Type of Admission

There are five types of admission into the College of Graduate Studies. Each type of admission, as outlined below, enables students to take graduate course work through Central Michigan University. International Students are not typically considered for non-degree or concurrent admission.   If you are unsure which type of admission applies to you, please contact Graduate Student Services at (989) 774-4723.

Regular Admission

Status may be granted to students who meet all university and program requirements for admission and who are selected by faculty for admission into graduate programs. Program requirements are available on the web for the program of interest.

Conditional Admission

Status may be granted to students who faculty feel will succeed in a graduate program, but who may not meet all the requirements for regular admission. Students who are admitted conditionally must meet specific conditions (such as completion of undergraduate prerequisites, demonstration of English language proficiency, successful completion of graduate course work, demonstration of behavioral skills appropriate within a profession, etc) prior to being granted regular admission. Students must obtain regular admission status in order to be granted a degree or graduate certificate.

Non-degree

Status may be granted to students who are not admitted into specific graduate programs. Prospective students should apply for non-degree status if they are undecided about program choice, are not interested in earning a graduate certificate or degree, or do not meet specific requirements of a program. Students granted non-degree admission must apply for regular admission into graduate programs to ensure graduate course work is counted toward a graduate certificate or degree.

Provisional

Status is granted to students who are admitted into graduate programs prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree.  This type of admission is for students who will be receiving the baccalaureate degree prior to beginning graduate studies. Once students submit their undergraduate transcripts, with the bachelor's degree posted, their admission status is reassessed.

Concurrent Admission

As a graduating senior concurrent admission allows students who wish to begin taking graduate course work while completing their baccalaureate degree to do so if a number of conditions are met. Specifically, students must be in their last semester of undergraduate enrollment, must have 12 or fewer undergraduate credits to take, and must have an acceptable undergraduate grade point average. Interested students must  apply online to your program of choice or as a non-degree seeking graduate concurrent student and complete and return the concurrent application ​​​to graduate student services in Ronan Hall 260. 

Accelerated Admission

The Accelerated Master's Degree Program (AMDP) allows CMU undergraduate students who possess a strong academic background and are maintaining a “B” average in their undergraduate coursework to apply as seniors to specific graduate programs that offer an AMDP. Students with less than a “B” average may apply to the AMDP, but they should submit information as to why they believe they can be successful in graduate level coursework. The Accelerated Master’s Degree Program (AMDP) allows students to reduce the total number of credits required to complete their undergraduate and graduate degrees by applying up to twelve 500 and 600-level credit hours (only 6 credits is allowable for MBA) toward graduation requirements on both degree programs. Generally, courses required on the undergraduate major may not be counted on the graduate program. Students must enroll for the courses at the undergraduate level and may not be enrolled in more than 15 credit hours (UG and graduate level combined) per semester. The courses will be added to the graduate level once they are satisfactorily completed. Not all graduate programs offer the Accelerated Master's Degree Program. Check the Graduate Studies website for the most recent list of Accelerated Master’s degree programs. Students must complete the accelerated master's degree program application, accelerated master's degree credit approval form and apply on-line to your program of choice.