Augustana’s graduate program reflects the church-related liberal arts character of the University through courses designed to help students explore the central ideas and methodologies of different disciplines, and wrestle with questions of meaning and value. The mission of the graduate program is to stimulate the intellectual capacities of students in order to make their lives more satisfying and rewarding. More specifically, it seeks to expand students' knowledge and to strengthen skills important to career, personal fulfillment, and community service.
Augustana provides advanced training and research experience at the master's degree level delivered through a distinguished faculty of teachers and researchers who genuinely care about the intellectual development of students.
Augustana offers a graduate degree program for Master of Arts in Sports Administration and Leadership and Master of Arts in Education. These programs are designed primarily for part-time study.
Coming in 2016 is a new Master of Science program in Genetic Counseling.
Admission Requirements for Degree-Seeking Students
A student holding a bachelor's degree and interested in working toward a graduate degree first obtains, completes and files an official application with the Office of Graduate Education. The following documents must be submitted:
- official application (program-specific*)
- official transcripts from each college or university attended sent directly to the Augustana Director of Graduate Education
- two recommendation forms testifying to the applicant's character and ability to do graduate work (at least one reference should be from a teacher)
- a two- to three-page typed essay in which the applicant discusses his or her academic interests, educational goals, and plans for graduate study
- non-refundable application fee of $50 (Students enrolled as fulltime undergraduate students at Augustana at the time of application to the program are exempt from paying this fee.)
- a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better for the last sixty semester hours of undergraduate course work.
- sufficient undergraduate work in the proposed field of study to satisfy specific program admission requirements and graduate credit course prerequisites (See admission requirements for specific programs. For example, applicants for the Master of Arts in Education hold or are eligible for licensure.)
* Refer to specific program prerequisites for additional requirements.
If you have questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Education at:
Office of Graduate Education
2001 S Summit Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57197
The graduate programs for Master of Arts in Sports Administration and Leadership and Education are both accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The Augustana Education Department is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Tuition and Fees
Graduate program costs for a master of arts degree at Augustana are found on the fee schedule. For information on funding options, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 1.800.727.2844, option 2 — or email email@example.com.
A maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit earned at other accredited institutions may be transferred to Augustana and applied to a student's graduate program providing that:
- an official transcript is provided
- the credit is approved by the Program Director and Director of Graduate Education
- the credits have not been utilized in earning an undergraduate degree
- a grade of B- or better was earned for the credits
- the credits are not outdated (more than seven years old)
Transfer requirements for the Master of Arts in Education are specific to the program.
A Second Master of Arts Degree
Up to nine semester hours from a completed graduate degree program, earned either at Augustana or another accredited institution, may be applied toward a second master of arts degree. All other requirements for a second master of arts degree at Augustana are the same as for the first. (Some cohort programs require all 32 credit hours; no credits from other courses will apply.)
A maximum of three graduate credit hours for workshop experience may be applied to some graduate degree programs. The workshop must be closely related to the student's educational intent, and the approval of the advisor and the Director of Graduate Education must be obtained at the time the graduate plan of study is developed. Workshops with a 500-number or higher are graduate level. A combined total of nine credit hours may be applied from transfer and workshop courses.
Correspondence Course Credits
Graduate credits earned in off-campus correspondence courses normally will not apply to graduate degree programs.
Information concerning graduate courses offered in any given term (summer, fall, spring) is available at the Registrar's Office (605.274.4121) and the Office of Graduate Education (605.274.4043). There is a special listing of graduate courses in each semester's course schedule. You also may access a copy of the 2014-2016 Graduate Catalog, which is the same as the printed version.
The University reserves the right to cancel courses in which the registration is deemed insufficient and to change instructors or the meeting time and place of classes when conditions make it necessary.