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Admission Requirements

Anyone wishing to take graduate level courses at Northwestern must submit an official application for admission to the graduate school. Students who have never attended Northwestern must also apply for admission to the university through the Registrar's Office. A new student application fee of $15.00 is required. 

Degree-seeking students must hold a baccalaureate degree and must meet ONE the following standards:

  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 OR
  • A 3.0 GPA in the last sixty hours of course work OR
  • A score that places the individual at the 25th percentile on two of the three areas (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) of the Graduate Record Exam* OR
  • A score that places the individual at the 25th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test.*

Students who already hold a master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education will be admitted unconditionally.

Degree-seeking students who are not eligible for admission based on the above criteria may seek conditional admission if they meet minimum conditional admission criteria, including a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.3, or a GPA of 2.5 in the last sixty hours attempted. Additional prerequisite course work may be required of conditional admission students. Students admitted conditionally are ineligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Students who are taking courses for personal or professional enhancement rather than seeking a degree must hold a baccalaureate degree and meet minimum conditional admission criteria, including a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.3, or a GPA of 2.5 in the last sixty hours attempted.

The MAT test can be taken on the Alva campus and Woodward campus by contacting Joanne Prewett, Academic Success Center Director, at 580.327.8149, and on the Enid campus by contact Candace Reim, Coordinator of Student Services, at 580.213.3147.

*Regardless of the standard used for admission to graduate study, ALL graduate students must take EITHER the MAT test or the GRE test and have an official score in their student file. The score serves as an entry-level assessment for the master's degree program, as required for Northwestern's continued accreditation.

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Graduate Studies Contacts

Shawn Holliday, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Alva, Education Center, Office #103
Telephone (580) 327-8589
Email Dr. Holliday 

Rebekah Wagenbach, B.S.
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Education Center, Office #103
Telephone (580) 327-8410
Email Ms. Wagenbach

 

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