Graduate Admissions Requirements


This policy lists the requirements a student must meet for admission for graduate study.




Admission Requirements

In order to be completely admitted to the graduate studies program, the applicant must be admitted to the University and satisfy the standards set by the selected degree program. To be eligible, the following requirements must be met:

  1. An applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  2. An applicant must meet departmental standards set for the selected program of study as described in the admission requirements under each degree program in the Delta State University Graduate Catalog.
  3. An applicant must be eligible to reenter in good standing at the last college or university attended.

An applicant must provide proof of immunization.

  1. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Proof of immunization of measles, mumps, and rubella is required (two doses of the MMR vaccine) of all students, unless exempt because of (a) actual or suspected pregnancy (measles or rubella vaccines are not required for females who are pregnant; if pregnancy is suspected, a valid certificate of medical exception from a health provider is required until pregnancy is resolved), (b) medical contraindication, or (c) birth prior to 1957. Temporary waivers may be granted for students enrolled in distance learning courses and/or programs where their time on campus is limited to a minimum number of hours as determined by the admitting IHL institution. (BT Minutes, 2/2009; 3/2010; 11/2010)
  2. HEPATITIS B Proof of hepatitis B vaccination is required for students who are involved in health education programs that cause them to be potentially exposed to blood or other bodily fluids. (BT Minutes, 1/93; 1/98; 2/2009; 3/2010) C.TUBER CULOSIS Proof of test screening for tuberculosis by chest x-ray and interferon gamma release assays (IGRA) performed in the United States prior to the start of classes is required for all international students. (BT Minutes, 1/93; 1/98; 2/2009; 3/2010; 2016)

A student denied admission may have his or her case reviewed. To initiate an appeal, the student should send a written request to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, Delta State University, Kent Wyatt Hall 228, Cleveland, MS, 38733. Request must be made within one year of date of the denial.

Application Procedures

To be considered for admission to Delta State University, an applicant must submit to the Graduate Studies Office the following:

  1. A completed application form. The application is online at or the form can be obtained from the Graduate Studies Office. The Graduate Studies Office should receive applications at least twenty days prior to the beginning of the term in which the student plans to enroll.
  2. One copy of an official transcript from the institution awarding the bachelor’s degree and a copy of an official transcript for all graduate level work. Delta State University students are not required to submit undergraduate transcripts.
  3. Valid copies of test scores, certifications, and other materials as outlined under the admission requirements for each graduate program.

Non-Degree Students

To enroll in coursework, a non-degree student must have permission from the department in which the courses are offered. There is no obligation on the part of the department offering a degree program to accept coursework taken by a student in a non-degree status. A student enrolled as non-degree who decides to pursue a degree must make application in the Graduate Studies Office as a degree-seeking student.

Application Fee

Delta State University charges a non-refundable fee each time a graduate application is submitted for admission. Applicants are required to submit payment via credit/debit card in order for the admission application to be processed.


Responsible Office and/or Policy Owner:  Academic Affairs



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Change/Review/Approval Date:

Revised/Approved by Academic Council: 05/23/2019

Revised/Approved by Cabinet: 06/03/2019