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Application Deadlines

Priority consideration for Graduate Assistantships: February 1, 2020 

Final application deadline: August 14, 2020

Program Admission Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College admission requirements, the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) M.S. 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 coursework. 
  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).

Prospective students who intend to pursue full-time graduate study in the SAHE program are required to obtain a graduate assistantship. A grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, OR at least a 3.00 grade point average on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of academic coursework is required. 

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.

Required Application Materials

To apply to the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) M.S. program, the following materials must be submitted via GradCAS: 

  • Application to MSU's SAHE program, including $55 application fee ($115 for international students)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education
    • Missouri State University undergraduates do not need to request official transcripts.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
    • MSU GRE GradCAS code: 6665
  • Statement of purpose
    • Your written personal statement (minimum of 300 words) should describe your professional and/or personal goals, discuss how the degree will contribute to those goals, and indicate the experiences that have prepared you for graduate study in student affairs. 
  • Resume or curriculum vita (CV)
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • These letter should be written by individuals familiar with your academic abilities and professional potential.
  • Technology Skills Checklist

How to Apply

Apply to the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) M.S. program by completing the following steps:

  1. Create a GradCAS account and submit a completed application to MSU's SAHE program (see Required Application Materials above).

In addition, all students intending to pursue full-time graduate study in the SAHE program should also: 

  1. Complete a graduate assistantship application (view our list of available graduate assistantships).
  2. Email your graduate assistantship application, resume/CV, cover letter, and references to Dr. Tara Benson at: TBenson@MissouriState.edu
  3. Register for Graduate Recruitment Weekend (GRW).