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Graduate Studies

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    Minnesota State University Moorhead

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    Online Application for Graduate Studies
    *This online application may be used for all types of graduate admissions: degree seeking application to Masters and Specialist Degrees, Graduate Certificates/Licensures and for a non-degree graduate status.

    The Online Application Process

    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. 

    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.


    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, firm deadline for Spring 2015 is September 15, 2014  
      • Counseling and Student Affairs, firm deadline for Summer and 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 November 15, 2014
      • Summer 2015 deadline is May 1, 2015


    Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements for Graduate Degree Programs, Certificates and Licensure Graduate Studies Admission Requirements for International Applicants

    Non-Degree Seeking Applicants Admission Requirements

    Students with a baccalaureate degree who wish to take courses for graduate credit but who are not seeking admission to a graduate program may enroll as a "graduate special" student (admission status is "graduate unclassified"). International students are not eligible for Graduate Special status. Students who later wish to be admitted to a graduate degree program must submit a new application and meet all admission criteria for the specific program. Credits earned as a Graduate Special student may later be applied to a degree program with advisor approval, but cannot exceed nine (9) semester credits. Graduate Special students are not eligible for most types of financial aid. Students who are denied admission to a degree program may not register as Graduate Special students.

    Application Process

    • Application for Admission to Graduate Study form; check graduate special
    • Proof of baccalaureate degree (unofficial transcripts accepted)
    • $20 non-refundable application fee is charged for first-time MSUM students
    • Applications must be completed ten (10) days before the beginning of classes for the starting semester