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For Graduate and Unclassified Graduate Applicants

In addition to the completed on-line application, please submit the following

  • $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended; faxed transcripts will not be accepted. An applicant may not ignore previous college attendance and MUST list all colleges attended on the application for admission.
  • A statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Proof of immunity to measles mumps and rubella (MMR).

Individual degree programs may require additional credentials, such as results of the GRE, GMAT, or another standardized test score.

Typically, graduate program applicants should have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, a GPA average of 2.75 on the last two years of undergraduate work, and a 3.0 on all graduate work already completed.

Unclassified Graduate Applicants

Unclassified admission is available to students desiring graduate-level study for purposes other than an advanced degree, such as for teacher certification. Nine graduate hours of work earned as an unclassified student may be transferred to a degree program excluding Business. Hours completed in this status, however, may not be used to satisfy provisional admission to a program of study.

Unclassified graduate students are not eligible for federal student aid.

When applying online for unclassified status, select "No Degree/Unclassified Grad" as the program.

GRE Test Requirements

Applicants who are applying for acceptance into any graduate program are required to take the GRE unless you are applying for acceptance into graduate programs in Business, then either the GMAT or GRE can be taken. Please consult the Bulletin of the Graduate School, available online at, for information about requirements for degrees and specific concentrations.

Social Security Number Disclosure

In the admissions process, the Social Security number is used to match test scores and transcripts and not as a permanent student identifier. A permanent, unique MSU ID number will be issued. MSU will not disclose the Social Security number of an applicant to anyone outside the Mississippi Institution of Higher Learning system except as allowed by law, with permission from the individual, or as approved by MSU legal counsel.

Letter of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required to process your application and must be submitted electronically. As part of the online application, names and email addresses of each person who will supply a recommendation need to be provided. Once you submit your application, an email will automatically be sent to each person identified as a reference and a URL link will be provided to submit the letter. You will receive confirmation that the link has been sent to your references. For each letter of recommendation submitted, you will receive an email confirming this action.

To change a reference or provide updated or corrected information about a reference, please contact the Graduate School at You must include your full name, application Login ID, and the application term. In addition, the name of the reference and respective change in the email address must be included. If you are replacing a previous reference, submit the name of the new reference and respective information as well as the name of the person that is to be replaced. No replacements are accepted after a reference has started a letter of recommendation.