Graduate Application Process at Frostburg State

Graduate education at FSU is designed to help you take the next step in your life and career. To get the right start with your chosen program, please review this important information on your admission process.

If you have any questions or need assistance, don't hesitate to contact the Office of Graduate Services at 301.687.7053 or

  • 1. Graduate Study Categories

    Applicants for graduate study are assigned to one of the following categories based on their goals and ability to meet admission requirements.

    • Degree Program Admission: This status will be granted to students who are seeking a master's or doctoral degree who have met the program's requirements. Students seeking degree or certificate program admission must submit all required application materials.

    • Provisional Status: This status can be granted to students who are seeking a graduate degree or certificate who may have deficiencies but have been given admission based on various conditions set by the Program Coordinator. Students must submit all application documents for provisional admission to the program.

    • Non-Degree Status: Students who do not seek a master's degree or certificate and who wish to take courses may gain non-degree admission status. Please note that some departments do not allow students to take courses who have not been admitted to the degree seeking program. It is also important to note that students in non-degree seeking status are not guaranteed admission to the degree program. Students who wish to seek degree seeking status must apply as such. Please contact the Office of Graduate Services directly for help in determining courses which are available to visiting students. Students interested in this status need only submit an online application and official transcripts.

    You should apply early in the semester that immediately precedes the semester you would like to start taking classes, paying special attention to the program deadlines. Each program sets its own specific application process and deadlines, shown in the table below.

    Please also note that while deadlines are posted, students are encouraged to apply early. Applications will be accepted after the deadlines but Program Coordinators reserve the right to reject late applications.

    Fall Spring Summer
    Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (online) Mar 1
    Master of Arts in Teaching (Elementary and Secondary) (hybrid) Apr 1
    Master of Business Administration & Certificates (online) (please note the MBA operates on a 7 week model, there are two dates of entry per semester when students can begin the program) * * *
    Master of Education (Curriculum & Instruction, Literacy, Special Education, Interdisciplinary) & Certificates * * *
    Master of Education School Counseling Feb 1 Nov 30
    Master of Science in Athletic Training Mar 1
    Master of Science Counseling Psychology Feb 15
    Master of Science in Recreation, Parks and Sport Management (online) Jun 1
    Master of Science in Applied Computer Science (on campus and online) * * *
    Master of Science in Nursing (online) concentrations in Nursing Education and Leadership & Management) * * *
    Master of Science in Nursing (hybrid) concentrations in Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Open
    Master of Science Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology and Master of Science in Wildlife Fisheries Mar 1 Nov 1
    Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies (Must be submitted via CASPA) Nov 1


    * Indicates programs which have rolling admission. Students are encouraged to apply early but must be complete the application and admission process prior to the first day of classes. Therefore, we recommend communicating with the Office of Graduate Services about the application process if it is less than 2 weeks before the semester begins.

  • 3. Complete an Application for Admission

    No matter if you are seeking a master's degree or simply wanting to take a course for professional development, you must file an application for admission to graduate studies and submit the application fee. Please note that the PA program only accepts applications via the CASPA online system.

    • Please apply online. At this time you can upload all of your supplemental documents required for your program such as your personal statement or resume, if your program requires it. If you are unable to apply online you may request a paper copy at and submit the application with all supporting documents via US mail. Please note that the PA program only accepts applications via the CASPA online system.

    • Pay your one-time $45 application fee at the time of submitting your online application, by credit card or electronic check. If you are submitting a paper copy of the application you must send in a check or money order made payable to FSU or pay online with a credit card or electronic check. Include the student's name and birth date on the check or money order. Do not send cash.
      Send payment to: FSU Billing Office, 101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, Maryland 21532-2303.

    • All graduate programs have individual admission processes and requirements and may require additional application materials, such as a resume, interview, professional reference, or admission. Check your program's webpage or the graduate catalog for any additional criteria. Programs which require supplemental application will have prompts within the online application process to complete the required supplemental application requirements. If you are submitting a paper application, you should include your supplemental documents with the application.
  • 4. Send Official Transcripts
    • Submit official transcripts from all colleges you previously attended.

    • Only official transcripts are acceptable. Official transcripts are released with the school's seal and the signature of the appropriate official in a sealed envelope. We also accept electronic transcripts delivery emailed to

    • Transcripts should be mailed directly from the school to:

    Graduate Services Office
    Frostburg State University
    101 Braddock Road
    Frostburg, Maryland 21532-23035

  • 5. Test Scores

    If test scores (GRE or GMAT) are required for your program, please have them sent to FSU directly. FSU accepts GRE scores electronically. Our school code is 5402. Please note that the PA program only accepts applications via CASPA - GRE code 4798. Not all programs require test scores and those which do may have options for waiver. Please check your program website for information regarding test score requirements.

  • 6. Admission Status

    After you have submitted all of the application documents and completed the program's application process, your admission decision will be communicated to you via E-mail.  Once you have been offered admission, the Office of Graduate Services will help you with the next steps of enrollment.  Your admission status remains active for the entire time of graduate study provided you register for at least one course during an 18-month period and you remain in good academic standing.  If 18 months elapse since you’ve registered for a course, you must submit a request to the Office of Graduate Services to be readmitted before you may register again.  If you have any questions or need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Graduate Services at 301.687.7053 or