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School of Graduate Studies

Admissions Policy

Admission Requirements

Admission to graduate study is open to properly qualified men and women of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin. Certain minimum requirements are specified below. Additional requirements may be prescribed by the individual departments and may be found in the respective program listed in the Academic Programs section of this catalog. Final decisions on graduate admissions are made by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. In general, a student may begin his graduate work in the fall, spring, or summer.

For admission to graduate study an applicant must:

  1. Have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. The undergraduate record must be of such quality as to promise successful achievement at the graduate level. Only students with an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 will be considered for admission.  Students with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of between 2.5 and 2.99 may be considered for conditional admission. Post-bachelor's undergraduate credits will not be used to enhance G.P.A. requirements for admission to graduate study. 
  3. Have completed, in a satisfactory manner, certain minimum course work in designated areas; the specific courses and amount of work depending upon the field of work which the student proposes to enter. 
  4. Submit an application for admission together with an official copy of transcripts from all institutions attended, including graduate and undergraduate colleges and universities. 

  5. Provide test scores (for those programs requiring them) on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), the aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Test scores may not be more than 5 years old prior to date of application. 

  6. Have three letters of recommendation sent to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies from officials or faculty members of institutions previously attended who are acquainted with the applicant's ability for graduate study or from employment supervisors where applicable. 

  7. Submit a one-page personal statement of academic and professional plans and the reasons for selecting Morgan State University. 

Admission to the School of Graduate Studies does not constitute admission to degree candidacy.

Degree Candidacy

Approval of degree candidacy by the Graduate Dean certifies that the student's academic performance has been reviewed and that permission to pursue the program of study to completion has been granted. 

Admission to candidacy is granted when students have completed at least 12 semester hours and are in good standing. 

To be admitted to candidacy the student must have attained a cumulative point average of at least "B" and must have met any conditions affecting admission to the School of Graduate Studies or the degree program. 

Upon written request, students not in good standing at the completion of twelve semester credit hours may be permitted to enroll for an additional six semester credit hours. Upon completion of a total of eighteen semester credit hours students must have achieved a minimum overall grade average of 3.0 in their program of study and overall for all work taken at the graduate level. In addition, all other conditions affecting admission to the School of Graduate Studies and/or the degree program must be satisfied. Failure to meet these requirements will result in academic dismissal. A student in a degree program may not accumulate more than eighteen (18) graduate credit hours without having been admitted to candidacy. 

Students in a degree program who are dismissed for academic reasons will not be granted "non-degree status."

Requirements for Doctor's Degree

Students should consult appropriate sections of this publication and the "Policy and Procedures" manual available to doctoral students in the departments of History, Teacher Education and Administration, and the School of Engineering.

Graduate Work by Morgan

Seniors With the approval of the chairpersons of departments concerned, and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, seniors at Morgan State University who have completed 96 credit hours toward the baccalaureate degree and have a grade point average of 3.0 overall and in their major may register for a maximum of six (6) credit hours of course work in the School of Graduate Studies. The credit will be applied toward a graduate degree at Morgan only after they have received their undergraduate degree and only after they have been formally admitted to the School of Graduate Studies. The graduate work will not be credited toward an undergraduate degree. Interested students should consult this catalog for admission procedures, degree programs, courses, registration dates, and tuition charges.