Students are admitted based on the strength of their undergraduate record and admission materials. An applicant may be unconditionally admitted, provisionally admitted, conditionally admitted or receive a language admission.
This status is granted to applicants who have fully satisfied the admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and the graduate program.
This status is granted, at a program's request, to academically strong applicants whose application files are missing an item. A provisional admission status allows the applicant to start classes, but within the first semester the applicant must submit the missing materials. Students will not be allowed to continue as a provisionally admitted student beyond one term.
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. An 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.
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 minimums. 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.
- TOEFL Computer Based: 207 to 212, rather than the required 213
- IELTS: 6.0 rather than the required 6.5.
The challenge of SCSU's graduate curriculum necessitates firm adherence to these standards. Applicants with TOEFL scores below 207, Internet-based scores below 76 and paper scores less than 540, or an IELTS score below 6.0 will not be considered. Applicants who have been evaluated and meet this profile will be offered a language admission. This concurrent acceptance includes the following condition:
Successful completion of Intensive English Center (IEC) Level 5 program at St. Cloud State University. Most graduate students are able to complete Level 5 program in one or two semesters. Students may access information about the Intensive English Center on the Web at www.stcloudstate.edu/iec. When students have completed their Level 5 program, they will be eligible to start their gradute program during the next available semester. The IEC director will send a letter indicating a student's IEC completion readiness to their 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.
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.