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Instructions for Completion of the Admission Application Graduate Form

Deadlines (please read carefully) Admission to graduate study at Shepherd University is handled on a rolling basis. Students are eligible to register for courses once their applications have been processed and they have been accepted. Applications are considered complete when this form, the application fee, and all supporting materials are on file with the Office of Graduate Admissions. Please feel free to contact the Office of Graduate Admissions in order to make sure that your application is complete.

Notification The Office of Graduate Admissions will notify you of your admission status on a rolling basis.

General Application Procedures Please follow the steps listed below in completing this application form:

  1. This application is required of all degree-seeking students, regardless of whether you are interested in part-time or full-time studies.
  2. A non-refundable application fee of $40 is required before the application can be processed. A $60 non-refundable application fee is required for application to the M.A.T. degree. A check or money order, payable to Shepherd University, should be sent with this application form to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  3. Please read carefully the statement at the bottom of this page which relates to the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA).
  4. All applicants for the Curriculum and Instruction Program must be certified teachers and must provide documentation of certification with the application.

Admission Requirements Applicants for admission to full graduate status at Shepherd University must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a minimum college grade point average of 2.75. Students who do not meet these standards may, at the discretion of the graduate coordinator, be admitted on a provisional basis. Individual programs also have the following requirements:

Master of Arts in College Student Development and Administration:

  1. Entrants must have completed a bachelor’s degree with either

* a 2.75 in all undergraduate coursework OR

* 440 Verbal and 560 Quantitative (if taken prior to August 1, 2011) and 149 Verbal and 146 Quantitative (if taken on or after August 1, 2011) on General Record Exam or 390 on Miller Analogies Test.

Provisional status may be granted to applicants who do not meet GPA or exam requirements.

  1. CSDA students must complete one essay question: What do you hope to do with a Master’s in College Student Development and Administration?
  2. Writing Sample: 5-7 pages of a previously written research paper OR submit a 5-7 page research paper discussing a current trend in higher education.
  3. Reference letter from a faculty member answering the following question: How is this student prepared for the rigor of graduate school, specifically addressing oral and written communication skills? (Optional)

Deadline for fall applicants seeking to participate in assistantship interview process: February 15

Deadline for fall applicants not interested in assistantship interviews: July 31

Deadline for spring applicants November 15

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT):

Candidates for the M.A.T. degree program must meet the following requirements.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning

An overall 2.75 GPA in all higher education coursework

A 2.5 GPA in the content courses for the area in which certification is sought

Completion of ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and COMM 202 with grades of C or above in each course.

A passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests (CASE)

The CASE tests may be waived provided the candidate: a) holds a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education; or b) currently holds, or has held, a West Virginia Professional Teaching, Student Support Services or Administrative Certificate; or c) attained, from a single administration, a composite score of 25 on the American College Test (ACT), 26 on the ACT enhanced (effective November 1989), 1035 on the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT),1125 on the re-centered SAT (Critical Reading and Mathematics – effective April 1995), or 1170 on the revised SAT using the combined Critical Reading and Math score (effective March 2005).

Completion of at least 50 percent of all undergraduate content area work required for certification (with grades of C or better)

OR Completion of at least 25 percent of all undergraduate content area work required for certification (with grades of C or better) and a passing score on the Praxis II Content Specialization Test for the certification content area.

*Students with a GPA lower than 2.75, but not lower than 2.5, may be admitted provisionally with qualifying scores on the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Exam.

Application Procedure

A graduate application can be downloaded from our website or requested by contacting the Office of Graduate Studies at 304-876-5313. Completed applications and an application fee of $60 should be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies. All transcripts and GRE or Miller scores should be sent separately by the school or the testing agency to the Office of Admissions. For test dates, fees, test center locations, online registration for the GRE, and information on test preparation, visit the GRE Web site. All PRAXIS test scores should be sent separately by the testing agency to the Department of Education.

After the application and all transcripts have been received, they will be analyzed for required content courses, and all other admission criteria. Students will receive written notification of what criteria have been met and what, if any, criteria still need to be addressed prior to admittance.

To find out more information about the PRAXIS, TOEFL and other assessment of learning tests, please go to the ETS website:

Information on the Miller Analogies Test may be found on Pearson’s website.

Master of Business Administration:

* An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher * OR for students with less than a 2.75 GPA, one of the following standardized tests: Graduate Record Exam (GRE): 440 Verbal and 560 Quantitative (if taken prior to August 1, 2011) and 149 Verbal and 146 Quantitative (if taken on or after August 1, 2011) Miller Analogy Test (MAT): 390 Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): 400 Business Major Field Test (MFAT): a score of 153 (51st Percentile) Additionally, all students must also submit the following: * Two Letters of Recommendation * A résumé * A letter of intent that describes the how the student envisions using the M.B.A. degree to enhance their personal and career goals.

Transfer of Previous Graduate Credit

Graduate courses from other institutions or other Shepherd University graduate programs will be evaluated, at the time of admission, by the dean and/or the coordinator of the program to which the applicant is applying, or the department chair in which the course is offered.

*Required scores for GRE prior to 8/11 are 440 on verbal and 560 on quantitative sections.