Admission Requirements

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Admission requirements 

Admission to the program is based on the following:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by agencies recognized by Missouri State University or equivalent education from a foreign university;
  2. An overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, or 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of course work, or 3.00 on a graduate transcript with at least 9 hours;
  3. Two letters of recommendation submitted from individuals able to speak to the applicant's academic and professional abilities and potential to succeed in the program;

Accelerated Master's Option Admission requirements 

Exceptional Missouri State University undergraduate students may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies program in their junior year after admission requirements for the accelerated program have been satisfied.  Candidates for this option must have junior standing and an overall GPA of 3.20 or higher.  If admitted, up to 12 hours of 600-level or 700-level courses may be designated as "mixed credit" and count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  This option gives these undergraduate students the opportunity to complete their bachelor's and master's degrees in 10 semesters and a summer.

Before enrolling in a course that will apply to both the undergraduate program and the master's program an undergraduate student must:

  1. Be admitted into the accelerated program;
  2. Receive prior approval from the MSIS advisor, department head of the undergraduate program, and the Dean of the Graduate College.  This is done by using a mixed credit form.

Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the course(s).  See the Graduate College for further information.

Admission Requirement for the Accelerated Option:

  1. Junior standing and an overall GPA of 3.20 or better;
  2. A supportive recommendation letter from the applicant's undergraduate advisor, program director, or department head;
  3. Submit a written statement of purpose explaining why the student wants to pursue the accelerated Master's program along with the prospective plans following graduation.  

Statement of purpose

Before being admitted into the MSIS program, students will also submit a statement of purpose explaining the student's reason for wanting a degree in interdisciplinary studies. In the statement, students must identify their chosen areas of study; state the reasons for choosing the selected areas of study; and explain why traditional masters programs are not in the best interest of that student.