Admissions Info & Forms

The MSA Program does not require either the GRE or the GMAT exam for admission.  However, exam results are required for students applying for graduate fellowships.

Tuition and Fee Schedule

Admission for Domestic Students

Domestic students must complete the Application for Admission available from the College of Graduate Studies or apply online.

Admission for International Students

International students must complete the International Application for Admission available from the College of Graduate Studies.

English language requirements for international students.

Students with TOEFL scores between 173 and 210 CBT, 61-78 iBT 500-547 PBT, or IELTS scores of 5.5 or 6:

Applicants with TOEFL scores from 173 to 210 CBT, 500 to 549 PBT, or 61-78 iBT or IELTS scores of 5.5 or 6 may be granted conditional admission. Upon arrival at the university, they will be required to take an English proficiency test administered by CMU's English Language Institute (ELI). The results of the test will be used to determine the number of courses they will be required to take through the ELI. Such conditionally admitted students will be allowed to take a restricted number of courses in their academic disciplines concurrently with the ELI courses and must complete all required ELI courses by the end of their first year at CMU. Once satisfactory proficiency in English has been demonstrated, as determined by ELI policies these restrictions will be removed. Please note that students are required to pay tuition for ELI courses just as they would for any other CMU course.

Students with TOEFL scores of 213 CBT, 79 iBT, 550 PBT and above or IELTS scores of 6.5 and above:

Applicants with TOEFL scores of 213 CBT, 550 PBT or 79 iBT and above or IELTS scores of 6.5 and above may be granted Regular admission to the MSA Program.

Alumni Legacy Program

Children of Central Michigan University alumni who live outside Michigan are eligible to attend CMU for in-state tuition rates through the university's alumni legacy program.

To be considered for the special tuition rate, prospective students should fill out the section of the admissions application that asks for their parents' names, Social Security numbers and dates of attendance at CMU.

To be admitted to the Master of Science in Administration program, a candidate must meet the requirements for regular admission to the College of Graduate Studies: Applicants holding a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from a college or university of recognized standing (recognized at the time the student attended) may be granted regular admission to a graduate degree or certificate program, provided they have established an acceptable record of general scholarship (normally an overall cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.7 or, optimally, 3.0 in the final sixty semester hours of graded course work toward the bachelor’s degree), and they meet the admission requirements of the department in which they wish to concentrate graduate study. Applicants who possess an undergraduate GPA less than 2.7 may be considered for conditional admission. A student with non-degree admission may take up to six credits in the MSA program.


Several MSA administrative core courses have prerequisites. These prerequisite courses are Accounting 201 or 203 and Statistics 282 or their equivalents. Students can satisfy the prerequisites for MSA 600, MSA 602, MSA 634, MSA 635, and MSA 640 in the following ways:

  1. Successful completion of the course (grade of "C" or better) or its equivalent within three years prior to admission to the MSA program;
  2. Pass a competency assessment exam.  The examination may be taken twice and must be passed with at least 70% accuracy.
    ( sample accounting exam)
    ( sample statistics exam) ( stat formulas & tables) OR
  3. Take the course or its equivalent at CMU or another accredited institution.