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  • Admissions

Master of Science in Counseling & Student Affairs

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  • Master of Science in CNSA

    Admission Requirements:

     

     Admission Requirement

     Instructions

    1.

    Online graduate application

    Graduate Online Application

    2.

    $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants

    After you complete the Graduate Online Application:

    • Log in to the Graduate Online Application site
    • Select “Check Status”
    • Select eServices at the top of the page. You will be able to pay the application fee using a credit or debit card.
     

    3.

    Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

    Contact ALL  the colleges and universities you have attended and have your transcripts sent to:

    Graduate Studies Office  
    MSU Moorhead
    1104 7 Ave. S. 
     
    Moorhead, MN 56563 

    You do not need to order transcripts from MSUM or other MnSCU institutions. See Transcript Policy for more details.

    4.

    Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; no specific major required

    The Graduate Studies Office and the Counseling graduate program will check this item once we have received all of your transcripts.

    5.

    Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or at least 3.25 for the last 30 semester credits

    The Graduate Studies Office and the Counseling graduate program will check this item once we have received all of your transcripts.

    6.

    Resume

    Prepare a resume that includes education, work experience, volunteer activities, etc.  Put your name on all pages.  Upload it to the Graduate Online Application site:

    • Log in to the Graduate Online Application site
    • Select “Check Status”
    • Under “Program Specific Requirements”, click on “Upload Now” button by “Resume”
     

    7.

    Personal Statement/Essay

    Prepare a 350 word statement on personal career goals.  Put your name on the page. Upload it to the Graduate Online Application site:

    • Log in to the Graduate Online Application site
    • Select “Check Status”
    • Under “Program Specific Requirements”, click on “Upload Now” button  for the “Essay”
     

    8.

    Three recommendations from professors, employers, supervisors, counselors, or other professionals

    • Log in to the Graduate Online Application site
    • Select “Check Status”
    • Click on “Submit References Now” under “Program Specific Requirements”
    • Follow directions for selecting your references.  Be very careful when you enter the e-mail address and decide who you would like to be your references because you cannot change this once it has been submitted.     
    • After you indicate who your references are, the online system will send them a link to fill out a recommendation form. Your dashboard will show “recommendation submitted” when your reference submits the recommendation form.
     

    9.

    Criminal background check through Verified Credentials

    Visit http://scholar.verifiedcredentials.com/mnstate. Follow instructions to submit this information to the CNSA department at MSUM. The code for MSUM is: FFJVY-34898

    If you have any questions about the application process, 
    please call the Graduate Studies Office at: 
    218-477-2134 
    If you have specific program questions, please contact the program coordinator: 
    Lisa Karch, Ph.D. 
    218-477-2699, lisa.karch@mnstate.edu