Graduate Admissions

Graduate students busy learningIt’s simple and easy to enroll at SAU. You’ll find our enrollment process clear and you’ll quickly get results from your regional site. Be sure to review the general admission requirements for graduate studies.

We’ll guide you through three easy steps:

Step One: The Application Process

Step One: The Application Process

The application process is simple and easy. You need to do three things:

  1. Submit the application: Applying online is the fastest way to get started on your master’s degree. Head to the online application and follow the instructions.
  2. Send us your college transcripts: Contact each school you have attended and ask them to send us your transcripts. You can also download the transcript request form, follow the instructions and send them to your regional site.
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation: We’ll need at least two recommendations (some programs require more and some have a specific form for submitting recommendations). They should be at least one page and no longer than two in length.

Send all documentation to:
Spring Arbor University
Office of Admissions
106 E. Main St.
Spring Arbor, MI 49283-9799

Step Two: Apply for Financial Aid

Step Two: Apply for Financial Aid

Financial aid at SAU is simple and easy. It boils down to three easy steps:

  • Fill out FAFSA: FAFSA is the free application for federal student aid. It is the federal form that will determine what aid is available for you. It usually takes about one hour to fill out, but it is the essential first step to getting aid. After completing the FAFSA and have registered for classes, our financial aid office will put together a custom financial aid package that will include federal, state, and SAU institutional awards, if applicable. We’ve also provided a FAFSA checklist for you to gather all of the appropriate information in advance to make filling out the FAFSA quick and easy.
  • Apply for loans: We will be able to provide you options for low-interest federal and state loans for higher education after you complete your FAFSA. Your admissions reps, as well as the financial aid office, can assist you with this application step. You will find out which loans are available to you when your FAFSA report comes back.

Step Three: Register for Class

Step Three: Register For Class

Once you are accepted and registered for classes and have completed your FAFSA, our financial aid office can process your award letter.

Tuition and Fees

Spring Arbor University offers its graduate programs at competitive rates. Rates and fees differ for each program and are subject to change. For information about student accounts, how to make payments, payment plans, etc., visit the business office section of the website.

2016-17 Tuition Rates

Program NameCost per Credit
Business (MBA, 36 credits)$665 (on site and online)
Communication (MCOM, 36 credits)$665 (online)
*Counseling (MAC, 50 credits)$545
Education (MAE, 32 credits)$530 (online)
Family Studies (MFS, 36 credits)$530
*Nursing (MSN online, 38, 54 or 63 credits)$640
Reading (MA, 38 credits)$530 (online)
Special Education (MSE, 36 credits)$530 (online)
*Social Work (MSW, 60 credits or 30 credits for Advanced Standing)$545
Spiritual Formation and Leadership (MSFL, 36 credits)$530 (online)
TESOL (MTESOL, 33 credits)$530 (online)

* For tuition price, please contact an admissions rep at admissions@arbor.edu or call 1.800.968.0011.

Fees for special materials may be required for some courses. Payment of fees is due three weeks before classes start. All fees are nonrefundable.

  • Application fee: $30
  • Registration fee (per semester): $40
  • Audit fee (per credit hour): Depends on program
  • Technology fee (full-time, per semester): $105
  • Tutorial (per credit hour above tuition): $130

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Schedule a Learning Site Visit

To assist in the decision-making process, students are invited to schedule a visit at any one of our graduate-studies locations.  To schedule a visit or to meet with an admissions representative, select the learning site where you’re interested in attending on our learning sites page. Each site location provides general contact information, directions, the contact names and information for each of the admissions representatives at each site.