Admissions Status

Applicants are admitted based on the strength of their undergraduate and graduate record and admission materials. An applicant may be unconditionally admitted, provisionally admitted, conditionally admitted or receive a language admission.

Unconditional Admission

This status is granted to applicants who have fully satisfied the admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and the graduate program.

Provisional Admission

This status is granted, at a program's request, to academically strong applicants whose application files are missing an item or in need of official documents. A provisional admission status allows the applicant to start classes, but within the first semester the applicant must submit the missing materials. If unofficial documents were submitted with the application, it is imperative that official documents are submitted.  Student will not be allowed to continue as a provisionally admitted student beyond one term.

Conditional Admission for Domestic Applicants

This status is granted to domestic applicants who do not satisfy the minimum GPA or the minimum GRE score requirements, or who have deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation. The offer of a conditional admission is recommended at the program level. A domestic applicant who has been admitted conditionally will complete an educational plan with his or her program and the graduate dean, that specifies a minimum of six to nine credits to be completed with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher in the first term of enrollment. Upon completion of this requirement, the student's academic record will be reviewed for consideration to be granted unconditional admission. 

Language Admission for International Applicants

A language admission provides an admission opportunity for international applicants who possess a strong academic record, but have obtained TOEFL or IELTS scores just below SCSU's minimumsLanguage admission applicants will need to submit a GRE or GMAT score  (if required by the program) at time of application. Applicants may be considered for a language admission if they post the following scores:

  • TOEFL Internet based: 76 to 78, rather than the required 79.
  • TOEFL Paper based: 540 to 549 rather than the required 550.
  • IELTS: 6.0 rather than the required 6.5.

The challenge of SCSU's graduate curriculum necessitates firm adherence to these standards. Applicants with scores below those cited above will not be considered. Applicants who present a strong academic profile but need a boost in English skills may be considered for a language admission. This concurrent acceptance requires that successful completion of Intensive English Center (IEC) Level 5 program at St. Cloud State University is achieved before enrollment in coursework can commence. Most language admission graduate students are able to complete Level 5 program in one or two semesters. 

Conditional Language Admission for International Applicants

A conditional language admission provides an admission opportunity for international applicants who possess a strong academic record, but have obtained TOEFL or IELTS scores below SCSU's minimums. The conditional language admission opportunity is reserved for applicants who are sponsored by a government (Saudi Arabia, Oman and Jordan are a few examples).  Applicants may be considered for a language admission if they post the following scores:

  • TOEFL Internet based: 61, rather than the required 79.
  • IELTS: 5.5 rather than the required 6.5.

The challenge of SCSU's graduate curriculum necessitates firm adherence to these standards. Applicants with scores below those cited above will not be considered.  If offered a conditional language admission, the IEC student will need to take the GRE (if required by the graduate program) after completing approximately 75% of the IEC program.

This concurrent acceptance requires that successful completion of Intensive English Center (IEC) Level 5 program at St. Cloud State University is achieved and the submission of strong GRE test scores (if required by the graduate program) before enrollment in coursework can commence.  Most conditional language graduate students are able to complete Level 5 program in two to four semesters.   MBA and MEM applicants: Due to the advanced level of scholarship, the MBA and MEM programs do not consider applicants seeking a conditional language admission. 

Intensive English Center Details

Applicants may access information about the Intensive English Center at www.stcloudstate.edu/iec.  A semester of IEC study costs approximately $4,600 US dollars and additional funds are needed to cover health insurance and living costs.  When students have completed the Level 5 program, they will be eligible to start their graduate program during the next available semester. The IEC director will send a letter indicating a student's IEC completion and readiness to the graduate program. When the student starts a graduate program, he or she will be eligible to apply and compete for a graduate assistantship.

Denial of Admission

A denial determination means that an applicant has been denied admission to a degree program and may not earn a graduate degree from St. Cloud State University even if he or she has successfully completed advanced courses. Reapplication does not guarantee admission to the School of Graduate Studies. 

A denial decision may be due to the limited number of available spaces for new students to be admitted within some programs. Applicants with weak academic records or limited probability of succeeding in graduate work may be denied admission to a degree program and permission to take graduate courses. Applicants may also be denied if the program involved and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies concur that the applicant does not meet the professional standards commonly required for a student earning a graduate degree in the discipline.

Admission Policies and Standards

The St. Cloud State University School of Graduate Studies complies with all NAGAP (National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals) ethics policies and standards. A list of NAGAP ethics policies and standards can be found by clicking the NAGAP Web site.