Admission Requirements

Only individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university are considered for acceptance into College of Graduate Studies programs.

Application Date Guidelines

The College of Graduate Studies has application deadlines for each semester of instruction (Fall, Spring, and Summer) as well as for the second session period within each semester (8 week, B Block courses). Students seeking admission into a master’s program must submit all required materials by the deadline for their anticipated start date. Individuals missing a deadline due to an incomplete application will be encouraged to complete their application prior to the start of the next available academic session (semester or block).

Application deadlines are as follows:

Full Semester & A Block B Block
Summer 2017 May 26 June 30
Fall 2017 August 4 October 13
Spring 2018 January 5 March 9

Application Procedure

For admission consideration, please complete the below steps and submit documentation by email to grad@drury.edu (preferred) or mail to:
Drury University
College of Graduate Studies
900 N. Benton Ave
Springfield, MO 65802

  1. Complete an online application accessible at www.drury.edu/graduate

  2. Pay a non-refundable application fee payable online following completion of the online application ($25 domestic, $50 international).

  3. Request that official university transcripts be sent to Drury indicating a baccalaureate degree was conferred. Official copies only; student copies will not be accepted.

  4. Complete the recommendation request form and supply the names of two professional/academic references. www.drury.edu/graduate/recommendation.
  5. Submit a minimum one-page personal goals essay indicating the applicant’s desire and ability to pursue a graduate degree.

  6. Additional requirements by specific degree programs:

    Master in Business Administration
      1. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The GMAT must be completed no more than three years prior to admission. The minimum score is 450. Significant and lengthy professional experience coupled with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater in the prerequisite courses from an approved institution may be used in place of a GMAT score. This can only be determined through a discussion with the program director and a review of transcripts and resume. Information regarding the GMAT may be obtained at www.mba.com/gmat.

      2. Course prerequisite requirements. There are two options for satisfying the prerequisites. One, the applicant must have completed each of the prerequisite courses listed below as part of his or her undergraduate coursework:
          1. Financial Accounting
          2. Managerial Accounting
          3. Microeconomics
          4. Macroeconomics
          5. Marketing
          6. Finance
          7. Statistics
          8. Management or Organizational Behavior

        Two, the applicant may complete the PMBA501 Business Essentials course, held in the summer prior to
        starting the MBA in the fall semester. The Business Essentials course will satisfy all prerequisites.

      3. GPA requirement. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required for admission.
        However, it can be waived if additional evidence of academic promise is presented (e.g., high
        GMAT scores and strong letters of recommendation).
      4. Cybersecurity Leadership (CSL) Certificate Requirements. Applicants for the CSL Certificate are
        not required to complete the GMAT or complete the required undergraduate prerequisites for
        the MBA. If a student in the CSL Certificate program applies for admission into the MBA
        program, all MBA admission requirements must be met. Additionally, CSL Certificate students
        who apply coursework to the MBA degree will be charged a program fee for the MBA travel
        experience for CSL coursework completed -- up to nine hours. (Amount billed is determined by
        the number of credit hours applied to the MBA degree, typically $495 - $1,485).

    Master of Arts in Communication
    1. GPA requirement. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required for admission.

    Master of Nonprofit and Civic Leadership
    1. GPA requirement. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required for admission.

    Master in Education
    1. GPA requirement. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 is required from the institution conferring the baccalaureate degree.

    Drury Alternative Track in Special Education (DATSE)
    1. GPA requirement. Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above using transcripts from ALL prior institutions. Please submit official transcripts from all universities and colleges where courses were taken so Drury can calculate cumulative GPA.

    2. Admission Interview. To be scheduled after all other required materials are submitted for graduate admission.

    Troops for Teachers
    1. Prospective Troops to Teachers students must complete requirements for admission to the Teacher Education program and apply for admission to the Master in Education programs at Drury University to enroll in graduate level courses.

    2. Admission Interview. To be scheduled after all other required materials are submitted for graduate admission.

    Certificate-Cybersecurity Leadership

    1. Cybersecurity Leadership (CSL) Certificate Requirements. Applicants for the CSL Certificate are not required to complete the GMAT or complete the required undergraduate prerequisites for the MBA. If a student in the CSL Certificate program applies for admission into the MBA program, all MBA admission requirements must be met. Additionally, CSL Certificate students who apply coursework to the MBA degree will be charged a program fee for the MBA travel experience for CSL coursework completed-up to nine hours. (Amount billed is determined by the number of credit hours applied to the MBA degree, typically $495-$1,485).