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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Application Process

Page address:

1) Admission Standards

2) Information for the Graduate College

3) Information for Department of Communication Studies


1) Admission Standards

What are the basic requirements to apply? 

An applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 or better in overall undergraduate studies (No GRE scores are required).

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.


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 Minnesota State 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


3) Information for the Department of Communication Studies

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

  1. A statement of personal and professional interests. In approximately 1 - 3 pages answer the following questions: Why do you want to pursue a degree in communication studies? How will this degree advance your professional and personal goals? Why do you want to study at Minnesota State University, Mankato?
  2. Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to judge your academic potential. Share the email address with your letter writers. The writers may submit the letter of recommendation directly to the department using the email address.
  3. A writing sample demonstrating your ability to organize and compose a sound analysis using evidence and external sources (preferrably a research or term paper).
  4. Optional: A resume or curriculum vitae.
  5. Optional: We offer Graduate Teaching Assistantships in our program. GTAs receive a stipend and are funded for 6 to 9 credits of coursework per semester. If you would like to apply for a Graduate Teaching Assistanship, fill out the attached application: [PDF] (3 MiB)
  6. Submit the documents as an email attachment to the address

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

  • In 1-3 pages write an essay stating your personal, educational, and professional goals.
  • Submit the document as an email attachment to the address to
Do you have questions about what you need to send to the Communication Studies department? Contact the  Department's Graduate Studies Coordinator, Dr. Deepa Oommen at (507) 389-2367 or