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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. Entrance to Graduate School requires a 2.50 undergraduate grade point average (GPA). 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.

Entrance to Graduate School requires a 2.50 undergraduate grade point average (GPA). 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 desiring to enter the Guidance and Counseling program must complete all admissions requirements by March 1 of the year prior to the Summer or Fall of intended entry.

Students applying to the MS. or certificate in GIS must complete all admission requirements by Apr 4th, 2014 for the Fall 2014 trimester and Nov 10th, 2014 for the Spring 2015 trimester. The GIS program does not accept new students for the Summer trimester.


All students must file an Approved Program Form to be considered for admission to candidacy. The Approved Program Form is to be completed by the student in consultation with their major advisor and forwarded to the Dean of the Graduate School as soon as possible after the student enrolls. Students receiving financial assistance or a Graduate Assistantship must submit the Approved Program Form at the time of first enrollment.