New Student Checklist

Now that you are admitted to Missouri State, this checklist provides advice about other steps you should take to complete your transition.

  1. RSVP for Graduate Student Orientation

    All new graduate students are encouraged to attend our Graduate Student Orientation before each fall and spring semester. We also host a Teaching Assistant Orientation every fall.

  2. Contact your academic advisor

    Contact information for your advisor can be found on the Admission Recommendation form you received with your acceptance letter.

    Your advisor will be able to answer any questions you have regarding the program, as well as any conditions that may have been placed on your admission. Your advisor will be able to provide you with information on registration and will need to release you to register for classes.

  3. Review the Graduate Catalog

    The Graduate Catalog is your graduate student manual. You are expected to become familiar with University and Graduate College policies and procedures, as well as the University's academic regulations.

    These policies and procedures describe the rights and responsibilities of graduate students at Missouri State. Contact your department and graduate program for any additional policies, procedures and requirements.

  4. Locate your BearPass number to create your BearPass login

    Included in your admission letter is a nine-digit student number known as your BearPass number. You need your BearPass number for the following:

  5. Submit your final transcripts

    Provide your final official transcript with your completed bachelor’s degree information to the Graduate College as soon as possible. Your admission to MSU will be considered pending and possible encumbrances may hinder you from registering for classes until this is provided.
    Former Missouri State students are exempt from this requirement.

  6. Register for classes online

    To register for classes, follow the steps outlined below:

    1. Receive your advisor’s release to register
    2. Log in to My Missouri State
    3. Select the Registration tab
    4. Select the Add or Drop Classes link under the My Registration channel
    5. Sign the online enrollment agreement
    6. Select your semester of enrollment
    7. Follow the online instructions for adding classes

    You may also register in person at the office of the registrar, Carrington Hall 320.

  7. Obtain a BearPass Card

    Your BearPass Card gives you access to the library, Bookstore, athletics events, dining centers, vending machines and more. You can get your BearPass Card during Graduate Student Orientation or by visiting the BearPass Card office, Plaster Student Union 128.

  8. Purchase a parking permit

    You can purchase a parking permit during Graduate Student Orientation or by visiting the office of parking administration.

Campus services

As a graduate student of Missouri State University, you have available a variety of academic and extra-curricular services.