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 semester 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 Associate Vice President.
4. Attempt to Qualify — a student whose undergraduate GPA is slightly below 2.5, but not less than 2.3 and has met the testing requirement. A student so admitted, after completing a maximum of 12 semester 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 who wishes to do a planned graduate program that leads to renewal or additional certification, but not to a degree. Prerequisites are a baccalaureate degree and a teaching certificate. The student must also meet program admission requirements.
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. Senior at the University — a student in the final semester of undergraduate study at MSU who has a minimum GPA of at least 2.5 may apply to enroll concurrently in courses for graduate credit not to exceed a total of 12-semester hours (undergraduate and graduate combined). If the work for a baccalaureate degree is being completed during a summer term, the combined course load is not to exceed six semester hours. Application for permission to take graduate courses is made to the Graduate Dean prior to registration. Forms are available in the Graduate School. Seniors taking graduate courses pay undergraduate fees. If requirements for the baccalaureate degree are not completed, further permission will not be given to register for graduate courses until the requirements for the baccalaureate degree have been met and regular admission to graduate study has been granted.
Programs that may waive the testing requirement
For a list of all program admission requirements, please see the online Graduate Catalog.
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 3.5 or higher GPA after the first 12 hours in the program:
M.A. Adult and Higher Education
Teacher Leader (All)
M.A. Educational Technology
The GRE, MAT, or GMAT are optional for students applying to the following program: