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The Higher Education Administration M.S. program begins a new cohort each fall semester. When applying for the master's program, the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) serves as a liaison between the applicant and the master's program. Application materials should be sent to the School of Graduate Studies. Once all application materials are received, the SGS will forward materials to the doctoral program for review and an interview will be scheduled.  Thereafter, an admission recommendation will be forwarded to the SGS for a final decision and notification to the applicant.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • For admission consideration, applicants must meet minimum Graduate Studies admission requirements. Having met a minimum score on one of the requirements does not exempt the applicants from the other entrance requirements and does not assure admission.

Application Deadline

  • Please visit Application Deadlines for specific dates. (U.S. Citizens=June 30th, International Outside U.S.=April 1st, International Inside U.S.=June 1st)
  • Students begin the program each fall semester.
  • The program utilizes rolling admissions.  Applicants may apply at any time throughout the year.  As the department receives a completed application, an admission decision along with semester start will be made. Applications are continuously accepted until a final deadline, after which guaranteed service for the term sought, is not possible.

Application Materials

  • Online application for admission to program.
  • A $40 application fee enclosed with your online application. The fee is not refundable.
  • Official Transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Please see Transcripts for details. SCSU transcripts and those from MnSCU institutions do not need to be requested, SCSU can obtain your transcript directly. International applicants must complete a WES or NACES course-by-course transcript evaluation.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores.
  • Three or more letters of recommendation (part of online application)
  • A resume or curriculum vita of career progress and professional accomplishments (uploaded to online application)
  • Statement of Intent (part of online application)
  • International applicants must complete a Proof of English proficiency and Financial certification paperwork (part of the online application).

A complete application is one in which ALL application materials have been received by the School of Graduate Studies by the application deadline. No admission decision will be made until all application materials are received and the interview and writing essay are conducted.

Application materials will become the property of the School of Graduate Studies and will not be available to the applicant or enrolled student for purposes other than admission consideration.

Frequently Asked Questions can be found through Graduate Admissions.

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, GPA, and GRE scores. 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.

Additional Frequently Asked Questions can be found through Graduate Admissions.

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