How to Apply

Application Process

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.

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Admission Packet Requirements

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

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

  • Upload a concise (minimum 500 words) essay describing your primary interest of study, and your objective in pursuing this degree at Minot State University.
  • Be as specific as possible in describing your interests, relevant education, research, commercial, government, or teaching experience.

  • Speech-Language Pathology applicants MUST describe your experiences that align with the program mission.

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 

The Minot State University Graduate School requires three recommendations for persons applying for admission. Recommendations should be requested from individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s academic or professional background and who are able to comment on the applicant’s qualifications for graduate study. 

  • Recommendation Form must be submitted by the provider 
  • The Recommendation Form is sent automatically to the provider's email through the online application system (you will be required to list three provider names and email addresses)
  • Application can be submitted prior to the recommendations being received
  • MS in Speech-Languague Pathology (SLP) applicants: MUST provide two Recommendations Forms within the SLP major and one external evaluator
  • Undergraduate GPA Requirement
    • Earned baccalaureate degree 
    • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 (scale of A-4.0) Note, GPA requirement is higher for some of our programs.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Subject test:  (use school code 6479) required for the following programs:
    • Education Specialist-School Psychology
    • 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.

Official transcripts from ALL previous colleges or universities, both graduate and undergraduate, are required. 

  • An official transcript showing the earned baccalaureate degree is required for admission consideration.
  • Official transcripts are only accepted from the originating institution. Electronic Transcripts from the originating institution are also acceptable. 
  • If you previously attended a North Dakota University System (NDUS) institution, we will automatically download your official transcript provided you have no holds on your account at that institution.
  • International (Non-Canadian) Students: Msut submit a course-by-course academic credential evaluation in lieu of official transcripts. Details are provided under the International Students page.

Mailing address:  Minot State University, Graduate School, 500 University Ave W, Minot, ND, 58707

Email: graduate@minotstateu.edu

Student Health

Proof of immunization 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. 

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

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

Re-admission applicants:

International Applicants

Admission for international students is determined by a selective process that includes consideration of English language proficiency (Canadians are exempt) and academic achievements.

In addition to the Graduate School admission requirements, the following required supporting documentation listed below must also be sent to Admissions by the appropriate deadline.

  • 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 TestMinimum 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.

International applicants (except Canadians) are required to have all international college, university, or professional school statements of marks (transcripts) evaluated course by course by one of the following internationally recognized, comprehensive organizations approved by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education:


Click on the links above to review their application procedures. The agency you choose to utilize will send an official evaluation to Minot State University along with copies of your transcript.

*Applicants who have attended Canadian colleges, universities, and/or professional schools, a credential evaluation is not required, official transcripts can be sent directly to the MSU Graduate School. Applicants from MSU's formalized partner institutions are not required to provide a credential evaluation.

F-1 Transfer Clearance Form [pdf]
If you are transferring to MSU from a college or university within the United States you must submit the F-1 transfer form signed by you and the international coordinator at your current school in order to have your SEVIS record transferred to Minot State University.

International students are not eligible for U.S. federal or state need-based financial assistance. Therefore, certification of adequate financial support to meet the needs during the period of enrollment at MSU is required of all international non-immigrant applicants. Note: If admitted, you will be required to complete the Application for Form I-20 and Certification of Finances before an I-20 can be issued.

The application packet must be complete before you can be considered for admission. You will be notified via email of the admission decision. In the meantime, please check out Steps for Admitted Students on the International Students Services page.

For more information: contact Penny Brandt, Admission Specialist, at 701-858-3413 or penny.brandt@minotstateu.edu.

Out of State Residents: MSU is authorized to offer distance (online) education to residents in all states, however, if you are seeking licensure some restrictions may apply. Visit MSU Online for details or visit with the program director of your program of interest.

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.

Email Address: graduate@minotstateu.edu

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.