How to Apply
Applicants should apply for admission to Graduate School and pay the application fee. Note: the MCD program only admits in the summer term.
All students are required to present written documentation of immunization for MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella). This immunization must have been received after the first birthday and after January 1, 1968.
Arkansas law requires that in order to be eligible for enrollment at a public institution of higher learning a male applicant, between the ages of 18 and 25, who is a U.S. citizen must be registered or be exempt from registration with the selective service system.
Submit scores for all subtests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). To be considered, applicants must possess a minimum score of 285 on the combined verbal and quantitative portions of the exam. Listing school code 6011 will get them electronically sent to A-State. You may contact the Testing Center at Arkansas State University at 870-972-2038 to make the necessary arrangements for testing. (Average GRE score of most recently admitted class: 299)
Submit an official transcript from all colleges and universities attended since leaving high school. Transcripts must be mailed directly from the institutions previously attended. To be considered for the MCD, applicants must possess an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher or a GPA of 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
(Average GPA of most recently admitted class: Overall=3.75, Last 60 hours=3.92)
Submit a letter that requests acceptance into the program and states personal goals and interests.
Submit a current resume.
Arrange for completion and submission of three (3) Graduate Readiness Rating forms by persons qualified to speak with authority of your professional abilities and personal characteristics. Narrative letters of recommendation will not be considered unless attached to the completed, required form.
All documents must be submitted to:
Admissions, Records, and Registration
Attn: Graduate Admissions Analyst
P.O. Box 1570
State University, AR 72467
For questions regarding material submission, please call Admissions at (870) 972-3024.
Materials mailed to the department based on previous application instructions will be forwarded to the admissions office.
Rankings and Acceptance
After the deadline of February 15th, the CD Admissions and Credits Committee reviews all applications for GRE scores and GPA's. Applicants that do not provide evidence of meeting the minimum requirements are not reviewed further.
Qualifying applicants are then ranked and awarded points (based on ranking) from a pre-determined scale and are ranked individually by GPA-overall, GPA-in the major, GRE score (verbal/quantitative combined), and GRE writing score. Points for affective applicant items (resume, intent letter, and rating forms) are totaled and result in a folder score and subsequent ranking. Total applicant points are then ranked and the class is selected based on the number of students the program can accept.
Formal letters are sent to all qualified applicants notifying them of acceptance status. Invited applicants must respond at their earliest convenience but no later than April 20th. In the event attrition is high, the committee selects replacements from the remaining qualifying applicant pool, and additional invitations are extended.
Notice: Admitted MCD students begin the program in the first summer term following admission. Upon successful completion of coursework, practicum, and comprehensive examinations or thesis, matriculation is completed 19 months later, graduating in December.