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Northwest Missouri State University


Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to graduate studies at Northwest, an applicant should submit an application well in advance of enrollment date. The application along with official transcripts of all previous degree(s) and credits earned from all accredited institutions, and GRE, GMAT scores or alternative requirements, if applicable, must be submitted to the Graduate Office. (See specific admission requirements for the program desired.)

Additional information for international students may be found here.

Education Specialist enrollees must have an appropriate master's degree with a 3.25 GPA. Each graduate program has specific admission policies in addition to the policies for admission to graduate study. See the appropriate program section in the Graduate Academic Catalog for complete admission requirements.

Students applying to the MS or Certificate in GIS must complete all admission requirements by set deadlines for the fall and spring trimesters. Please contact the Graduate Office or program coordinator for specific deadlines. The GIS program does not accept new students for the Summer trimester.

 A member of the graduate faculty of your department will serve as the major advisor.The major advisor will assist students in approving and submitting the Degree Audit to the Graduate Office.When updates are complete,the student will be notified to review and agree to the Degree Audit.The major advisor must approve any additional changes to the student's Degree Audit by notifying the Graduate Office.

How To Apply

If you are interested in applying to Graduate School and enrolling in classes, you should begin by completing the Application for Graduate Studies. Application forms are also available at all Graduate Centers and online. In addition to submitting an application, you should contact the school where you did your undergraduate and/or graduate work to request that your transcripts be sent to Northwest. These transcripts must be official copies. You must complete the required entrance exams: GMAT, GRE, etc. (see your Program of Study or Graduate Academic Catalog for specific information).

If you are interested in Non-Degree seeking Graduate Classes, follow the steps above completing the Graduate Non-Degree seeking application and submit proof of your baccalaureate degree. Non-Degree seeking students are not eligible for financial assistance. A maximum of nine hours taken as a Non-Degree seeking student can be used toward a graduate degree.

After these steps have been completed and you are accepted, you are eligible to enroll in classes.

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