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Graduate Admission Procedures

  • Complete the application online. An application requires a $40 non-refundable application fee.
  • OFFICIAL transcripts must be sent from EACH previously attended institution. Transcripts must be mailed or electronically submitted directly from the sending institution to MSU to be considered OFFICIAL. Faxed transcripts are not considered official. Transcripts should be sent to: Graduate Admissions, Murray State University, B2 Sparks Hall, Murray, KY 42071. Electronic transcripts may be sent to MSU transcripts do not need to be requested.
  • If you are from AL, AR, IL, IN, KY, MO or TN submit a copy of your driver's license, and your most recent vehicle registration with your application. Admissions is required by KY statute to document residency for tuition purposes.
  • If you have previously attended Murray State under another name and you have not already requested an official name change, submit with your application a copy of your social security card and the name change request form.
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Graduate Admission Standards

  • Approval of academic department (Graduate Admissions submits documents to the department.)
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Unconditional Admission
    • Minimum university requirements for unconditional admission are an overall 2.75 grade point average (based on A equals 4.0). Some degree programs have additional requirements for unconditional admission. Refer to the program website for additional information.
  • Conditional Admission
    • Conditional admission may be granted to a student with an overall grade point average between 2.25 and 2.74. Conditional admission may also be granted to a student with an overall grade point average of 2.0 to 2.24 if the academic college/school’s review of the student’s record indicates the likelihood of success. Some degree programs have additional requirements for conditional admission. Refer to the appropriate chapter in the Murray State Academic Bulletin for requirements relating to specific degrees. Upon the completion of nine hours of graduate work a student admitted conditionally must have a 3.0 grade point average, or the student may be dropped from the graduate program. A graduate student dropped for failure to meet this requirement may reapply after having been out of the graduate program for one semester. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved in writing by the departmental graduate coordinator, the department chair and the collegiate graduate coordinator

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