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Admission Procedures/Requirements

In addition to each program's application requirements listed below, graduate applicants must submit the following:

  • Form 1-Application for Admission to Graduate Studies
  • $20.00 non-refundable application fee payable to BSU
  • Official Transcripts: One (1) official transcript from the undergraduate institution where you received your bachelor's degree and from each graduate college/university you previously attended; send directly to the School of Graduate Studies. If you received your baccalaureate degree from MSU-Moorhead, Southwest State, St. Cloud State, MSU-Mankato, Metropolitan State, or Winona State, you will not need to send in an official transcript; we will retrieve your transcript through our e-transcript capability.
  • TOEFL (International Students): a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is required of all applicants whose first language is not English. International students are required to complete the International Student application for Admission form (See International Program Center)

Biology (MS) - Application Materials Due by April 1

  • Students who are interested in the MS in Biology should do the following PRIOR to actually applying:
    • Contact the Graduate Coordinator to discuss their interest in the graduate program
    • Student must secure an advisor in the Biology Department PRIOR to applying
    • Advisor must submit a letter of recommendation or verification they will take this student on as their advisee
  • One-page letter of intent stating research interests and future career goals
  • A copy of current teaching license (if applicable)
  • Graduate Record Examination, General Test scores (Verbal: 152, Quantitative: 155, and  Analytical: 4.5 or higher)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from a previous employer/professor. For a Recommendation Form, go to Graduate Forms

Business Administration (MBA) - Application Materials Due by May 1

  • A one to two page letter of intent that states why the applicant is seeking this degree
  • Resumé of relevant professional work experience
  • A GMAT score of at least 500 (test must be taken within the last 5 years)
    • Institution Code: 1T3; Program Code: 1T3-5G-85
  • Three letters of recommendation from qualified individuals

Education (MS/MED) - Application Materials Due by January 15

  • One page letter of intent (limit each response to 50 words) stating the following:
    • Why do you want to be in the graduate program?
    • Explain your background in education or in your current degree field.
    • What do you plan to use this degree for?
  • A copy of current teaching license
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from a previous employer/professor. For a Recommendation Form, go to Graduate Forms

English (MA/MS) - GA Application Materials Due by February 15

  • Letter of Application for Graduate Study addressed to "English Department Director of Graduate Studies," which includes the following:
    • The Degree you wish to obtain (MA/MS)
    • If you're applying for a Graduate Assistantship (GA), a statement to that effect
    • A statement regarding your reasons for applying for Graduate Study, and for applying for a GA if you have interest
    • A summary of your experience, academic study, skills, and interests you will bring to your studies
    • Other information you would like the English Department to consider regarding your application
    • NOTE: Students may apply to the English program at any time; however, if students are interested in a Graduate Assistantship, their application must be received by February 15th to be eligible for the following academic year.
  • Required for MS students only: A copy of current teaching license
  • Must submit a total of three (3) letters of recommendation; see Recommendation Form under Graduate Forms (If you are applying for a Graduate Assistantship, ask the recommender to comment on your potential as a classroom teacher.)

Environmental Studies - Open Enrollment

  • One page letter of intent stating the Environmental Studies Specialization you want to pursue, your academic background, professional working experience (if any), and any additional information that you believe will assist those who are reviewing your application.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE), General Test scores (Verbal: 152, Quantitative: 155, and  Analytical: 4.5 or higher)

Mathematics (MS) - Open Enrollment

  • A copy of current teaching license
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from a previous employer/professor. For a Recommendation Form, go to Graduate Forms

Mathematics-Elementary/Middle Level Education (MS) - Open Enrollment

  • A copy of current teaching license
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from a previous employer/professor. For a Recommendation Form, go to Graduate Forms

Special Education (MS/MSpEd) - Application Materials Due by January 15 (for following Fall term admission); September 30 (for Spring term admission)

  • One page letter of intent (limit each response to 50 words) stating the following:
    • Why do you want to be in the graduate program?
    • Explain your background in education or in your current degree field.
    • What do you plan to use this degree for?
  • A copy of current teaching license
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from a previous employer/professor. For a Recommendation Form, go to Graduate Forms

Electronic Application & Payment Option