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Master of Science in Education at Southwest Baptist University

Master of Science in Education - Athletic/Activity Administration

Admission Requirements

All applicants accepted for graduate study must have graduated, or be scheduled to graduate during the current academic year, from a regionally accredited college or university with a baccalaureate degree comparable in content and credit hours with degrees granted by SBU.

Admission Process:

Step 1 : Submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Studies:

  1. An official transcript showing completion of a bachelor's degree.
  2. Official transcript(s) showing any previous graduate study.
  3. A Graduate Studies application form.
  4. One of the following:
    • A copy of the applicant's Missouri Teaching Certificate (PC-1) issued after September 1, 1991, or
    • An official report of passing scores made on the PRAXIS II or
    • An official report of passing scores made on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
      (An M .S. degree from an accredited school may be substituted for testing requirement.)
  5. An application fee if not an SBU graduate.

Step 2 : Admission Questionnaire
An admission questionnaire, including a handwritten statement describing the applicant's motivation for pursuing the master's degree at SBU, must be submitted by the applicant.

Step 3 : Committee Action
After all admissions materials are filed, the Graduate Admissions Committee will meet and determine the admissibility of the candidate. One of the following actions will be taken:

  1. The candidate may be unconditionally admitted to the graduate program at SBU.
  2. The candidate may not be admitted to the graduate program and may not pursue a graduate degree at SBU.
  3. The candidate may be conditionally admitted and may proceed to pursue the appropriate master's degree if stated conditions are continuously met.

The Graduate Admissions Committee may grant conditional admission to persons who do not fully meet all admissions criteria, but in the view of the committee demonstrate potential for completing the program and making a worthy contribution through teaching or building level administration.

Step 4 : Notification
The Office of Graduate Studies will notify the applicant in writing of the decision of the Graduate Admissions Committee. If the applicant is admitted conditionally, the conditions for continuing in the program will be listed and communicated in writing. An adviser will be announced in the letter. Students should communicate with their assigned adviser as soon as possible.

Admission to Classified Status for Degree-Seeking Students

Graduate students in classified status are those who have been admitted to the Master of Science in Education degree program or the Master of Science in Educational Administration degree program.

Persons wishing to pursue either master's degree at SBU should complete the process of admission to the graduate program as a classified degree-seeking student by the second term of their enrollment.

At least 15 hours must be completed at SBU after official admission to the Master of Science in Education degree program. Admission to the Master of Science in degree program must be accomplished prior to the completion of 9 credit hours at SBU.

An applicant for admission to either of the Master of Science Degree programs may be fully or unconditionally admitted or may be admitted with limitations or conditions.

Criteria for full or unconditional admission to the Master of Science degree programs are:

  1. A Missouri Teaching Certificate (PC-1) issued after September 1, 1991, or a Pass for Missouri certification on the National Teacher's Examination (PRAXIS) or 1200 (total of Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical) on the Graduate Record Exam; and
  2. An undergraduate Grade Point Average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale; and
  3. A positive recommendation for admission from the Graduate Education Admissions Committee.


Conditional Admission may be granted upon the recommendation of the Graduate Education Admissions Committee for a person who does not fully meet the criteria given above. When a person is granted conditional admission, the conditions for continuing in the program are communicated in writing by the Office of Graduate Studies.