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  • Admission
  • Graduate Studies

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  • Graduate Admission

    Thank you for your interest in graduate studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Effective August 1, 2014, all applicants for graduate admission will be utilizing the new online graduate admission system, developed by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU). This system will provide applicants with a totally online process. The Graduate Studies Office anticipates that the only items that will need to be processed outside of this online system are transcripts and official test scores. Features of this system include:

    • Submit online application
    • Pay your application fee online
    • Upload required program documents
    • Upload essays, resume, letter of intent
    • Send your references a link via email and your completed reference will automatically be uploaded to your application file
    • Applicants will have the ability to monitor their own progress

     

  • Graduate Application Deadlines and Review

    • Only complete applications are reviewed
    • Programs with priority and firm deadlines
      • All application materials must be received prior to the posted deadline 
      • Counseling and Student Affairs, priority deadline for Spring 2015 is September 15, 2014
      • Counseling and Student Affairs, priority deadline for Fall 2015 is February 15, 2015
      • School Psychology, priority deadline for Fall 2015 is February 15, 2015
      • Speech-Language Pathology, firm deadline for Fall 2015 is February 1, 2015
       
    • Applications to all other degree programs, certificates/licensures, and non-degree requests have the following deadlines: 
      • Fall 2014 Semester deadline is August 15, 2014
      • Spring 2015 Semester deadline is December 12, 2014
      • Summer 2015 deadline is May 8, 2015
       

     

  • Degree Program Admission

    Admission to a graduate degree 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.

    Provisional
    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.

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

     

  • Master's Degree and Specialist Degree Admission Requirements


    1. Online graduate application
    2. $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    4. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; no specific major is required
    5. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for full admission, 2.75 for provisional admission
    6. Study of second or foreign language completed either before or after to admission to program
    7. Teaching English as a Second Language Application Form
    8. Essay stating professional experience and future goals
    9. Writing Sample; 2-3 page argumentative, persuasive, or informative paper in English


    1. Online graduate application
    2. $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    4. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; no specific major is required
    5. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or at least 3.25 for last 30 semester credits
    6. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT); required of all students; preferred minimum score of 500; only official scores accepted; 5 years old or less
    7. Statement of purpose
    8. Resume
    9. Two recommendations


    1. Online graduate application
    2. $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    4. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; no specific major is required
    5. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or at least 3.25 for last 30 semester credits
    6. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT); required of all students; preferred minimum score of 500; only official scores accepted; 5 years old or less
    7. Statement of purpose
    8. Resume
    9. Two recommendations


    1. Online graduate application
    2. $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    4. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; no specific major is required
    5. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or at least 3.25 for last 30 semester credits
    6. 750 word essay on the future of healthcare (only required of non-MSUM students)
    7. Two recommendations (only required of non-MSUM students)


    1. Online graduate application
    2. $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    4. Baccalaureate degree in Accounting OR Finance from an accredited institution (finance majors must have one year of intermediate accounting)
    5. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for full admission, 2.75 for provisional admission
    6. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT); required of all applicants whose GPA falls between 2.75 and 3.0; minimum score of 550 required; only official scores accepted; no more than 5 years old
    7. Letter of Intent stating reasons for pursuing a M.S. in Accounting and Finance (only required of non-MSUM students)
    8. Two recommendations (only required of non-MSUM students)


    1. Online graduate application
    2. $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    4. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; no specific major required
    5. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or at least 3.25 for last 30 semester credits
    6. Resume
    7. 350 word statement on personal career goals
    8. Three recommendations from professors, employers, supervisors, counselors or other professionals
    9. Criminal background check through Verified Credentials. Visit http://scholar.verifiedcredentials.com/mnstate.


    1. Online graduate application
    2. $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    4. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; no specific major required
    5. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or at least 3.25 for last 30 semester credits
    6. 250-300 word essay on educational philosophy and professional goals
    7. Minimum of 1 year documented teaching experience or comparable human service experience


    Master of Science

    1. Online graduate application
    2. $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    4. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; no specific major required
    5. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or at least 3.25 for last 30 semester credits
    6. 500 word essay (leadership philosophy and professional goals)
    7. Two recommendations

    Specialist

    1. Online graduate application
    2. $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    4. Master’s degree from an accredited institution; no specific major required
    5. 500 word essay (educational philosophy and professional goals)
    6. Two recommendations (exempt if MS degree from MSUM)


    1. Online graduate application
    2. $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    4. BS or BA in Nursing from a NLN or CCNE accredited university
    5. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or at least 3.25 for last 30 semester credits
    6. Nursing Application Form  
    7. Documentation of current unencumbered RN license in U.S.
    8. 500 word essay on professional experience and future professional goals
    9. Three recommendations; 2 professional, 1 personal


    Master of Science

    1. Online graduate application
    2. $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    4. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; no specific major required; preparation must include a minimum of 12 semester credits in Psychology, including Developmental Psychology and Statistics
    5. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or at least 3.25 for last 30 semester credits
    6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE); only official scores accepted; no more than 5 years old
    7. Letter of intent specifying career goals and research interests
    8. Three recommendations

    Specialist

    1. Online graduate application
    2. Completion of M.S. in School Psychology
    3. Letter of intent


    1. Online graduate application
    2. $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    4. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; no specific major required
    5. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or at least 3.25 for last 30 semester credits
    6. Special Education Application Form
    7. 250-300 word essay on philosophy of education and professional goals
    8. Two recommendations; school administrator, former employer or professor
    9. Copy of Minnesota Teaching License


    1. Online graduate application
    2. $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    4. Baccalaureate degree in Speech Language Hearing Sciences or Communication Disorders from an accredited institution; no specific major required
    5. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or at least 3.25 for last 30 semester credits
    6. Speech Language Pathology Application Form
    7. Graduate Record Examination (GRE); only official scores accepted; no more than 5 years old
    8. Three recommendations


  • Graduate Certificate and Licensure Admission

    Admission to a graduate certificate or licensure option 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.

    Provisional
    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.

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

  • Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements


    1. Online graduate application
    2. $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    4. Baccalaureate degree in Education from an accredited institution
    5. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or at least 3.25 for last 30 semester credits
    6. 250-300 word essay on educational philosophy and professional goals
    7. Minimum of 1 year documented teaching experience or comparable human service experience


    1. Online graduate application  
    2. $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    4. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
    5. Undergraduate GPA of 2.75


    1. Online graduate application
    2. $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    4. BS or BA in Nursing from a NLN or CCNE accredited university
    5. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or at least 3.25 for last 30 semester credits
    6. Nursing Application Form
    7. Documentation of current unencumbered RN license in U.S.
    8. 500 word essay on professional experience and future professional goals
    9. Three recommendations; 2 professional, 1 personal


    1. Online graduate application
    2. $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    4. BS or BA in Nursing from a NLN or CCNE accredited university
    5. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or at least 3.25 for last 30 semester credits
    6. Nursing Application Form
    7. Documentation of current unencumbered RN license in U.S.
    8. 500 word essay on professional experience and future professional goals
    9. Three recommendations; 2 professional, 1 personal


    1. Online graduate application
    2. $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    4. Master's degreefrom an accredited institution
    5. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or at least 3.25 for last 30 semester credits


    1. Online graduate application
    2. $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    4. Master's degreefrom an accredited institution
    5. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or at least 3.25 for last 30 semester credits


    1. Online graduate application
    2. $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    4. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; no specific major is required
    5. Undergraduate GPA of 2.75
    6. Teaching English as a Second Language Application Form


  • Graduate Licensure Admission Requirements


  • Developmental Disablities, Early Childhood Special Education, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Physical and Health Disabilities

    1. Online graduate application
    2. $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    4. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; no specific major required
    5. Undergraduate GPA of 2.75
    6. Special Education Application Form
    7. Copy of Minnesota Teaching License


  • Graduate Admissions Testing

    The following Graduate Programs at Minnesota State University Moorhead require scores on graduate admissions tests prior to reviewing applications for admission.

    Master of Business Administration
    Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Required of all applicants; preferred minimum score of 500; only official scores are accepted; no more than five years old.

    Master of Business Administration with Health Care Management
    Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Required of all applicants; preferred minimum score of 500; only official scores are accepted; no more than five years old.

    Master of Science, Accounting and Finance
    Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). All applicants that do not meet the 3.0 GPA admission requirement must take the GMAT and earn a score of at least 550 to be considered for a provisional admission; only official scores are accepted; no more than five years old.

    Master of Science, School Psychology
    Graduate Record Examination (GRE Test). Verbal and quantitative portions combined score of 300 is recommended; only official scores are accepted; no more than five years old.

    Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology
    Graduate Record Examination (GRE Test). Only official scores are accepted; no more than five years old.

  • Testing Schedule

    Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

    Test takers should be aware of the country specific scheduling requirements for the GMAT exam. Students may register for the GMAT exam online, by phone, by mail, or by fax. Information on registering for the test and the location of testing centers can be viewed online at http://www.mba.com/. Available time slots change continuously based on capacity and ongoing registration.

    GMAT testing is available at the following testing cite in Fargo, North Dakota. The fee for the test is $250.00. Contact information for the testing cite:

    Pearson Professional Centers
    3170 43rd St. S.
    Fargo, N D 58104
    701-281-6127

    Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

    The GRE Information and Registration Bulletin for the 2012-13 testing year provides information about the GRE test, the policies and procedures for taking the test, and GRE services and publications. This booklet, information on registering for the test and the location of testing centers can be viewed online at http:www.ets.org/gre.

    The computerized GRE General Test is available at the following testing cite. The fee for the test is $175.00 More information on how to pay and scheduling can be found online at http://www.gre.org. Alternate foreign and U.S. testing centers are listed on the GRE website. Contact information for the testing cite:

    Prometric Testing Center
    901 28th St. S.
    Fargo, ND 58103
    701-356-9000