MSM Admission Requirements and Instructions

  1. Completed MSU Graduate School Application. Applications must be submitted online. The Graduate School at Minot State University does not accept paper applications. To access the online application, please visit The exception to this is applications for re-admission (available on the Graduate School website).
  2. Requirements and Instructions. Detailed admission requirements and instructions can be found at
  3. Required Test Scores. Applicants to the MSM program whose cumulative GPA is 3.00 or higher OR most recent semesters contributing to the last 60 semester hours is at least a 3.00, the scores for GRE/GMAT are not required. The GRE/GMAT test will be required for those applicants who do not meet the above criteria.

  4. Applicants are required to submit a current resume or curriculum vita.

  5. Statement of Purpose. Submit a concise (limited to 1,500 words) essay that describes your primary interest of study, your experiences related to that area of study, and your objectives in pursuing a graduate degree at Minot State University. In particular, your essay should be as specific as possible in describing your interests and should describe any relevant educational, research, commercial, government, or teaching experience. If you are applying for more than one program, you should submit a separate Statement of Purpose for each program.

  6. English Proficiency

    • TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores taken within 2 years: Internet-Based Test with a minimum score of 79

    • IELTS(International English Language Testing System) taken within 2 years: with a minimum score of 6.0 overall band.

    • Duolingo English TestA minimum score of 100

    • 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 be considered for English proficiency waiver. Students should provide a letter of proof from the institution.

    • In lieu of previously defined satisfactory performance on the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo, international students who have attended formal education for three or more years in the U.S., could possibly, at the discretion of the program, be considered for admission into the Graduate School, with the recommendation of the program director who has been able to assess the students’ English proficiency through voice conversation.

  7. Declaration of finances (on-campus international students only)
    You can upload the information in the application system under "Other Supporting Documents.” If you are unable to upload the information, please send it to:

    Minot State University
    Graduate School
    500 University Avenue West
    Minot, ND 58707