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Minimal Criteria for Graduate Admission
- Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning earned within the last ten years. If the bachelor’s degree was earned more than 10 years before admission, applicants must provide evidence of an earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution within the past 10 years or a combined verbal and quantitative GRE score of 290 or higher.
- Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in all undergraduate coursework. If the student holds an earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning, the graduate GPA may be used. Individual program requirements vary; see program specific requirements.
- GRE scores: 1A combined (Verbal and Quantitative) GRE score of 290 is required. GRE scores must be from tests taken in the past five years. For those with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all undergraduate work, no GRE is required.
- Proof of English proficiency. Standards the same as undergraduate admission. Waived for candidates who graduated from a regionally accredited U.S. higher learning institution.
Students Seeking Graduate Study Admission must submit the following materials directly to the Admissions Office by the application deadline:
- Official transcripts of all college work and GRE scores (school code 6413), if needed.
Master of Arts – Community Counseling
- A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning with a major in Psychology or a closely related field. Note: If the bachelor’s degree is in another closely related field, students must complete the following undergraduate courses: General or Introduction to Psychology, and two other Social Science courses. These must be completed prior to starting any MACC classes.
- Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
- For those with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, no GRE is required. For those with less than a 3.0 GPA, a combined (Verbal and Quantitative) GRE score of 290 is required. An Analytical score of at least 4 is expected.
- A background check (at the applicant’s expense). Please contact Melody Smith at email@example.com for details on completing the background check.
- A personal statement (2-3 typed pages) regarding your interest in pursuing an advanced degree in the helping profession. The personal statement, not to exceed three pages in length, should be composed in Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins. The personal statement must address one’s reasons for pursuing a Master of Arts in Community Counseling and one’s professional goals following graduation.
- An updated resume.
- Three or more letters of professional recommendation. The letters of recommendation should be from former professors, supervisors, or other professionals familiar with the candidate’s academic, personal, or professional integrity. References should submit their letters of recommendation to Melody Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- After receipt of the above application materials, applicants will be selected for interviews. An interview is required of prospective students, preferably an on-campus interview.
(Note: Acceptance into the program will not be determined until all transcripts, GRE scores, and other application materials are received and the student has completed all steps.)
Master of Arts – Educational Administration
- A background check (at the applicant’s expense). Please contact Dr. Wellborn, Dean of Education (email@example.com) at the Education Division Office for details on completing the background check.
- A personal statement (2-3 typed pages) regarding your interest in pursuing an advanced degree. The personal statement, not to exceed three pages in length, should be composed in Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins. The personal statement must address one’s plans for how the degree will be utilized once earned.
- An updated resume.
- Three or more letters of professional recommendation. The letters of recommendation should be from former professors, supervisors, or other professionals familiar with the candidate’s academic, personal, or professional integrity. Submit letters of recommendation to Dr. Wellborn, Dean of Education, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master of Science – Nursing
- Requirements for admittance to the MSN-FNP Program, include the following:
- Application and admission to the Missouri Valley College School of Nursing
- Current unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States and its territories
- BSN with a minimum of “B” in all nursing courses/clinicals
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
- Submission of three professional references
- Satisfactory criminal background check prior to the first semester of nursing coursework
- Students who have completed Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice, Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice, or Advanced Health Assessment within the last three years and obtained a B or higher may transfer these credits. However, these courses are also offered in the program.
- A transcript review (to be on file in the Registrar’s office) with an academic plan of study completed by nursing and/or nursing-approved faculty will be completed. The Graduate Faculty Forum Committee will review all applicants for meeting admission criteria. Applicants not meeting criteria will be sent a letter by the Program Director/Dean.
Additional Requirements and Information for International Students
Official transcripts of all post-secondary work must be submitted to the Admissions Office and acceptance into the program will not be determined until all transcripts are received. All international transcripts must be submitted to and evaluated by INCRED (preferred) or a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services member prior to admission.
The Master of Arts – Educational Administration and Master of Science – Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner programs are currently pending review by the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Until complete adjudication of the program, an International student can not be issued an I-20 for the program.
Students are strongly encouraged to complete all coursework through MVC Graduate transfer credits are awarded as follows:
- The College accepts master’s level courses and hours from regionally accredited colleges and universities.
- Only courses in which a grade of “B” or above was earned will be accepted for transfer credit.
- A maximum of 6 graduate credit hours will be accepted in transfer.
- Only MVC coursework will apply toward a student’s grade point average, unless the course is a repeat course previously taken at MVC.
- If a student wishes to transfer credit from another institution, it will be up to the Program Director to determine whether it will meet the MVC requirements.
- For the Master of Arts – Community Counseling program, If the course is one of the foundational courses, the student must demonstrate competency (>70%) by passing a written exam in order to receive credit.