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Application Process (MS)

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When applying for a graduate program, the School of Graduate Studies serves as a liaison between the applicant and the graduate program. Application materials should be returned to the School of Graduate Studies. Once all application materials are received, they will be forwarded to the master’s program for review and an admission recommendation.

Application Requirements

In order to consider an applicant for admission, the School of Graduate Studies will need:

U.S. Students

  • Application for admission to doctoral degree.
  • A $40 application fee enclosed with your application. The fee is not refundable.
  • Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Please see Transcripts for details.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores.
  • Three recommendation letters.
  • Statement of Intent.

International Students

Enrollment Requirements

For admission consideration, Ed.D. applicants must meet minimum Graduate Studies admission requirements plus one of the additional department GPA and GRE requirements listed below. Once these requirements are met and your application materials are complete, your file will be forwarded to the program for an admission recommendation decision

Departmental recommendation is based on, but not limited to, the following requirements (requirements may be waived under certain conditions):

  • Minimum of a 2.75 grade point average over the last two years of undergraduate education.
  • Verbal score of 480+ or a quantitative score of 520+ on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Three completed recommendation forms.
  • A one- to two-page statement describing your interest and experience in higher education administration.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to take the GRE test?
All students in the Higher Education Administration doctoral program are required to take the GRE test. This score is only one small piece in determining admission. Admission is determined based upon an overall assessment of the applicant’s application materials such as work experience, career goals, letters of recommendation, academic background, GRE scores, writing sample, and interview with program faculty. Our application criteria and review procedures give significant advantage to applicants who have work experience in higher education organizations or other professional work experience. We know a majority of our applicants have been out of college for some time or have English as a second language and understand how this may affect GRE scores. For this program, the verbal reasoning and analytical writing scores are more important than the quantitative mathematical portion. Please just do the best that you can. No minimum score is needed to be accepted into the program.

How can I prepare for the GRE test?
St. Cloud State University has extensive test prep courses for the GRE test through extensive classroom instruction by experienced instructors in flexible face-to-face and online schedule options. You will receive comprehensive preparation materials and explanations, multiple practice test taking opportunities, thorough presentations and explanations. For more information, please visit www.scsutraining.com/testprep

What if I am not able to get my GRE taken before the application deadline?
In this circumstance, we recommend that you schedule your GRE as soon as possible. Please write your GRE test date on your application. We will then watch for your GRE scores to come in later. A final admission decision will not be made until the scores are received. Therefore, please take the GRE test at the earliest convenient time.

My GRE scores are over five (5) years old, will you still accept them?

The Educational Testing Services only keeps GRE scores for five years after the testing year in which you tested. However, the doctoral program will accept scores over five years old if you still have your original letter with your GRE scores. Take your original copy to a notary public and have them make a copy of your original. They can notarize the copy indicating that the copy was made from your original letter.

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