Admission Requirements

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Program admission requirements

Admission requires the following minimum criteria: 

  1. A minimum GPA of 3.00 for courses taken in the last 60 hours of course work in the undergraduate program.  Students who do not meet the GPA requirement must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  GRE minimum scores must be provided prior to the student's registering for more than 9 hours.
  2. Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to submit appropriate proof of English proficiency.  Requirements for TOEFL (minimum 550 -paper or 213 computer); iBT TOEFL (79); IELTS (6); or MSU ELI (Level 5) are required for admission.
  3. To be considered for admission to this program, a student must submit both the Graduate Application and submit the required Early Childhood and Family Development documents.
  4. Students must possess a bachelor’s degree and must meet the requirements for admission to the graduate school as states under the Admission to Graduate Studies section of the Graduate Catalog.
  5. Additional materials must be submitted.
    1. A letter of intent containing professional goals, future plans, background information, and professional experiences.
    2. Submission of two letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the candidate’s academic abilities and potential.
    3. Completion of any required prerequisite courses or permission from the Director of the Early Childhood and Family Development Program.
  6. Students may transfer in no more than 9 credit hours which must be approved by the advisor.

Accelerated Masters Program in Early Childhood and Family Development

The Accelerated Masters Program option in Early Childhood and Family Development provides an opportunity for outstanding undergraduate child and family development majors, early childhood education majors, elementary education majors, and psychology majors to begin their graduate course work during their junior or senior year.

If accepted into the accelerated program, up to a maximum of 12 hours of graduate courses taken after admission into the program may be given credit for both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Before enrolling in a course to be counted as both undergraduate and graduate credit and to count the course toward the masters degree, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated program, and receive prior approval from the graduate program advisor, and complete a "Mixed Credit" form. This form can be obtained from the student's department or the Graduate College. Mixed credit registration must be done in person.

Admission requirements for CFD, ELE, and PSY majors include:

  1. Junior or Senior standing
  2. Overall GPA of 3.25 or higher
  3. To be considered for admission to the program, a student must apply to both the Graduate College and the Early Childhood and Family Development Graduate Program

Admission requirements for ECE majors include:

  1. Junior or Senior standing
  2. Admission into the Early Childhood Education Program
  3. Overall GPA of 3.25 or higher
  4. To be considered for admission to the program, a student must apply to both the Graduate College and the Early Childhood and Family Development Graduate Program