Graduate Students

The minimum requirements for regular admission to the Graduate College are:

  1. An earned bachelors degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. A grade point average of 2.5 based on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate course work attempted; or a 2.75 based on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework attempted; or a minimum score on the appropriate graduate entrance exam.
  3. All master’s degree candidates must take one of the following entrance exam tests MAT, GRE, or GMAT before the close of the first semester of enrollment in graduate studies. The degree program being pursued determines the test to be taken and the minimum score that is required.
  4. Proof of citizenship for a U.S. citizen born outside of the United States and for a resident alien. An international applicant for whom English was the first language and is the spoken language in the home must sign a statement to that affect.
  5. A score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL for all applicants, U.S. citizens or international applicants, for who English is a second language.

An applicant who is a graduate of a fully accredited institution but does not possess the minimum undergraduate grade point average for admission may be admitted on a regular basis, provided the score(s) from the appropriate aptitude test of the degree program are met. Because the minimum test scores vary according to program, please see the specific program admission requirements for more information.

Graduates from universities which are not fully accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association will be admitted to graduate study in academic areas in which all undergraduate prerequisites have been met through validation of credit or through the earning of credit at a fully accredited institution. In addition, applicants must submit test scores of the Miller Analogies Test or the aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination. MBA applicants must submit scores of the Graduate Management Admission Test. The test results must place the student in the upper three-fourths of college graduates according to national norms.

The catalog in effect at the time of the student’s initial full-time enrollment in a State System college or university shall govern lower-division prerequisites and general education requirements, provided that the student has had continuous enrollment. The catalog in effect at the time the student completes a degree plan will govern the degree requirements for the major and minor, provided that the student has had continuous enrollment. Continuous enrollment will be defined as not being out of a State System college or university for more than three consecutive enrollment periods. Students who have been out three semesters must file a new degree plan and will be subject to any new degree requirements. 

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