Graduate Academic CommunityAdmission Criteria for a Master’s Degree Program
Admission to the Graduate and Continuing Studies program is open to qualified graduates of universities and colleges of recognized standing without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, Vietnam-era veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or status with regard to marriage or public assistance.
Admission criteria include:
1. Applicants must possess an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Exceptions to this rule may be granted by the Graduate Programs Committee, in consultation with the Admissions Committee of individual programs.
2. Applicants shall demonstrate that they possess sufficient academic and/or professional background and experience.
3. Applicants shall present evidence that they possess the potential for success in a master’s level academic program.
4. Applicants shall demonstrate their proficiency in written and oral communication in English necessary for success in graduate study.
5. Each program may have additional admissions requirements or may set higher qualifications. Refer to specific program requirements for details.
Applications for admission to a graduate program are available online at www.cord.edu/Academics/Graduate/apply1.php or by writing or calling the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies or the program office. A complete list of the required application materials for a program is included with the program description that follows in this catalog. Completed applications should be submitted to the address on the application. Students should consult the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies or the graduate program’s website or application materials for deadlines.
Admission Procedures for a Master’s Degree Program
Admission to a graduate program requires submission of the following materials.
Additional admission requirements will be addressed in individual program areas.
1. A letter of application indicating intent and required materials submitted for application.
2. A completed Application for Admission to Graduate and Continuing Studies form.
3. An essay of at least 500 words, typed and double-spaced, that represents your highest level of academic writing. Provide a description of your professional experiences and background that have contributed to your readiness for graduate education. Specify those experiences that prepared you for your desired master’s degree. State your professional goals and indicate your potential to achieve this degree.
4. Sealed or certified copies of official transcripts for all postsecondary academic work should be sent directly to Academic Affairs, Attn: Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies.
5. Three letters of recommendation from different individuals. Each program may identify specific requirements for these references.
6. Test scores, if required by the specific program (e.g. GRE, GMAT). The test requirements and acceptable scores vary by program. Please see individual program for minimum requirements.
7. A nonrefundable $35 application fee payable to Concordia College. All application materials should be sent to Academic Affairs, Attn: Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies, Concordia College, 901 8th St. S., Moorhead, MN 56562.
All admissions materials must be received and processed by the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies before files are forwarded for review to the individual master’s program. Incomplete files will not be reviewed. It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up on the status of materials submitted to the college.