International Requirements

International students must meet the same requirements as other students applying to a graduate program, along with the following requirements:

  • If English is not the native language, an official TOEFL score is required: 213 on the computer based; 550 on the paper based; 79 on the internet based TOEFL.  (Official means the score must be sent directly from ETS to McMurry). Individual graduate programs may also put additional requirements on TOEFL subsection scores.
  • Official academic transcripts must show evidence of completion of international equivalent of bachelor’s degree.
  • Individual graduate programs may add additional requirements to transcript/degree certification.
  • International applicants must satisfy all academic admission requirements before a Form I-20 can be issued and before they leave their home countries. 
  • Provide an affidavit of support or a statement from the bank of financial responsibility.
  • A deposit is required for international students who wish to live in the residence hall.

Below are graduate program admission requirements:

Full Admission

  • The completed Graduate School application form, together with the $35 non-refundable application fee and other required documents, should be received in the Office of the Registrar by July 1, if applying for fall admission, or November 1, if applying for spring admission. The applicant should indicate on the form the particular program for which he/she is applying.
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required.  A final official transcript, in English, from each school attended is required and should be mailed to the Office of the Registrar directly from each institution attended.  The application will become void if a baccalaureate degree is not earned by the time of matriculation.  Some graduate programs may require specific undergraduate degree or subset of courses taken as part of undergraduate preparation.
  • Overall undergraduate GPA should not be less than 3.00. However, individual graduate programs may have higher requirements.  Specific graduate programs may also put additional GPA requirements in the major or certain subset of undergraduate courses
  • Individual graduate programs may require minimum GRE or other standardized tests (appropriate to particular field of study).
  • Essay, writing sample, and other requirements as specified will be determined by individual graduate programs.
  • Number and types of recommendation letters and/or work experience are to be specified by individual graduate programs.

Conditional Admission

Students who do not meet all requirements for full graduate admission may be considered for conditional admission by the graduate department based on criteria that demonstrate the applicant’s ability for success in that department’s graduate program. Students who are admitted conditionally may be restricted to explicit conditions during the first semester of enrollment, including but not limited to, a restricted number of hours, earned GPA, and/or undergraduate prerequisite work, as required by the Graduate Council. The student will not be permitted to register for the subsequent semester if prescribed conditions are not met.  

Tentative Admission

Tentative admission status may be granted temporarily for a student who has met all the requirements but has been unable to provide all the necessary materials, such as a final official transcript for courses in progress at time of matriculation.  Students must be removed from tentative status before registering for the subsequent semester.  (International students are not eligible for tentative admission.)

Delayed Admission

The letter of acceptance provided to the student will be for the specified semester only.  If the student wishes to delay admission for one long semester, a written notification must be submitted to the Registrar.  The Registrar will notify the appropriate major department.  If admission is delayed beyond one semester, a new application must be submitted, along with all required documents.

Non-Degree Admission

A student may apply as a non-degree student by completing the non-degree application, which is obtained at the Registrar’s office, and submitting all official transcripts.  Admission as a non-degree student is not a guarantee of a successful admission into McMurry’s graduate program for a later term or that the credits earned as non-degree will count towards the graduate degree.  Some courses require admission to the program and/or departmental approval before enrolling as a non-degree student.

The non-degree status is for 1 semester only, not to exceed 9 credit hours.  In order to continue taking graduate courses, the student must be admitted to the graduate school through the regular graduate admission process.  There is no financial aid available for non-degree status.


A student who withdraws from classes during a fall or spring semester or who is not enrolled for one long semester must complete a Readmission Application with the Registrar’s office.  Readmission to the graduate program is subject to the approval of the major department.  Readmission applications should be completed and on file with the Registrar’s office at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student wishes to return to McMurry.

A student who is not enrolled in the M.S.N program for a period of 1 year will be required to re-apply for admission to the program through PHSSN.