Ready for the Next Step?

Whether your field requires a graduate degree or you are just seeking to further your education and advance your career, Southeast offers graduate programs both on campus and online to help you reach your goals. Admission requirement information is located below. If you want to learn more about graduate studies at Southeast or our graduate programs, we have lots to share! If you are looking for someone to contact about your program of interest, look them up in the Graduate Coordinator and Faculty Directory list.

General Application Deadlines

The application for admission, official transcripts, and other required documents should be submitted no later than the dates listed below. 

Priority Deadline: The priority deadline is an opportunity for prospective students to express their keen interest in joining our community. Your application will be among the first to be reviewed when more spots are available, you will be considered for the widest range of financial support available and will have more time to connect with faculty advisors or mentors.  
Final Deadline: The final deadline is the last date on which we can accept applications for the upcoming academic cycle. While applications received by this date are given complete consideration, they might not benefit from the advantages associated with the priority deadline.
Past Deadlines: Some programs accept domestic students through the start of classes. Email admissions@semo.edu for questions about this possibility for domestic students.  

If you have questions regarding general deadlines, email domestic admissions at admissions@semo.edu or international admissions at international@semo.edu.

NOTE: Some programs have earlier admission deadlines. Be sure to review the early application deadlines below for Applied Computer Science (M.S), Applied Nutrition (M.S.), Athletic Training (M.S.), Communication Disorders (M.A.), Cybersecurity (M.S.), Mental Health Counseling (M.A.), and School Counseling (M.A.).

Domestic Student Deadlines

Term Fall Spring Summer Mid-semester (8-week)*
Priority Deadline March 1 October 1 March 1 Fall: September 15
Spring: February 15
Final Deadline August 1 December 1 May 1

International Student Deadlines

Term Fall Spring Summer Mid-semester (8-week)*
Priority Deadline March 1 October 1 IEP Students Only
Final Deadline July 1 November 1

*Mid-semester start (8 weeks) is available to domestic applicants for a limited number of programs including:
Agribusiness (M.S.), Educational Administration (Specialist), Exceptional Child (M.A.), Healthcare Management (M.S.), Higher Education Administration (M.A.), MBA, Management (M.S.), Teacher Leadership (M.A.), Teacher Leadership (Specialist)
Contact the department for additional details.

Programs with Early Application Deadlines

The application for admission, official transcripts, and other required documents should be submitted no later than the dates listed.

If you have questions regarding early deadlines, email domestic admissions at admissions@semo.edu or international admissions at international@semo.edu.

Program Deadline
Applied Computer Science (M.S.) Fall: March 1 (International)
Spring: October 1 (International)
Applied Nutrition (M.S.) Summer Admission Only: January 15; Complete files reviewed in January
Athletic Training (M.S.) Summer Admission Only: March 1; Complete files reviewed as received
Communication Disorders (M.A.) Summer Admission Only: January 15; Complete files reviewed in February
Cybersecurity (M.S.) Fall: March 1 (International)
Spring: October 1 (International)
Mental Health Counseling (M.A.) Summer/Fall Admission Only: February 1 Preferred; Complete files reviewed in February
School Counseling (M.A.) Summer/Fall: February 1 Preferred; Complete files reviewed in February

 Required Documents for Admission 

To complete your graduate application, we may need additional documents based on your program. Most documents can be uploaded directly to your online application (excluding official transcripts). Official transcripts can be sent directly from the college to the address below. Don't miss the deadline to turn in all documents (listed above). 

  • Southeast Missouri State University 
    Office of Admissions, MS 3550 
    One University Plaza 
    Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
    admissions@semo.edu
  • Southeast Missouri State University 
    International Education and Services 
    One University Plaza, MS 2000 
    Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
    international@semo.edu
Program  Cumulative GPA  Test Scores  Additional Documents 
Agribusiness (M.S.) 3.0 (recommended);
2.75 (acceptable)
   
Applied Behavior Analysis (M.A.)  3.25     2 Reference Letters
*Letter of Intent 
International Applicants - Minimum IELTS Academic score of 7.0 or TOEFL iBT of 95  
Applied Computer Science (M.S.)  3.0       
Applied Nutrition (M.S.)  3.0     MSAN Program Application and supplemental documents (in addition to University application)  
Athletic Training (M.S.) 3.0 Complete the ATCAS Application. Includes 2 reference letters. In addition, official college transcripts must be sent directly to ATCAS. A University application must also be submitted. 
Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate  2.75     International Applicants - Minimum IELTS Academic score of 7.0 or TOEFL iBT of 95 
Biology (MS)  2.75     2 Reference Letters (waived if Thesis Option Faculty Sponsor Agreement received)
Faculty Sponsor Agreement
Cloud Computing Certificate  2.5       
Communication Disorders (M.A.)  3.0  Complete the CSDCAS Application. Includes 2 Reference Letters. In addition, official college transcripts must be sent directly to CSDCAS. A University application must also be submitted.
Counseling (Specialist)  3.5     2 Reference Letters
Criminal Justice (M.S.)  3.0     *Letter of Intent 
Cybersecurity (M.S.)  3.0       
Cybersecurity Certificate  2.5       
Educational Administration (Specialist)  3.5     Valid Professional Teaching Certificate 
Resume verifying 2 years of classroom teaching experience  
Educational Leadership (MA)  2.75     Valid Professional Teaching Certificate 
Resume verifying 2 years of classroom teaching experience 
International Applicants - Minimum IELTS Academic score of 7.0 or TOEFL iBT of 95  
Educational Studies - Secondary Education (M.A.)  2.75     International Applicants - Minimum IELTS Academic score of 7.0 or TOEFL iBT of 95 
Educational Technology - Secondary Education (M.A.)  2.75     International Applicants - Minimum IELTS Academic score of 7.0 or TOEFL iBT of 95 
Elementary Education (M.A.)  2.75  Valid Professional Teaching Certificate or State Content Exam or GRE  International Applicants - Minimum IELTS Academic score of 7.0 or TOEFL iBT of 95 
English (M.A.)  2.5       
Environmental Science (M.S.)  2.5  GRE is only required for probationary and GA position consideration.  2 Reference Letters
*Letter of Intent 
Exceptional Child (M.A.)  2.75  Valid Professional Teaching Certificate or State Content Exam or GRE  International Applicants - Minimum IELTS Academic score of 7.0 or TOEFL iBT of 95 
Healthcare Management (M.S.)  3.0  GRE/GMAT or healthcare licensure    
Healthcare Management Certificates  3.0  GRE/GMAT or healthcare licensure    
Higher Education Administration (M.A.)  2.75     International Applicants - Minimum IELTS Academic score of 7.0 or TOEFL iBT of 95 
Industrial/Organizational Psychology (M.A.)  3.0  3 Reference Letters
*Letter of Intent 
Management (M.S.)  2.75  GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT or Graduate Degree with a 3.0 Cumulative GPA  *Letter of Intent and resume with 3 Professional/Business References 
MBA  3.0   
Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)  3.0     3 Reference Letters
International Applicants - Minimum IELTS Academic score of 7.0 or TOEFL iBT of 95 
Middle & Secondary Education: STEM Content (MAT)  2.5  State Licensure Exam  International Applicants - Minimum IELTS Academic score of 7.0 or TOEFL iBT of 95 
Nursing (MSN)  3.25     MSN Program Application (submit prior to the University application which is also required)  
Nutrition & Exercise Science (M.S.)  3.0       
Public Administration (MPA)  2.7     *Letter of Intent & Resume 
Public History (M.A.)  2.75     *Letter of Intent & Writing Sample 
School Counseling (M.A.)  3.0     3 Reference Letters
International Applicants - Minimum IELTS Academic score of 7.0 or TOEFL iBT of 95 
School Psychological Examiner Post-Graduate Certificate  3.5     4 Reference Letters
Special Reading K-12 Licensure Certificate  2.75     Valid Professional Teaching Certificate
Teacher Leadership (M.A.)  2.75     Valid Professional Teaching Certificate 
International Applicants - Minimum IELTS Academic score of 7.0 or TOEFL iBT of 95  
Teacher Leadership (Specialist)  3.5     Valid Professional Teaching Certificate 
Technology Management (M.S.)  3.0       
TESOL (M.A.)  2.5       

*View the Graduate Bulletin for details.

Graduate Admission Steps

Whether you are returning to your education or continuing straight from your bachelor’s degree, Southeast can help you earn the credentials and gain the knowledge necessary for the next step in your career.

  • Complete the Application for Graduate Admission Returning graduate students can also apply using this link.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. 
  • Submit official test scores (if applicable). 
  • Submit proof of U.S. citizenship, permanent residency, or lawful presence in the U.S. (e.g. driver's license, passport, birth certificate, green card)  
  • Submit other required application materials (see table above).

  • You may not be allowed to enroll in coursework applicable to your degree until your initial study plan has been approved by your program coordinator 
  • After being advised, enroll following the priority registration schedule.  
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