Graduate Education

Graduate commencement with President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

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.

Graduate degree programs

Admission Requirements for Degree-Seeking Students

A student 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 Graduate Education office
  • 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 (program-specific*)
  • non-refundable application fee of $60 (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.
  • 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 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
Augustana University
2001 S Summit Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57197

Fax: 605.274.4450


The graduate programs for Master of Arts in Sports Administration and Leadership, Augustana-Sanford Master of Science in Genetic Counseling, and Education are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The Augustana-Sanford Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). The Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE.) All Augustana University graduate programs are approved or accredited by the HLC.

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

Transfer Credits

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 Education are specific to the program.

A Second Masters 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.)

Workshop Credits

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.

Course Schedules

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 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.