuition Residency Office. For more information please contact them at 410-543-6547 or at

5. Standardized Tests

  • Some programs require a standardized test (including GRE, GMAT and TOEFL) as part of their application review process. Please consult with your program of interest to determine testing requirements.
  • Official test scores should be submitted directly to Salisbury University. For applicants using the Educational Testing Service, or ETS, the institution code for Salisbury University is 5403.

6. Program Specific Information

  • You may also be asked to submit program specific requirements. The most common requirements include:
    • Prerequisite and/or foundation coursework.
    • Personal Statement
    • Writing Sample
    • Essay
    • Resume or CV
    • Proof of certification or licensure (Professional Programs)
  • Please consult with your program of interest to determine additional application requirements and how they should be submitted.

7. Track Your Application Status

  • Within 2-3 business days of Salisbury University receiving your online application, you will be sent an application receipt letter which will contain your user name and password to GullNet, SUs online student records site. Once you log on you will be able to see your application "To Do List".
  • Applicants are encouraged to monitor their application status and to ensure all required documents are submitted in a timely manner, and prior to posted deadlines.
  • Admission decisions are determined by each program's Graduate Program Director.


Graduate students have limited on-campus housing options during the winter and summer terms only. For off-campus housing information, visit In addition, some graduate assistantships include on-campus housing.

Course Load and Enrollment Status

Full-time status during the fall and spring semesters requires enrollment in a minimum of nine graduate semester hours (six hours for graduate assistants). Full-time status in the winter and summer terms requires enrollment in a minimum of six graduate semester hours. Half-time status during the fall and spring semesters requires enrollment in a minimum of five graduate semester hours. Half-time status in the winter and summer terms requires enrollment in a minimum of three graduate semester hours. Requests for a schedule overload (over 12 hours
during fall or spring, over nine hours during summer, over six hours during winter) must
be approved by the program director.

“My graduate degree in nursing from Salisbury University has afforded me many professional opportunities. Most recently, I had the opportunity to travel with nursing faculty and students to Tanzania where we worked together on an HIV/AIDS prevention project. The experience was invaluable to me, both personally and professionally.”
Jerilyn Riddick, M.S. ’01
Emergency Preparedness Nurse, Wicomico Coounty Health Department
“The Applied Health Physiology Program at Salisbury University provided me the opportunity to be successful in beginning my career in the strength and conditioning field. From attaining a position as a minor league strength coach to being hired at Salisbury University as the strength and conditioning coordinator, the knowledge gained throughout the program has prepared me in all aspects of physical fitness and rehabilitation.”
Matthew Nein, CSCS,
M.S. Applied Health Physiology ’04

Inter-Institutional Registration

Credit earned through inter-institutional registration with other University System of Maryland colleges is accepted as credit earned at Salisbury University. For more information see the “Graduate Student Information” section in the University’s catalog at

Transfer Credit

For information on transfer credit, please review the “Graduate Student Information” section in the University’s catalog at

Graduate Credit (During Undergraduate Senior Year)

SU undergraduates within nine semester hours of completing requirements for their bachelor’s
degree and who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (3.25 for M.B.A.) may register for three
hours of graduate credit to be taken concurrently with the remaining courses in their bachelor’s program. Consult the appropriate graduate program director for more information.

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