Timelines and Requirements

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Our graduate programs all have their own unique application timelines and admissions requirements, in addition to the overall graduate admissions requirements.

Admission requirements for MSA

Our MSA program admits students in the fall, spring, and summer.

To apply, you need to have:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an institution with full regional accreditation for that degree.
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).
  • Transcripts that show completion of courses in key areas such as programming principles, database design and programming (including familiarity with SQL), and statistical principles.

If you don’t fully meet these requirements, you might be required to take additional foundational courses to cover any gaps.

If you’re an international student, you must have a bachelor’s degree that is equivalent to a four-year undergraduate degree in the U.S.

GRE: Students that have graduated from a U.S. institution with full regional accreditation will NOT be required to take the GRE. 

For other students, we require that you show satisfactory GRE scores on a test taken within the last five years. The GRE requirement can be waived for applicants with a cumulative grade point average greater than 3.25 or other waiver criteria as listed in the general admission requirements.

Application deadline

Make sure you send in your application by:

  • August 15 for admission for the following fall semester. 
  • November 15 for admission for the following spring semester. 
  • April 15 for admission for the following summer semester. 

The application deadline is subject to change to accommodate available capacity and program needs. This is why we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.

If you’re applying for an assistantship, be sure to send in your assistantship form with your application.

Graduation requirements

Our MSA program requires a total of 30 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate. This includes:

  • Successful completion of all courses listed on your MSA Plan of Study within the 5-year time limit
  • Achievement of a GPA of at least 3.0 (a "B" average), with no more than 6 credit hours of a "C" grade and no grade below a "C" in the courses on your Plan of Study
  • Satisfaction of Regental standards for residency, this is satisfied by completing all but a maximum of nine credit hours of your coursework at DSU (distance courses count as "at DSU")
  • 18 credit hours of core courses
  • 6 credit hours of required courses
  • 6 credit hours of electives
  • A comprehensive exam

For more information, you can view our online catalog or contact us.

Program completion

You are welcome to complete your MSA on a full-time or part-time basis—whatever works best with your schedule.

While the time it takes to complete this degree varies based on the number of credits you take per semester, full-time students generally complete the program in two years.

Finally, please note that you must complete the program within five years of the semester of your first course.

It's time to apply.

We're looking forward to having you join our MSA program.

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