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Program Admission Requirements Master of Science in Management (MSM)

The admission criteria listed below were established by the School of Business. The Graduate Admissions Committee, composed of select faculty who teach in the MSM program, review applications and admit students each semester. 


Previous education

A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required for admission to the MSM. The undergraduate degree does not have to be in a business discipline; however, the foundation courses listed below must be taken in order to be fully accepted into the program. 

All Students 

A grade of “C” or better is required in each of the following undergraduate courses:


  • ACCT 2101 - Principles of Accounting I - 3 credits
  • ACCT 2102 - Principles of Accounting II - 3 credits
  • BUSA 2105 - Communicating in the Business Environment - 3 credits
  • ECON 2106 - Microeconomics - 3 credits
  • MGMT 3101 - Business Statistics - 3 credits
  • MGMT 3141 - Principles of Management - 3 credits

Additional Requirements For Applicants Seeking The Accounting Concentration

Students interested in pursing the Accounting concentration must have 30 semester hours of undergraduate accounting courses from a regionally accredited institution. A grade of “B” or better is required in each of the following undergraduate courses:

  • ACCT 2101 - Principles of Accounting I - 3 credits
  • ACCT 2102 - Principles of Accounting II - 3 credits
  • ACCT 3101 - Intermediate Financial Accounting I - 3 credits
  • ACCT 3102 - Intermediate Financial Accounting II - 3 credits
  • ACCT 3110 - Cost Accounting - 3 credits
  • ACCT 3120 - Principles of Taxation I - 3 credits
  • ACCT 4135 - Auditing - 3 credits
  • ACCT 4205 - Accounting Information Systems - 3 credits
  • Accounting Electives - 6 credits

Students lacking one or more of the undergraduate courses listed above may complete these courses through the Middle Georgia State University School of Business or through Ivy Software. (www.ivysoftware.com). Students interested in completing courses through Ivy Software must get approval from the School of Business Graduate Program Coordinator.

Work experience

Application material must include a resume with detailed descriptions of past work experience. Factors such as length of service, level of responsibility, number of individuals supervised, and the like will be factored into the admissions decision.

Statement of career goals

Applicants must submit a statement of their career goals describing how the MSM would assist them in achieving those goals.

Grade point average (GPA) and Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) scores

To be considered for Regular Admission Status (RAS) to the MSM program, students must have a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), a minimum GMAT score of at least 400 (except in situations listed below), and meet one of the following criteria:

  • GMAT + (200 x overall GPA) >= 950 OR
  • GMAT + (200 x upper division GPA) >= 1000 OR
  • GMAT + 200 x (overall GPA + (Work – 5) x .01) >= 1000 (Work: Years of relevant work experience)

Students who have completed a baccalaureate degree with an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher from the MGA School of Business, an AACSB or ACBSP accredited institution, or a business related major or STEM field major will be exempt from the GMAT

Note: Students who have taken the GRE may submit these scores in lieu of taking the GMAT. The scores will be converted to a GMAT equivalent score and the above criteria will be applied.