The Office of the Graduate School is responsible for the administration of the University graduate admission policy. The decision to admit an applicant to pursue graduate study at MSU is based upon evaluations of both qualitative and quantitative information. An applicant must provide:
The GRE test scores required represents only one element considered in the admission decision of an applicant. Scores are never used as the sole criterion, but rather are considered in conjunction with other factors such as the applicant’s purpose for study relative to the opportunities in the proposed field, the number of positions available in the program, prior professional and employment activities, and/or recommendations of the faculty in the proposed field of study, especially regarding the availability of faculty support for research. Consequently, an applicant who meets the required grade point average (GPA) and/or whose standardized scores fall at or above a competitive level is not automatically granted admission. Admission is granted only to those students considered to have the potential to complete the program successfully and with the knowledge that there are sufficient and appropriate resources available to support the needs of the student.
The decision to admit is restricted to the degree program of study identified in the application.
The graduate application packet with all supporting documentation and GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores must be submitted no later than March 15th for admission into the Summer Cohort. Admission to a cohort is only once a year. A student must have a 2.75 GPA for admission into the Master’s program and a 3.0 GPA to enter the Educational Specialist degree program, a current teacher license, and at least three (3) years teaching experience.
An applicant must have completed the following for consideration for admission:
Included in the Entry Portfolio are the following items:
Students admitted to the Cohort must maintain continuous enrollment. After a student has been out three consecutive semesters (not including Summer semester) a re-admission form must be completed.. The re-admission must be approved by the Chair of the Meridian Division of Education.
Students must take the Graduate Record Examination.
The GRE is comprised of four (4) parts:
Students that do not score a 450 or above on the verbal part and/or a 3.5 on the writing portion must take EDA 8190-Workshop in Educational Administration and Supervision. Other GRE scores are taken into consideration with the GPA as to determination for admission.
There are no provisional admissions.
Unsatisfactory performance is defined as making more than two (2) grades of “C” or lower in courses taken for graduate credit or failure to maintain a “B” average in graduate courses attempted after admission to the Cohort. If unsatisfactory performance is determined, the Graduate Coordinator or Chair, the Major Professor and the Dean will review the student’s record and determine a course of action. Appeal of dismissal can be made by submitting a written appeal to the Graduate Coordinator or Chair. If the dismissal is upheld by the Graduate Coordinator or Department Chair, the student can then submit a written appeal to the Dean of the College of Education.
Dr. Matthew Boggan, Associate Professor, Meridian EDL Cohort Coordinator & Project Director of LEAP/MAT-S
Dr. Penny Wallin, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
Dr. Frankie Williams, Department Head of Leadership and Foundations
NOTE: Students that already have 486 administration certification hours will need to register for the Non-Licensure Ed.S Program at Starkville. MSU-Meridian only offers licensure tracks in School Administration for the MS or Ed.S.