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Graduate School

Admission Requirements

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In order for a student to pursue a graduate degree at Minot State University, the student must complete the online application for admission to the Graduate School and receive an official letter from the Dean of the Graduate School granting admission. A complete application packet includes the following items:

  1. Completed MSU Graduate School Admission Application: This application must be submitted online. The Graduate School at Minot State University does not accept paper applications. To access the online application, please visit:
    1. Re-admission application: please visit Graduate Forms, complete, and mail, scan/email/fax to the Graduate School at Minot State University, 500 University Ave W, Minot ND 58707.
  2. Application Fee. Submit a one-time $35 application fee to the Graduate School, Minot State University, 500 University Avenue W., Minot ND 58707. Completed applications are processed when the application fee is received. You may submit payment to the Graduate School by mailing a check or money order. You may also pay online within the application prior to submission.
  3. Statement of Purpose. The application requires you to submit your document by uploading your Word file in the Document Upload section of the Supplemental Forms found on the online application website. Submit a concise (word limits vary by program, but the minimum requirement is 500 words) essay that describes your primary interest of study, and your objective in pursuing this degree at Minot State University. In particular, your essay should be as specific as possible in describing your interests and should describe any relevant education, research, commercial, government, or teaching experience. (*Please review the Summary of Graduate Admissions Guidelines)
  4. Resume: The following programs also require you to submit a resume (uploaded in the same manner as the Statement of Purpose): School Psychology, Information Systems, and Management
  5. Recommendations via the MSU Recommendation Form. A recommendation provider is an individual who will complete and submit the MSU Recommendation Form on your behalf. Recommendation Providers may send their recommendation form to the Graduate School Admission Office electronically through our application system. When you get to the recommendations page in your online application, please click the button that says "Recommendation Provider List." Insert the name and contact information of each recommendation provider. Once the recommendation provider information is saved, an email will be sent to the online recommendation provider with an access code and instructions on how to proceed with the online recommendation form. When the recommendation provider submits the form to our office, it will become part of your application; no additional electronic submission is required. You can view the status of your online recommendations each time you log into your application account.

  6. For those people who wish to submit their recommendations on paper, please download and print a copy of our recommendation form, located in the Downloaded Forms section on the application to complete and mail to the Graduate School Admissions Office.
  7. Required Test Scores: View a summary of programs requiring the GRE/GMAT tests. International students whose native language is not English must prove English proficiency. See English Language Proficiency for details.
  8. Transcripts: An official transcript showing the earned baccalaureate degree is required for admission consideration. Official transcripts from ALL previous colleges or universities, both graduate and undergraduate, are preferred. 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.

    The Graduate School requires applicants to have earned, or be in the process of earning, a bachelor's degree from an 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 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 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.

    **International (Non-Canadian) Students: Submit a course-by-course credit evaluation. See Academic Credential Requirements.
  9. Health Record/Proof of Two Immunizations for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) and, effective fall 2012, newly admitted 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. Upon the studentís request, such records are sometimes available through the studentís 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 the Graduate School Admissions Office or you may also scan your completed waiver and upload the form in the Document Upload section of the Supplemental Forms section in the online application.
  10. International Students: View additional required documentation.


Graduate School Admissions Office
Minot State University
500 University Ave W
Minot ND 58707
Fax: 701-858-3888