Admission Packet Contents

A complete admission packet includes the items listed below.  ALL items MUST be received by the admission packet deadline, specific to each degree.  Incomplete packets are not considered for admission. 

  • Completed MSU Graduate School Admission Application: To access the online application, please visit the Apply Now page. Upon submission of application, please allow 5 to 10 business days for processing.

    • For re-admission, complete the Application for Readmission (pdf). This must be received in the graduate school two (2) weeks prior to the start of a term.  The form can be emailed to:

    • Non-Degree and Certificate applicants:  The statement of purpose, resume, and recommendation forms are not required. 

      • Non-degree and certificate students are not eligible for Financial Aid
      • Only 12 SH of non-degree credits are applicable to a full master's degree

  • Application Fee. This is a one-time, non-refundable, $35 fee. You may pay online within the application or send a check or money order to: Graduate School-Admissions, Minot State University, 500 University Avenue W., Minot ND 58707 

    • 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. Completed applications are processed when the application fee is received.

  • Statement of Purpose. The application requires you to upload your Word file in the Document Upload section within the online application.

    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.

  • Resume: The following programs require a resume (uploaded in the same manner as the Statement of Purpose):

    • Education Specialist in School Psychology
    • Master of Science in Information Systems
    • Master of Science in Management 
    • Master of Science in Sports Management 

  • Recommendations. 
    • Must be submitted on the MSU Recommendation form by the provider of the recommendation.
    • The form is sent by the graduate school to the provider's email through the online application system.
    • Application can be submitted prior to the recommendations being completed and submitted by the provider.
    • Further details provided within the online admission application.
  • Required Test Scores:

    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Subject test:  ( use school code 6479)

      • Education Specialist-School Psychology
      • Master of Science in Communication Disorders:Speech-Language Pathology (CD) minimum of 3.5 on the writing portion
      • Master of Science in Management (MSM): ONLY if your most recent semesters contributing to at least 60 semester hours is below a 3.00. Must score in the upper 50th percentile. 

    • English Proficiency: (use school code 6479)

      • International students whose native language is not English must prove English proficiency. Details are provided under the International Students additional supporting documents section.

  • 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. Electronic Transcripts from the originating institution are also acceptable. When an email is required use:

    • if you previously attended a North Dakota University System (NDUS) school, we will automatically download your official transcript provided you have no holds on your account that prevents us from completing the transcript download process.

    • **International (Non-Canadian) Students: Submit a course-by-course academic credential evaluation in lieu of official transcripts. Details are provided under the International Students page.

  • 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. 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.

  • International Students: Must supply the above documents along with some additional required documents. Please refer to the additional required documents section on the International Students page.

  • Minot State University Graduate School reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant on the basis of scholastic or other reasons.

    Mailing Address: Graduate School Admissions, Minot State University, 500 University Ave W, Minot ND 58707.
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After you successfully submit your admission application please allow 5-10 business days for processing. After that time, you will have access to My VIP Page. This page provides a checklist of the required supporting documents needed to complete your packet. Manual updates to the checklist are made AFTER the application has been processed and then as items are received.  Be sure to check your MY VIP page often to monitor the status of your packet and watch for status update emails.