This section will guide you through the steps of applying for admission to a graduate program at Full Sail University.
The first step is to talk to an admission representative about your plans, what program you’re considering, and when you’d like to begin school. You can reach the admissions department at 800.226.7625 and schedule an interview.
There are several things to know about the graduate admissions process at Full Sail University.
- No traditional application deadlines: classes begin monthly for most programs, so you can apply anytime and start on the date that works best for you.
- Program design and course order: you do not need to sign up for specific classes every semester – all of our programs have a predetermined program design and course order.
- Acceleration: Full Sail’s graduate programs are taken on an accelerated schedule and can be completed in as little as 12 months.
- GRE submission: we do not require you to complete the GRE or submit your GRE scores to apply for a graduate program.
Application and Acceptance
Our admissions requirements and acceptance procedures are different from a traditional college. To be considered for admission to a graduate program at Full Sail, the following requirements apply:
- You must have a bachelor’s degree or higher - a Full Sail bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, or a baccalaureate-level or higher degree from another accredited postsecondary educational institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education along with transcripts.
- Degree held must be of similar scope/subject matter as the intended graduate degree program, with a transfer academic average of 2.5. Documentation of high school graduation or GED is not required.
- Applicants with a GPA lower than the required 2.5 must submit a Letter of Intent, résumé and college transcripts for Program Director review.
- Students with an undergraduate degree from an unrelated scope or subject matter may be considered for admission upon provision of a Statement of Intent and a professional résumé. For additional information, please contact your Admissions Representative.
If you’ve spoken to an admissions representative and completed your interview, and you’re ready to begin the application process, there are several items you’ll need to have ready:
- A government-issued photo identification such as a driver’s license, passport, or state-issued ID card.
- Funds to cover the $75 application fee. Full Sail’s application fee can be deferred. Please reach out to your Admissions Representative for more information.
- Verification of English proficiency if English is not your primary language (all required documentation that is not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation). Click here to view international requirements.
Once you have these items, you’re ready to begin the online application. Completing your application will take 30-45 minutes, and you can save your application if you run out of time or need to gather additional information.
If you haven’t already completed your admissions interview, that will be your next step. An admissions representative will reach out to schedule an interview at a convenient time for you.
If you have completed your interview, your online enrollment guide will reach out to finalize your application and gather any additional needed information.
You will also receive an email that give you access to our Launch Portal, where you’ll be able to submit any needed documentation and complete the final steps for enrollment.
Throughout this process, your online enrollment guide can be reached at 800.226.7625 if you have any questions or run into any issues.
Technology orientation and assessment
Applicants to online-only degree programs will be required to complete an orientation module that presents information on operating the learning management system, best practices for online learning, troubleshooting issues, and technical support. The orientation will end with an assessment to confirm that the applicant has received sufficient instruction.
Once enrolled into a program, students will complete the orientation module. The module explains the best practices for conducting online learning, overall operation of the online platform, procedures for troubleshooting problems and contacting the technical support team, and general school policy as it applies to the online format.
Game Design master of science program applicants should have extensive academic coursework in Computer Animation, Game Art, Game Design, Game Development, Mobile Development, or Software Development. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Game Design master of science curriculum before applying to ensure they have acquired the requisite skills in order to be successful in the program.
An applicant’s career objectives will be considered as part of an admissions decision.
Online students who have at least five years of management and/or leadership experience may be eligible for credit by examination (CE) for the following graduate degree programs: Business Intelligence master of science, Digital Marketing master of science, or Entertainment Business master of science. A maximum of five courses may be considered for credit by examination.
Prospective students will be asked to submit their undergraduate transcript, a resume, and a letter of intent to qualify for credit by examination. The final decision to allow CE tests rests with the Program Director of the graduate degree program. Not all courses in these programs are eligible for credit by examination, and students must achieve a score of 85 percent or better in order to receive credit. A majority of the credits required for a graduate degree program must be completed at Full Sail University.
CE tests can only be taken one time. There is no fee to take the exam, but it must be scheduled through Enrollment or the Student Success Department prior to the beginning of a course. If a student starts a course, they are no longer eligible to take the CE test for that course.
If credit is earned, the tuition and credit hours are revised for the degree program accordingly. Successful completion of a CE test results in a test-out (TO) on the student’s transcript. The credit does not affect the student’s GPA but does count as hours toward graduation and maximum time frame.
CE tests are not available for all courses. Some technical courses may require both a written test and a practical test. Many intermediate and advanced courses in the program’s core curriculum are not eligible for credit by examination. A specific list of courses available for credit by examination may be obtained from the Enrollment team. Credits earned via credit by examination may change a student’s eligibility for certain types of financial aid.