Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate College
Carrington Hall, Room 306
Thomas E. Tomasi
Carrington Hall, Room 306
The Graduate College mission is to be an advocate for graduate education and provide quality service to graduate programs, faculty, and students with the goal of developing individuals who have advanced abilities to address issues of significance for the quality of life.
Role and Scope
The Graduate College acts to assure that postbaccalaureate education at Missouri State University has a high level of academic quality so that students are motivated and educated to be independent leaders in their professions and communities. To this end, the Graduate College fosters an instructional environment that enables excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, and encourages involvement with the community at large. These activities are central to a robust graduate education climate.
The Graduate College coordinates a diverse group of graduate programs that have in common the challenge to aid student progress toward a maturity of thought and discipline-related capabilities. The College functions to support both existing programs and the development of new programs in those disciplines congruent with the University themes and where the University has the vision and capacity to serve the needs of the public.
In fulfilling its mission, the Graduate College works in partnership with the six Missouri State University colleges. Within each college there are academic departments that offer graduate programs and have graduate faculty. The graduate faculty are committed to research, teaching, and service at the graduate level; they affirm the values of teaching and mentoring graduate students in the practice of their disciplines. A major aim of graduate education is to develop the resourcefulness and responsibility of individuals by enhancing their ability to handle effectively the materials and affairs of life, and to judge critically the value and limitation of information.
The Graduate College assists students in making the best use of the University's resources, in utilizing resources to engage in research and applying knowledge to the solution of problems, and in developing an environment in which critical thinking and problem-solving behaviors are nurtured.
The Graduate Council is the faculty governance structure that recommends policies governing graduate study to the Dean of the Graduate College. Each department offering a graduate degree program has one faculty representative on the Graduate Council. Each interdisciplinary program also has a representative on the Council. The Graduate Council acts on curriculum matters, new programs, general policies, and appointments to the Graduate Faculty. The Graduate Council is proactive in representing the needs of graduate education and proposing strategies to allow the Graduate College to fulfill its mission.
Appointment to the Graduate Faculty is required for persons to teach courses open only to graduate students and to guide graduate students as advisors or as members of graduate advisory committees. Faculty members holding an earned terminal degree, with recognized competence in an area of specialization appropriate to graduate study, and meet the approved departmental criteria, may be approved as members of the Graduate Faculty. Normally, the Graduate Faculty is composed of individuals with the academic rank of Assistant Professor or higher in departments that offer graduate degree programs or supporting graduate courses. A limited number of faculty members without earned terminal degrees, but who are widely recognized as leaders in their academic disciplines, may become members of the Graduate Faculty. Faculty who are not full time employees of Missouri State University can become members of the Graduate Faculty through the same process, after being appointed as an Adjunct Faculty member through the Office of Human Resources. Refer to the Graduate Faculty Appointment web site for recommendation forms to initiate the process for Appointment to Graduate Faculty.
Graduate Student Senate
The purposes of the Graduate Student Council are to enhance communication among graduate students, to be a liaison between students and the Graduate Council, and to promote the general interests of graduate students.
Meetings are open to all currently enrolled graduate students in good standing at Missouri State University. The president of the Graduate Student Council (or designee) is a representative on the Graduate Council and is responsible for conveying the ideas, requests, questions and proposed policies from/to the Graduate Student Council. The Graduate Student Council provides a representative to the Faculty Senate, two representatives to the Senate of the Student Government Association, and makes appointments to several other committees. In addition, they sponsor several awards for graduate assistants and graduate mentors.
Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum. Annually, in the spring semester, the Graduate Student Council, in conjunction with the Graduate College, co-hosts the Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum (IDF). This public affairs event allows graduate students to give oral and poster presentations of their research and creative projects. This forum is a tremendous educational experience for graduate students; participation is voluntary. Approximately 100-140 students present each year. For complete information on the IDF, see graduate.missouristate.edu (under Interdisciplinary Forum).
Additional information about the Graduate Student Council and the IDF may be obtained online at graduate.missouristate.edu (under Current Student Resources).
Graduate Procedures and Policy
Admission to Graduate Study
Contact for graduate admission information:
Missouri State University
Carrington Hall, Room 308
901 S. National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897
Admissions decisions are made by each graduate program, based on its admissions requirements, selection criteria, program capacity, and the quantity and quality of the applicant pool. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission. When discriminatory, unfair, or unethical behavior is alleged, the admission decision can be appealed to the Head of the Department in which the graduate program is offered, and if unsuccessful, to the Dean of the Graduate College.
The University reserves the right to suspend or reverse an admission decision in the event that an applicant is charged or convicted with a crime or ethics violation prior to becoming a "student" (which occurs upon the first day of class attended), or the application package becomes suspect or incomplete (eg., letter of reference withdrawn, application document falsified, job history fabricated, etc.). The decision to suspend or reverse an admission decision for the foregoing reasons is a matter left solely to the discretion of the graduate program. This decision can be appealed to the Head of the Department in which the graduate program is offered, and if unsuccessful, to the Dean of the Graduate college.
Masters and Specialist Admission Requirements
The minimum standards for admission to graduate study are documented in this section. Additional requirements and higher standards may be stipulated for specific graduate programs, and applicants should check for such requirements in the departmental section of this catalog. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission.
The minimum requirements for graduate admission are:
- a bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by agencies recognized by Missouri State University; AND an overall grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale overall; OR at least a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of academic course work; OR at least a 2.75 grade point average on a minimum of 9 hours of graduate credits; OR have a combined verbal and quantitative score of 875 or higher on either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test* or 290 or higher on the GRE Revised General test; OR
- a bachelor's degree from a college or university not accredited by an agency recognized by Missouri State University, a grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale overall, OR at least a 2.75 GPA on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of academic course work; AND a combined verbal and quantitative score of 875 or higher on either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test* or 290 or higher on the GRE Revised General test*; OR
- a bachelor's degree from a college or university recognized by Missouri State University; AND recommendation in writing by both the department head of the student's desired major area and the dean of the college in which that discipline is located, and the approval of the Dean of the Graduate College.
*Percentile rank scores on the GMAT, MAT, LSAT, or MCAT that are comparable to the stated GRE level will satisfy the minimum criterion.
Doctoral Admission Requirements
The standards for admission to a doctoral program are more stringent than for a master's program, in accordance with the higher demands of the degree. The admission standards for a particular program may be even higher than the following university-wide standards, and a program may have additional requirements. Therefore, applicants must review the section in this catalog that pertains to their particular doctoral program of interest, and contact the department for admissions criteria. As a minimum, applicants for a doctoral program must meet the following. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission.
- Submission of scores from the GRE or comparable standardized exam for their discipline.
- A minimum GPA of 3.00 in their most recent degree, either cumulative or for the last 60 credits of that degree, or have demonstrated success in previous graduate work.
- Strong writing skills to ensure success in the program, as evidenced by submission of a "Statement of Interest/Goals", a prior research/term paper, or other writing example specified by the department.
- Three (3) letters of recommendation (at least two from academic/professional references).
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are primarily administered as computer-based tests. GRE and GMAT scores are acceptable for 5 years. Scores more than 5 years old are accepted only with the recommendation of the program director. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) will not send out TOEFL scores older than 24 months. MSU Graduate College will not accept unofficial scores.
Arrangements for taking the GRE test in Springfield can be made by contacting Sylvan Learning Center at (417) 882-0740 or (800) 300-0740. In addition, arrangements may be made to take the GMAT by contacting Pearson Professional Centers at (417) 881-3069.
Other information can be obtained in the following ways:
Telephone: 609-771-7670 or 1-866-473-4373
Educational Testing Service
PO Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
Telephone: 703-668-9600 or 1-866-505-6559
Graduate Management Admission Council
11921 Freedom Drive, Suite 300
Reston, VA 20190
Telephone: 609-771-7100 or 1-877-863-3546
Educational Testing Service
PO Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
The Miller Analogy Test (MAT) is offered on a monthly basis by the MSU Counseling and Testing Center 417-836-5116. Arrangements for taking the MAT can also be made by contacting:
MAT Customer Relations
19500 Bulverde Road
San Antonio, TX 78259
Telephone: 210-339-8710 or 1-800-622-3231
Application Deadlines and Fees
Some graduate programs have specific deadlines that must be met in order to be considered for admission; applications received after those deadlines might not be considered. Check program listings in the Graduate Catalog and with your program to see if your program of interest has a specific deadline.
Missouri State does adhere to semester deadlines to avoid late fees. It is important to note that, in most cases, you should submit your application well before these deadlines, especially if you are considering a graduate assistantship. The "late fee" deadlines are as follows:
A $35 non-refundable application fee is required of all first-time applicants applying for admission to the Graduate College. Students applying for readmission (who have completed classes at Missouri State University as a graduate student) are not required to submit a fee. A $25 late fee is charged in addition to the application fee to individuals applying for admission after the stipulated "late fee" deadlines.
Graduate students are highly encouraged to apply at least 6 to 8 weeks before the start of the semester.
The application materials required by the Graduate College include (but is not limited to) the Application for Graduate Admission, the application fee, and official transcripts showing course work for the bachelor's degree and any graduate-level work. Academic programs may require additional materials be submitted by the student directly to the program. Please see the Graduate College and program admission requirements in the Graduate Catalog for further information.
Students desiring admission into a graduate degree program must take the following steps:
1. Access the Missouri State University Graduate Catalog
- Review the admission requirements for the Graduate College and the program to which you are applying to in the Graduate Catalog.
- If the program you are applying to requires standardized test scores (e.g. GRE*, GMAT, or MAT), register to take the standardized test required by the program through the appropriate testing agency. More information on standardized test scores can be found in the Graduate Catalog section Test Requirements.
- After you have taken the standardized test, have an official copy of your test scores sent directly to the Graduate College by the appropriate testing agency.
2. Standardized Test Scores
*School Code for GRE is 6665.
3. Complete the Application for Graduate Admission
- Online at http://graduate.missouristate.edu. We highly encourage you to apply for admission online. By applying online, you will help speed up the processing of your application.
- Paper application available on the Graduate College website.
- In person in the Graduate Admissions office located in Carrington Hall, Room 308.
NOTE: Some programs require applicants to go through another application process first before completing the Application for Graduate Admission with the Graduate College. Please review the Graduate Catalog to find out if the program you are applying to does this before completing the Application for Graduate Admission. Programs include Audiology, Nurse Anesthesia, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies and Speech Pathology.
4. Application Fee
- If you are a first-time degree-seeking graduate student, pay the $35 non-refundable graduate application fee. If submitting an application after the priority deadline, the graduate college cannot guarantee the processing of the application before the start of classes.
- Students applying online will be prompted to pay the fee by credit card or electronic check.
- Students applying by paper application must send a check or money order made out to Missouri State University along with their paper application. Students must write their full name and birthdate on the check or money order.
- You are not required to pay the application fee if you have completed classes at Missouri State University as a graduate student.
NOTE: Your application will not be processed if the graduate application fee has not been paid.
- Submit to the Graduate College one (1) official transcript showing course work for the bachelor's degree and any graduate-level work. At minimum, the bachelor's transcript must show the last 60 hours of course work or the necessary additional undergraduate transcripts are required. Missouri State University transcripts do not need to be requested.
NOTE: Transcripts are not considered official unless they are received directly from the institution where the coursework was completed. A transcript that is hand-delivered by a student is considered unofficial even if it does have a seal from the institution or received in an unopened envelope. In addition, students sending transcripts while coursework for a bachelor's degree is in progress will need to send another official copy showing that they have been awarded a bachelor's degree.
6. Additional Materials
- Check with the program to which you are applying to see if you must submit additional materials such as letters of recommendation, resume, or departmental/program application are required for admission to the program. These materials should be sent directly to the program.
NOTE: The Graduate Catalog lists the contact information for each program and what additional application materials the program needs from you.
7. Send Graduate Application Materials
- Please have Graduate College application materials (e.g. application fee, official transcripts, and official standardized test scores) sent to:
Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897
Toll-free: (868) 797-4723
Remember to send additional application materials required by the program directly to the program you are applying to.
8. Graduate Application Complete
- As soon as all your graduate application materials have been received, the Graduate Admissions office will evaluate your application materials to determine if you meet the Graduate College's admission requirements as outlined in the Graduate Catalog.
9. Graduate Application Sent to Program/Department
- If you meet the Graduate College's admission requirements, your graduate application materials (Application for Graduate Admission, official transcripts, and standardized test scores if required) will be sent to the program/department you applied to for an admission decision.
- If you do not meet the Graduate College's admission requirements, you will be notified by mail and/or email by the Graduate College.
- Once your graduate application materials have been sent to the program/department, contact the program/department to find out where they are at on making an admission decision on your application.
10. Admission Decision
- The program/department will submit an admission decision on your graduate admission application to the Graduate Admissions office after reviewing your graduate application materials and any additional materials required by the program/department.
- The Graduate Admissions office will process the admission decision on your application and you will be notified by mail and/or email of the admission decision.
Accelerated Masters Admission
Undergraduate students who apply for an accelerated master’s degree must submit their application for the semester after receiving a bachelor’s degree.
Accelerated Master’s Degree
Summer 2013 or Fall 2013
Summer 2014 or Fall 2012
For example, a student who is scheduled to graduate with his/her bachelor’s degree in Fall 2013 should list Spring 2014 on his/her accelerated master’s degree application. He/she will be able to receive mixed credit (credit that counts toward a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree) during his/her undergraduate semesters by completing a Mixed Credit form, but will not be considered a full-time graduate student until the Spring 2014 semester.
If admitted to an accelerated master’s degree program and your bachelor’s degree graduation semester should change, please notify the Graduate College as soon as possible so that your information may be updated.
The procedure for readmission of a graduate student who has not maintained continuous enrollment (summer excluded) is based on the period of absence:
Applied and/or accepted, but never attended or completed a class as a degree-seeking graduate student.
- If the time period has been less than one (1) year, students may send an email to Graduate Admissions (GraduateAdmissions@MissouriState.edu) requesting his/her graduate application and/or admission semester be changed.
- Program exceptions are: Communication Sciences and Disorders, Counseling, Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Psychology, and Social Work. Contact the appropriate program director for more information
- If the time period has been more than one (1) year, students will need to submit a new graduate application.
Previously attended and completed a graduate class as a degree-seeking graduate student.
- Complete the readmit graduate application. No additional application fee will be required.
Former Missouri State University graduate degree recipients.
- Students returning to take additional graduate classes and are not seeking an additional degree may be readmitted under the non-degree seeking, post-baccalaureate student classification. Contact Missouri State Outreach at 417-836-4126 or by email at Outreach@MissouriState.edu for information regarding this process.
- Students who wish to pursue an additional graduate degree will need to complete the readmit graduate application and provide any additional materials which are needed by the department/program. No additional application fee will be required.
NOTE: Any graduate student who wishes to pursue a second undergraduate degree at Missouri State University should contact the Office of Admissions (Undergraduate) at 417-836-5517 or Admissions@MissouriState.edu.
International Student Admission
International students should apply online at: http://international.missouristate.edu/services/
For more information, please contact:
Missouri State University
301 S. Jefferson , Suite 101
Springfield, MO 65806 U.S.A.
World Wide Web: http://international.missouristate.edu/services/
Deadlines for applications and all required materials are May 1 for the fall semester courses (beginning in August) and September 1 for the spring semester courses (beginning in January). Also, please check specific program deadlines as programs may have earlier deadlines for application materials.
Missouri State University is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. United States Citizenship and Immigration Service Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 for non-Immigrant Student Status) will be provided upon completion of all admission requirements and receipt of required financial statements.
International students making application to graduate study at Missouri State University are required to submit the following:
- International Student Application: available online.
- International Student Application Fee
- All Graduate College and degree-program admission requirements including grade point average and appropriate test scores.
- Verification of financial support in an amount determined by the University as stated in the application materials.
- Complete official academic records including proof of degree attained. The applicant must have completed all requirements that are equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree in an accredited, licensed, or recognized college or university and have appropriate undergraduate training to pursue the graduate degree of the applicant's choice. If your transcripts have previously been evaluated by World Education System (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE), or the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), you may choose to include that credential evaluation in your application for consideration and in order to expedite processing of your application.
- Standardized examination scores. Applicants to certain programs must submit GRE or GMAT scores. Please check the specific program admission requirements.
- Applicants whose primary language is other than English are required to submit appropriate proof of English proficiency (see table below). Students may be exempt at the discretion of the International Services Offices if they have successfully completed one or more years of university level study in the United States.
Missouri State ELI
For applicants who do not meet the TOEFL or IELTS requirement, Missouri State University offers a full-time intensive English Language Institute on campus. An online application is at http://international.missouristate.edu/eli/Apply.htm. For more information contact:
Mail: English Language Institute
Missouri State University
Morris Center, Suite 201
301 South Jefferson Avenue
Springfield, MO 65806 U.S.A.
Note: International students must be enrolled in at least 9 hours to meet SEVIS requirements as a full-time student. Only 3 hours of online course work can be included in meeting this 9 hour minimum for full-time classification.
Students who wish to enroll in graduate-level courses to pursue a specific graduate degree at Missouri State University. Students seeking admission under this classification can contact the Graduate College at 417-836-5331 or apply online.
Non-Degree Seeking (Unclassified)
Students who meet the general Graduate College requirements but are undecided on a specific degree or who wish to take courses for graduate credit are eligible for admission as a non-degree seeking student.
Under this classification, students may register for courses for which they meet the prerequisite. They are not candidates for a degree and this classification does not offer assurance of future admission to a degree program. Generally, students in this classification are not eligible for financial aid. Graduate courses (600-level and above) taken as a non-degree seeking student or a post-baccalaureate student will be counted in the student’s graduate GPA. Graduate courses taken as a non-degree seeking graduate student may be used toward a graduate degree if later admitted, but this use is limited to 30% of the required hours in this degree. Any C+ grade or below may jeopardize a student’s ability to enter into a degree program. Students seeking admission under this classification can contact the Graduate College at 417-836-5331 or apply online.
NOTE: A student may request a change from non-degree seeking to a degree-seeking basis, or a change from one academic program to a different academic area of study. In these cases, acceptance into the program requested is based on the review and recommendation of the department. A new graduate application must be completed indicating the new planned program of study - apply online.
Students admitted into the post-baccalaureate classification have not been admitted to the Graduate College; they have only been given permission to enroll for graduate-level courses to earn graduate credit. A post-baccalaureate student is not required to furnish the application fee or transcripts and there is no minimum grade point average for admission. Enrollment as a post-baccalaureate student does not guarantee future admission into a specific degree program.
Post-baccalaureate students may take either undergraduate or graduate courses. Graduate courses taken as a nondegree-seeking graduate student (post-baccalaureate or graduate-undecided status) may be used toward a graduate degree if later admitted, but this use if limited to 30% of the required hours in the degree. Graduate courses (600-level and above) taken as a post-baccalaureate student will be counted in the student’s overall graduate GPA. Any C+ grade or below may jeopardize the ability to enter into a degree program.
Students under this classification have completed a bachelor’s degree and are graduate students. They are therefore governed by all Graduate College policies. Post-baccalaureate students must make satisfactory progress in graduate courses and any student receiving more than 9 hours of “C+” grade or below will not be allowed to enroll in further classes.
Generally, students in the post-baccalaureate classification are not eligible for financial aid. Students who first register in the post-baccalaureate classification and later initiate the process to change to a degree program will be required to submit the Graduate Admission Application along with the application fee and necessary transcripts. The application will be reviewed by the Graduate College and the director of the degree program to which the student applied and the student will be notified of the decision.
Individuals interested in admission as a post-baccalaureate student should contact Missouri State Outreach: Continuing and Distance Education at 417-836-4126 or toll free (877) 678-2005.
Students who have received a master's or higher graduate degree and wish to continue taking course work for graduate credit without pursuing another graduate degree. In this category, students should apply through the Extended Campus office or the Graduate College.