I would like to take a class, but have not applied to the program yet.

Beginning Fall semester 2005, you will have to be fully admitted to a graduate program in order to register for graduate classes. You may register for any prerequisite courses prior to admission.

What factors are considered in admissions decisions?

Admissions decisions are made by the graduate program admissions committee, which consists of three full time faculty members. With help from the staff, they review your application, goals paper, undergraduate transcripts, two references and test scores. There is no minimum GPA required, although good academic performance is certainly a positive factor. But we also recognize that for some applicants, the undergraduate GPA may no longer be a reliable indicator of either career or academic potential. Applicants have an opportunity to explain the circumstances of their previous academic performance in the required goals paper.

Is GMAT required?

Yes, the official GMAT (www.mba.com) is required for the MBA program. The MPNA and MMIS programs require that all incoming students take the Metropolitan State University diagnostic assessment exam which covers reading, writing and math skills. If you are unable, for distance or other reasons, to travel to the campus for assessments you may take the official GMAT (www.mba.com).

How do I apply?
The application package consists of a complete application with no application fee, official transcripts of all undergraduate work, two references, a goals essay, a current resume and official GMAT scores (MBA only).

Reference Letters can be from supervisors, past instructors or others who can attest to the importance of the master's degree in enhancing your professional development and comment on your ability to pursue and successfully complete a graduate program. 

What is a goals essay?

The goals essay is a typed paper expanding. Why the Masters Degree Would Help Me Achieve My Professional Goals with specific reference to the chosen program; significant achievements; planned career and community or personal activities, including what you can contribute to the program.

How much work experience is required to be eligible for admission?

Two years of professional, full-time experience is required, although the experience does not have to be in the field of study you are pursuing. The MPNA and MMIS program will take into account internship and volunteer experience as well.

Are requirements different for international students?

Yes, in several ways. Along with the application materials already mentioned (application, two letters of recommendations, goals essay, transcripts, resume and GMAT or assessments), students planning to study on an F-1 student visa must submit an affidavit of financial support, photo copies of passport and I-94, transfer verification form (available from the graduate program office) and, if transferring from another U.S. college of university, a copy of the I-20. Students not living in the Twin Cities Metro area and unable to complete the skills assessment can substitute a GMAT or GRE score.

Students receiving an undergraduate degree outside the United States must also submit a TOEFL score and a WES or ECE transcript evaluation.

In addition, F-1 students must be fully admitted to the program prior to taking any graduate classes. Application deadlines for International students are strictly enforced and are as follows: Fall semester deadline: May 1; Spring semester deadline: September 1; and no summer session applications.

F-1 Student visas are not issued for certificate programs.

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How long does it take to find out if I am admitted to the program?

Once we have received all of your materials, an admission decision is usually made within 7-10 business days. You will be notified by mail when a decision is made.

How much does the program cost?

Including books and fees, you can complete any one of our graduate programs for approximately $13,000.

Quality has not in any way been compromised to achieve this price level. Rather, the value is a reflection of both state public policy, which aims to make Metropolitan State University programs accessible to the broadest possible population in the region, and reflects the efficiencies that can be achieved in a University dedicated almost exclusively to meeting the needs of adult learners with a strong community faculty base.

Who teaches in the graduate programs?

We have an outstanding faculty of scholar/practitioners who serve in significant leadership roles in the public and nonprofit sectors, as well as the business community, and who have extensive experience teaching adult learners.

Our strong base of community faculty members brings current, practical knowledge into the classroom, which is especially important when we serve so many working professionals. With community faculty we can make changes more easily to keep up with emerging issues and the needs in the various fields.

How long will it take to complete my degree?

It varies, but the average is about three years. Some students take just one class a semester, some take summer classes and others do not, and some students take two or more classes per semester. It all depends on your personal circumstances. You will have five years to complete your program.

How much time do I need to spend outside of class for homework?

Generally, you can expect to spend two hours outside of class for each hour spent in class, or approximately eight hours a week per course.

I have taken graduate classes at another school. Can I transfer them?

Up to sixteen semester credits can be transferred. An earned letter grade of 'B' or better must have been received and the courses must have been completed within the last five years from an accredited U.S. institution. Official transcripts and course descriptions must be submitted to the graduate program office for evaluation. Credits used for a prior degree will not be accepted. All courses must be approved by your faculty advisor and are determined on a course by course basis. There is no provision for the transfer of capstone courses.

I often am required to travel for my job. How will this affect my coursework?

Metropolitan State faculty understands that working students may sometimes have to travel. Notify your instructor as soon as possible so that you can make arrangements to have your coursework completed on time.

What kinds of students will I find in my classes?

You will be in class with a very diverse group of students in every respect, and most will be working adults going back to school because they realize that a graduate education is becoming more and more important to career success. They may also want the intellectual stimulation that a program like ours can provide in mid-career.

Where can I get more information?

Call the graduate program office at (612) 659-7290, or email at COM.GraduatePrograms@metrostate.edu, or write to Graduate Program Office, Metropolitan State University, 1501 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403.