Apply to this Program and Admission Requirements

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Admission criteria

To be considered for the program, a student must submit a Graduate Application.  A student must also have a Master’s or Specialist degree in Educational Administration.  Candidates must submit a written “Statement of Purpose” containing long-term goals of leadership; a professional reference from an immediate supervisor regarding performance; and a copy of appropriate teacher certificate of eligibility for certification by a state agency as a K-12 building – or district level- administrator; documentation of 3.5 GPA in graduate degree program. Candidates will also be required to complete an individual interview with the advisor prior to admission.

Op5.01-4 Graduate Students Admission Policy

The Graduate Council sets the minimum standards for full admission to graduate study. Additional requirements and higher standards may be stipulated for specific graduate programs, and applicants should check for such requirements in the departmental section of this catalog.  The minimum requirements for graduate admission are:

  1. A bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by agencies recognized by Missouri State University, AND a cumulative 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; OR at least a 2.75 grade point average on a minimum of 9 hours of graduate credits; OR have a combined score of 290 (875 under the old scoring system before August 1, 2011) on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination; OR
  2. A bachelor's degree from a college or university NOT accredited by an agency recognized by Missouri State University, a cumulative 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, AND a combined score of 290 (875 under the old scoring system before August 1, 2011) on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination; OR
  3. A bachelor's degree from a college or university recognized by Missouri State University, AND recommendation in writing by both the department head of the student’s desired major area and the dean of the college in which that discipline is located, and the approval of the Dean of the Graduate College.