Types of Admission
Admission to graduate study is granted to students who meet the academic requirements and who hold a baccalaureate degree form Morehead State University or another regionally accredited institution of higher education, and to certain qualified MSU seniors. A one-time non-refundable $30 application fee is required. A minimum GPA of 2.5 on all undergraduate work is required. However, some programs require a higher GPA. Please refer to the online graduate catalog or contact the department of your major to obtain the minimum score. Minimum scores on the GRE, GMAT or MAT are established by program. Students who do not have the minimum test scores but who demonstrate exceptional scholarly activity and/or research or potential for quality work as evidenced by a high GPA may appeal to the appropriate department chair or program director. All graduate students will be limited to 12 graduate credit hours unless they are unconditionally admitted to a graduate program. Once unconditionally admitted, the student will be responsible for completing program requirements. Departments may drop students from unapproved courses.
Students may be admitted to graduate study in any one of several categories:
1. Unconditionally — a student who meets the requirements for both general admission to graduate study, and for a particular program. A copy of the teaching certificate is also required for education students wishing to obtain a change in rank or to pursue additional certifications. Students are permitted to pursue coursework outlined on their program evaluations but are not permitted to take more than 12 hours of coursework outside the program to which they are admitted. Departments may drop students from unapproved courses.
2. Conditionally — a student who meets the general requirements for admission to graduate study, but fails to satisfy one or more of the special requirements for admission to a particular program. This is a temporary classification, and must be changed as soon as the specified conditions are satisfied. Most graduate students will be limited to 12 graduate credit hours unless they are unconditionally admitted to a graduate program.
3. Unclassified — a student who meets the requirements for admission to graduate study, but does not wish to work toward a graduate program. Students admitted as unclassified will not be permitted to take more than 12 hours in any one program. Students should note that no more than 12 credit hours of graduate credit earned as an unclassified student may later be applied toward a program upon admission to that program, and only then at the discretion of the advisor and the graduate dean.
4. Attempt to Qualify — a student whose undergraduate GPA is below 2.5, and has met the testing requirement and/or other entrance requirement. A student so admitted, after completing a maximum of 12 credit hours of graduate work with at least a GPA of 3.0, may be considered for admission to a degree program.
5. Nondegree Program — a student whose undergraduate GPA is below 2.5, and has met the testing requirement and/or other entrance requirement. A student so admitted, after completing a maximum of 12 credit hours of graduate work with at least a GPA of 3.0, may be considered for admission to a degree program.
6. Visiting Student — a student who has been admitted to a graduate program at another institution. Such a student may enroll at Morehead State University by submitting an application as a visiting student and paying the $30 application fee. The graduate dean or registrar will certify that the student is in good standing and has permission to enroll for graduate work. A student can opt to submit an official transcript in lieu of the letter of good standing.
7. Early Graduate School — a Morehead State University undergraduate student who has completed 90 or more credit hours toward the completion of the baccalaureate degree may be considered for undergraduate concurrent admission to the Graduate School to enroll in graduate coursework. To be eligible for undergraduate concurrent admission, the student must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 at the time of admission. The student must maintain an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 to continue in the Early Graduate School program. If the student drops below the 3.0 minimum grade point, they will not be allowed to continue in the program. Students may earn a maximum of 12 graduate credit hours while holding undergraduate concurrent admission status. An application to the Graduate School must be completed at the beginning of the semester requested. Undergraduate concurrent admission to the Graduate School must be approved by the graduate dean. Students who are enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate coursework may receive an adjustment to their financial aid. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid to determine what changes may occur.
The following programs will waive the testing requirement if a student has a master’s degree:
M.A. Adult and Higher Education
Teacher Leader (All)
M.A. Education Technology
The following programs will waive the testing requirement if a student maintains a certain GPA after the first a certain number of hours in the program (please review the Graduate Catalog for admission requirements for the following programs):
M.A. Adult and Higher Education
M.A. in Communication
Teacher Leader (All)
M.A. Educational Technology
Master of Science in Career & Technical Education - Agriculture
Master of Science in Career & Technical Education - IET
Master of Science in Engineering and Technology Management
The GRE, MAT, or GMAT are optional for students applying to the following program: