Application and Admission Requirements

Applying to the Graduate College

Before you can be admitted into the Master of Natural and Applied Science interdisciplinary program, you must first submit an application to the Graduate College. Once all of the required materials have been received by the Graduate College, they will be reviewed by the MNAS coordinator.

Visit the Faculty and Staff page to view the graduate faculty profiles in your primary area of interest. Please note that you will be responsible for contacting and securing an advisor during the application process.

Admission requirements

In order to be considered for admission, students must meet the following requirements. These are minimum requirements; acceptance into the program is on a competitive basis.

  1. The student must have a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by agencies recognized by Missouri State University or equivalent education from a foreign university.
  2. The student must have a GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of course work required for the undergraduate degree, AND a score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) meeting or surpassing the minimum score prescribed by the MSU Graduate Catalog for admission to graduate study.
  3. The student must submit a Statement of Interest and at least two Letters of Recommendation; submit these directly to the MNAS Program Director, or Darr College of Agriculture if Agriculture is the primary area of interest.
  4. International applicants are also required to submit a score of not less than 79 on iBT or a comparable score of 6.0 on IELTS TOEFL.  
  5. The student must have an undergraduate background of at least 20 semester hours in the natural and applied sciences. Students may be required to meet course prerequisites for their emphasis areas. Undergraduate courses will not be credited as course requirements for the master's degree.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of teaching assistantships (TA) may be available, awarded on a competitive basis. Applications ( are to be submitted to the MNAS Program Director, or Darr College of Agriculture if Agriculture is the primary area of interest. Applicants should have all application materials submitted by March 1 (fall assistantships) or October 1 (spring assistantships) to ensure being considered for a TA position. GRE General Test scores may be considered in awarding assistantships.