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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.)

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. 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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Graduate Admissions Examination Requirements

The following information is intended to assist applicants in understanding the admission examination requirements of Northwest Missouri State University’s Graduate School. Please note that scores and fees are subject to change. Applicants should refer to their specific program requirements to determine if an entrance exam is required.  

Graduate Academic Catalog


This is the general examination requirement for graduate schools across the United States. Most graduate programs at Northwest Missouri State University require the GRE for admission. However, several programs do allow for alternate requirements to be submitted in lieu of the GRE. Please see the current graduate catalog for examination requirements pertaining to your program.

Fee: $220

Testing Locations Near Maryville, MO
Kansas City, MO
Omaha, NE
Overland Park, KS
Lincoln, NE
Lawrence, KS
Des Moines, IA

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The GMAT is an alternation examination that can be taken in lieu of the GRE for selected graduate programs. Please see the current graduate catalog for examination requirements pertaining to your program.

Fee: $275-300

Testing Locations Near Maryville, MO
Kansas City, MO
Lincoln, NE
Kirksville, MO
Des Moines, IA
Omaha, NE
Topeka, KS

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Alternate Examinations MFT – Major Field Test

Some programs allow alternate examinations to be used to satisfy program admission requirements.  These examinations include the MFT, DAE, and TLE. These examinations are administered internally.  Please see the current graduate catalog for information regarding alternate examination allowances and score requirements for your program.