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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, MSCJS, 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.

Early Acceptance

Degree-seeking students, or students who are working toward graduate certificates, can be awarded Early Acceptance status at time of admission.  These are students who have met all admissions requirements, but need to submit a final official transcript showing a conferred bachelor’s degree before initial course registration is allowed. 

Provisional Acceptance – GPA Requirement Not Met

Degree-seeking students, or students who are working toward graduate certificates, can be awarded Provisional Acceptance status at time of admission. These are students who show promise, but do not meet the GPA requirement at time of admission.

Provisional Acceptance Requirements for Master’s Level Programs

The decision to grant Provisional Acceptance is based on the student’s potential contributions to the field and is offered at the discretion of the Program Director and/or Dean.

These students may enroll, but must satisfy requirements such as:

Applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below the outlined program minimum may be considered for acceptance on Provisional status for six (6) 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.  A provisional student earning a “C” or below, or “Credit” in any class may be withdrawn from the program. No student will be allowed to enter a Practicum course without being fully classified.


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 and/or Dean has approved. These are students who meet admission requirements, but are not pursuing a degree or certificate. After completing 12 semester hours in any all Master’s level 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 a course to maintain student status.