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Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree, undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or above on a 4.0 scale (overall or in last 60 hours)
  • Proof of active healthcare professional or practitioner license OR
  • Graduate Record Exam Score (GRE) or 147 for both Verbal and Quantitative reasoning OR
  • GMAT score equal to 500 or above

All undergraduate prerequisites must be satisfied before enrolling in a required core or elective course that require these foundation courses. Students without an undergraduate degree in business may need to complete the following required foundation coursework with a minimum grade of C:

  • Principles of Management
  • Business Statistics I OR Introduction to Behavioral Statistics OR Graduate Business Statistics Essentials
  • For the Informatics option: Management Information Systems OR Graduate Business Information Systems Essentials
  • Introducing Graduate Business Essential courses to fulfill the above prerequisites (each course is 1 credit hour)
    • BA601 Graduate Business Statistical Essentials
    • BA605 Graduate Business Information Systems Essentials

* A committee will make decisions on approving applications to the program.

Residence Requirement and Transfer Credit

In all cases, over one-half of the coursework required in a degree program must be completed at the Cape Girardeau campus, the university's Regional Campuses and Center, or through Southeast Online. Students must work carefully with their advisor to insure that the residence requirement is met. Transfer courses do not count toward meeting the residence or 600-level requirements. No more than 12 hours of transfer credit or credit older than 6 years may be applied to a graduate program. Transfer credit must be accepted by the major advisor and is applied to a program at candidacy. Before enrolling for credit at another institution, prior approval must be obtained from the major advisor. Only credit in which a 'B' or better was earned will be accepted for transfer. Credit for transfer is only acceptable if earned from a regionally accredited institution. For programs in education, off-campus credit earned from a non-NCATE accredited institution will not be accepted. 

Second Master's Degree Transfer Credit

With approval of the advisor and the Dean of the Graduate Studies, nine hours from the first master's degree may be applied to a second degree. Prior credit is subject to the six year time limit. 



Dempster Hall 248
Office of Graduate Business Studies
One University Plaza, MS 5890
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701