Masters Admissions

While each Master's-level program may have additional requirements for admission, the Graduate School specifies the following admission requirements for the Masters-level:

STEP ONE – Submit the following admission credentials to the Graduate School

  • An application for admission to Graduate School – Click here to apply
  • All applicants must submit two official copies of transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges and universities attended.
  • The Graduate School requires a 3.00 GPA (on a 4.00 Scale) at the undergraduate level or a Masters' degree (See program requirements).
  • Admission by a major department. Departmental requirements are listed in the Graduate Catalog or in the application packet: JSUAP (pdf file)
  • Out-of-state and International applicants must submit a $25.00 application fee (money orders only).
  • International applicants must submit satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  • International applicants must also file a Certified Declaration of Financial Support with the University with the Division of International Studies.
    Click for: Form I-134, Affidavit of Support (pdf).
  • The student should consult the major department for additional requirements.

Regular status is awarded to students who have minimum GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 Scale) at the undergraduate level.

Conditional status may be assigned to students who possess a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 – 2.99 at the undergraduate level (on 4.0 scale). Students must earn regular status in the first semester of full-time enrollment, or in the first twelve hours of part-time enrollment by acquiring a GPA of 3.00 in the first 12 hours of graduate work.


  • All applicants must submit immunization records showing proof of immunization compliance for measles and rubella, if born after December 1957, to:  JSU, Health Services, P.O. Box 17097, Jackson, MS  39217.  Telephone:  (601) 979-2260.

Departmental/Program Requirements (Consult program for details)  The following items should be sent directly to the program/department:

  • Department/program application if required
  • Three letters of recommendation from former college professors. Consult  Program for format. (Click for a Generic Form:  GSRecF.pdf)
  • A written statement of purpose
  • All required national examination scores.(GRE, GMAT or MAT)
  • Meet the minimum GPA requirement of the desired program.

STEP THREE – Additional Application Material is required for the following programs  (Consult program for details)

  • M.S. in Educational Administration & Supervision
  • Master of Social Work Program
  • Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA)
  • M.S. in Communicative Disorders
  • M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • M.A. in History
  • M.A.  in Urban and Regional Planning.

General Application Deadlines

Programs may have specific deadlines and
admit only once a year.

Fall – March 1
Summer – March 15
Spring – October 15

Program Specific Deadlines

March 1: Fall Admission

  • M.S. in Communicative Disorders
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • M.A. in Sociology
  • M.A. in Criminal  Justice

March 15: Summer Admission

  • MSW (Advanced Standing Program & Parttime)
  • M.S. in Educational Admin. and Supervision

Fall and Summer Admissions

  • M.S. in Community Counseling
  • M.S.Ed in School Counseling
  • M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling