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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Students possessing a four-year bachelor's degree earned at a regionally accredited college or university may apply for admission to graduate study. Admission to the graduate school is open to all who qualify with no limitation based on race, religion, color, veteran's status, sex, age, national origin, marital status, physical and mental disability, sexual orientation, creed, status due to receipt of public assistance or any group against which discrimination is prohibited.

Degree Seeking Admission

Students seeking a graduate degree or certificate must submit a completed application for a specific graduate degree program. It is the student's responsibility to arrange for an official degree verifying transcript to be sent by the degree-granting institution once it is available. Students are not considered to be fully admitted until an official final degree verifying undergraduate transcript is received by the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Submitting false or fraudulent credentials during the application process may result in a denial of admission and/or termination of registration.

Non-Degree Admission

Students wishing to take graduate coursework, but who do not wish to seek a graduate degree or enroll in a graduate certificate program, must complete an application as a non-degree seeking student prior to registration. No more than 12 graduate credits taken by a non-degree seeking student may be applied to a graduate degree program. This option is not typically available to international students.


All applicants must pay an application fee at the time of application. The fee is waived for applicants currently enrolled in the McNair Scholars Program.

Materials filed with the College of Graduate Studies and Research cannot be returned, borrowed or reproduced. Application materials of applicants who do not enroll in graduate courses are destroyed after two years.

A four-year cumulative minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale is required in all programs unless otherwise specified. Some programs require a higher GPA.

Once the applicant's file is complete and the applicant meets all the requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and Research, the file is sent to the department for review and admission recommendation. A student is not officially admitted to the College of Graduate Studies and Research until an admission recommendation from the department is reviewed by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research.

The reviewing department may require the student to complete certain deficiencies in addition to the normal requirements of the graduate program. Upon receipt of the department's recommendation, the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research will admit the student to the program and the College of Graduate Studies and Research. The College of Graduate Studies and Research officially informs the applicant of his/her admission status.

Applicants with poor academic records or limited probability of succeeding in graduate work may be denied admission to a degree program and permission to take graduate courses. Applicants may also be denied if the department involved and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research concur that the applicant does not meet the professional standards commonly required for a student earning a graduate degree in that area. The limited number of available spaces for new students within some programs may also limit the number of students who can be admitted to a program.

Combined Graduate/Undergraduate Programs

Some graduate programs permit undergraduate students who have completed at least 2 - 3 years of undergraduate study to apply to the graduate program and double count up to 12 graduate credits toward both the undergraduate and graduate programs.  The applicant’s undergraduate academic performance should reflect the potential to succeed in graduate-level coursework. This option is currently available to students in Electrical Engineering, Geography/Urban Studies, Information Technology, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Sociology, Anthropology, Gender and Women's Studies, and Elementary and Early Childhood Education.. The admission and registration process for students admitted to the Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program is as follows:

  1. Students may apply to the combined program at any time after the conclusion of their sophomore year, but prior to the start of their final undergraduate semester.
  2. Successful applicants are notified of their admission to the program by the Graduate Studies Office.
  3. Newly admitted students are not coded as or considered to be graduate students until they earn their undergraduate degree. They remain classified as undergraduate students until all undergraduate degree requirements are completed. The Graduate Studies Office will code these students with a graduate classification only after the undergraduate degree has been received.
  4. Until the undergraduate degree is earned, the student's advisor will inform the Registrar's Office of the graduate credits the student is authorized to register for. The Registrar's Office will then build special course sections for these students and register the students. After registration, the Registrar's Office will notify the advisor, Graduate Office and the Financial Services of the registrations. Instructional Unit L will be entered on these special course sections so these sections can be tracked for appropriate billing. This notification must be received prior to the start of the term. Students will pay the graduate level tuition for the identified 400/500 courses. Courses at the 600 level are not eligible for double counting.
  5. The courses/grades on the graduate transcript will remain on the graduate transcript even if the student does not continue in the graduate program after completing undergraduate degree requirements.
  6. No more than 12 credits are eligible to be double counted and applied to both the undergraduate and the graduate program.
  7. Students must register for double counted courses within the same semester. Backdating courses is not permitted.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 10 semester credits of graduate credit, all of which must be related to the program, and completed with an earned grade of "B" or better, may be transferred from other appropriately accredited colleges or universities into a master's degree program. A maximum of 16 semester credits of graduate credit may be transferred from the other Minnesota state universities and applied to a program at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

To be accepted as transfer credit and applied towards a Minnesota State University graduate degree, the following conditions must be met:

  1. Credit must be from a regionally accredited educational institution
  2. Credits transferred into an accredited program may need to come from an accredited program
  3. The courses must be taught by a full-time faculty member with graduate faculty status at the originating university
  4. The courses must be part of a regular graduate program at the originating university
  5. Evaluation and approval by the student's Examining Committee
  6. Evaluation and approval by the College of Graduate Studies and Research.

The following will not be accepted as transfer credit:

  1. Correspondence or similar study
  2. Individual study
  3. Credit for courses conducted by proprietary groups
  4. Extended campus credit from a university that does not accept that credit for its own on-campus graduate programs; or
  5. Workshops, Continuing Education Courses and In-Service Training credits
  6. Courses completed with a Pass/No Pass or a similar evaluation

All work that fulfills the requirements of a master's degree program, including all transferred credit, must be completed within six calendar years.

Credits from Previously Earned Master's Degree

Students completing a master's degree program may, with the approval of the academic department, include previously earned credit counted toward an earlier awarded master’s degree. The award of this credit toward a second master's degree program must adhere to the following stipulations:

  1. Up to 30 % of the credits required for a second master's degree may be allowed by the application of appropriate courses from the first completed master's degree program. Courses applied to a second master's degree program must be approved by the faculty responsible for the second program.
  2. Courses accepted for double-counting may not be used to satisfy a second master's degree program's requirements of research seminars, internships, colloquia, theses or other capstone experiences.
  3. Courses allowed for double counting must be graduate courses completed with a grade of B or better, earned at a regionally accredited institution.
  4. A graduate student may not apply both conventional transfer credit and credit earned from a previous master’s degree toward the second master's degree program. The former or the latter, but not both, can be applied to a single program.
  5. All work for a master's degree, included work completed from another program, must be completed within a six-year period.

Change of Program

To change degree programs, students must submit a new application, including the application fee, to the College of Graduate Studies and Research.

Part-Time Students

Most graduate programs at Minnesota State University, Mankato accommodate the student who, because of employment, family or other obligation, chooses to attain a degree on a part-time basis. Students may choose to not register for classes and resume a part-time or full-time load at a later date. However, the maximum time limit to complete all program requirements, including coursework and the capstone project, is six years.


Students born after 1956 are required by law to be immunized for measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and diphtheria. An exception is made for students enrolled in 100% online programs.