2024-2025 Brenau University Catalog 
    Jul 19, 2024  
2024-2025 Brenau University Catalog

Graduate Admissions

Philosophy  Brenau desires to accept adults who are qualified for admission and who will benefit from the graduate educational and academic experience provided by the institution. It is the belief of the Graduate Council that applicants should possess the ability, maturity and self-discipline to take advantage of and benefit from the opportunities provided by the graduate programs offered by Brenau.

Students admitted to the graduate program should expect a level of complexity and specialization in their course of study which extends their knowledge and intellectual maturity. Graduate programs require students to analyze, explore, question and synthesize knowledge and skills. They engender creativity and expertise that will allow the graduate to practice in and contribute to a profession or field of scholarship. Scholarly interaction between faculty and students is an important component of graduate study.

Admission to graduate studies at Brenau is awarded by the Department to which the applicant is applying. Admissions procedures and standards are reviewed continuously for appropriateness and adequacy. The close relationship between a graduate student seeking an advanced degree and the responsibility of the institution to the community for maintaining the quality of its graduates requires careful screening of applicants.

Admissions Requirements for Degree-Seeking Students

All graduate applicants must either hold an undergraduate baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by one of the accreditors listed below or be in the final stages of obtaining such a degree. Candidates who are in the process of obtaining their degree are encouraged to apply. These candidates will be reviewed based on the understanding that proof of degree will be necessary prior to the first registration. Each program may have additional specific admission requirements. Specific admission requirements are listed in the individual program outlines.

Recognized Regional Accrediting Organizations:

For the purposes of admissions applications and possible transfer credit, Brenau University defines an accredited institution of higher learning as being accredited by one of the following:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • The Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HLC)
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (WASC-ACCJC)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC-SCUC)

Admissions Procedures  

  1. Access the online application on the following webpage www.brenau.edu/apply
  2. Request official transcripts from all previous institutions and have them sent directly to the Office of Admissions at the address listed below.

Brenau University
Office of Admissions
500 Washington St. SE
Gainesville, GA 30501-3697


International Applicants

Brenau is authorized by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service to enroll non-resident alien students.

International applicants needing an F1 student visa must complete the regular admissions procedures and the procedures outlined below before a Form I-20 will be issued. Note: conditional enrollment is not permitted for students requesting an I-20. Students requiring an F1 student visa are not eligible for admission to online studies.

International applicants must submit:

  1. A Brenau University International Application (in addition to the standard Admissions Application).
  2. Official copies of transcripts evaluations must be received from an evaluator that is approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. The applicant will be responsible for the payment of this service. Failure to submit transcripts from all colleges previously attended, through omission or misrepresentation, will disqualify the applicant.
  3. Official test scores showing English language proficiency. Please see the section entitled English Language Proficiency for International Students in the Undergraduate Portion of the catalog.
  4. If the international student is requesting an I-20, a financial statement of support is required and copies of all current visa status documents must be submitted.
  5. For additional international student information, please refer to the International Student Section of the catalog.

Non-resident alien applicants not needing to request an I-20 are required to follow the regular admission procedures, submit an International Supplemental Application and provide proof of English proficiency.

Permanent resident alien applicants who are proficient in English must provide a copy of their Resident Alien Card and follow the regular admissions policies described earlier in this section of the Catalog.


English Language Proficiency for International Students

In addition to the regular admissions requirements, non-native English-speaking students on an international visa must also submit proof of English proficiency.  A non-native English speaker is considered to be anyone from a country whose primary language is NOT English.  Students who feel they qualify for an exemption must submit a request and supporting information to the Office of Admissions in order to be considered for admission.  (For example, a student from France who attended an English high school may be exempt from the testing requirements or a student may be personally interviewed by a designated and qualified representative of the University who recommends admission based upon mastery of spoken and written English.) In general, application for such exemptions is not encouraged. 

All graduate international students must meet at least one of the English proficiency requirements below unless exempted as previously described.

  1. ACT English score of 22
  2. SAT Verbal score of 510
  3. SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 580
  4. Test of English as a Modern Language (TOEFL) score of 550 on the paper-based test
  5. Test of English as a Modern Language (TOEFL) score of 213 on the computer-based test
  6. Test of English as a Modern Language (TOEFL) score of 79 on the internet-based test
  7. IELTS score of 6.0
  8. DuoLingo score of 105
  9. Grade of “C” or better in EH 101 and EH 102 from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university

International Students who meet this proficiency also meet the Liberal Education Modern Language requirement.

Upon enrollment to Brenau and during their initial orientation to the University, all non-native English speakers (see above) may be required to take a placement exam to determine the need for supplemental English for the classroom.


The Registrar’s Office processes reactivation for students returning to Brenau after an absence. Reactivation is possible if the student is returning and

  • missed more than one semester of enrollment but less than two years - and -
  • not attended another institution- or - is a new Brenau student and will defer the start-term to another term (students who defer past summer semester please contact the admissions office for re-evaluation as the catalog changes between summer and fall semester.)
  • Note: The following majors may not reactivate. They must reapply to Brenau and their respective majors in order to reserve a slot in the returning cohort.
    • Education, Ed.D.
    • Nursing
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physician Assistant Studies

The Reactivation form is available on the Registrar’s Office Forms web site. There is no fee for reactivation.

Note: Academic departments reserve the right to make changes or additions to the program plan of a reactivated student. Students who were suspended for disciplinary reasons may  not reactivate. These students must contact the Dean of Students for readmission.

Defer Start-Term: If a student wishes to defer their start-term to a later term, the student may submit a Reactivation Form (referenced above) to the Registrar’s office. This form has an option to defer the student’s start-term - as long as the term is not past summer semester. Students may not defer past summer semester because a new catalog goes into effect each fall with the beginning of the academic year. These students must reapply for admission so they can be re-evaluated for the correct catalog.


Students re-applying after the two-year time limit will be evaluated based on the catalog in effect at the point of readmission. Transfer credit will be examined based on current transfer credit criteria and a new program plan drafted based on the program plan in effect at the point of readmission. Students must be in good academic and financial standing, have no record of misconduct and must meet current admission requirements. Students returning to Brenau beyond the two-year time limit must submit a new application via www.brenau.edu/apply.