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Program Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Augsburg undergraduate student enrolled full-time
  • Sophomore or Junior class status
  • 2.8 (minimum) cumulative GPA (3.0+ preferred)
  • U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • First-generation college student who is low-income (Pell-eligible) AND/OR a member of a group underrepresented in graduate study (American Indian, Hispanic/Latino, African American, Native Alaskan)

Additionally, as a McNair Scholar you must:

  • Have the desire to pursue and be successful at doctoral studies.
  • Conduct intensive research at Augsburg or off-campus during the summer (cannot be employed or taking summer coursework during research)
  • Attend a two-day McNair retreat.
  • Attend McNair seminars covering graduate school experience, application process, and GRE preparation during the school year.
  • Take a tuition-free 2 academic credit spring course, Research in the Disciplines.
  • Apply for at least three graduate programs during the fall semester of your senior year.
  • Be open-minded.
  • Be positive.
  • Be a team player.
  • Seek and provide constructive feedback.
  • Be supportive of your peers.
  • Be willing to participate in and contribute your unique self to a rich learning community.
  • “Never, never, never give up.” ~ Winston Churchill.

NOTE: The McNair Program generally does not admit students interested in pursuing professional degrees (i.e. JD, MBA, MD and other health-related fields). For information on how to pursue these degrees, please visit the Augsburg Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO) office website.