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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Communication Studies

Application Process

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/cmst/programs/gradapplication.html

1) Admission Standards

2) Information for the Graduate College

3) Information for Department of Communication Studies

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1) Admission Standards

What are the basic requirements to apply? 

An applicant must have a GPA of 2.75 or better in overall undergraduate studies and a 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate work. (No GRE scores are required.) NOTE: Admission standards for the MA, MS, and MFA programs will change for prospective students applying for the Spring 2015 semester and beyond. The required overall GPA will increase from the current 2.75 to 3.2 overall.

Provisional Admission

Probationary Status will be provided for applicants with an undergraduate degree whose GPA is below regular admission standards under the following conditions:

  1. An applicant may petition the graduate faculty for provisional admission. In such cases, admission will be contingent upon the student's adherence to contract terms formulated by graduate faculty stipulating specific performance requirements.
  2. Completion of the contract requirements will result in a change to a regular admission status.

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2) Information for the Graduate College

We welcome your application for admission. International applicants should read the information posted on this page and read the information posted for international applicants. Please submit the following materials to the College of Graduate Studies:

  • An online application. The online application can be used to apply for and non–degree study.
  • You must arrange for an official transcript from institution(s) you have previously attended. Students who attended Minnesota State University, Mankato or any other MnSCU institution do not have to arrange for receipt of transcripts from these institutions. All other transcripts are required, including those from the University of Minnesota. Applicants who were educated at overseas institutions must arrange for a credential evaluation to be submitted as part of their application. The evaluation must be written by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
  • $40.00 non–refundable application fee (not required for non–degree applicants).
  • [PDF] Immunization Form (20 KiB)This form is not required for admission, but is required prior to registering.

Send to:
College of Graduate Studies and Research
115 Alumni Foundation Center
Mankato, MN 56001

Do you have questions about what you need to send to the Graduate School? Call (507) 389-2321 or email grad@mnsu.edu

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3) Information for the Department of Communication Studies

What must be sent to the department if applying to the MA, MS or MFA program? 

  • An essay stating your personal, educational and professional goals.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to judge your academic potential. Share the dropbox link and password (see below) with your letter writers. The writers may submit the letter of recommendation directly to the dropbox.
  • A writing sample demonstrating your ability to organize and compose a sound analysis using evidence and external sources (preferrably a research or term paper).

What must be sent to the department if applying to a certificate program? 

  • an essay stating your personal, educational and professional goals

SUBMIT THE DOCUMENTS to an online document dropbox:
http://dropitto.me/cmst
password = CommStudies [password is case sensitive]

Note: Share the dropbox link and password with your letter writers. The writers may submit the letter of recommendation directly to the dropbox.

Do you have questions about what you need to send to the Communication Studies department? Contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Christopher Brown at (507) 389-2510 or christopher.brown@mnsu.edu