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Prospective Students

Graduate Requirements for Prospective Students

Students seeking the Master's degree must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. All applicants must submit a complete application package for admissions which includes the following:
  • a completed application for admission;
  • no Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) required; School of Education CASE and PRAXIS II;
  • two letters of recommendation;
  • an official transcript of all academic work on the collegiate level; Verification that the student's grade point average is at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is needed. International students: Verification must be certified by a professional credential evaluation service of a course-by-course evaluation. Applicants may select any National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member to provide this service. (See NACES web site, www.naces.org, for a list of NACES members.); A Credential Evaluation must be a course-by-course analysis of the official transcript(s). This is the only acceptable reporting format.
  • Affidavit of Support - International students must submit a statement of finances which includes an affidavit of support and bank statement (short form) which can be a letter from the bank notarized by the bank official.
  • official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores (International students only);
  • a statement of financial support Declaration and Certification of Finances on the financial institution’s letterhead and notarized (International students only);
  • Tuberculosis Chest X-Ray and Tuberculosis Blood Test (International students only); tests must be performed after arrival in the United States
  • an application fee of $10.00 U.S. (money order only). This fee applies to out-of-state applicants only. Money Orders addressed to Alcorn State University. Mail to
    Graduate Studies
    Alcorn State University
    1000 ASU Drive #689
    Walter Washington Administration Bldg
    Lorman, MS 39096

Students seeking admission to Graduate School to pursue the Specialist in Elementary Education degree must submit the following:

  • a completed application for admission;
  • two letters of recommendation;
  • an official transcript indicating the applicant has completed a Masters in Elementary Education or a related field with a cumulative GPA of 3.20 - 4.00;
  • a letter of approval from the department chairperson and/or dean;
  • a photocopy of the applicant's valid teacher’s license;
  • an application fee of $10.00 U.S. (money order only). This fee applies to out-of-state applicants only.

Students seeking admission to Graduate School as a non-degree seeking student must submit the following:

  • a completed application for admission;
  • an official transcript of all academic work on the collegiate level;
  • a statement of purpose;
  • an application fee of $10.00 U.S. (money order only). This fee applies to out-of-state applicants only.


Additional Requirements for Endorsement Areas

The following degree programs require additional admission documents:

Master of Science in Applied Science and Technology
  • resume
  • Career Goal Statement
Master of Business Administration
  • resume

Master of Liberal Arts (Criminal Justice, History, Music, Political Science)

  • Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation - 1 Professional, 1 Academic
Master of Science in Nursing
  • resume
  • Goal Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (must be on letterhead) - 1 Professional, 1 Academic, 1 Personal
  • Nursing License
  • Two-Minute Video

    Click here for a complete list of requirements for degree programs and endorsements.


Admission Deadlines

The application for admission to Graduate School and all supporting documents should be on file 30 days prior to the date of enrollment. Applicants submitting completed applications beyond the deadline are not guaranteed admission. The deadlines to submit an application packet are as follows:

  • Fall - July 15th
  • Spring - November 25th
  • Summer I - April 25th
  • Summer II - May 25th

School of Nursing

  • June 15th - Family Nurse Practitioner (Fall Entry)
  • June 15th - Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner (Summer Entry)
  • June 15th - Nurse Educator (Spring Entry)
  • June 15th - Post Master's Nurse Educator (Spring Entry)

    Printable Applications

There are four (4) types of paper applications to fit your admission need. For your convenience, applications are provided in an interactive PDF format. When completing the fillable application, follow these instructions: 1) be sure to click inside the check box to enter your selection, 2) make sure you enter an email address, 3) make sure your application is signed and dated.

First Time Enrollee Graduate Application For Admission

FIRST-TIME GRADUATE APPLICATION (FILLABLE FORM)

Applicants new to the University should complete this application and submit the following:

  • A complete application for admission to the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • An official transcript of all academic work on the collegiate level. (At least one transcript must bear a posted Bachelor's degree)
  • The results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or a passing score on the Core Academic Skills for Educators (C.A.S.E.) and Praxis II (See Degree Programs and Entrance Requirements for required standardized test scores for admission). Test scores must not be older than five (5) years.
  • Two letters (Recommendation Letter form) of recommendation.
  • Immunization Requirement - Health Record to include two doses MMR, Hepatitis B (health-related fields), Tuberculosis Chest X-Ray and Blood Test (International students only upon arrival in the United States).
  • Applicants to the Department of Graduate Nursing must submit
  • evidence of licensure in Mississippi
  • evidence of malpractice or liability insurance with current identification number
  • a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from an accredited nursing program
  • Resume', and
  • a personal statement of professional goals of no more than 500 words.
  • For International students, the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), evidence of financial support, Tuberculosis Screening results (Chest X-Ray and Blood Test) and an official transcript evaluated by a member of National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

  • An application fee of ten dollars ($10.00) for non-resident of Mississippi (money order Payable to Alcorn State University) must accompany the application. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH.

Readmission Application

READMISSION APPLICATION (FILLABLE FORM)

Applicants who have not been in attendance at the University for one or more semesters should complete this one-page application. No other documents are required for submission unless admission documents must be updated. Students must be in good academic standing to be readmitted. Readmission requests must be submitted for the same program of admission. All students applying for readmission must comply with the policy of a health record on file.

Application For Admission For Second Master's Degree

SECOND MASTER'S DEGREE APPLICATION (FILLABLE FORM)

Applicants who have completed a first master's degree from Alcorn State University should complete this application to pursue a second degree. A student who has completed the first master's degree from another institution must complete the First Time Enrollee Application for Admission. All students applying for a second master's must comply with the policy of a health record on file.

Applicants are required to submit the following:

Master's Degree

  • Application for Admission for Second Master's Degree from Alcorn State University
  • Official Graduate Transcript with posted degree

If you are pursuing a second master's degree outside the field of education, then you will need to submit two letters of recommendation.

Specialist Degree

  • Application for Admission for Second Master's Degree from Alcorn State University
  • Official Transcript with posted Master's Degree
  • AA Educator License in a teaching field (elementary or secondary)

    Non-Degree Application For Admission

    NON-DEGREE APPLICATION (FILLABLE FORM)

    This application should be completed by the prospective student who is not pursuing a degree program at Alcorn State University. Admission is sought to meet a professional enhancement requirement or until the applicant can fulfill credentialing requirements for regular admission. Students in this category are allowed to take no more than nine (9) semester hours. At the completion of 9 semester hours, a student must apply for a degree program in order to continue as a graduate student. All students applying for non-degree must comply with the policy of a health record on file.

    A Non-Degree applicant must submit the following:

    • Non-Degree Application for Admission
    • Official Transcript
    • Statement of Purpose of no more than 500 words.

    Types of Admission to Graduate Programs

    There are three types of admission to graduate programs at Alcorn State University.

    • Unconditional Admission
    • Conditional Admission
    • Non-Degree Status