Timelines & Requirements

Programs with Firm Deadlines

*Completed application and all supporting materials must be received by the deadline

The following graduate programs have firm application deadline dates and one term of entry, only:

  • Nursing (M.S.N. Family/Individual Across Lifespan Nurse Practitioner)
    • February 15 for admission beginning fall term (Millersville campus)
    • September 15 for admission beginning spring term (Dixon Center - Harrisburg campus)
  • Social Work (only Summer start time)
    • November 26 - Early Decision Deadline
    • February 1 - For admission beginning summer term. 

The following master's degree and certification programs have firm application deadline dates and multiple terms of entry:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • School Counseling
  • School Psychology

    • January 15 - deadline for admission beginning in the fall term
    • April 15 - secondary deadline for admission beginning in the fall term (on a space available basis only)
    • October 1 - deadline for admission beginning in winter or spring terms

See chart below for program specific information, regarding timelines and requirements.

Programs Offering Rolling Admissions

The following graduate programs offer rolling admissions (no deadline).  When all required application materials have been submitted the application file will be submitted to the academic department for an admissions review and determination.  The review and admission process may take up to 4-6 weeks. 

  • Art
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Emergency Management
  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • Gifted Education
  • History
  • Integrated Scientific Applications
  • Leadership for Teaching & Learning
  • Language & Literacy Education
  • Mathematics
  • Special Education
  • Sport Management
  • Technology Education
  • Nurse Educator

See chart below for program specific information, regarding timelines and requirements.

Specific Information for Master's Program Applications

Program Deadline Dates Required Entrance Exam* Teaching Certificate Other Requirements
Art (MEd)

No deadline

No

Yes, unless enrolled in post-bacc. cert. concurrently

Interview may be required, Portfolio- if not MU Grad
Assessment, Curriculum, & Teaching (M.Ed.) No deadline

GRE or MAT, only if undergraduate cumulative GPA is lower than 2.8.

Yes No
Early Childhood Education
(MEd)
No deadline

No

Yes, unless enrolled in post-bac cert. concurrently No
Emergency Management (MS) No deadline

GRE or MAT, required only if cumulative GPA is lower than 2.8

No Resume
English (MA & MEd) No deadline

No

No Sample scholarly work (an 8-15 page critical or research paper recently prepared)
Languages & Cultures
(MA) - Spanish, German, French
No deadline

ACTFL (OPI and WPT)

No 24 undergraduate credits in selected language
Gifted Education
(MEd)
No deadline

GRE or MAT, required only if cumulative GPA is lower than 3.0

Yes No
History (MA) No deadline

GRE, required only if cum GPA is lower than 2.85

No 8-12 page academic writing sample
Integrated Scientific Applications (MS) No deadline

GRE or MAT or GMAT, required only if cumulative GPA is lower than 3.0

No Resume
Language & Literacy Education (MEd) No deadline

GRE or MAT, required only if cumulative GPA is lower than 3.0

Yes No
Leadership for Teaching and Learning (MEd) No deadline

GRE or MAT

Yes Interview
Mathematics (MEd) No deadline

No

No Prerequisite Math Courses
 
Nursing (MSN)

Family/Individual Across Lifespan
February 15
(Fall start @ MU)
September 15 (Spring @DUC)
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Nursing Education

Rolling Admission

No

No Resume, including minimum of 2 years of pertinent clinical experience (3-5 years preferred); Copy of RN license; 3.0 GPA required;
Interview; Minimum of one year of current clinical experience in nursing

Psychology (MS)
- School
- Clinical

January 15
April 15
October 1

GRE required only if cumulative GPA is lower than 3.0

No At least 1 academic reference, interview, 18 undergraduate credits in Psychology
School Counseling
(MEd)
January 15
April 15
October 1

GRE required only if cumulative GPA is lower than 3.0

No At least 1 academic reference, interview, 6 undergraduate credits in Psychology
Social Work (MSW)**

February 1
(or until full) 

*summer start only

GRE or MAT, required only if cumulative GPA from ALL coursework is lower than 2.8

No All Transfer transcripts (even if MU grad), 3 references (at least 1 academic and 1 supervisory reference), Resume, 4-5 page goal statement
Special Education (MEd) No deadline

GRE or MAT

Yes Interview
Sport Management (MEd) No deadline

GRE/MAT/GMAT exam or complete an interview with writing assignment, required only if cumulative GPA is lower than 3.0

No All transfer transcripts (even if MU grad), at least 1 academic reference (not from MU Sport Management Dept.), and sport management goal statement

Technology & Innovation
(MS)

No deadline

GRE or MAT, required only if cumulative GPA is lower than 3.0 

No No
Teacher Certification (Post-baccalaureate) No deadline No No All transfer transcripts

Specific Information for Doctoral Program Applications

Program Deadline Dates Required Entrance Exam* Teaching Certificate Other Requirements
Nursing (DNP)

Yes

No

No

Goal Statement
3-5 Page (APA 6th Ed.) Writing Sample Defining a Specific Issue or Problem in Nursing Practices
Current Resume/CV
Verification of MSN Clinical Hours
Completed MSN or MPH, With a Minimum 3.5 GPA

Social Work (DSW) No deadline

No

No

Resume
Writing Sample
Clearances
Completed MSW

Educational Leadership (Ed.D) No deadline

No

Yes Resume
Letter of Sponsorship
3-5 years of professional experience as specified by PDE CSPG #96

* Applicants possessing an earned master's degree from a regionally-accredited institution are exempt from the MAT or GRE entrance exam requirement.  Foreign Language applicants with earned master's degrees are not exempt from the OPI/WPT requirement.

**Special MSW forms for letters of recommendation are required.