Frequently Asked Questions

Links to General Topics of Interest:

Prior to Application

Costs of Graduate School at Missouri State University

International Graduate Applicants

Nondegree Applicants and Students

Availability of Graduate Programs at Missouri State University

Graduate Certificates

Applying to Missouri State University

Application Fees

Graduate Assistantships

After You Have Submitted Your Application

Transcripts

Test Scores

Letters of Recommendation

Last 60 Hour Calculations

Taking Graduate Classes as an Undergraduate

After Being Admitted to your Graduate Program

Readmission After an Absence

Accelerated Master's Program

Central Application Service (CSDCAS, PTCAS, CASPA, OTCAS)

Instrucciones para Aplicación de Admisión a Programas de Postgrado​

Prior to Application

I'm interested in Missouri State University for graduate school, but I am unsure which program is the most suitable for me. Can I schedule an appointment with an advisor?

Graduate Admissions at Missouri State University is a decentralized process. Admission decisions are made by each graduate program. Therefore, specific questions regarding your application/admission should be directed to your program of interest. The Graduate College can answer general questions, but does not provide academic advising. For academic advising, contact the Graduate Program Director who oversees the program you are interested in pursuing.

If you would like to sit down to discuss the many different options offered through Missouri State University, our Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment Misty Stewart (MistyStewart@missouristate.edu | 417-836-6079) can provide you with general information.

Can I meet with someone in the department to which I would like to apply?

Absolutely. Feel free to email GraduateAdmissions@missouristate.edu to express your interest in arranging to meet with the department or contact the department on your own. You can also call 417-836-8829 to arrange an appointment.

Is it necessary to contact a faculty member before I apply?

This varies from program to program. Before starting your application, it is very important to check on your academic program's page and contact the Graduate Program Director. Some programs do require you to have a faculty advisor.

Can I apply to your graduate programs before receiving my bachelor's degree?

If you are in the process of completing your bachelor's degree, you can submit an application now. You will need to provide confirmation of your bachelor's degree prior to registering for your second semester of classes.

May I take graduate classes at Missouri State without being admitted into a program?

Yes. You can take classes as a Graduate Undecided student classification ($35 fee, transcripts required and minimum GPA requirements) or a Postbaccalaureate student classification (Completion of a bachelor's degree required). Permission to register from the professor may be required. Both classifications are nondegree-seeking and as such have limited access to financial aid.

Am I eligible to apply for graduate studies at Missouri State University?

To be eligible for admission to graduate programs at Missouri State, applicants must meet the following conditions set out in the Graduate Student Admissions Policy.

May I transfer graduate credits from another college or university to Missouri State University's graduate program?

With the permission of the Graduate Program Director, a student may transfer up to 30% of a graduate program. Access the Graduate Transfer Credit Policy

How do I know if my program is accredited?

You can find details on programs with accreditation online.

My undergraduate degree is not in the same field as the graduate degree that I would like to pursue. Can I still apply?

This is something you should bring up with the Graduate Program Director as each program is different. You can find the Graduate Program Director by visiting the program's website.

I took so-and-so classes as an undergraduate. Will that prepare me for so-and-so graduate degree?

Again, something you should bring up with the Graduate Program Director as each program is different. You can find the Graduate Program Director by visiting the program's website.

Costs of Graduate School at Missouri State University

How much does it cost to earn a graduate degree at Missouri State University?

This will vary from program to program. A general estimate including graduate tuition, costs and fees can be found on the Graduate Tuition, Costs and Fees page.

I would like a detailed breakdown of credit hour cost for graduate courses. Where can I find this?

You can find detailed tuition and fees information on the Detailed Tuition and Fees page.

Do online graduate students pay more if they are Non-Missouri Residents?

No. Per credit hour costs are the same for Missouri Residents and Non-Missouri Residents. You can find detailed tuition and fees online. Check under the section Tuition for Internet based instruction (per credit hour).

Are there Other Enrollment Fees (per credit hour) of which I should be aware?

Yes. Some colleges have Other Enrollment Fees added on top of the per credit hour for graduate courses. You can find detailed tuition and fees online. Check under the section Other Enrollment Fees (per credit hour).

How can I estimate my tuition costs by using the per credit hour costs outlined on the Detailed Tuition and Fees page?

The first step would be to determine the total number of graduate credit hours required to graduate with your graduate program. You can find this in the Graduate Catalog. Programs require anywhere between 30-60+ graduate hours to earn the degree. As an example, if one's program requires 36 graduate credit hours to graduate then one would multiple 36 by the per credit hour cost. This would give you a general idea of the basic cost; not including books or additional fees.

Are there Student Service Fees?

Yes, if you are taking classes at Missouri State University then there are Student Service Fees. You can find detailed tuition and fees online. Check under the section Student Service Fees.

What are Student Service Fees?

Student Service Fees give Springfield campus students access to all of the amazing resources on campus such as the Foster Recreation Center.

International Graduate Applicants

Is there a different application for international graduate applicants?

Yes, international graduate applications will complete a different graduate application. It is listed on the application as application 7 - International Graduate.

My bachelor's degree was completed in 3 years, is that acceptable?

International Services will evaluate the foreign credentials to determine whether it is equivalent to a 4-year degree in the United States. Work with International Services (InternationalServices@missouristate.edu).

Can Graduate Admissions or International Services tell me I am eligible before I submit an application?

Determining whether an applicant is eligible, especially international applicants, is done through the processing of an application. In the case of international graduate applications, in particular, we must wait for a credential evaluation to be conducted by International Services in order to know the applicant's GPA equivalency on the 4.0-Grade Point Average used in the United States.

Can I send you an email detailing my GPA, academic background and other information to find out whether I will be admitted?

Admission decisions are made at the program level. Neither Graduate Admissions nor International Services can tell you whether you will be admitted.

I meet the minimum admission requirements. Does that mean I am guaranteed admission?

No, meeting the minimum admission requirements only means you are eligible to be considered for the graduate program.

Can I apply to a graduate program without TOEFL/IELTS scores?

The TOEFL/IELTS is required for all international applicants and your application cannot be considered without a score. Please visit our English Proficiency Requirements page to see if you qualify for an exemption.

Are there any programs that require a higher TOEFL or IELTS score than the minimum Missouri State University requirements?

Yes, the Master of Accountancy and Master of Science in Cybersecurity require a TOEFL score of 90. Please review each programs specific admissions page for a breakdown of the component parts.

What are the international graduate application deadlines?

The deadlines for international graduate applicants can be found on the International Services website.

What are the minimum international graduate applicant requirements?

The minimum requirements for international graduate applicants can be found on the Graduate Admission Requirements page.

Do you offer conditional admission? Can I get conditional admission?

Missouri State Graduate College does not offer conditional admission. If you require conditional admission in order to improve your English proficiency then conditional admission is offered, on a case-by-case basis and with the approval of the Graduate Program Director, through the English Language Institute.

I have completed an English language program at another College or University. Do I still need to take the IELTS/TOEFL?

Yes. The program you completed with that school can only be used by that institution.

My WES evaluation gave me a higher GPA than that given by Missouri State's evaluation. Why?

International Services evaluates international transcripts based on its own experience and training. Missouri State University evaluations are final and will always take precedence over third-party evaluations.

Nondegree Applicants and Students

May I take graduate classes at Missouri State without being admitted into a program?

Yes. You can take classes as a Graduate Undecided student classification ($35 fee, transcripts required and minimum GPA requirements) or a Postbaccalaureate student classification (Completion of a bachelor's degree required). Permission to register from the professor may be required. Both classifications are nondegree-seeking and as such have limited access to financial aid.

Can I get financial aid as a nondegree student?

In most cases, no. If you are taking prerequisite classes toward being admitted to a graduate program then it may be possible to receive financial aid as a nondegree-seeking student. This would require the nondegree-seeking student to work with the Graduate Program Director and the Office of Financial Aid.

Who is my advisor as a nondegree student?

The advisor listed for all Postbaccalaureate or Graduate Undecided students is the Associate Dean of the Graduate College. Nondegree students do not require an advisor release to register for classes.

Can I take graduate classes as a nondegree-seeking student?

Yes. You may need to receive permission from the department and the professor.

Am I limited on how many graduate classes I can take as a nondegree student?

No. That being said, there are limits on how many graduate classes you can take and transfer into a graduate program to which you are admitted to later. That limit is 30% of a graduate program as outlined in the Master's and Specialist Degree Requirements.

Availability of Graduate Programs at Missouri State University

Does the Graduate School admit for spring and/or summer?

This varies from program to program. Before starting your application, it is very important to check on your academic program's page and contact the Graduate Program Director.

Is there a list of tentative courses offered over the next several semesters for inquiring students and applicants to reference?

Yes. Prospective students can access the Projected Course Offerings.

Which programs are offered 100% online?

You can find a list of 100% online programs here.

Are there classes offered at night or in the summer?

This varies from program to program. I recommend you check the Projected Course Offerings.

May I pursue my degree part-time?

This varies from program to program. Before starting your application, it is very important to check on your academic program's page and contact the Graduate Program Director.

How many hours does one have to take to be considered a full-time graduate student?

A graduate student must take 9 graduate hours to be full time for the fall and spring semesters. Full time is considered 5 hours in summer.

Graduate Certificates

What is a Graduate Certificate?

Graduate Certificates are 9-18 credit hour programs focusing on an expertise (i.e. Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics) in a narrow subject area. Access the list of Graduate Certificates.

What are the Program Costs and Potential Occupations for the Graduate Certificates?

This varies from program to program but you can find all of the links here.

I am already admitted in a graduate degree. How do I add a Graduate Certificate?

Applying for a Graduate Certificate in addition to your degree program requires that you submit a new graduate application and indicate on the application that you are ADDING a program. The application fee is not required nor will you be required to submit transcripts to Graduate Admissions. However, since Graduate Certificates are standalone programs, it may be required to submit or meet program-specific admission requirements. Go to the program's webpage and review the admission requirements. Search here: http://www.missouristate.edu/academics?programType=-2.

How much does it cost to apply for an additional Graduate Certificate or to change graduate programs?

Nothing. If you have previously applied and paid the application fee or received a waiver then an applicant need only select the most appropriate fee waiver from the list on the application.

If I never apply to a Graduate Certificate but take all of the classes, will I earn the Graduate Certificate?

No. You must apply and be admitted to a Graduate Certificate before finishing all of the classes working toward the Graduate Certificate. You must also apply to graduate with the Graduate Certificate through My.Missouristate.edu.

Which Graduate Certificates are offered 100% online?

You can find a list of 100% online programs here.

Applying to Missouri State University

Can applicants apply to your program online?

Yes. The graduate application can be found here. Current Missouri State students can apply through My.Missouristate.edu: Go to the Academic Tab --> Graduate College Channel or Profile Tab --> Self-Service Options --> Banner Self-Service --> Student --> Admissions.

Can I apply on paper?

Yes, though the processing of the application is considerably slower. The application is available here.

I am a current Missouri State student. Can I access the graduate application through My.Missouristate.edu?

Yes. Go to the Academic Tab --> Graduate College Channel or Profile Tab --> Self-Service Options --> Banner Self-Service --> Student --> Admissions.

I want to apply to more than one graduate program at Missouri State. Do I have to submit more than one application?

Yes. You will be required to submit a graduate application for each graduate program you with to pursue. You will only have to submit one application fee and one set of transcripts and test scores. Program-specific documents will have to be submitted to each graduate program.

What are the procedures to apply to a graduate program at Missouri State?

Access the application procedures.

When is the application deadline?

Application deadlines vary from program to program. Before starting your application, it is very important to check the deadlines on your academic program's page.

The deadline for applying to my program has passed, may I still apply?

Your proposed program can tell you if they are still accepting applications. Check your academic program's page for contact information.

Application Fee

How much does it cost to apply?

The graduate application fee is $35.00 for domestic graduate applicants and $50.00 for international graduate applicants.

What are the payment options for the application fee?

The application fee is paid for online via credit/debit card or electronic check. We also accept a check or money order by mail.

Are there late fees if students submit applications after application deadlines?

No. Missouri State University does not have a late fee for a late application. That being said, graduate programs with posted deadlines will generally not consider your application after their deadline has passed.

Am I eligible for a fee waiver?

The only fee waiver available is for McNair Scholars. If you are/were a McNair Scholar then you can have your McNair Scholar Coordinator email the McNair Scholar Certification paperwork to GraduateAdmissions@missouristate.edu. Select the McNair Scholar fee waiver on the graduate application.

Can I receive a graduate application fee refund?

No. The graduate application fee is non-refundable.

I would like to withdraw my application. Will my application fee be refunded?

No. The graduate application fee is non-refundable.

Graduate Assistantships

Where can I find information about graduate assistantships?

Access information about graduate assistantships.

Which departments offer graduate assistantships?

Assistantships are offered throughout campus. Download the Graduate Assistantships information document.

Can I apply to be a graduate assistant before being admitted to a graduate program?

We encourage students to wait until they are admitted into a program to apply for graduate assistantship openings.

Do I have to submit a graduate assistantship application to each department where I wish to be hired?

Yes. You are required to submit a graduate assistantship application for each department in which you wish to be considered.

What is the deadline for applying to a graduate assistantship?

This varies from department to department. In general, you will have a better chance of receiving a graduate assistantship, if you are admitted and have submitted the graduate assistantship application before March 1st.

After You Have Submitted Your Application

I just submitted my application, did you receive it?

Applications are normally received one business day after they are submitted. Once your application is received and processed we will send you an e-mail confirmation.

Can I check the status of my application online?

You can check your application status through the Online Application Summary. You will use the Login ID and PIN you created to submit the application. If you are a current or past Missouri State University student, you can check your Online Application Summary through My.Missouristate.edu: Profile tab --> Self-Service Options --> Banner Self-Service --> Student --> Admissions

My Online Application Summary is "locked". What can I do?

Request to have it unlocked by emailing GraduateAdmissions@missouristate.edu or call 417-836-5331.

I am unable to upload a file into my application, what can I do?

At this time, the graduate application does not allow for the uploading of files. Program-specific requirements should be sent to the Graduate Program Director.

Do you send confirmation of receipt of documents? (Domestic Students Only)

Yes. Graduate Admissions will send an Acknowledgement email one or two business days after submission. We will also send you an email when a transcript has been received in the mail. We also confirm uploaded materials on a daily basis during the business week through the Online Application Summary. International Services handles international graduate applications and follows a different protocol.

What communication can I expect from Graduate Admissions during the application process?

Graduate Admissions sends the following emails throughout each stage of the application process:

  1. Acknowledgement Email (Sent two business day(s) following application submission).
  2. Sent to Department Email (Sent after evaluation has determined the minimum Graduate College admission requirements have been met).
  3. Admission Decision Email (Sent the following business day after Graduate Admissions receives admission notification by the Graduate program -- only sent if admitted).
  4. Admission Decision Letter (Mailed the same day as the Admission Decision Email is sent).

I am an international graduate applicant. I have not received the acknowledgement email according to your communication plan above. Why not?

International graduate applications are initially processed by International Services. Their department has their own process and timeline. I would recommend you contact International Services (InternationalServices@missouristate.edu).

I've been admitted into the Graduate College. Does that mean I'm admitted into the graduate program to which I applied?

The Graduate College does not admit students. The Graduate College reviews each application to verify it has met the minimum Graduate College admission requirements; however, there is no admission into the Graduate College. You will not be an admitted student able to register for classes until you have been admitted by the program to which you applied.

I made a mistake on the graduate application. Can I make a change after submitting it?

No. Once the application has been submitted, it cannot be changed. Contact Graduate Admissions to request changes.

I need to change something on my graduate application. Can I make a change after submitting it?

No. Once the application has been submitted, it cannot be changed. Contact Graduate Admissions to request changes.

How do I change my graduate program?

At the graduate level each graduate program is a standalone program with individual admission requirements. You will be required to submit a new graduate application--no fee is required. You must indicate you are CHANGING programs on the application and you must submit all program-specific admission requirements to the Graduate Program Director.

I submitted my application for a certain term but I just found out that the departmetn only accepts them for another term. Can you switch my application to the term the department accepts for?

Graduate Admissions will move an application one time as long as it is no more than one year from the original application term.

Can I defer my application?

An application term can be deferred once. The application cannot be deferred more than one year from the original application. Deferment must be requested through email. Please note, that this is deferment of the application only. The department will determine whether to admit your deferred application.

For how long are graduate applications for admission good?

Applications are only good for the semester to which you applied. Once that semester has passed the application for that semester will not be considered for admission to a future semester.

What should I do if I need to defer my application for one year?

Email Graduate Admissions with 1) Full Name 2) Date of Birth 3) Request

Is the Graduate College application the only application I have to submit to be considered for my graduate program?

In general, most graduate programs do not have a second application. However, those that do have a second application that must also be completed are listed below. As always, verify with the Graduate Program Director and the graduate program's website. Search academic programs.

  • MS in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • MS in Cell & Molecular Biology
  • MS in Counseling
  • MS in Psychology
  • Master of Social Work
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

I applied to a graduate program at Missouri State but was not admitted. Do I need to send a complete application when I reapply?

Yes. You will need to submit a new graduate application though we may still have your transcripts on file. If you are reapplying to the same program, you may contact the department to inquire if your letters of recommendation are still on file, however most departments do not keep outdated application material.

When will the graduate program make an admission decision?

This varies from program to program. You should direct your question to the Graduate Program Director of the graduate program to which you applied.

After applying to a graduate program at Missouri State, I still have yet to receive my MSU ID number.

An applicant will not receive a MSU ID number until he/she is admitted to a graduate program at Missouri State University.

Transcripts

Do you accept transcripts sent electronically?

Yes. Transcripts sent directly from the institution or through an approved third party (National Student Clearing House, Parchment, eScrip-Safe, etc.) are accepted as official. The transcripts should be sent to GraduateAdmissions@missouristate.edu.

To where do transcripts need to be mailed?

Missouri State University
ATTN: Graduate Admissions
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897

Can my institution fax Graduate Admissions transcripts?

Yes, but we will consider them unofficial.

If students have a copy of their official transcripts still in the sealed envelope, can they send or deliver it in person as official?

No. An official transcript must come directly from the institution without ever having been handled by the applicant or student.

How many official transcripts does someone need to send?

One copy. All transcripts are scanned and made available electronically to all Graduate Program Directors. The only exception is the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice who requests that you also submit a copy of your transcript to their Graduate Program Director.

I'm a current Missouri State University undergraduate student. Do I need to submit my Missouri State transcripts?

No. Graduate Admissions can access your official transcripts without you needing to submit an MSU transcript.

I'm a current Missouri State University undergraduate student. I previously had transcripts from other institutions sent to Missouri State for transfer work. Do I need request those transcripts be sent again?

If the transfer credit appears on your unofficial transcript in My.Missouristate.edu then you do not need to request to have those transcripts sent to Graduate Admissions.

I attended Missouri State University years ago. Do you still have the transcripts I previously submitted to Missouri State on file?

Submit a graduate application and wait for an evaluation to be conducted. In your Online Application Summary we will mark transcripts we have on file as COMPLETE. Items listed as NEEDED will need to be sent.

Will you contact my school to request my transcripts?

No, the responsibility lies with the applicant to order official transcripts from all institutions attended.

Can I include my transcripts in a manila envelope and mail them to Graduate Admissions?

Transcripts submitted by the applicant will not be considered official. Official transcripts must come directly from the institution.

Should I send transcripts before submitting a graduate application?

No. We recommend that you submit a graduate application then submit transcripts. In this way, there is less chance of transcripts becoming misplaced.

Do you accept unofficial transcripts?

Graduate Admissions accepts unofficial transcripts that are an exact photocopy of an official transcript. Unofficial transcripts from your university portal will not be accepted.

Can you evaluate my transcripts before I apply?

No, we evaluate transcripts as part of our review process prior to admission.

Test Scores

When applying, how do I know what my department requires?

Review your academic program's page to review all admission requirements.

Can I apply if I haven't taken the GRE/GMAT yet?

Most departments will not review a file until the application is complete, which includes any required test scores. While you may apply at any time, the application will not be acted on by the department until all admission requirements are received.

Are GRE or GMAT scores required?

The GRE or GMAT are not required by the Graduate College. However, about half of all graduate programs do require GRE or GMAT scores. Review your graduate program's admission requirements to verify.

What is a satisfactory score on the GRE/GMAT?

This varies from program to program. Review your graduate program's admission requirements to verify.

If tests are required, what, if any, are the minimum scores needed for admission?

This varies from program to program. Review your graduate program's admission requirements to verify.

If tests are required, can alternate tests be considered in place of require tests?

This varies from program to program. Review your graduate program's admission requirements to verify.

What institution code do I use to submit the GRE or GMAT to Missouri State University?

  • GRE - Institution code 6665 (Note: All GRE scores are sent to Graduate Admissions. Our office will share them with each graduate program to which you have applied).
  • GMAT -
    • Accountancy - 9KQ-9D-36
    • Cybersecurity - 9KQ-9D-59
    • Defense and Strategic Studies - 9KQ-9D-43
    • Global Studies - 9KQ-9D-06
    • Health Administration - 9KQ-9D-76
    • Master of Business Administration- 9KQ-9D-60
    • Professional Studies - 9KQ-9D-93
    • Project Management - 9KQ-9D-74
    • Public Administration - 9KQ-9D-53

Am I eligible for a GMAT/GRE Waiver?

The GRE and GMAT can only be waived by the Graduate Program Director of the program to which an applicant has applied. In cases where the GRE is required by the Graduate College because the applicant does not meet the minimum Graduate College admission requirements, the GRE cannot be waived.

How will I know if you have received my GRE/GMAT score?

You can check which items have been received through the Online Application Summary. You will use the Login ID and PIN you created to submit the application. If you are a current or past Missouri State University student, you can check your Online Application Summary through My.Missouristate.edu: Profile tab --> Self-Service Options --> Banner Self-Service --> Student --> Admissions

My "Department Code" is not listed on the ETS website, what should I do?

Please use code 6665 for Missouri State University. It is not necessary to use a department code. If you are required to use one then choose the code most reflective of the program you will pursue.

For how long can my test scores be accepted?

The GRE is valid for 5 years and no longer available after 5 years. The GMAT is valid for five years and no longer available after 10 years. Whether your graduate program wishes to accept older scores will be determined by the Graduate Program Director.

I ordered my GRE scores to be sent before I applied. Will this be a problem?

You GRE scores are electronically loaded. When you submit your application the scores will be matched to your application. Be sure to check your Online Application Summary regularly to see that the scores appear as COMPLETE. If they do not appear then please contact us.

I sent my test scores to Missouri State years ago. Do you still have them on file?

Graduate Admissions follows the retention schedule set by the State of Missouri.

Letters of Recommendation

Who sends the requests to the recommenders?

The applicant must request that the letter of recommendation be sent. The Graduate College does not contact recommenders.

How do my recommenders submit their letters of recommendation?

Each graduate program handles letters of recommendation differently. You should contact the Graduate Program Director to ask how each program would like to receive letters of recommendation.

Can the recommendations be sent by paper or pdf file?

This is at the program's discretion. Please contact your academic program directly.

To whom do I send my Letters of Recommendation, Writing Sample, Teacher Certification documentation, etc?

All program-specific admission requirements such as letters of recommendation, writing sample, teacher certification documentation, go directly to the Graduate Program Director of the program to which you applied. You can find the Graduate Program Director's contact information on your academic program's page.

How do I know my recommenders have submitted their letters of recommendation?

You would need to contact the Graduate Program Director to see if they had been received.

I am changing graduate programs. Can Graduate Admissions forward my letters of recommendation to the new Graduate Program Director?

No. Graduate Admissions does not handle letters of recommendation or any program-specific admission requirements. You will have to contact the Graduate Program Director to whom you originally had the documents sent to inquire as to whether he/she might forward your documents to the new program.

Last 60 Hour Calculations

I haven't submitted a graduate application but could your office calculate my last 60 hours for me?

Graduate Admissions only calculates the last 60 hours for applicants who have submitted a graduate application and submtited official transcripts.

How does one calculate a last 60 hours?

A starting point for learning how to calculate one's own last 60 hours can be found here.

If you have to complete a last 60 hour calculation on my application, how much time will it take?

Graduate Admissions tries to complete last 60 hour calculations in 1-2 days. That being said, the work load will determine how quickly we are able to complete it.

Does only one person calculate the last 60 hours?

No. There is an initial calculation and a second member of the Graduate Admissions' office who acts as a second reader to verify the results.

When calculating the last 60, does your office stop exactly at the 60th credit hour earned?

No. Our office includes the semester where the 60th credit hour was earned. For this reason, the 60 hour calculation can and often does include more than exactly 60 hours.

I recently took classes to improve my last 60 hours but the new calculation shows my GPA is even lower. Why?

Our office includes the semester where the 60th credit hour was earned. For this reason, the 60 hour calculation can and often does include more than exactly 60 hours.

When calculating the last 60 hours, does your office round up?

No. Our office does not round up.

When calculating the last 60 hours, does your office combine undergraduate and graduate credit hours?

Yes. Our office works back from the newest transcripts whether they are graduate course work or undergraduate course work.

Taking Graduate Classes as an Undergraduate

I am an undergraduate student--not admitted to an Accelerated Master's Program--but want to take graduate classes next semester. How do I go about that?

There are two options: General Mixed-Credit and Senior Permission. Both options allow you to take graduate-level classes while an undergraduate. For a full description of each, please review the Undergraduate Students Taking Graduate Credit policy.

What is the difference between Senior Permission and General Mixed-Credit?

  • General Mixed-Credit allows an undergraduate student to earn graduate credit. More importantly, the graduate credit also works toward the degree requirements for the undergraduate degree being pursued. It is two for one.
  • Senior Permission allows an undergraduate student to earn graduate credit; however, the graduate credit cannot be applied toward meeting your undergraduate degree requirements.

Will I receive financial aid for graduate courses I take while I am an undergraduate?

General Mixed-Credit is financial aid eligible because it also counts toward completing your undergraduate degree requirements. Senior Permission is not financial aid eligible because it does not work toward completing any degree requirements.

Where can I sign up for General Mixed-Credit and Senior Permission?

Mixed Credit and Senior Permission use the same form. Access the Mixed Credit/Senior Permission form.

After Being Admitted to your Graduate Program

I received an email from my Graduate Program Director telling me I am admitted. How do I register?

Official admission will come via the Graduate Admissions office (GraduateAdmissions@missouristate.edu). Until you receive the admission email from Graduate Admissions with your BearPass Number (M#), you will be unable to create a new university User ID and be unable to register. We make every effort to send the email out the following business-day after the Graduate Program Director contacts our office announcing a student's admission.

Have I been assigned an advisor?

Yes, all students are assigned an advisor upon admission. The Admission Recommendation sent by mail will list your advisor. You can also check the Academic's Tab in My.Missouristate.edu.

I have received my letter of admission from the Graduate College, but I will note be attending. What do I need to do?

Please send an email to GraduateAdmissions@missouristate.edu indicating you are withdrawing your application. We also recommend that you contact the Graduate Program Director to inform him or her.

I noticed my unofficial transcripts in My.Missouristate.edu do not show the undergraduate transcripts I sent to Graduate Admissions. Why Not?

Graduate Admissions does not transfer in undergraduate coursework. While you may have graduate coursework transferred in--no more than 30% of a graduate program with the permission of the Graduate Program Director--only the classes that are transferred will appear after you have received permission and submitted the Transfer Request form.

I am an International Graduate student who has just been admitted. When will I receive my I-20 paperwork?

Graduate Admissions does not handle visa paperwork. You must direct your questions to International Services (InternationalServices@missouristate.edu).

Readmission After an Absence

How much does it cost to complete a readmit graduate application?

Nothing. The readmit graduate application is free. We are just updating your biographical information and notifying the university of your intent to return to finish a program or to start a new program.

I have not attended Missouri State University for more than one year as a graduate student. How do I get readmitted?

Readmission to your program after an absence of one year or more requires that you submit a Readmit Graduate application in order to update biographical information and notify the university of your intent to return. The Readmit Graduate application can be found through the application portal.

I am a returning graduate student. Do I have to resubmit my transcripts?

This will depend. We recommend that you submit your application and await our evaluation. After one to two business days your Online Application Summary will identify which items are needed.

I would like to reapply for admission. Can I reuse any items from my previous application?

Yes. Transcripts still on file can be reused though a new graduate application must be submitted. Test scores still on file can be used assuming they are not expired or assuming they are expired but the Graduate Program Director chooses to accept them as expired. Program-specific items (i.e. letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, etc.) must be resubmitted to the new program.

Accelerated Master's Programs

Am I eligible for the Accelerated Master’s Program?

  • You must be a current Missouri State University, Evangel University or Southwest Baptist (SBU) undergraduate student. (SBU is limited to the Master of Accountancy-Accelerated).
  • You must be a junior (60+ credit hours already earned).
  • You must have at least one more full semester as an undergraduate remaining.

To which semester do I apply for the Accelerated Program?

Apply for the semester after you will graduate with your bachelor’s degree.

Does the Accelerated Master’s program have different admission requirements than the traditional master’s program?

Requirements vary from program to program. Review the Graduate Catalog for your program. Many programs do have different admission requirements for the Accelerated program.

But I intend to take graduate courses before graduating with my bachelor’s. To which semester do I apply?

Apply for the semester after you will graduate with your bachelor’s degree. You will complete a Mixed-Credit form for each semester you intend to take graduate-level courses.

How do I choose between the Accelerated program and the Traditional program on the graduate application?

The Accelerated version of the program will have the word ‘Accelerated’ at the end of the program title.

How do I register for graduate level courses?

You will complete a Mixed-Credit form.

What do I do with the Mixed-Credit form?

  1. Complete the form.
  2. Collect the needed signatures from your department/program.
  3. Bring the Mixed-Credit form to the Graduate College (Carrington, Rm. 306)
  4. Take the Mixed-Credit form to the Registrar (Carrington, Rm. 320)

How many credit hours does my Accelerated Master’s Program permit?

Access a list of all programs with the credits permitted can be found on the Accelerated Master's Program page.

Should you enroll in the undergraduate-level class to hold your ‘place’?

Do not register for the UG equivalent of the class! You are not holding a place for yourself, but instead taking a seat from a student who is not an Accelerated Master’s Program student.

When will you know you can register for the graduate-level equivalent of the class?

The following business day after taking the form to the Office of the Registrar, you should be able to register for the Graduate-level class.

Do you have to follow this process each and every semester?

Yes, each and every semester you intend to take graduate-level classes.

When will you officially become a graduate student?

You will become a graduate student after graduating with your bachelor’s degree.

What should you do if your graduate semester changes?

Contact GraduateAdmissions@missouristate.edu and ask to have your application moved to the correct semester. Include Full Name, Date of Birth, and request.

Central Application Service

I am interested in the Doctor of Physical Therapy / Doctor of Audiology / Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies / Master of Occupational Therapy / Master of Science in Communicative Sciences and Disorders in Speech-Language Pathology, how do I apply?

All of these programs use the third-party Central Application Service (CAS) to make their initial admission decision. You do not apply to the Graduate College application.

I tried to apply to the one of the above programs but can't find it on the Graduate College application. Why not?

One must be apply through each program's respective Central Application Service application: CSDCAS, PTCAS, OTCAS, CASPA. For this reason, none of these applications are made available through the Graduate College application.

The Graduate Program Director has admitted me to one of the above programs. What do I do now?

Graduate Admissions will transfer your information from the CAS into the system used at Missouri State University. This is a time-heavy process and does take time. You will receive an email from GraduateAdmissions@missouristate.edu providing you with a link to pay the $35.00 application fee once we have transferred your information.

The Graduate Program Director has admitted me to one of the above programs but I haven't received my BearPass Number. How do I get my student number?

Graduate Admissions will provide you with an admission email once the process of transferring and admitted you in Missouri State's system is complete. The admission email will include your student number (BearPass Number).

The Graduate Program Director has admitted me to one of the above programs but don't know how to register. What do I do?

Graduate Admissions will provide you with an admission email once the process of transferring and admitted you in Missouri State's system is complete. The admission email will have directions for how to register for classes.

I have been admitted to one of the above programs, do I need to submit transcripts?

Graduate Admissions will contact you by email if final, official transcripts are needed. In general, we will pull the transcripts from the CAS system into our own system and accept those as official. However, if you sent incomplete transcripts--transcripts not showing receipt of a bachelor's degree--then you will be required to submit final, official transcripts to Graduate Admissions at Missouri State University.

I have been admitted to one of the above programs, do I need to submit GRE scores?

Graduate Admissions will accept official GRE scores submitted to the respective CAS. We will transfer this information into your Missouri State University account.