2016-17 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs

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 for a student to pursue a graduate degree at Minot State University, the student must complete the online admission 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 admission application packet includes the following items:

  • Admission Application: To access the online application, please visit: https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=ndusmingr.  Please allow 5 to 10 business days for processing.
    • 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.  Click on this link to email the form:  mailto: 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, Graduate School-Admissions, Minot State University, 500 University Avenue W., Minot ND 58707. 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: Submit 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.
  • Resume: Only required for the following programs:  School Psychology, Information Systems, and Management. 
  • 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.
    • For providers who wish to submit a paper recommendation form the applicant must download the form located in the Downloaded Forms section of the application and either email or mail the form to the provider. The completed form may then be sent to the Graduate School via email: mailto: graduate@minotstateu.edu or US mail.
  • Required Test Scores:
    • GRE/GMAT: The following programs require the GRE or GMAT: 
      • School Psychology
      • Communication Disorders
      • Management (MSM): If the cumulative GPA is 3.00 or higher OR if your most recent semesters contributing to at least 60 semester hours is of at least 3.00, the scores for GRE/GMAT are not required
    • 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 Graduate School Assistant Dean 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.
  • Health Record/Proof of Two Immunizations: (Not required for admission consideration) for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). Students ages 21 and younger residing in campus housing must provide documentation of immunity against meningococcal disease, as required by the State Board of Higher Education. The meningitis immunization must be received within 5 years of enrollment. Upon the student’s request, such records are sometimes available through the student’s high school (or college for transfer students) and can be sent to the University. Proof of immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella requires two doses of vaccine given no less than one month apart, or positive serologic tests. No student will be permitted to enroll in a subsequent term until immunization or documentation of a waiver is complete.
    • An immunization record waiver will apply to those who were born prior to 1/1/1957, those enrolling in distance education courses (online, correspondence, or an off-campus site) and those who adhere to a belief (religious, philosophical, moral) that are opposed to immunizations.
    • You may upload, fax, or mail proof of immunizations. If submitting a waiver, you may download the form from the Downloadable Forms link on the online application website, print, complete, and mail to Graduate School-Admissions or you may also scan your completed waiver and upload the form in the Document Upload-Supplemental Forms section of the online application.
  • 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.
  • Supporting Documents can be sent to: Graduate School-Admissions, Minot State University, 500 University Ave W, Minot ND 58707.
  • Upon receipt of the application and $35 application fee, please allow 5-10 business days for processing.  After that time you are encouraged to visit My VIP Page to check the status of the application.  As an applicant, you are given access to My VIP Page.  This page provides the application status via a checklist of supporting documents needed to complete your application packet. Check this page often as updates are made when documents are received.

The chart below is a summary of our programs' admission requirements and application deadlines.

  • NOTE: the entire application packet must be complete by the deadline before it is sent to the department for admission consideration. This includes the application for form I-20 and certification of finances for international students.

As an applicant you will have access to a VIP page. This page provides a checklist of supporting documents needed to complete your application packet. Be sure to check this page often as updates are made when documents are received.  To log in click here and use the same password information you created for the application.
 
International Students:

  • May only begin studies during a fall or spring semester
  • Per federal regulations, international students in F-1 status are limited to face-to face classes and therefore are not eligible for our Information Systems or Special Education Degrees as they are offered only online.   

*Recommendations must be provided on the MSU Recommendation Form.  See the overview of requirements for complete details.

School Psychology (Ed Sp) Education (MED) Communication Disorders (MSCD:SLP) Information Systems (MSIS) Management (MSM) Special Education (MSSPED) Music Education (MME)
GRE/GMAT:YesNoYes, with a minimum of 3.5 on the writing portionNoYes. If GPA is below a 3.00 in recent semesters contributing to 60 semester hoursNoNo
Minimum UG GPA:3.00 cumulative2.75 cumulative or 3.00 in the most recent semesters contributing to 60 credits3.25 cumulative or 3.25 in the most recent semesters contributing to 60 credits2.75 cumulative or 3.00 in the most recent semesters contributing to 60 credits2.75 cumulative or 3.00 in the most recent semesters contributing to 60 credits2.75 cumulative or 3.00 in the most recent semesters contributing to 60 credits2.75 cumulative and 3.00 cumulative within the major
Statement of Purpose:YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Resume:YesNoNoYesYesNoNo
Recommendations:3*3*3*3*3*3*3*
Application Deadline:March 15 Fall: April 1, Spring-International: Oct 15; Domestic: Nov 1February 15Three weeks prior to start of termFall-International: April 30; Fall-Domestic: July 30; Spring-International-Aug 30, Spring-Domestic-Nov 30Summer/Fall-April 15; Spring: Nov 15Summer April 15; Fall-International-April 30; Fall-Domestic-June 15; Spring-International-Aug 30; Spring-Domestic-November 15
Undergraduate Requirements:Bachelor's degree with strong background in education, psychology, or bothBachelor's degree in education or related area and present position in educational institution or minimum of two years experience in education or a related area.Bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders or a Post-baccalaureate degreeBachelor's degree in CIS or MIS or course plus related experienceBachelor's DegreeBachelor's Degree in Education or related fieldBachelor's degree in Music or Music Education