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Graduate Admission Requirements

Admission - Good Standing

  • A formal application for admission. Application forms are available online through   For U.S. citizens, applications must be received one month prior to the regular registration dates indicated in the current University Calendar. A $45 application fee must accompany the application.

  • Official transcript(s) of all previous academic course work. The transcript must bear the date of bachelor's degree conferral or master's degree if applicable, and indicate that the applicant was in good standing at the last institution attended.  Students must have a minimum of a 2.5 overall undergraduate GPA, or a 2.5 GPA on the last 60 hours of credit attempted (based on a 4-point scale).  Please check with your major department as some programs require higher than a 2.5 GPA for admission. 

  • GRE/GMAT/MAT scores if required by Major department. Please check with your major department to see which exam, if any, is preferred.

  • An essay (600 words or less) addressing your statement of purpose for graduate school.

  • Completion of specific departmental admission requirements and recommendation for admission from the appropriate department may be required for admission to the chosen field of study.

Admission - Warning

  • Students admitted under this category are placed on Academic Warning.  Students must achieve a 3.0 cumulative grade point average their first semester of enrollment or they will be placed on Academic Suspension (See Graduate Student Performance section).

  • Admission-Warning status is only granted to students who have between a 2.5-2.99 GPA (overall undergraduate or last 60-hours) and apply for a major under specific academic departments that do not require GRE/GMAT/MAT scores.

  • Admission will not be granted to a student whose GPA (overall undergraduate or last 60-hours) is less than 2.5.

  • Completion of specific departmental admission requirements and recommendation for admission from the appropriate department may be required for admission to the chosen field of study

An applicant who is admitted to the College of Graduate Studies will also need to check with their department to make sure of any other program admission requirements.

Testing and Support

Need to take a graduate admissions test on campus? You can apply online for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Need to brush up before your GRE test? We provide GRE Workshops at many of our locations!

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