MSM Admissions

A Graduate Admissions Committee composed of select faculty who teach in the MSM program will review and admit students for each semester. Primary admissions criteria include the following:

  • Previous education
  • Work experience
  • Statement of career goals
  • Grade point average (GPA)
  • In some cases, Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores

Each of the above criteria is discussed below:

PREVIOUS EDUCATION

A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution is required for admission to the MSM. The undergraduate degree is not required to be in a business discipline. However, one or more foundation courses listed below (or their equivalent) may be required if those courses were not part of the applicant's undergraduate program.

Foundation Course Requirement (a “C” or better is required)

Students must either complete a 3000-level management course or have relevant business experience with preferred supervisory/ management skills evaluated by the Dean or by his designee.

Students lacking this foundation course requirement may satisfy this requirement by taking the course from the School of Business (offered in the traditional and online format) or be allowed to satisfy the requirement by taking and passing the specific Ivy Software course. Ivy Software courses are taken online and at the student's own pace. For more information about Ivy Software courses see www.ivysoftware.com. Each case must be coordinated and approved by the School of Business.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Application material will include a resume with detailed descriptions of past work experience. Factors such as length of service, level of responsibility, number of individuals supervised, etc. will be factored into the admissions decision.

STATEMENT OF CAREER GOALS

Applicants will be asked to submit a statement of their career goals citing how the MSM would assist them in achieving those goals.

GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA) AND GRADUATE MANAGEMENT APTITUDE TEST (GMAT)

To be considered for Regular Admission Status (RAS) to the MSM program, students must meet one of the following requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from Middle Georgia State University (in any major) and a GPA of 2.70 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, a GPA of 2.50 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and either two years of appropriate work experience or a minimum GMAT score of at least 400. Note: Students who have taken the GRE may submit these scores in lieu of taking the GMAT. GRE scores will be converted to a GMAT equivalent.

GRADUATE ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE (GAC)

The GAC will be appointed each year by the Dean of the School of Business in consultation with the MSM Graduate Program Coordinator. The GAC will review applications and make acceptance decisions each semester. The GAC may request additional information from applicants and/or request an interview with the applicant as part of their decision process. Acceptance is not guaranteed for applicants who meet the above criteria. 

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