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    The Application for Admission to Graduate Study:


    Online Application Process:

    Thank you for considering MSU Moorhead!

    Welcome to the new online application system!  This system will allow you to apply to graduate studies, submit references online, and upload narratives along with other application requirements. This system will give you a fast and accurate way to check your graduate application progress.  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.  Please check your application status often, as your “needed items” will be updated as requirements are submitted. 

    Log onto the graduate studies webpage at: www.mnstate.edu/graduate

    • Click on “apply now” in the lower left corner of the page
    • Fill out online graduate application

    Admission to Graduate School Requirements:

    • Online graduate application submitted*
    • $20 application fee
      • Can be paid after application is submitted
      • Not required of previous MSUM student
       
    • ALL transcripts from previous colleges and universities are required
      • Transcripts are required from ALL colleges and universities attended; only official, sealed transcripts are accepted
      • If applying as non-degree seeking student (Graduate Special), unofficial transcripts will be accepted
       

    * Your application will have many “statuses” throughout the process

    • “In Progress” – This status means that the Graduate Studies Office needs to receive and review your application (your status may be “In Progress” for up to two business days before changing to “Pending”).
    • “Pending”- This status allows you to see what requirements are needed for both admission to graduate studies and your particular program.  As documents and references, etc. are submitted, they will disappear from your “required application materials” list.
    • “Accepted” – This status means that you are officially accepted to the program and you can register for classes under the eServices tab on the top of the application page.
    • “Denied” – This status means that you have been denied admission to graduate studies and/or the program you had applied for.

     

    Program Specific Application Requirements (in addition to graduate school requirements):

    General Admission Requirements for Degree Seeking Applicants and Non-Degree Seeking Applicants 
     

    Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language:

    • Teaching ESL Application form
    • Essay stating professional experience and future goals
    • Writing Sample (2-3 page argumentative, persuasive, or informative paper in English)

     

    Master of Business Administration

    • Statement of purpose
    • Resume
    • Two recommendations
    • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT); required of all students; minimum score of 550; only official scores accepted; 5 years old or less

     

    Master of Business Administration with Health Care Management Emphasis

    • Statement of purpose
    • Resume
    • Two recommendations
    • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT); required of all students; minimum score of 550; only official scores accepted; 5 years old or less

     

    Master of Healthcare Administration

    • 750 word essay on the future of healthcare (only required of non-MSUM students)
    • Two recommendations (only required of non-MSUM students)

     

    Master of Science in Accounting and Finance

    • Baccalaureate degree in Accounting OR Finance (finance majors must have one year of intermediate accounting)
    • 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
    • Letter of Intent stating reasons for pursuing a M.S. in Accounting and Finance (only required of non-MSUM students)
    • Two recommendations (only required of non-MSUM students)

     

    Master of Science in Counseling and Student Affairs:

    • Resume
    • 350 word statement on personal career goals
    • Three recommendations

     

    Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction

    • 250-300 word essay (educational philosophy and professional goals)
    • Minimum of 1 year teaching experience or comparable human service experience

     

    Master of Science and Specialist in Educational Leadership

    • Master of Science
      • 500 word essay (leadership philosophy and professional goals)
      • Two recommendations
       
    • Specialist
      • Verification of appropriate Master’s degree
      • 500 word essay (educational philosophy and professional goals)
      • Two recommendations (exempt if received MS degree from MSUM)
       

     

    Master of Science in Nursing

    • Proof of RN
    • 500 word essay (professional experience and future professional goals)
    • Three recommendations

     

    Master of Science and Specialist in School Psychology:

    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE); only official scores accepted; no more than 5 years old
    • Three recommendations
    • Letter of intent specifying career goals and research interests

     

    Master of Science in Special Education

    • Special Education Application form
    • 250-300 word essay (philosophy of education and professional goals)
    • Two recommendations (school administrator, former employer or professor)
    • Copy of Teaching License

     

    Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology:

    • Speech-Language Pathology Application form
    • Baccalaureate degree in Speech/Language/Hearing Sciences or Communication Disorders from a regionally accredited institution
    • GRE (only official scores accepted; no more than 5 years old)
    • Three recommendations

     

    Specific Special Education Licensure Requirements: (in addition to graduate school requirements)

    Developmental Disabilities

    Early Childhood Special Education

    Emotional/Behavioral Disorders

    Physical/Health Disabilities

    Specific Learning Disabilities

    All licensures require:

    • Special Education Application form
    • Copy of Minnesota teaching license
     

     

    Specific Graduate Certificate Requirements: (in addition to graduate school requirements)

    Biochemistry/Biotechnology

    • No additional items required

     

    Kodaly

    • No additional items required

     

    Nursing Administration and Organizational Systems Leadership (NAOSL)

    • Nursing application form

     

    Nurse Educator

    • Nursing application form

     

    Professional Counseling

    • Validation of appropriate Master’s degree

     

    School Counseling

    • Validation of appropriate Master’s degree

     

    Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

    • TESL application form
    • Writing sample

     

    Specific Graduate Program Application Forms

     

    Additional Program Application Materials for International Applicants