Graduate Studies

Admissions Policies, Requirements, and Procedures



Applicants seeking admission to graduate programs at Mississippi Valley State University must be admitted both to the Graduate Studies and the degree program.

Graduates of regionally accredited institutions in the United States who do not intend to seek an advanced degree from Mississippi Valley State University, but wish to take courses, may register as a non-degree status student. A non-degree student, who subsequently seeks full or restricted admission, must complete an application for admission to the Graduate Studies and be accepted by a department and the Graduate Studies for the degree study.

A non-degree seeking student, who subsequently seeks full or restricted admission, must complete an application for admission to the University and be accepted based on the recommendation of the program to which the student is seeking admission. A non-degree student must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and must submit proof of immunization and an application indicating non-degree status. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid, and letters of recommendation are not required.

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Studies, the following requirements must be met:

  1. An applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. An application for admission must be filed with the Office of Graduate Studies.
  3. An official transcript of a conferred undergraduate degree and any transcripts the student is seeking credit for to the intended program of study must be on file in the Office of Student Records/University Registrar.
  4. An applicant must satisfy a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average as required by the admitting department.
  5. An applicant must submit three letters of recommendation from persons who are qualified to certify as to your abilities and character. All letters must be on official letterhead from the recommenders. The university recommendation form should also be included with your reference letters.
  6. Bioinformatics and Environmental Health Departments require acceptable GRE scores.
  7. The Education Department requires the Praxis I & II official scores. Suspended due to COVID 19, please click on link /sites/default/files/mvsu_mat_covid_overview.docx 
  8. The department of the graduate program applied for must formally accept the student for admission to the graduate program of study. The actual acceptance letter is forwarded by the Office of Graduate Studies. 
  9. An immunization record must be submitted and/or on file.
  10. A personal statement is a short essay that introduces a graduate studies candidate and his/her personal reason for applying to a particular program. The personal statement should be at least two pages typed/double spaced.

Deadline for Admission

Admission to a degree program is made in the fall or spring semester. The priority date for fall applications is March 15th. The priority date for spring applications is October 15th. 

Admission of Undergraduates to Graduate Courses

Undergraduate Mississippi Valley State University students who have completed all required courses thus far and are within six hours of graduation may enroll in a maximum of six semester hours of graduate work. To be eligible to take graduate courses, undergraduate students must have a grade point average of at least 2.75 overall and in their major field.

Re-Admissions to the University

All graduate students who withdraw from the university or who have been suspended for academic deficiencies must apply for re-admission by submitting an application to graduate studies. Re-admission is not automatic and does not reinstate the student. The Department must approve all applications for re-admission and reinstate the student.


Questions concerning a paper application or re-admission should be directed to the Graduate Studies Department - 662-254-3347. You can also email -