Master of Business Administration

English Language Proficiency Policy for all Degree-Seeking Students

Regardless of country of birth or citizenship, immigrant or nonimmigrant status, all applicants to Southern States University degree programs must demonstrate English language proficiency.  Demonstration of English language proficiency can be satisfied if the applicant submits a diploma or transcript showing that the applicant has graduated from a government-recognized secondary school (or above) in a system in which English is the official language of instruction.  Otherwise, the applicant will need to meet the minimum English Language Proficiency standard though one of the following:

 

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) result of 61 or above on the iBT (Internet Based Test), 500 or above on the PBT (Paper Based Test),
  •  IELTS (International English Language Testing System) result of 5.0 or above.  Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.
  • (For applicants inside the U.S.) Achieve a score of at least 80% on SSU’s English Placement Test (EPT).  This test consists of listening, speaking, reading, and writing sections.
  • Have previously studied in an English-medium, USDE-recognized accredited university level program and maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA for MSIT program applicants, for at least one academic term.

 

Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

 

Students applying for admission to the graduate MBA program are required to satisfy the following admission requirements:

  • Complete and submit an Application for Admission
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $100
  • Provide verification of completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in the form of an official transcript of record from a USDE-recognized accredited institution, and submit official transcripts from all other universities or institutions previously attended; transcripts from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an NACES approved organization (http://www.naces.org/members.htm);
  • Submit a written, single-spaced essay of at least 1000 words detailing educational and work history, goals as they relate to education and work history, and the relationship between these goals and future career aspirations
  • Submit two official Letters of Recommendation (from professional or academic referees only)
  • Provide a current resume

International MBA Students on a Student Visa

In addition to the above items, international students on a student visa applying for admission to the MBA program must submit the following:

  • Financial documentation confirming that the student has adequate resources to ensure that s/he can meet all obligations throughout the period of study. An official bank statement not more than three months old reflecting a minimum positive balance must be submitted either in the student’s personal name or the student’s financial sponsor’s name (in which case an Affidavit of Financial Support is also required). The minimum balance required is determined by program choice, selection of payment option, and number of dependents.

If you cannot provide an official bank statement or letter in English, the University can refer you to a professional language services provider who will accommodate your translation needs. To have the service translate an official bank statement or letter into English, please contact the Admission Representative.

  • Copy of passport, including information page, Visa, and I-94 validity page;
  • International students must show proof of medical insurance upon arrival in the United States. Failure to produce valid proof of insurance will result in an inability to enroll in classes and maintain immigration status.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) result of 61 or above on the iBT (Internet Based Test), 500 or above on the PBT (Paper Based Test), OR an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) result of 5.0 or above. Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

TOEFL/IELTS Exam Exceptions will be granted to students who:

  • come from a country that uses English as the primary language in its education system;
  • have previously studied in an English-medium, USDE-recognized accredited university level program for at least one academic term and maintained a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA during the time attended;
  • have achieved a score of at least 80% on SSU’s English Placement Test (EPT). This test consists of listening, speaking, reading, and writing sections.

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Master of Science in Information Technology

English Language Proficiency Policy for all Degree-Seeking Students

Regardless of country of birth or citizenship, immigrant or nonimmigrant status, all applicants to Southern States University degree programs must demonstrate English language proficiency.  Demonstration of English language proficiency can be satisfied if the applicant submits a diploma or transcript showing that the applicant has graduated from a government-recognized secondary school (or above) in a system in which English is the official language of instruction.  Otherwise, the applicant will need to meet the minimum English Language Proficiency standard though one of the following:

 

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) result of 61 or above on the iBT (Internet Based Test), 500 or above on the PBT (Paper Based Test),
  •  IELTS (International English Language Testing System) result of 5.0 or above.  Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.
  • (For applicants inside the U.S.) Achieve a score of at least 80% on SSU’s English Placement Test (EPT).  This test consists of listening, speaking, reading, and writing sections.
  • Have previously studied in an English-medium, USDE-recognized accredited university level program and maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA for MSIT program applicants, for at least one academic term.

 

Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

 

Students applying for admission to the graduate MSIT program are required to satisfy the following admission requirements:

 

  • Complete and submit an Application for Admission.
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $100.
  • Provide verification of completion of a Bachelor’s Degree with at least one math course beyond college algebra with a grade of B or better.
  • An official transcript of record from a USDE-recognized accredited institution, and submit official transcripts from all other universities or colleges previously attended; if a degree is awarded, transcripts from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an NACES approved organization (http://www.naces.org/members.htm)
  • Submit a written, single-spaced essay of at least 1000 words detailing educational and work history, goals as they relate to education and work history, and the relationship between these goals and future career aspirations.
  • Submit two official Letters of Recommendation (professional or academic references only).
  • Provide a current resume.

 

 

International MSIT Students

 

In addition to the above items, international students applying for admission to the MSIT program must submit the following:

 

  • Financial documentation confirming that the student has adequate resources to ensure that s/he can meet all obligations throughout the period of study. An official bank statement or bank letter not more than three months old reflecting a minimum positive balance must be submitted either in the student’s personal name or the student’s financial sponsor’s name (in which case an Affidavit of Financial Support is also required). The minimum balance required is determined by program choice, selection of payment option, and number of dependents;
  • Copy of passport, including information page, Visa, and I-94 validity page;
  • International students must show proof of medical insurance prior to the student’s first day of their program. Failure to produce valid proof of insurance may result in an inability to enroll in classes and maintain status.

 

Readmission to the MSIT Program After Withdrawal or Dismissal

 

Students who have withdrawn or been dismissed from the University may apply for readmission to their respective programs after the conclusion of at least one academic term without classes, provided they have paid off all tuition and fees from their previous enrollment.  Readmitted students reenter the program subject to the Catalog requirements in effect at the time of readmission.  Students seeking readmission must satisfy the following admission requirements:

 

  • Complete and submit a new Application for Admission
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $100
  • Submit an updated resume
  • Submit proof of health insurance
  • Any other documents required for regular admission, unless SSU already has those documents on file
  • Students who have been dismissed from the University must submit a written, single-spaced essay of at least 1000 words addressing the details of the dismissal and explaining why and how the student believes readmission to the program will result in a successful outcome.

 

In addition to the above items, international students applying for readmission must submit the following:

 

  • Financial documentation confirming that the student has adequate resources to ensure that s/he can meet all obligations throughout the period of study. An official bank statement not more than three months old reflecting a minimum positive balance must be submitted either in the student’s personal name or the student’s financial sponsor’s name (in which case an Affidavit of Financial Support is also required). The minimum balance required is determined by program choice, selection of payment option, and number of dependents;
  • Copy of passport, including information page, Visa, and I-94 validity page;

 

Students who return to the Master of Science in Information Technology program after voluntarily withdrawing or being dismissed will have all of their existing grades and GPA carry forward subject to all Catalog policies regarding Repeats.  Therefore, students who have used all their potential Repeats and are not maintaining a 3.0 GPA will not be readmitted into the program.

If a student dismissed due to their failure to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards or Academic Misconduct is readmitted and then dismissed again for academic reasons, that student is no longer eligible for readmission.


Bachelor of Business Administration

English Language Proficiency Policy for all Degree-Seeking Students

Regardless of country of birth or citizenship, immigrant or nonimmigrant status, all applicants to Southern States University degree programs must demonstrate English language proficiency.  Demonstration of English language proficiency can be satisfied if the applicant submits a diploma or transcript showing that the applicant has graduated from a government-recognized secondary school (or above) in a system in which English is the official language of instruction.  Otherwise, the applicant will need to meet the minimum English Language Proficiency standard though one of the following:

 

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) result of 61 or above on the iBT (Internet Based Test), 500 or above on the PBT (Paper Based Test),
  •  IELTS (International English Language Testing System) result of 5.0 or above.  Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.
  • (For applicants inside the U.S.) Achieve a score of at least 80% on SSU’s English Placement Test (EPT).  This test consists of listening, speaking, reading, and writing sections.
  • Have previously studied in an English-medium, USDE-recognized accredited university level program and maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA for MSIT program applicants, for at least one academic term.

 

Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

 

Students applying for admission to the undergraduate BBA program are required to satisfy the following admission requirements:
  • Complete and submit an Application for Admission
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $100
  • Provide verification of completion of a high school diploma (from a state-recognized school), GED, or Certificate of Equivalency/Proficiency; diplomas from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an NACES approved organization (http://www.naces.org/members.htm);
  • Submit official transcripts from all other universities or institutions previously attended; transcripts from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an NACES approved organization (http://www.naces.org/members.htm);
  • Submit a written, single-spaced essay of at least 500 words detailing educational and work history, goals as they relate to education and work history, and the relationship between these goals and future career aspirations

International BBA Students

In addition to the above items, international students applying for admission to the BBA program must submit the following:

  • Financial documentation confirming that the student has adequate resources to ensure that s/he can meet all obligations throughout the period of study. An official bank statement not more than three months old reflecting a minimum positive balance must be submitted either in the student’s personal name or the student’s financial sponsor’s name (in which case an Affidavit of Financial Support is also required). The minimum balance required is determined by program choice, selection of payment option, and number of dependents.

If you cannot provide an official bank statement or letter in English, the University can refer you to a professional language services provider who will accommodate your translation needs. To have the service translate an official bank statement or letter into English, please contact the Admission Representative.

  • Copy of passport, including information page, Visa, and I-94 validity page;
  • International students must show proof of medical insurance upon arrival in the United States. Failure to produce valid proof of insurance will result in an inability to enroll in classes and maintain immigration status.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) result of 61 or above on the iBT (Internet Based Test), 500 or above on the PBT (Paper Based Test), OR an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) result of 5.0 or above. Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

TOEFL/IELTS Exam Exceptions will be granted to students who:

  • come from a country that uses English as the primary language in its education system;
  • have previously studied in an English-medium, USDE-recognized accredited university level program for at least one academic term and maintained a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA during the time attended;
  • have achieved a score of at least 80% on SSU’s English Placement Test (EPT). This test consists of listening, speaking, reading, and writing sections.

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Associate of Business Administration

English Language Proficiency Policy for all Degree-Seeking Students

Regardless of country of birth or citizenship, immigrant or nonimmigrant status, all applicants to Southern States University degree programs must demonstrate English language proficiency.  Demonstration of English language proficiency can be satisfied if the applicant submits a diploma or transcript showing that the applicant has graduated from a government-recognized secondary school (or above) in a system in which English is the official language of instruction.  Otherwise, the applicant will need to meet the minimum English Language Proficiency standard though one of the following:

 

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) result of 61 or above on the iBT (Internet Based Test), 500 or above on the PBT (Paper Based Test),
  •  IELTS (International English Language Testing System) result of 5.0 or above.  Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.
  • (For applicants inside the U.S.) Achieve a score of at least 80% on SSU’s English Placement Test (EPT).  This test consists of listening, speaking, reading, and writing sections.
  • Have previously studied in an English-medium, USDE-recognized accredited university level program and maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA for MSIT program applicants, for at least one academic term.

 

Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

 

Students applying for admission to the undergraduate ABA program are required to satisfy the following admission requirements:

  • Complete and submit an Application for Admission
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $100
  • Provide verification of completion of a high school diploma (from a state-recognized school), GED, or Certificate of Equivalency/Proficiency; diplomas from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an NACES approved organization (http://www.naces.org/members.htm);
  • Submit official transcripts from all other universities or institutions previously attended; transcripts from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an NACES approved organization (http://www.naces.org/members.htm);
  • Submit a written, single-spaced essay of at least 500 words detailing educational and work history, goals as they relate to education and work history, and the relationship between these goals and future career aspirations

International ABA Students

 

In addition to the above items, international students applying for admission to the ABA program must submit the following:

  • Financial documentation confirming that the student has adequate resources to ensure that s/he can meet all obligations throughout the period of study. An official bank statement not more than three months old reflecting a minimum positive balance must be submitted either in the student’s personal name or the student’s financial sponsor’s name (in which case an Affidavit of Financial Support is also required). The minimum balance required is determined by program choice, selection of payment option, and number of dependents.

If you cannot provide an official bank statement or letter in English, the University can refer you to a professional language services provider who will accommodate your translation needs. To have the service translate an official bank statement or letter into English, please contact the Admission Representative.

  • Copy of passport, including information page, Visa, and I-94 validity page;
  • International students must show proof of medical insurance upon arrival in the United States. Failure to produce valid proof of insurance will result in an inability to enroll in classes and maintain immigration status.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) result of 61 or above on the iBT (Internet Based Test), 500 or above on the PBT (Paper Based Test), OR an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) result of 5.0 or above. Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

TOEFL/IELTS Exam Exceptions will be granted to students who:

  • come from a country that uses English as the primary language in its education system;
  • have previously studied in an English-medium, USDE-recognized accredited university level program for at least one academic term and maintained a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA during the time attended;
  • have achieved a score of at least 80% on SSU’s English Placement Test (EPT). This test consists of listening, speaking, reading, and writing sections.

Intensive English Program

Students applying for the intensive English Program are required to satisfy the following admission requirements:

  • Complete and submit an Application for admission – page (9-12) in the Prospective Student Guide
  • International students outside U.S.: submit a non-refundable application fee of US $100, US $85 courier fees, $0 STRF fee and US$ 400 International booking fee.
  • Local students and International students inside U.S.:  submit a non-refundable application fee US $100 and the $0 STRF fee.
  • Financial documentation confirming that the student has adequate resources to ensure that s/he can meet all obligations throughout the period of study. An official bank statement not more than three months old reflecting a minimum positive balance must be submitted either in the student’s personal name or the student’s financial sponsor’s name (in which case an Affidavit of Financial Support is also required). The minimum balance required is determined by program choice, selection of payment option, and number of dependents
  • Copy of passport information page including the Visa I-94 validity page (the visa I-94 form for local students only);
  • Completed Transfer form (local students only)

Professional Program

Students applying for the professional executive program are required to satisfy the following admission requirements:

  • Complete and submit an Application for Admission
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $100
  • Provide verification of completion of a high school diploma (from a state-recognized school), GED, or Certificate of Equivalency/Proficiency

English Language Proficiency

Regardless of country of birth or citizenship, immigrant or nonimmigrant status, all applicants to the Professional Executive Program are expected to have English language proficiency. It is advised that students have English-language skills at the intermediate or higher levels.

International Students and Visitors (non-U.S. residents)

The Professional Executive Program is available to anyone residing in or visiting the U.S. International students already studying in the U.S. should consult their own Designated School Official (DSO) to see if enrollment in this program is in compliance with their visa requirements.

 

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Certificate in Marketing

English Language Proficiency Policy for all Certificate-Seeking Students

Regardless of country of birth or citizenship, immigrant or nonimmigrant status, all applicants to Southern States University certificate programs must demonstrate English language proficiency.  Demonstration of English language proficiency can be satisfied if the applicant submits a diploma or transcript showing that the applicant has graduated from a government-recognized secondary school (or above) in a system in which English is the official language of instruction.  Otherwise, the applicant will need to meet the minimum English Language Proficiency standard though one of the following:

 

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) result of 61 or above on the IBT (Internet Based Test), 500 or above on the PBT (Paper Based Test),
  •  IELTS (International English Language Testing System) result of 5.0 or above.  Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.
  • For applicants inside the U.S.: Achieve a score of at least 80% on SSU’s English Placement Test (EPT).  This test consists of listening, speaking, reading, and writing sections.
  • Have previously studied in an English-medium, USDE-recognized accredited university level program and maintained a minimum 2.0 GPA for Certificate program applicants for at least one academic term.

 

Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

 

All students applying for undergraduate level Certificate programs must submit the following:

  • Complete and submit an Application for Admission, including the Enrollment Agreement, Payment Plan choice, and Statement of Financial Support– pages 8-18 of Prospective Student Guide
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $100
  • Provide verification of completion of a high school diploma (from a governmentrecognized school), GED, or Certificate of Equivalency/Proficiency; diplomas from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an NACES approved organization (http://www.naces.org/members.htm); Submit official transcripts from all other universities or institutions previously attended; transcripts from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an NACES approved organization (http://www.naces.org/members.htm);
  • Submit a written, single-spaced essay of at least 500 words detailing educational and work history, goals as they relate to education and work history, and the relationship between these goals and future career aspirations

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Certificate in Business Administration

English Language Proficiency Policy for all Certificate-Seeking Students

Regardless of country of birth or citizenship, immigrant or nonimmigrant status, all applicants to Southern States University certificate programs must demonstrate English language proficiency.  Demonstration of English language proficiency can be satisfied if the applicant submits a diploma or transcript showing that the applicant has graduated from a government-recognized secondary school (or above) in a system in which English is the official language of instruction.  Otherwise, the applicant will need to meet the minimum English Language Proficiency standard though one of the following:

 

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) result of 61 or above on the IBT (Internet Based Test), 500 or above on the PBT (Paper Based Test),
  •  IELTS (International English Language Testing System) result of 5.0 or above.  Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.
  • For applicants inside the U.S.: Achieve a score of at least 80% on SSU’s English Placement Test (EPT).  This test consists of listening, speaking, reading, and writing sections.
  • Have previously studied in an English-medium, USDE-recognized accredited university level program and maintained a minimum 2.0 GPA for Certificate program applicants for at least one academic term.

 

Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

 

Students applying for the graduate certificate program are required to satisfy the following admission requirements:

  • Complete and submit an Application for Admission, including the Enrollment Agreement, Payment Plan choice, and Statement of Financial Support– pages 8-18 of Prospective Student Guide
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $100
  • Provide verification of completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in the form of an official transcript of record from a USDE-recognized accredited institution, and submit official transcripts from all other universities or institutions previously attended; transcripts from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an NACES approved organization (http://www.naces.org/members.htm);
  • Submit a written, single-spaced essay of at least 1000 words detailing educational and work history, goals as they relate to education and work history, and the relationship between these goals and future career aspirations
  • Submit 2 Letters of Recommendation (from managers or colleagues at work, or from past or present professors or academic advisors)
  • Provide a current resume

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Certificate in Finance

English Language Proficiency Policy for all Certificate-Seeking Students

Regardless of country of birth or citizenship, immigrant or nonimmigrant status, all applicants to Southern States University certificate programs must demonstrate English language proficiency.  Demonstration of English language proficiency can be satisfied if the applicant submits a diploma or transcript showing that the applicant has graduated from a government-recognized secondary school (or above) in a system in which English is the official language of instruction.  Otherwise, the applicant will need to meet the minimum English Language Proficiency standard though one of the following:

 

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) result of 61 or above on the IBT (Internet Based Test), 500 or above on the PBT (Paper Based Test),
  •  IELTS (International English Language Testing System) result of 5.0 or above.  Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.
  • For applicants inside the U.S.: Achieve a score of at least 80% on SSU’s English Placement Test (EPT).  This test consists of listening, speaking, reading, and writing sections.
  • Have previously studied in an English-medium, USDE-recognized accredited university level program and maintained a minimum 2.0 GPA for Certificate program applicants for at least one academic term.

 

Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

 

Students applying for admission to the certificate programs are required to satisfy the following admission requirements:

 

  • Complete and submit an Application for Admission
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $100
  • Provide verification of completion of a high school diploma (from a state-recognized school), GED, or Certificate of Equivalency/Proficiency; diplomas from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an NACES approved organization (http://www.naces.org/members.htm);
  • Submit official transcripts from all other universities or colleges previously attended; if a degree is awarded, transcripts from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an NACES approved organization (http://www.naces.org/members.htm);
  • Submit a written, single-spaced essay of at least 500 words detailing educational and work history, goals as they relate to education and work history, and the relationship between these goals and future career aspirations.

 

Additional Admissions Requirements for the Certificate in Finance

 

In addition to the above items, students applying to the Certificate in Finance at SSU must fulfill the following course prerequisite at the time of admissions:

  • Equivalency coursework at the undergraduate level in MTH 125 College Algebra with a grade of “C” or better.  NOTE: A student may petition for an exception to this prerequisite if he/she can demonstrate that he/she has the knowledge or ability to succeed in MTH 130 Business Statistics and MTH 310 Finite Math with Applications despite not meeting the prerequisite (e.g., student has relevant prior course work, assessment levels, certification, license or work experience). A formal “Petition for Exception to a Prerequisite” form will be needed as part of the application for the review of this prerequisite exception.

 

Additional Requirements for International Students

 

In addition to the above items, international students applying for the certificate programs at SSU must submit the following:

 

  • Financial documentation confirming that the student has adequate resources to ensure that s/he can meet all obligations throughout the period of study. An official bank statement not more than three months old reflecting a minimum positive balance must be submitted either in the student’s personal name or the student’s financial sponsor’s name (in which case an Affidavit of Financial Support is also required). The minimum balance required is determined by program choice, selection of payment option, and number of dependents;
  • Copy of passport, including information page, Visa, and I-94 validity page;
  • International students must show proof of medical insurance prior to the student’s first day of their program. Failure to produce valid proof of insurance may result in an inability to enroll in classes and maintain status.

 

Readmission to a Certificate Program After Withdrawal or Dismissal

 

Students who have withdrawn or been dismissed from an SSU Certificate program may apply for readmission to their respective program after the conclusion of at least one academic term without classes, provided they have paid off all tuition and fees from their previous enrollment.  Readmitted students reenter the program subject to the Catalog requirements in effect at the time of readmission.  Students seeking readmission must satisfy the following admission requirements:

 

  • Complete and submit a new Application for Admission
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $100
  • Submit an updated resume
  • Submit proof of health insurance
  • Any other documents required for regular admission, unless SSU already has those documents on file
  • Students who have been dismissed must submit a written, single-spaced essay of at least 1000 words addressing the details of the dismissal and explaining why and how the student believes readmission to the program will result in a successful outcome.

 

In addition to the above items, international students applying for readmission must submit the following:

 

  • Financial documentation confirming that the student has adequate resources to ensure that s/he can meet all obligations throughout the period of study. An official bank statement not more than three months old reflecting a minimum positive balance must be submitted either in the student’s personal name or the student’s financial sponsor’s name (in which case an Affidavit of Financial Support is also required). The minimum balance required is determined by program choice, selection of payment option, and number of dependents;
  • Copy of passport, including information page, Visa, and I-94 validity page;

 

Students who return to a certificate program after voluntarily withdrawing or being dismissed will have all of their existing grades and GPA carry forward subject to all Catalog policies regarding Repeats.  Therefore, students who have used all their potential Repeats and are not maintaining a 2.0 GPA will not be readmitted into the program.

 

If a student dismissed due to their failure to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards or due to Academic Misconduct is readmitted and then dismissed again for academic reasons, that student is no longer eligible for readmission.

Certificate in Management Studies

English Language Proficiency Policy for all Certificate-Seeking Students

Regardless of country of birth or citizenship, immigrant or nonimmigrant status, all applicants to Southern States University certificate programs must demonstrate English language proficiency.  Demonstration of English language proficiency can be satisfied if the applicant submits a diploma or transcript showing that the applicant has graduated from a government-recognized secondary school (or above) in a system in which English is the official language of instruction.  Otherwise, the applicant will need to meet the minimum English Language Proficiency standard though one of the following:

 

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) result of 61 or above on the IBT (Internet Based Test), 500 or above on the PBT (Paper Based Test),
  •  IELTS (International English Language Testing System) result of 5.0 or above.  Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.
  • For applicants inside the U.S.: Achieve a score of at least 80% on SSU’s English Placement Test (EPT).  This test consists of listening, speaking, reading, and writing sections.
  • Have previously studied in an English-medium, USDE-recognized accredited university level program and maintained a minimum 2.0 GPA for Certificate program applicants for at least one academic term.

 

Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

 

Students applying for admission to the certificate programs are required to satisfy the following admission requirements:

 

  • Complete and submit an Application for Admission
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $100
  • Provide verification of completion of a high school diploma (from a state-recognized school), GED, or Certificate of Equivalency/Proficiency; diplomas from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an NACES approved organization (http://www.naces.org/members.htm);
  • Submit official transcripts from all other universities or colleges previously attended; if a degree is awarded, transcripts from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an NACES approved organization (http://www.naces.org/members.htm);
  • Submit a written, single-spaced essay of at least 500 words detailing educational and work history, goals as they relate to education and work history, and the relationship between these goals and future career aspirations.

 

Additional Admissions Requirements for the Certificate in Management Studies

 

In addition to the above items, students applying to the Certificate in Management Studies at SSU must fulfill the following course prerequisite at the time of admissions:

  • Equivalency coursework at the undergraduate level in ENG 111 Composition and Rhetoric with a grade of “C” or better.  NOTE: A student may petition for an exception to this prerequisite if he/she can demonstrate that he/she has the knowledge or ability to succeed in BUS 220 Business Communications despite not meeting the prerequisite (e.g., student has relevant prior course work, assessment levels, certification, license or work experience). A formal “Petition for Exception to a Prerequisite” form will be needed as part of the application for the review of this prerequisite exception.

 

Additional Requirements for International Students

In addition to the above items, international students applying for the certificate programs at SSU must submit the following:

 

  • Financial documentation confirming that the student has adequate resources to ensure that s/he can meet all obligations throughout the period of study. An official bank statement not more than three months old reflecting a minimum positive balance must be submitted either in the student’s personal name or the student’s financial sponsor’s name (in which case an Affidavit of Financial Support is also required). The minimum balance required is determined by program choice, selection of payment option, and number of dependents;
  • Copy of passport, including information page, Visa, and I-94 validity page;
  • International students must show proof of medical insurance prior to the student’s first day of their program. Failure to produce valid proof of insurance may result in an inability to enroll in classes and maintain status.

 

Readmission to a Certificate Program After Withdrawal or Dismissal

 

Students who have withdrawn or been dismissed from an SSU Certificate program may apply for readmission to their respective program after the conclusion of at least one academic term without classes, provided they have paid off all tuition and fees from their previous enrollment.  Readmitted students reenter the program subject to the Catalog requirements in effect at the time of readmission.  Students seeking readmission must satisfy the following admission requirements:

 

  • Complete and submit a new Application for Admission
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $100
  • Submit an updated resume
  • Submit proof of health insurance
  • Any other documents required for regular admission, unless SSU already has those documents on file
  • Students who have been dismissed must submit a written, single-spaced essay of at least 1000 words addressing the details of the dismissal and explaining why and how the student believes readmission to the program will result in a successful outcome.

 

In addition to the above items, international students applying for readmission must submit the following:

 

  • Financial documentation confirming that the student has adequate resources to ensure that s/he can meet all obligations throughout the period of study. An official bank statement not more than three months old reflecting a minimum positive balance must be submitted either in the student’s personal name or the student’s financial sponsor’s name (in which case an Affidavit of Financial Support is also required). The minimum balance required is determined by program choice, selection of payment option, and number of dependents;
  • Copy of passport, including information page, Visa, and I-94 validity page;

 

Students who return to a certificate program after voluntarily withdrawing or being dismissed will have all of their existing grades and GPA carry forward subject to all Catalog policies regarding Repeats.  Therefore, students who have used all their potential Repeats and are not maintaining a 2.0 GPA will not be readmitted into the program.

 

If a student dismissed due to their failure to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards or due to Academic Misconduct is readmitted and then dismissed again for academic reasons, that student is no longer eligible for readmission.

 

Certificate in Information Technology

English Language Proficiency Policy for all Degree-Seeking Students

Regardless of country of birth or citizenship, immigrant or nonimmigrant status, all applicants to Southern States University degree programs must demonstrate English language proficiency.  Demonstration of English language proficiency can be satisfied if the applicant submits a diploma or transcript showing that the applicant has graduated from a government-recognized secondary school (or above) in a system in which English is the official language of instruction.  Otherwise, the applicant will need to meet the minimum English Language Proficiency standard though one of the following:

 

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) result of 61 or above on the iBT (Internet Based Test), 500 or above on the PBT (Paper Based Test),
  •  IELTS (International English Language Testing System) result of 5.0 or above.  Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.
  • (For applicants inside the U.S.) Achieve a score of at least 80% on SSU’s English Placement Test (EPT).  This test consists of listening, speaking, reading, and writing sections.
  • Have previously studied in an English-medium, USDE-recognized accredited university level program and maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA for Information Technology Certificate program applicants for at least one academic term.

 

Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

 

Students applying for admission to the graduate Certificate in Information Technology program are required to satisfy the following admission requirements:

 

  • Complete and submit an Application for Admission.
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $100.
  • Provide verification of completion of a Bachelor’s Degree with at least one math course beyond college algebra with a grade of B or better.
  • An official transcript of record from a USDE-recognized accredited institution, and submit official transcripts from all other universities or colleges previously attended; if a degree is awarded, transcripts from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an NACES approved organization (http://www.naces.org/members.htm)
  • Submit a written, single-spaced essay of at least 1000 words detailing educational and work history, goals as they relate to education and work history, and the relationship between these goals and future career aspirations.
  • Submit two official Letters of Recommendation (professional or academic references only).
  • Provide a current resume.

 

 

International Certificate Students

 

In addition to the above items, international students applying for admission to the Certificate program must submit the following:

 

  • Financial documentation confirming that the student has adequate resources to ensure that s/he can meet all obligations throughout the period of study. An official bank statement or bank letter not more than three months old reflecting a minimum positive balance must be submitted either in the student’s personal name or the student’s financial sponsor’s name (in which case an Affidavit of Financial Support is also required). The minimum balance required is determined by program choice, selection of payment option, and number of dependents;
  • Copy of passport, including information page, Visa, and I-94 validity page;
  • International students must show proof of medical insurance prior to the student’s first day of their program. Failure to produce valid proof of insurance may result in an inability to enroll in classes and maintain status.

 

Readmission to the Certificate Program after Withdrawal or Dismissal

 

Students who have withdrawn or been dismissed from the University may apply for readmission to their respective programs after the conclusion of at least one academic term without classes, provided they have paid off all tuition and fees from their previous enrollment.  Readmitted students reenter the program subject to the Catalog requirements in effect at the time of readmission.  Students seeking readmission must satisfy the following admission requirements:

 

  • Complete and submit a new Application for Admission
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $100
  • Submit an updated resume
  • Submit proof of health insurance
  • Any other documents required for regular admission, unless SSU already has those documents on file
  • Students who have been dismissed from the University must submit a written, single-spaced essay of at least 1000 words addressing the details of the dismissal and explaining why and how the student believes readmission to the program will result in a successful outcome.

 

In addition to the above items, international students applying for readmission must submit the following:

 

  • Financial documentation confirming that the student has adequate resources to ensure that s/he can meet all obligations throughout the period of study. An official bank statement not more than three months old reflecting a minimum positive balance must be submitted either in the student’s personal name or the student’s financial sponsor’s name (in which case an Affidavit of Financial Support is also required). The minimum balance required is determined by program choice, selection of payment option, and number of dependents;
  • Copy of passport, including information page, Visa, and I-94 validity page;

 

 

Students who return to the Certificate in Information Technology program after voluntarily withdrawing or being dismissed will have all of their existing grades and GPA carry forward subject to all Catalog policies regarding Repeats.  Therefore, students who have used all their potential Repeats and are not maintaining a 3.0 GPA will not be readmitted into the program.

 

If a student dismissed due to their failure to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards or due to Academic Misconduct is readmitted and then dismissed again for academic reasons, that student is no longer eligible for readmission.

Certificate in Business Analysis

English Language Proficiency Policy for all Certificate-Seeking Students

Regardless of country of birth or citizenship, immigrant or nonimmigrant status, all applicants to Southern States University certificate programs must demonstrate English language proficiency.  Demonstration of English language proficiency can be satisfied if the applicant submits a diploma or transcript showing that the applicant has graduated from a government-recognized secondary school (or above) in a system in which English is the official language of instruction.  Otherwise, the applicant will need to meet the minimum English Language Proficiency standard though one of the following:

 

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) result of 61 or above on the IBT (Internet Based Test), 500 or above on the PBT (Paper Based Test),
  •  IELTS (International English Language Testing System) result of 5.0 or above.  Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.
  • For applicants inside the U.S.: Achieve a score of at least 80% on SSU’s English Placement Test (EPT).  This test consists of listening, speaking, reading, and writing sections.
  • Have previously studied in an English-medium, USDE-recognized accredited university level program and maintained a minimum 2.0 GPA for Certificate program applicants for at least one academic term.

 

Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

 

Students applying for admission to the certificate programs are required to satisfy the following admission requirements:

 

  • Complete and submit an Application for Admission
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $100
  • Provide verification of completion of a high school diploma (from a state-recognized school), GED, or Certificate of Equivalency/Proficiency; diplomas from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an NACES approved organization (http://www.naces.org/members.htm);
  • Submit official transcripts from all other universities or colleges previously attended; if a degree is awarded, transcripts from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an NACES approved organization (http://www.naces.org/members.htm);
  • Submit a written, single-spaced essay of at least 500 words detailing educational and work history, goals as they relate to education and work history, and the relationship between these goals and future career aspirations.

 

 

 

 

Additional Requirements for International Students

 

In addition to the above items, international students applying for the certificate programs at SSU must submit the following:

 

  • Financial documentation confirming that the student has adequate resources to ensure that s/he can meet all obligations throughout the period of study. An official bank statement not more than three months old reflecting a minimum positive balance must be submitted either in the student’s personal name or the student’s financial sponsor’s name (in which case an Affidavit of Financial Support is also required). The minimum balance required is determined by program choice, selection of payment option, and number of dependents;
  • Copy of passport, including information page, Visa, and I-94 validity page;
  • International students must show proof of medical insurance prior to the student’s first day of their program. Failure to produce valid proof of insurance may result in an inability to enroll in classes and maintain status.

 

Readmission to a Certificate Program After Withdrawal or Dismissal

 

Students who have withdrawn or been dismissed from an SSU Certificate program may apply for readmission to their respective program after the conclusion of at least one academic term without classes, provided they have paid off all tuition and fees from their previous enrollment.  Readmitted students reenter the program subject to the Catalog requirements in effect at the time of readmission.  Students seeking readmission must satisfy the following admission requirements:

 

  • Complete and submit a new Application for Admission
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $100
  • Submit an updated resume
  • Submit proof of health insurance
  • Any other documents required for regular admission, unless SSU already has those documents on file
  • Students who have been dismissed must submit a written, single-spaced essay of at least 1000 words addressing the details of the dismissal and explaining why and how the student believes readmission to the program will result in a successful outcome.

 

In addition to the above items, international students applying for readmission must submit the following:

 

  • Financial documentation confirming that the student has adequate resources to ensure that s/he can meet all obligations throughout the period of study. An official bank statement not more than three months old reflecting a minimum positive balance must be submitted either in the student’s personal name or the student’s financial sponsor’s name (in which case an Affidavit of Financial Support is also required). The minimum balance required is determined by program choice, selection of payment option, and number of dependents;
  • Copy of passport, including information page, Visa, and I-94 validity page;

 

Students who return to a certificate program after voluntarily withdrawing or being dismissed will have all of their existing grades and GPA carry forward subject to all Catalog policies regarding Repeats.  Therefore, students who have used all their potential Repeats and are not maintaining a 2.0 GPA will not be readmitted into the program.

 

If a student dismissed due to their failure to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards or due to Academic Misconduct is readmitted and then dismissed again for academic reasons, that student is no longer eligible for readmission.

 

Certificate in Business Communications

English Language Proficiency Policy for all Certificate-Seeking Students

Regardless of country of birth or citizenship, immigrant or nonimmigrant status, all applicants to Southern States University certificate programs must demonstrate English language proficiency.  Demonstration of English language proficiency can be satisfied if the applicant submits a diploma or transcript showing that the applicant has graduated from a government-recognized secondary school (or above) in a system in which English is the official language of instruction.  Otherwise, the applicant will need to meet the minimum English Language Proficiency standard though one of the following:

 

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) result of 61 or above on the IBT (Internet Based Test), 500 or above on the PBT (Paper Based Test),
  •  IELTS (International English Language Testing System) result of 5.0 or above.  Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.
  • For applicants inside the U.S.: Achieve a score of at least 80% on SSU’s English Placement Test (EPT).  This test consists of listening, speaking, reading, and writing sections.
  • Have previously studied in an English-medium, USDE-recognized accredited university level program and maintained a minimum 2.0 GPA for Certificate program applicants for at least one academic term.

 

Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

 

Students applying for admission to the certificate programs are required to satisfy the following admission requirements:

 

  • Complete and submit an Application for Admission
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $100
  • Provide verification of completion of a high school diploma (from a state-recognized school), GED, or Certificate of Equivalency/Proficiency; diplomas from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an NACES approved organization (http://www.naces.org/members.htm);
  • Submit official transcripts from all other universities or colleges previously attended; if a degree is awarded, transcripts from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an NACES approved organization (http://www.naces.org/members.htm);
  • Submit a written, single-spaced essay of at least 500 words detailing educational and work history, goals as they relate to education and work history, and the relationship between these goals and future career aspirations.

 

 

 

 

Additional Requirements for International Students

 

In addition to the above items, international students applying for the certificate programs at SSU must submit the following:

 

  • Financial documentation confirming that the student has adequate resources to ensure that s/he can meet all obligations throughout the period of study. An official bank statement not more than three months old reflecting a minimum positive balance must be submitted either in the student’s personal name or the student’s financial sponsor’s name (in which case an Affidavit of Financial Support is also required). The minimum balance required is determined by program choice, selection of payment option, and number of dependents;
  • Copy of passport, including information page, Visa, and I-94 validity page;
  • International students must show proof of medical insurance prior to the student’s first day of their program. Failure to produce valid proof of insurance may result in an inability to enroll in classes and maintain status.

 

Readmission to a Certificate Program After Withdrawal or Dismissal

 

Students who have withdrawn or been dismissed from an SSU Certificate program may apply for readmission to their respective program after the conclusion of at least one academic term without classes, provided they have paid off all tuition and fees from their previous enrollment.  Readmitted students reenter the program subject to the Catalog requirements in effect at the time of readmission.  Students seeking readmission must satisfy the following admission requirements:

 

  • Complete and submit a new Application for Admission
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $100
  • Submit an updated resume
  • Submit proof of health insurance
  • Any other documents required for regular admission, unless SSU already has those documents on file
  • Students who have been dismissed must submit a written, single-spaced essay of at least 1000 words addressing the details of the dismissal and explaining why and how the student believes readmission to the program will result in a successful outcome.

 

In addition to the above items, international students applying for readmission must submit the following:

 

  • Financial documentation confirming that the student has adequate resources to ensure that s/he can meet all obligations throughout the period of study. An official bank statement not more than three months old reflecting a minimum positive balance must be submitted either in the student’s personal name or the student’s financial sponsor’s name (in which case an Affidavit of Financial Support is also required). The minimum balance required is determined by program choice, selection of payment option, and number of dependents;
  • Copy of passport, including information page, Visa, and I-94 validity page;

 

Students who return to a certificate program after voluntarily withdrawing or being dismissed will have all of their existing grades and GPA carry forward subject to all Catalog policies regarding Repeats.  Therefore, students who have used all their potential Repeats and are not maintaining a 2.0 GPA will not be readmitted into the program.

 

If a student dismissed due to their failure to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards or due to Academic Misconduct is readmitted and then dismissed again for academic reasons, that student is no longer eligible for readmission.

 

Certificate in Strategic Management

English Language Proficiency Policy for all Degree-Seeking Students

Regardless of country of birth or citizenship, immigrant or nonimmigrant status, all applicants to Southern States University degree programs must demonstrate English language proficiency.  Demonstration of English language proficiency can be satisfied if the applicant submits a diploma or transcript showing that the applicant has graduated from a government-recognized secondary school (or above) in a system in which English is the official language of instruction.  Otherwise, the applicant will need to meet the minimum English Language Proficiency standard though one of the following:

 

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) result of 61 or above on the iBT (Internet Based Test), 500 or above on the PBT (Paper Based Test),
  •  IELTS (International English Language Testing System) result of 5.0 or above.  Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.
  • (For applicants inside the U.S.) Achieve a score of at least 80% on SSU’s English Placement Test (EPT).  This test consists of listening, speaking, reading, and writing sections.
  • Have previously studied in an English-medium, USDE-recognized accredited university level program and maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA for Business Administration Certificate program applicants for at least one academic term.

 

Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

 

Students applying for admission to a graduate Certificate program are required to satisfy the following admission requirements:

 

  • Complete and submit an Application for Admission
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $100
  • Provide verification of completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in the form of an official transcript of record from a USDE-recognized accredited institution, and submit official transcripts from all other universities or colleges previously attended; if a degree is awarded, transcripts from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an NACES approved organization (http://www.naces.org/members.htm);
  • Students in the Information Technology Certificate need to provide verification of completion of a Bachelor’s Degree with at least one math course beyond college algebra with a grade of B or better.
  • Submit a written, single-spaced essay of at least 1000 words detailing educational and work history, goals as they relate to education and work history, and the relationship between these goals and future career aspirations
  • Submit two official Letters of Recommendation (professional or academic references only)
  • Provide a current resume

 

International Certificate Students

 

In addition to the above items, international students applying for admission to a Certificate program must submit the following:

 

  • Financial documentation confirming that the student has adequate resources to ensure that s/he can meet all obligations throughout the period of study. An official bank statement or bank letter not more than three months old reflecting a minimum positive balance must be submitted either in the student’s personal name or the student’s financial sponsor’s name (in which case an Affidavit of Financial Support is also required). The minimum balance required is determined by program choice, selection of payment option, and number of dependents;
  • Copy of passport, including information page, Visa, and I-94 validity page;
  • International students must show proof of medical insurance prior to the student’s first day of their program. Failure to produce valid proof of insurance may result in an inability to enroll in classes and maintain status.

 

Readmission to the Certificate Program after Withdrawal or Dismissal

 

Students who have withdrawn or been dismissed from the University may apply for readmission to their respective programs after the conclusion of at least one academic term without classes, provided they have paid off all tuition and fees from their previous enrollment.  Readmitted students reenter the program subject to the Catalog requirements in effect at the time of readmission.  Students seeking readmission must satisfy the following admission requirements:

 

  • Complete and submit a new Application for Admission
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $100
  • Submit an updated resume
  • Submit proof of health insurance
  • Any other documents required for regular admission, unless SSU already has those documents on file
  • Students who have been dismissed from the University must submit a written, single-spaced essay of at least 1000 words addressing the details of the dismissal and explaining why and how the student believes readmission to the program will result in a successful outcome.

 

In addition to the above items, international students applying for readmission must submit the following:

 

  • Financial documentation confirming that the student has adequate resources to ensure that s/he can meet all obligations throughout the period of study. An official bank statement not more than three months old reflecting a minimum positive balance must be submitted either in the student’s personal name or the student’s financial sponsor’s name (in which case an Affidavit of Financial Support is also required). The minimum balance required is determined by program choice, selection of payment option, and number of dependents;
  • Copy of passport, including information page, Visa, and I-94 validity page;

 

 

Students who return to the Certificate programs after voluntarily withdrawing or being dismissed will have all of their existing grades and GPA carry forward subject to all Catalog policies regarding Repeats.  Therefore, students who have used all their potential Repeats and are not maintaining a 3.0 GPA will not be readmitted into the program.

 

If a student dismissed due to their failure to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards or due to Academic Misconduct is readmitted and then dismissed again for academic reasons, that student is no longer eligible for readmission.