General Graduate Admission Requirements

Admissions to Graduate School, which permits enrollment in classes, is not equivalent to admissions for a specific graduate degree program or certificate. Individuals interested in pursuing a graduate degree or certificate at Fairmont State University may apply for admissions online. All application material should be received by the Office of Admissions at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student wishes to register.

Degree or Certificate-Seeking Student Application Procedures

Individuals seeking admission to Fairmont State must have completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or be in the final semester before degree completion. All degree-seeking applicants must:

  1. Submit an application for admission to the Office of Admissions. Application forms can be found on the Graduate Studies Forms and Resources page, or apply online.
  2. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate/graduate coursework to the Office of Admissions. Students are required to provide the official copy of all transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Applicants cannot be admitted without an official transcript on file.
  3. Pay a $50 non-refundable application fee.
  4. Submit housing and financial aid request forms (if applicable).

Program Application Requirements

In addition to General Admission requirements, the application must meet the minimum admission standard criteria determined by the individual graduate program. Application materials for individual graduate programs may include, but are not limited to:

  • Scores on graduate aptitude tests, such as Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Graduate Management, Admission Test (GMAT), or Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam (PLT)
  • Writing sample
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Etc.

We recommend you visit the specific graduate program to view their admission requirements and timelines and contact the program director with specific questions.

Non-Degree Student Application Procedures

A non-degree applicant is a student with at least a bachelor’s degree who would like to take graduate level courses, but are not seeking and/or not eligible to not pursue a graduate degree or graduate certificate at Fairmont State. Non-degree students take graduate level courses for a number of reasons, including:

  • professional development;
  • to become acquainted with the rigors of graduate-level coursework before applying to a program;
  • to gain graduate credit to be applied toward a degree program at Fairmont State or another college or university.

To apply, non-degree students must:

  1. Submit an application for admission to the Office of Admissions. Application forms can be found at;  or apply online at
  2. Submit an official transcript showing the earned undergraduate/graduate coursework to the Office of Admissions.
  3. Pay a non-refundable $50 dollar application fee.

Note: Admission as a non-degree student does not guarantee admission to a graduate degree program.

Need Help?

Contact a student service representative at 304-367-4141 or 1-800-641-5678

Graduate Tuition & Fees

Fairmont State offers a high-quality master’s program at an affordable cost.