Master of Science in Economic Development - How To Apply

All applications to the program are processed through the Graduate School.

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 Admission Requirements:

1. GPA: Have a 3.0 (4.0 scale) grade point average over the last two years of the student’s undergraduate studies.

2. GRE/GMAT: Submit GRE scores (all sections). The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) may be submitted in place of the GRE. The GMAT or the GRE is required to be considered for admission to the program and maybe waived for applicants with a master’s degree or higher from accredited U.S. institutions if higher education.

An applicant may request waiver consideration from the GRE/GMAT requirement if s/he can demonstrate 5 years or more of progressively responsible work experience managing people and processes.  This waiver request will need to be approved by the College of Business Graduate Programs Academic Council. Applicants must have already submitted an application to the program and must submit the following to chad.r.miller@usm.edu at least 6 weeks before the application deadline:

1. Updated résumé

2. Letter addressed to Dr. Chad Miller, MSED Graduate Coordinator, requesting test score waiver consideration

3. Letters of recommendation: Provide three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess the applicant’s readiness for graduate study.

4. Conditional admission: In exceptional cases, students may be admitted conditionally. Such students must earn a 3.0 on the first nine (9) semester hours of coursework numbered 500 or above or on all coursework taken while completing this nine (9) hour requirement in order to qualify for regular admission.

5. Prerequisite: Students may be required to take some prerequisite courses in geography or business.

6. Statement of purpose: Submit statement of purpose and goals including desire for a graduate assistantship and resume.

7. TOEFL: Students whose native language is not English must achieve a TOEFL score of 560 or more. (International Students only)

8. Special Fee: In addition to a $110 per hour course fee that covers books, meals during the in-person, applicable IEDC fees, and special technology needed for the program.
Graduate Tuition and Out-of-State Charges can be found at General Tuition

9. International Students: International students seeking admissions to the program will need to contact the Center for International Education  before applying to the program.