Graduate Admissions

Admission Criteria

As a graduate applicant you are admitted based on the strength of your application materials.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Standards for Master-level programs*

An applicant must meet ONE of the following Grade Point Average (GPA) standards to be eligible for academic admission consideration to the School of Graduate Studies:
  1. Possess at least an overall 2.75 GPA (4.0 scale) in your previous undergraduate work.
  2. Possess at least an overall 2.75 GPA (4.0 scale) in the last half of your undergraduate work.

An applicant with graduate coursework must meet one of the above requirements plus possess at least an overall 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) in his/her graduate course work.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Standards for Post-Master & Doctoral-level programs*

An applicant must meet the following Grade Point Average (GPA) standard to be eligible for academic admission consideration to the School of Graduate Studies:

  1. Possess at least an overall 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) in your graduate course work.

*Applicants who completed degrees or coursework outside the US or Canada

If you went to college or graduate school outside the United States or Canada your degree must be evaluated for US equivalence and GPA conversion to the standard US 4.0 scale. Review the Application Instructions page for resources and requirements for overseas transcripts and associated deadlines.

Program Specific Criteria

An applicant must additionally meet specific program criteria to be eligible for admission consideration. Visit your program description for detailed requirements.


Some master and doctoral degree programs require the GRE or GMAT. Graduate certificate programs do not require the GRE.

Student Conduct or Disciplinary Actions

St. Cloud State reserves the right to consider student conduct records and disciplinary measures, such as probation, suspension or expulsion from St. Cloud State or from another post-secondary institution, as part of the graduate admission decision process. Applicants may choose to provide or may be requested to provide additional information on the prior conduct and demonstrate their learning following resolution of the documented conduct and potential for success at the graduate level.

Degree Requirements for Master-level, Post-Master & Doctoral-level Education

  • You must have earned and have a transcripted undergraduate degree before you begin master-level coursework and a transcripted graduate degree before you begin post-master or doctoral-level coursework.
  • If you earned your degree in the USA your degree must have been received from an institution that is accredited by a US regional accreditation body. There are six regional accreditation bodies:
  • If you earned your degree in Canada your degree must have been received from an institution that has received a provincial charter to grant degrees. Generally these Canadian institutions are also members of AUCC.
  • If you attended an institution outside of North America, your degree must be recognized by the Ministry of Education in the country in which it was earned.
    • Additionally, your undergraduate degree must be accepted by SCSU as the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree and a graduate degree must be accepted by SCSU as the equivalent of a US graduate degree if you seek a post-master or doctoral program.
    • A determination is made when your international transcripts are reviewed by a transcript evaluation agency.

Pathway for International Applicants with 3 Year Degrees

  • If you have a completed 3 year baccalaureate degree that is evaluated as the equivalent of 3 years of undergraduate study or is the equivalent of fewer than 120 undergraduate semester credits, you are not eligible to be considered for full admission at the graduate level. 
  • Graduate Studies will consider students with a completed 3 year baccalaureate degree for provisional admission. 
  • Provisional admission as part of the 3 year pathway requires an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 and IELTS of 6.0 or TOEFL of 68 with no subscores below 16. If required, GRE or GMAT scores must be submitted at the time of application.
  • If admitted provisionally you will be given undergraduate status to allow you to register for up to 30 undergraduate credits to meet the requirement of 120 completed undergraduate semester credits. You will not need to complete an additional undergraduate degree at St. Cloud State. While in undergraduate status, international students need to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits to be in status with your visa.
  • Provisionally admitted students will be assigned an advisor in the graduate program who will assist you in identifying an appropriate mix of courses which may include general education, English language courses, and program prerequisite courses at the undergraduate level as appropriate and determined by your advisor.
  • Provisionally admitted students may complete 0-9 credits of 500/600 graduate level course work during the second semester of undergraduate study as approved by your advisor.
  • Provisionally admitted students must maintain a GPA of 2.75 or higher in all undergraduate coursework at St. Cloud State to remain eligible for full graduate admission. 

Recognition of Veteran Status

Minnesota State Policy 3.40

Part 1. Purpose. This policy establishes veteran status as a factor to be recognized in evaluating applicants for admission to graduate and professional programs, in accordance with Minnesota Statutes 197.775.

Part 2. Definitions.

Subpart A. Graduate or Professional Programs. Graduate or professional programs means post-baccalaureate educational programs leading to master’s, specialist, or doctoral degrees offered by Minnesota state universities.

Subpart B. Veteran. Veteran means a person who is currently serving or has ever served in the United State armed forces and has been discharged under honorable conditions.

Part 3. Policy. Each Minnesota state university shall adopt a policy recognizing, for applicants who are veterans, an applicant's veteran status as a positive factor in determining whether to grant admission to a graduate or professional academic degree program.

Campus Safety Statement

The St. Cloud State University Annual Security and Fire Report is available for your review. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the University. The policy statements address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security. The most recent three calendar years of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on-campus, at other University affiliated locations and on public property immediate adjacent to campus.

This report is available online at You may also request a paper copy from the Public Safety Department at 320-308-3333, or by emailing

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