Fairmont State graduate studies admission requirements eased

Fairmont State University is continuing to take steps to temporarily adjust admission requirements to alleviate stress for graduate students dealing with the impact of COVID-19. 

The University is lifting most standardized entrance exams for the graduate degree program admissions for the fall 2020 semester. Tests include the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Graduate Management admission Test (GMAT), or Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam (PLT). 

“Our graduate programs already have criteria in place to measure a broad range of characteristics when reviewing applicants which allow graduate program entry for a variety of students with different strengths and aptitudes,” Dr. Susan Ross, Director of Graduate Studies said. “By lifting the entrance exam requirement, a more diverse group of students will now have access to an affordable, advanced education degree or certificate that will propel them towards achieving their personal and professional goals.”

Fairmont State’s changes does not lower the bar for admission but removes potential barriers for students who wish to enroll for the Fall 2020 semester. 

Fairmont State currently offers the following Graduate programs:

  • Master of Architecture 
  • Master of Art in Teaching
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education in Digital Media, New Literacies and Learning 
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Exercise Science, Fitness & Wellness
  • Master of Education in Reading 
  • Master of Education in Multi-Categorical Special Education with Autism 
  • Master of Education in Professional Studies 
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Management

Due to program accreditation requirements, students will still be required to submit PRAXIS scores when applying for the Master of Arts in Teaching graduate program. Students in the M.Ed. in Multi-Categorical Special Education graduate program will be required to complete the PLT exam prior to graduation. 

The university will also work individually with admitted students who have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to adjust financial aid packages if family financial circumstances have suddenly changed. If you have not yet filed a FAFSA, visit fafsa.ed.gov.

More information about any of the graduate programs can be found by visiting www.fairmontstate.edu/graduatestudies.

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