Application and Admission Requirements

Application process

The Master of Global Studies program welcomes all students regardless of their undergraduate major. In order for you to be accepted into the Master of Global Studies program you must first submit an application along with a $35 application fee to the Graduate College at Missouri State University. Once you have been admitted into the Graduate College you may then apply to the Master of Global Studies program. Please note that international students must also follow all International Student Admission directions.

Admission requirements

NOTE: The current GRE exam was replaced with a new GRE exam in late 2011. Under the new GRE system, students should earn a minimum combined score of 290. Normally, a minimum of 150 in the verbal or quantitative section is required and a score of not less than 140 on the other.

The following are entrance requirements to be admitted into the Master of Global Studies program:

Entrance requirements

  1. Normally, applicants with a 3.00 GPA or above in their undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and a combined GRE score of not less than 290 on the verbal and quantitative sections will be admitted to the MGS program in good standing.  A minimum score of 290 is required on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, with a minimum of 150 in the verbal or quantitative section and a score of not less than 140 on the other.  All students applying for admission must take the GRE before being admitted into the program.
  2. Three strong letters from professors at the undergraduate level and/or persons well acquainted with the applicant’s education and abilities will be admitted to the MGS program in good standing.  These letters are to be submitted to the Director of the MGS program.
  3. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 and/or a score of less than 290 on the GRE may be admitted to the program on a provisional basis.  A personal interview may be requested.
  4. Foreign students applying for admission to the MGS program who do not have an undergraduate degree from an American university must have completed the equivalent of an undergraduate degree at an accredited university. They must also demonstrate graduate-level proficiency in English by either having achieved a score of 550 on the paper-based, or a comparable score of 79 on the IBT or internet- based TOEFL, or by other equivalent means.

Accelerated Master of Global Studies Option

Eligible Missouri State University majors in Global Studies, Political Science, and other relevant disciplines may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Master of Global Studies (MGS) program after admission requirements for the accelerated master’s option have been satisfied.  If accepted, both the undergraduate and graduate requirements for dual-listed courses (500 and 600/700 level courses) must have been fulfilled to be counted for both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.  This option gives exceptional undergraduate students the opportunity to complete their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in ten semesters and a summer.  Contact the Department of Political Science for further information and guidelines.

Before enrolling in a course to be counted as both undergraduate and graduate credit and to count the course toward the master’s degree, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated program and receive prior approval from the graduate program advisor, department head of the undergraduate program, and the dean of the Graduate College.  This is done with the completion of a Mixed Credit Form.  Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the course(s).  See the Graduate College for further information.

Admission Process for the Accelerated MGS Option:

Immediately prior to or during the junior year, the prospective student should discuss the possibility of participating in the Accelerated Master’s Degree program with their undergraduate advisor, Director of the Global Studies program, and the Department Head of the Political Science Department.  If the student’s academic record and potential are judged strong, the Director recommends the student to the proposed Accelerated program for approval by the Department Head.  Undergraduate students who enter the Accelerated Master’s Degree program should have a sponsor, i.e., a PLS faculty member who will serve as a mentor to the student throughout the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Students admitted into the Accelerated Master’s Degree Program will not be fully admitted into the Graduate College until completion of their undergraduate degree and fulfillment of all other requirements for admission (such as the Graduate Record Examination).  Students should be awarded the bachelor’s degree upon completion of a minimum of 125 hours of undergraduate course work and degree-specific requirements.

Admission Requirements for the Accelerated Global Studies Option:
  1. Global Studies, political science and other undergraduate majors must have at least junior standing and a minimum of 60 credit hours.
  2. Applicants must have a minimum 3.50 GPA in the major curriculum and a 3.00 overall GPA.
  3. Students in the Accelerated Master’s Degree Program must maintain a 3.50 GPA in their major and maintain a 3.00 overall GPA to remain in the program.
  4. Transfer students will be allowed into the Accelerated Masters Degree Program.  Transfer students must have a minimum of 30 graded hours of course work at Missouri State University before they can be accepted into the program.
  5. A maximum of 12 credits of mixed credit courses may be applied toward completion of their undergraduate degree requirements.  The following courses will be allowed as electives in the Global Studies program if they have been completed as graduate courses (only courses regularly offered are listed; when courses on demand are offered, a student may petition to count them as electives towards the accelerated program): the four courses counting towards the accelerated program must have four different course codes, including at least one PLS code:
Course CodeCourse Title Credit Hours
ECO 665 International Economics 3 hrs
FIN 682 International Financial Management 3 hrs
GRY 607 Geography of Subsaharan Africa 3 hrs
GRY 635 Global Climate and Weather Cycles 3 hrs
HST 665 English Constitution, Courts and Common Law 3 hrs
PLS 635 American Foreign Policy 3 hrs
PLS 642 Contemporary Political Ideologies 3 hrs
PLS 644 Governments and Politics of the Middle East 3 hrs
PLS 645 Asian Politics 3 hrs
PLS 647 Politics of The European Union and Its Members 3 hrs
PLS 648 Latin America Politics 3 hrs
PLS 650 Modern African Politics 3 hrs
PLS 676 Quantitative Methods of Political Science and Public Policy 3 hrs
PLS 782 Internship/Practicum in International Field 3 hrs