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 does not have application deadlines. However, it is highly recommended for full program admission, placement in courses, and to qualify for financial aid that individuals apply by these dates:

Fall admission: July 1
Spring admission: November 15
Summer admission: April 1

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. Take and submit official scores of program specific graduate tests. See #7 below for the required tests, scores, and the statute of limitations on scores for specific degree programs.

    The test is used as a guide for determining full admission to the program and for advisor counseling. Each graduate program requires a specific entrance examination.

    1. Exception. If an applicant has previously been accepted into a graduate program, the entrance examination requirement may be waived with proof of full admission, good standing in the program, and permission of the graduate program director.
    2. Exception. Master of Arts in Visual Arts does not have a graduate exam requirement.
  5. Complete the recommendation request form and supply the names of two professional and/or academic references.

    If recommendation forms are sent via mail, they must be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies (address listed below) by the person providing the recommendation of the applicant.



  6. Submit a minimum one-page personal goals essay indicating the applicant’s desire and ability to pursue a graduate degree.

  7. 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. Students entering the program with GMAT scores of at least 600 will be reimbursed for the cost of the exam. 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).

    1.  Cyber Security 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. Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE must be completed no more than five years prior to admission. Information regarding the GRE may be obtained at www.ets.org. The GRE is required, though the Miller Analogies Test may be substituted with prior approval by the program director.

    2. 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 GRE scores and strong letters of recommendation).

    Master of Nonprofit and Civic Leadership
    1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE must be completed no more than five years prior to admission. Information regarding the GRE may be obtained at www.ets.org. The GRE is required, though the Miller Analogies may be substituted with prior approval by the program director.

    2. 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 GRE scores and strong letters of recommendation).

    Master in Education
    1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE must be completed no more than five years prior to admission. A low GRE score may result in a review of the applicant’s file by the program director. Depending on the circumstance, the applicant may be required to submit additional admission items for consideration or retake a portion(s) of the GRE. Information regarding the GRE may be obtained at www.ets.org.

    2. 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.

    Master of Arts in Visual Arts

    1. Portfolio. Submit a portfolio of 20 images, five minutes of video, or other evidence representing commitment and/or creative accomplishment. Materials can be submitted via a folder on www.dropbox.com or via disk mailed to the College of Graduate Studies.
    2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV). Submit a resume or CV listing educational, professional and other achievements.
    3. There is no graduate exam requirement for this degree program.