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 criteria above is discussed below:


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 Requirements (a “C” or better is required)

The following undergraduate courses must be taken by all students:

  • ACCT 2101- Accounting I (Financial) and ACCT 2102 - Accounting II (Managerial) or ACCT 2000- Survey of Accounting
  • ECON 2105- Macroeconomics or ECON 1101 Survey of Economics
  • MGMT 3101- Business Statistics or any 3000-level statistics course
  • MGMT 3141- Principles of Management or any appropriate 3000 or 4000 level management course

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


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.


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


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 year's 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.


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. The Dean of the School of Business may grant a provisional admission to a student he/she believes shows promise despite not meeting some of the above admissions criteria.

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