Graduate Program Application Checklist

Each graduate program has their individual set of required admission materials suited for the degree you seek.  For more graduate program requirement information, please visit our graduate degree program page under section “Requirements.”
Note: some program webpages may not include the required admission materials and only list the program requirements.  

To receive a complete list of required admission materials please submit your application.  Once your application has been submitted your personalized application portal will include a checklist of required admission materials.  For further questions or concerns, you may reach out to your Admission Counselor.


Each student must submit official transcripts of all colleges and/or universities attended.  A transcript is considered official if the following is met:

  • Received directly from the college/university either electronically or by mail.
  • Each transcript includes a final grade for each course.

Note: A transcript that shows “in progress” status is NOT official, regardless of how it’s received.  

Criminal Record / Activity

Some of our graduate degree programs may require a background check.  In the event your record comes back with criminal activity, this could impact your admission into Hardin Simmons.  We will evaluate the activity as it relates to the graduate program.

Please keep in mind, Hardin Simmons may refuse continued admission or terminate admission for students who become involved in criminal activity while at our University. Misrepresenting past or present criminal activity may result in immediate termination from HSU.

Time Limit for Application

Applications are specific to an academic year.  Applications will expire at the end of the first week of class each spring semester.  A new application must be submitted for each new academic year a student is interested in beginning a program at HSU.

Documents can be sent to:

Hardin-Simmons University
Office of Enrollment Services
HSU Box 16050
Abilene, Texas 79698