Admission Requirements

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Admission to the student affairs graduate program

Program admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the program, a student must apply to both the Student Affairs program and the Graduate College (refer to the Graduate College, Admission to Graduate Studies, Admission Requirements).

In addition to the Graduate College admission requirements, the Student Affairs program requires the following:

  1. A grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale, OR at least a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of academic course work.
  2. A GRE (Graduate Record Examination) score of 290 combined on the verbal and quantitative (875 under the old scoring system before August 1, 2011).
  3. A written “Statement of Purpose” containing long-term professional or personal goals, a statement regarding how this degree will contribute to the applicant’s long-term goals (minimum of 300 words) and an indication of what has been done to prepare for this profession.
  4. Submission of three “Applicant Reference Forms” available online, or from the Departmental office (417-836-5392);
  5. Completion of the “Technology Skills Checklist” available online or from the Departmental office.
  6. Access to the Internet and an active e-mail address.

Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Minimum scores of 550 on the paper-based or a comparable score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL are required for admission.

Candidates who meet the Graduate College minimum requirements will be placed in the pool from which applicants will be selected.  Prospective students’ applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.  Early submission by February 1 may enhance an applicant’s opportunities to obtain a graduate assistantship position.  Credential review will continue until the available spaces are filled.