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  • Admissions

Master of Science in Counseling & Student Affairs

  • Degree Seeking Admission

    Admission to a graduate degree, certificate or licensure program is considered only after all required application materials have been received and reviewed. Incomplete files are not reviewed.Upon receipt of the completed application including all required materials, the file is forwarded to the program for review. The program reviews all complete files for admission or denial based on the program requirements and returns the file to the Graduate Studies Office. A formal acceptance or denial is sent to the applicant by the Dean of Graduate Studies with copies to the Program Coordinator.

    The following admission categories will be used by the Graduate School:

    Full Standing
    This status is used when all program admission requirements are fully met.

    This status is used when students show potential for success in a graduate program. The graduate program coordinator and the Dean of Graduate Studies determine the specific provisions that must be met by the student before full standing can be granted.

    This status is used when students do not meet the program admission requirements.

  • Admission to a Master's or Specialist degree program requires submission of the following materials to the MSUM Graduate Studies Office by the posted deadline. 
    Part 1 Standard application materials
    Part 2 Program specific application materials
    Part 3 International application materials


    Part 1: Standard Application Materials

    1. Completed "Application for Admission to Graduate Study" form.
    2. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended sent directly from the institution to the MSUM Graduate Studies Office. Transcripts issued to students are not considered official and may not be substituted for official transcripts. Transcript Policy.
    3. A non-refundable $20.00 fee for first-time applicants payable to Minnesota State University Moorhead. To pay by credit card, please call the Graduate Studies Office at 218-477-2134 during normal business hours.

    Part 2: Program Specific Application Materials

     Please refer to the Admission Requirements section for the program you are selecting.  


    Part 3: International Application Materials

    1. International Application for Admission to Graduate Studies.
    2. Application fee of U.S. $20.00 for first-time applicants to MSUM.
    3. Comprehensive course-by-course transcript evaluation by either Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES) for transcripts from all post-secondary colleges and universities outside of the United States. [ or]. Do not send these transcripts directly to MSUM.  ECE or WES evaluation must certify international degree as equivalent to a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited American institution. 
    4. GPA requirement (at least 3.0 cumulative on a 4.0 scale)
    5. For those whose native language is not English, an official score from either the TOEFL or IELTS examination is required. The TOEFL required score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based), or 78-80 (internet-based). A band score of 6.5 is required on the IELTS.  
    6. Completed Sponsor Form listing the availability of adequate monetary support for the duration of graduate study and an official bank statement. The current requirement is at least U.S. $18,000.00 per year in U.S. funds. Verification of additional $4000.00 is needed if you are brinign a spouse/first dependent and $2,100.00 for each additional dependent.
    7. Completed, signed International Student Agreement Form.
    8. International Student Transfer Form (if applicable).
    9. International students must purchase the University health insurance. No exceptions will be made.


    Graduate Studies Office
    107 Lommen Hall
    MSU Moorhead
    1104 7th Ave. S.
    Moorhead, MN 56563
    Voice:  218-477-2134
    Fax:  218-477-2482