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Graduate Admissions

Graduate Study

Ready to get serious with your career options?

Polished. That’s perhaps the best word to describe students who complete a graduate program at MUW. They lead and perform work in their fields that is remarkable and results-oriented. Sound appealing? When you’re prepared by the best that’s what you become. Our professors are highly-trained experts who are still active in their fields.

On average, you’ll be way better than average

According to a statewide study, Mississippi graduates with a master’s degree made, on average, over $10,000 more than graduates with a bachelor’s degree in just the first year of their job. We don’t need to speculate over how many zeroes difference that could mean over a lifetime. A graduate degree is the new standard for leaders of the global economy. It’s what the best and the brightest strive for. And, at MUW, supportive faculty and peers are here to learn with and help you. Unlike an annual salary, it’s not easy to calculate the value of a support system like that.

Flexible options that make it work for you

If you recently completed your undergraduate degree and are looking to focus on your graduate degree, we’re ready for you. If you’re a working professional looking to advance in your career, we understand that you’re busy. The fact that you’re still interested in making an advanced degree a priority – that’s something we respect. Regardless of your situation, MUW has learning options that allow you to pave your own path to success.


Admission to Graduate Studies

General admission requirements for all graduate programs at The W

  • A completed Graduate Application form.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work from each institution attended, including MUW transcripts. Transcripts must verify that the applicant received a baccalaureate degree from an regionally accredited four-year institution and that the applicant has a minimum 3.0 overall GPA on a four-point scale for undergraduate studies.
  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). NOTE:  The GMAT score is only applicable for students applying for the Masters in Global Commerce degree.  Test scores may not be more than five years old at the time of application.  (This requirement does not apply to MFA applicants, post-master's applicants, and applicants for non-degree programs.)
  • Two letters of professional recommendation for the graduate program in Physical Theatre and three letters of professional recommendation (using the appropriate form) for all other programs. The letters should state the applicant’s qualifications for graduate work from persons (excluding graduate faculty) who have personal knowledge of the applicant’s academic or work performance.
  • An immunization form showing proof of two doses of measles vaccines and one of rubella. See the catalog for more details.
  • A $25 application fee, payable to MUW Graduate Studies, except for the MFA program, which requires a $100 application fee, payable to Accademia dell’Arte.


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Admissions for International Students

International StudentsMUW is known as one of the most academically distinguished universities in the southeastern United States with such outstanding rankings as 15th out of the top 100 public colleges in America by Washington Monthly magazine and 18th Southern Regional Public Universities by U.S. News and World Report for 2012.

Application Procedures & Requirements

While the application process for international students can be quite a process, we are here to make things as easy as possible. Here is an easy-to-follow checklist of things that should be submitted before an admissions decision can be made. This information can be submitted all at once or in increments.

Application Deadlines:

Applicants for undergraduate studies should have all required materials submitted to the Office of International Programs by:

  • Fall Semester: May 1
  • Spring Semester: October 1
  • June summer session: March 1
  • July summer session: April 1


Graduate Student Requirements

  • Step 1: A completed international admission application with 2 passport photos
  • Step 2:  A baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year institution
  • Step 3:  A minimum 3.0 quality point average in the proposed area of study
  • Step 4:  English Exam Scores: TOEFL  550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based); IELTS 6.0; or PTE 53
  • Step 5: Submission of either GRE or MAT test scores. Students in the M. Ed. Program may substitute scores on the National Teachers Examination (NTE).
  • Step 6: Three letters of recommendations of the student's qualifications for graduate work
  • Step 7:  Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attendance
  • Step 8: Letter of financial backing with supporting documentation
  • Step 9:  Agreement to purchase or show health insurance coverage
  • Step 10:  Immunization records:  2 vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, and a chest X-ray

Note:The Test of Written English may also be required. Individual graduate programs may set higher English-language proficiency scores and/or require additional documentation of English-language proficiency.

Requirements for master's programs in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) and Nursing (NSG). Number 1 below will apply to both programs. The Number 2 below is only for SLP.

For admission to the Speech-Language Pathology and Nursing Graduate Programs, an International student must submit:

1) An official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 600 PBT (Paper-Based Test), 250 CBT (Computer-Based Test), or 100 iBT (Internet-Based Test), an IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) core of 7.0, or a PTE (Pearson Test of English) score of 68.

For admission to the Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program, an international student must submit:

2) A taped speech sample, 3-5 minutes in length. Topic should address the student's personal history/information and career goals.

Euros - International MoneyTransfer of Funds

Before students leave their native countries, it is very important to inquire about the regulations regarding the transfer of funds. In addition to the costs of travel, students should have at least $500 (USD) upon arrival in Mississippi to meet initial expenses. Foreign bank drafts for spending money made out to the university may take up to one month to process, so it is highly recommended that internationally accepted traveler's checks be used by the student in place of checks written on foreign banks.


Additional Information for International Admissions >

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Phone: (662) 329-7142
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