Full Sail University


This section will guide you through the steps of applying for admission to a master's program at Full Sail University.

Before You Apply

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

To be considered for admission to a graduate program at Full Sail, the following requirements apply:

  • You must have a baccalaureate or higher level degree from an accredited postsecondary educational institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education with a transfer academic average of 2.0 (2.5 for Game Design and Computer Science master's degrees), OR a Full Sail bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (2.5 for Game Design and Computer Science master's degrees).
  • Applicants who meet these criteria will be considered for admission pending an evaluation of a copy of official transcripts. Documentation of high school graduation or GED is not required.
  • Degree held must be of similar scope/subject matter as the intended graduate degree program. Students with an undergraduate degree from an unrelated scope or subject matter will be considered for admission upon provision of a Letter of Intent and a professional résumé.
  • Some programs may request that applicants with a GPA lower than 2.5 submit a Letter of Intent, résumé and college transcripts for Program Director review.

An Admissions Representative can assist you in determining whether additional documentation will be needed.

How to Apply

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.
  • 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.

After You’ve Applied

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 enrollment guide will reach out to finalize your application and gather additional information.

You will also receive an email that gives you access to our Full Sail One platform, where you’ll be able to submit documentation and complete the final steps for enrollment.

Throughout this process, if you have any questions or run into any issues, your enrollment guide can be reached at 800.226.7625.

Additional Requirements for Online Students and Specific Degrees

Computer Science Master's Degree

To join the Computer Science master of science program, applicants must pass an Advanced Programming and Math Assessment with a score of 70 or higher during the enrollment process. The assessment covers areas like Algebra II, Discrete Math, Probability & Statistics, Programming, and Data Structures. The process will include a practice test with refresher videos of the concepts along the way.

An Advanced Programming and Math Assessment covering advanced mathematical and programming concepts will be administered during the enrollment process to determine entrance into the program.

Game Design Master’s Degree

Game Design master of science program applicants should have extensive academic coursework in Computer Animation, Computer Science, Game Art, Game Design, Game Development, or Mobile 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.

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.

Credit by Examination

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.

Click here to begin your application.