Additional Admission Requirements

Degree seeking students applying for our programs should have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a GPA for the following:
• Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for the MBA, MSCP, MSCJA, MAT programs
• Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better for the MEd program
• Cumulative GPA of 2.5 of better for the MPT

This should not discourage an applicant from applying if your GPA does not meet the listed standard. There are opportunities to be provisionally accepted.

Applicants wishing to apply to more than one program must complete a separate application for each program. Only one set of transcripts is required. Current students wishing to change to a different graduate program must complete a new application. The application fee may be waived for the additional program. Additional requirements for either case vary by program.

Accepted students fall into the following three categories:

Degree-seeking students, or students who are working toward certificates in the concentrations in either program, who are seeking full classified status. These are students who meet all admission requirements including the minimum GPA requirements. Classified graduate students must have a bachelor’s degree awarded by an institution accredited by one of the regional institutional accrediting bodies recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Those students who have bachelor’s degree awarded by other institutions may enter the university as provisional graduate students. Provisional students can then be admitted as a classified student, once successfully completing the program specific requirements listed below.

Degree-seeking students, or students who are working toward any of the graduate certificates in either program. These are students who show promise, but do not meet the GPA requirement.

MBA, MED, MAT programs
The Dean may admit applicants on a provisional basis with approval. These students may enroll, but must satisfy requirements such as:
• Supplying any missing documents. The admission requirements must be met within the first 12 semester hours of graduate work in order to continue enrollment.
• Earning a “B” or better of “Credit” in all classes for at least the first two terms of enrollment. A provisional student earning a “C” or below or “Credit” in any class may be withdrawn from the program.

During the first 12 semester hours of graduate work, the student must make reasonable progress toward completion of the remaining application requirements and should maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The decision to grant provisional admission is based on the student’s potential contributions to the field and is offered at the discretion of the Program Director.

MSCP program
Degree-seeking applicants must submit an application and fee, official transcripts, and the contact information for three academic or professional references noted on the application. Applicants must participate in a personal/virtual interview with a designated member of the MSCP faculty as part of the admissions process. Applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 may be considered for acceptance on Provisional status for six credits. While on Provisional status, the student must earn grade of “B” or better. While on Provisional status, the student may take a maximum of two courses per term until the student has met the requirement and is fully accepted. No student will be allowed to enter Practicum without being fully classified.

MSCJA program
Provisional Status-Degree-seeking applicants must submit an application and fee, official transcripts, and the contact information for three academic/professional references. An applicant who has submitted all application materials but does not satisfactorily meet the classified admission requirements may be granted provisional status. Provisional status may be granted to applicants who show potential for successful completion of the MSCJA degree requirements. The status of those students who are granted provisional acceptance will be re-examined upon the completion of six credit hours in the MSCJA Program. In order for the provisional student to continue within the MSCJA program, the student must attain classified status upon the successful completion (“A” or “B” grades) of six credit hours. If a provisional student receives a grade of “C” or “F” in any class during the designated time frame, the student will be dismissed form the MSCJA Program.

Non-degree seeking students may be admitted as unclassified students and are allowed to take a certain amount of credits in the program as long as the prerequisites have been met and Director has approved. These are students who meet admission requirements, but are not pursuing a degree or certificate. After completing 12 semester hours for the MEd, MAT, MSCP and MSCJA programs or 9 semester hours for the MBA program, unclassified students must apply for degree candidacy or cease taking graduate courses. They would then be expected to complete an application for the degree program or one of the certificate programs. Graduate students must be registered for course to maintain student status.