Minot State University Admission Requirement

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Admission Requirements

Out of State Residents: MSU is not authorized to offer distance (online) education to residents of certain states. Visit www.minotstateu.edu/online to learn more about our online course offerings.

In order to pursue a graduate degree at Minot State University, one must complete the application packet and receive an official letter from the Graduate School granting admission. Transcripts and test scores must be official (sent directly from the institution/agency).  There is a specific upload section in the application for the statement of purpose and resume.

A complete application packet includes the following items:

  • Admission Application: To access the online application, please visit: https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=ndusmingr.  (Please allow at least 5 to 10 business days for processing; more depending on what semester you apply for and when)
    • For re-admission, complete the Application for Readmission located at Graduate Forms. This must be received in the graduate school two (2) weeks prior to the start of a term. The form can be emailed to:  graduate@minotstateu.edu.
  • Application Fee: This is a one-time $35 fee. You have the opportunity to pay by credit card online prior to submitting your application or send a check or money order payable to Minot State University. Applications are not processed until the fee is received.
    • International applicants only: Make the check or money order payable to Minot State University and note the applicant’s full legal name as it appears on driver’s license/passport.
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP): A concise (minimum 500 words, may vary for each program) essay describing his/her primary interest of study and objective in pursuing this degree at Minot State University. In particular, your essay should be as specific as possible in describing your interests, relevant education, research, commercial, government, or teaching experience. There is a specific upload section in the application for the SOP.
  • Resume: Only required for the following programs:  Information Systems, Management, School Psychology, and Sports Management. There is a specific upload section in the application for the resume.
  • Recommendations via the MSU Recommendation Form.
    • A recommendation provider is an individual who will complete and submit the MSU Recommendation Form on your behalf.
    • Recommendations must be submitted on the MSU Recommendation Form. The form is sent and submitted electronically through our online application system.  Complete details are provided within the online admission application. The application can be submitted prior to the recommendations being completed and submitted by the provider.
  • Required Test Scores:
    • GRE/GMAT: The following programs require the GRE or GMAT:
      • Management (MSM): If the cumulative GPA is 3.00 or higher OR if your most recent semesters contributing to 60 semester hours is a 3.00, the scores for GRE/GMAT are not required.
      • School Psychology
    • English Proficiency- International students whose native language is not English must prove English proficiency.
      • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): taken within two years; minimum score of 79 is required.
      • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): taken within two years; minimum overall band score of 6.0 is required.
      • In some instances, international students who have earned a degree from an English-speaking university, where the primary mode of instruction is English, in the past 10 years, may also be considered for English proficiency waiver. Student must provide a letter of proof from the institution.
  • Transcripts: Transcripts** from ALL previous colleges or universities, both graduate and undergraduate, are preferred.  An official transcript showing the earned baccalaureate degree is required for admission consideration. Please direct the institution(s) to submit transcripts directly to the MSU Graduate School Admissions Office. Official transcripts are only accepted from the originating institution.
    • **International (Non-Canadian) Students: Submit a course-by-course academic credential evaluation in lieu of official transcripts. Details are found on the International Student/Non-immigrant Admission section of the catalog.
    • The Graduate School requires applicants to have earned, or be in the process of earning, a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and to have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 (scale of A = 4.00) to be eligible for admission. Applicants who do not meet the minimum cumulative GPA for admission may be admitted provided the GPA for the most recent semesters in which the student completed at least 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) is 3.00 or better. Calculation of the GPA must include all courses in the semester/quarters involved. Applicants without these requirements must appeal to the program director to be considered for admission. The program director and department/division chair must provide a written recommendation to the Associate Vice President of the Graduate School explaining the reason(s) for considering the applicant who does not meet the Graduate School minimum requirements. Departments/divisions may require more stringent grade point averages as part of the admission to their programs.
  • Student Health Records: (Not required for admission consideration; required if admitted, by the start of your first semester.)
    • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). Proof of immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella requires two doses of vaccine given no less than one month apart, or positive serologic tests.
    • Students ages 21 and younger must provide documentation of immunity against meningococcal disease given at or after age 16.
    • All students must complete the tuberculosis questionnaire.

To submit the required documentation, go to  https://www.minotstateu.edu/health/immunization.shtml

 No student will be permitted to enroll in a subsequent term until immunization or documentation of a waiver is complete. 

  • International Students: Please refer to the International Student/Non-immigrant Admission section of the catalog for information on the additional supporting documents needed for admission.
  • Minot State University Graduate School reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant on the basis of scholastic or other reasons.
  • Mailing Address:  Minot State University, Graduate School, 500 University Ave W, Minot ND 58707.