Admission Requirements

Admission requirements

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) is designed for individuals who are highly motivated to pursue an advanced degree. Admission is competitive and meeting the minimum standards for admission will not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Admission to the program requires all of the following:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by agencies recognized by Missouri State University or equivalent education from a foreign university.
  2. A GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work OR a GPA of 2.75 to 2.99 on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work and a minimum score of 290 on the GRE or 450 on the GMAT OR completion of 9 credit hours of graduate course work with a minimum GPA of 3.00. These courses may be taken as a postbaccalaureate or nondegree-seeking graduate student and must be approved by the MPS Program Director.
  3. A Resume
  4. A written statement of goals and interest in the MPS degreetor. This written statement will be reviewed to assess the applicant's motivation and commitment to complete the graduate degree and as evidence of the writing skills necessary to succeed in the program.
  5. Two letters of recommendation from individuals able to speak to the applicants academic and/or professional abilities and potential to succeed in the program.
All additional University and Graduate College requirements for admission to a degree program.

Accelerated Master's Option Admission requirements 

Exceptional Missouri State University undergraduate students may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Master of Professional 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.