Albany State University
Albany, GA

Albany State University Graduate School

Nearly a century old, Albany State University began as Albany Bible and Manual Training Institute for African American youth in southwest Georgia and evolved into a four-year institution by 1943. The Graduate School began over a quarter-century ago and is a key component of the institution which moved from college to university status in 1996. A brand-new campus has replaced on high ground much of the lower campus which had been devastated by major flooding in 1994. The $150 million renovation effort has made the campus a major center of attraction in the region. The Graduate School is dedicated to serving Southwest Georgia and is committed to attracting qualified graduate students from across the country and around the world.

The Community
Albany State University is located in Albany, the commercial metropolis of rural southwest Georgia, approximately a three hour drive south of Atlanta, two hours southwest of Macon, two hours southeast of Columbus, and two hours north of Tallahassee, Florida. Home to the Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum at Old Mt. Zion Church, Thronateeska Heritage Center, and the Albany Museum of Art, several theaters, a symphony orchestra, and a wild animal park, Albany is the cultural center of southwest Georgia. The city is within an hour's drive of Plains, home of President Jimmy Carter, the Andersonville Civil War Prison, the Georgia Agrirama, and the Swamp Gravy theater in Colquitt. Library facilities are available at the university, Darton College, and the Dougherty County Public Library.

Programs of study and degree requirements
Business Administration (M.B.A.) provides graduates with the knowledge, skills, and leadership capacity to perform effectively in complex and rapidly changing environments. The program includes the functional areas of accounting, management and organizational behavior, marketing, and economics.

Public Administration (M.P.A.) is a challenging professional program for those desiring to enter and advance public service. The program encompasses knowledge of management principles and techniques for effective service delivery, the political and social environment of public administration, and the legal and ethical dimension of public decision-making.

Criminal Justice (M.S.) is designed to prepare students for professional careers in the criminal justice system, provide an understanding of the theoretical and philosophical principles of law enforcement and punishment as well as the methods, applications, and implications of criminal justice research.

Nursing (M.S.) prepares students who are highly knowledgeable in advanced practice nursing and nursing administration enabling graduates to make significant contributions to health care, serve as beginning researchers and influence the development of policies that impact health care delivery.

Education (M.Ed., M.B.Ed., Ed.S.) develops responsibility and leadership in classroom training, subject matter specialization, and student supervision and administration in educational systems. The program promotes critical thinking and creative reasoning skills in solving educational problems, a continual quest for knowledge and the ability to communicate effectively. The Ed.S. program develops responsible school administrators who serve their faculties as they teach.

Facilities & Resources
Most of the graduate programs have their own computer laboratories with the latest computer equipment needed for graduate research and linked to the Internet. In their labs Education has 25 computers, Business Administration has 45 computers, Public Administration has 12 computers and Nursing has 10 computers.

In addition, MBA students have resources available in the Center for Economic Education for Small and Minority Entrepreneurship and in the Center for Business, Economic Development and Research. Education research is also performed in the numerous school systems in which graduate students serve as interns. Nursing research by graduate students is conducted in the more than 75 clinics, health departments, and physicians' offices in southwest Georgia.

Campus facilities include the new Academic Building housing the Education and Nursing programs; Hartnett Hall housing Criminal Justice; Simmons Hall housing Public Administration; and Peace Hall housing Business Administration.

The James Pendergrast Memorial Library provides additional computers as well as on-line searching (DIALOG, GOLD, OCLC, SOLINET, and GALILEO). The library, a new three-story structure, houses over 161,000 volumes of books, subscribes to more than 600 periodicals, and maintains an extensive microform collection, including the full ERIC Document collection through 1998 on microfiche.

International Students
Albany State University welcomes international students to its campus and is willing to assist students from other countries in achieving a successful educational experience at Albany State University. International students, defined as citizens of countries other than the United States who require a visa in order to study in the U.S.

International students seeking Admissions to the Graduate School should follow directions specified for all students under "Admissions requirements." In addition, the international student applicant must satisfy the following requirements:

Submit his or her application for Admissions at least two months prior to the term in which he or she wishes to begin study at Albany State University.

Submit Official original language and English (translated) copies of college or university transcripts, as records of past academic work, along with copies of academic degrees and certificates that the applicant has received. To be considered official these transcripts must be submitted directly from the educational institutions to the Graduate School.

Submit Official results from the Graduate Record Examination or the Graduate Management Admissions Test, or other required standardized test as required by the particular graduate program to which the applicant is seeking Admissions. See Admissions requirements for specific programs.

Demonstrate English language proficiency. Acceptable evidence of proficiency is successful completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 or satisfactory completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.

Furnish evidence of adequate financial support on the Affidavit of Support Form. The applicant must provide an official statement from an authorized bank certifying that sufficient funds are available to the student to cover costs of university fees and general living expenses for one academic year of study in the United States. Immigration and Naturalization form I-20 will not be issued until the international applicant has submitted the required evidence of financial support.

Carry a full program of studies (at least nine semester hours) upon Admissions and matriculation. The United States Immigration and Naturalization Service regulations require that students holding an "F" or "J" visa carry a full program of study.

Be covered by an insurance plan. Due to the high cost of health care in the United States, it is for the benefit of all international students that they have some type of health insurance coverage. (If you do not already have some type of coverage when you arrive at Albany State University, you must enroll in a plan immediately upon Admissions.

Once these materials are received, the Graduate School will evaluate the international applicant’s credentials and make an Admissions decision. The applicant will be notified of the University’s decision and, if admitted, will be issued an I-20 immigration form. This form must then be taken to the nearest U.S. Embassy or consular office, which will issue a visa for entry into the United States.

Expenses and Aid

Graduate Tuition is $185 per semester hour. Students taking more than five semester hours on campus are required to pay health, activity, and athletic fees totaling $223. Nonresidents of Georgia are required to pay a $4,955 nonresident fee.

The university presently does not have on-campus housing for graduate students. Off-campus housing is readily available throughout the city at reasonable costs. Albany has a relatively low cost of living for U.S. and Georgia metropolitan areas.

Financial Aid
A limited number of graduate assistantships ($7,000 each) are available to students annually in all graduate programs. A limited number of Regents Opportunity Scholarships are also available. Full-time graduate students who are Georgia residents with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or better and a GRE score of at least 1100 or a GMAT score of 500 or better are also eligible for James H. Porter Academic Scholarships. Graduate students in critical areas of Education (Middle Grades Education, Special Education, and Science Education) are eligible for the HOPE Scholarship which covers tuition and fees. Full-time graduate students in Nursing who are U.S. citizens are eligible for Nurse Traineeships which cover tuition and fees.

How to Apply
The application deadline for fall semester is April 15; for spring semester is September 15; and for summer semester is March 1. Minimum scores for regular admission are 800 on the GRE, 44 on the MAT, and 450 on the GMAT. Minimum undergraduate GPA for regular admission is 2.5, except for the Nursing program which requires a 3.0. Two letters of recommendation are also required by all programs and the Nursing program requires an interview.

Who to contact
Graduate Admissions
The Graduate School, Albany State University
504 College Drive,
Albany, GA 31705
Phone: (912) 430-5118 and 430-4862

The Faculty
Abayomi, Babatunde; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Georgia State University, 1988; Science Education
Adekunle, Samuel; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Nova University, 1981; Business Administration
Agazie, Maxine M.; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Atlanta University, 1980; Psychology and Social Work
Anson, Richard; Professor; Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1973; Criminal Justice Ashley, Willie M.; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Atlanta University, 1986; Educational Psychology
Baker, Elaine; Professor; D.P.A., University of Georgia, 1986; Social Work
Banks, Marva O.; Professor; Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1986; English
Basu, Samarendra; Professor; Ph.D., University of Calcutta, 1968; Criminal Justice and Forensic Science
Beard, Audrey W.; Associate Professor; Ed.D., Jackson State University, 1984; Early Childhood Education
Bembry, Deborah E.; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1978; Educational Administration
Bennett, Cynthia F.; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Ohio University, 1992; Higher Education Administration
Biasiotto, Judd; Professor; Ed.D., University of Georgia, 1976; Sports Psychology Block, Burel; Associate Professor; Ed.D., Texas Tech University, 1977; Educational Administration
Brown, Barbara A.; Associate Professor; Ed.D., Columbia University Teacher's College, 1983; Music Education
Brown, Mollie B.; Professor; Ph.D., Georgia State University, 1976; Business Education
Bynum, Leroy E., Jr.; Associate Professor; D.M.A., University of Georgia, 1992; Music
Campbell, Wilburn A.; Professor; D.P.E., Springfield College, 1974; Physical Education
Chan, Kwaichow B.; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 1988; Physics
Chavis, Sandra; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1980; Special Education
Cherry, Joyce L.; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Emory University, 1987; English Cohen, Sandy; Professor; Ph.D., Auburn University, 1972; English
Cordy, Everett; Associate Professor; Ph.D., LaSalle University, 1995; Engineering Management
Duhon-Ross, Alice; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Union Institute, 1994; Education Grant,
Dungee; Associate Professor; H.S.D., Indiana University, 1964; Health and Safety
Ezeamii, Hyacinth C.; Associate Professor; Ed.D., North Carolina State University, 1992; Higher Educational Policy and Administration
Formwalt, Lee W.; Professor; Ph.D., Catholic University of America, 1977; American History
George, Rani; Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Delaware, 1997; Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation
Ghunaym, Ghunaym M.; Professor; Ph.D., Florida State University, 1985; Mathematics Education
Green, Marzine; Professor; Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi, 1981; Mathematics
Hardee, Jerry L.; Professor; Ed.D., Northern Illinois University, 1975; Educational Administration
Hatcher, Betty DeVane; Associate Professor; Ed.D., University of Georgia, 1991; Science Education
Hill, James L.; Professor; Ph..D., University of Iowa, 1976; American Civilization and Afro-American Studies
Holeman, Doris S.; Professor; Ph.D., Georgia State University, 1986; Nursing Education
Hollis, Lois B.; Professor; Ph.D., Atlanta University, 1975; Political Science and Public Administration
Holmes, Barbara D.; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 1974; Educational Leadership
Johnson, Sherryl W.; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Clark Atlanta University, 1992; Social Work Policy
Kagay, Donald J.; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Fordham University, 1981; Medieval Spain
Khan, Mohammed V.A.; Professor; Ed.D., University of Houston, 1963; Education
King, Glynn Travis; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1986; Reading Education
Lawson, Benjamin S.; Professor; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 1972; American Literature
Lawson, Mary Sterner; Professor; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 1975; English Literature
Lee, Andrew Ann Dinkins; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1995; Rhetoric
Lockley, Ora E.; Professor; Ed.D., Rutgers University, 1976; Science Education
Lyons, Edward E.; Professor; Ph.D., Atlanta University, 1987; Biology
Masih, Samuel; Professor; Ph.D., Indiana University, 1971; Mathematics and Computer Science
McCrary, JoAnne P.; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Atlanta University, 1987; Biochemistry
Merriweather-Orok, Teresa; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Union Institute, 1999; Public Administration
Ochie, Charles; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 1993; Criminal Justice
Ochonma, Ogbonnia Godfrey; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Old Dominion University, 1996; Health Services Administration
Odio, Arnold; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Arkansas, 1983; Comparative Literature
Ojemakinde, Abiodun; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1989; Economics
Okediji, Olatunde; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Atlanta University, 1978; Reproductive Biology
Okpara, Rosa L.; Professor; Ph.D., Georgia State University, 1980; Marketing Oladunjoye, Ganiyu Titilayo; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 1981; Business Education
Onyenwoke, Nelson O.; Professor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1982; Urban Studies
Orok, Michael E.; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Atlanta University, 1988; Political Science and Public Administration
Pandey, Surendra N.; Professor; Ph.D., Howard University, 1973; Physics Perkins, Claude G.; Professor; Ph.D., Ohio University, 1973; Educational Leadership
Perry, Thomas J., Jr.; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Walden University, 1991; Criminal Justice
Reed, William A., Jr.; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Atlanta University, 1986; Psychology
Rogers, Michael D.; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 1973; Labor and Manpower Economics
Sherman, Eugene G.; Professor; Ph.D., Purdue University, 1968; Sociology Shields, Portia Holmes; Professor; Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1974; Early Childhood Education
Smith, Alsylvia, Professor; Ph.D., Kansas State University, 1978; French Snyder, Don R.; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Texas A & M University, 1984; Business Administration
Steele, Jack; Professor; Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1968; Chemistry Studdard, Hugh L.; Professor; Ed.D., University of Southern Mississippi, 1971; Kinesiology
Sykes, Ellis E.; Professor; Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1980; Botany Thomas, George; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Delaware, 1994; Criminal Justice
Townsel, Sylviane; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Emory University, 1987; Spanish Literature
Wallace, Renee C.; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1977; Educational Administration
Williams, Onetta; Associate Professor; Ed.D., Oklahoma State University, 1992; Curriculum and Instruction
Wilson, Lucille B.; Professor; Ed.D., University of Florida, 1973; Higher Education Administration
Wilson, Maudecca L.; Professor; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 1965; Elementary Education
Wrensford, Granville E.; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Brown University, 1990; Biochemistry
Zuern, Glenn A.; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1993; Criminal Justice

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