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International Admissions Requirements

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Review the international admissions requirements for undergraduate students. The Global Center is here to help you realize your dream of studying in the US and to support you every step of the way on your journey to becoming a Griffon!

Please note: This page is for undergraduate admissions. Click here for graduate admissions.

July 15
Fall Semester Application Deadline

November 1
Spring Semester Application Deadline

Required Documents for International Admissions

New Freshman—You are a secondary school student, or graduated from a secondary school and have never enrolled at a college/university.

Transfer—You are taking, or have completed classes at another college/university and want to continue your degree at MWSU.  You may have already earned an associate degree and seek another or a bachelor’s degree.

Exchange – Exchange students are nominated by exchange partner institutions and will study for 1 or 2 semesters.

Graduate—You have completed an undergraduate degree (bachelor’s degree) and wish to complete a graduate degree (master’s degree) Click here for graduate student admissions requirements.

New Freshman Transfer Exchange
Online Application check check check
$50 Application Fee check check check
Official Secondary School Transcripts check
Official College/University or Professional School Transcripts check*
Unofficial College Transcripts check
Proof of Language Proficiency check check check
J1 Supplemental Application check
Copy of Passport check check check
Financial Support Documents check check check

*If you have more than 24 hours of transfer credit, you will not need to provide high school transcripts.

Consideration for Admission

To be considered for admission you must submit your application, application fee, proof of language proficiency and official transcripts. Your admission will be based on these documents. However, your I-20 and acceptance package will not be sent until all required documents have been submitted.

Credential Evaluation (Transcript translation and/or evaluation)

Transcripts from outside the U.S. require an official evaluation from a NACES member service. The university requires the course analysis evaluation. Additionally, if your transcripts are not in English, they must also be officially translated. The original transcript must be provided together with evaluated versions.

SpanTran is our recommended international transcript evaluation service. They have created a custom application for Missouri Western State University that will make sure you select the right kind of evaluation at a discounted rate.

You can access their application here: SpanTran Application – Missouri Western State University

WES (World Education Service) is another international transcript evaluation service.

Students are responsible for credential evaluation and translation fees

Official Documents vs. Unofficial Documents

  1. Official documents, including transcripts and diplomas/certificates, must be submitted for full admission and award of scholarship.
  2. An official, final transcript must be submitted before you can register for your second semester of course work if you have not completed your education before being accepted.

What is an official transcript?

An official transcript can be one of the following:

  1. A hard copy transcript mailed by your secondary school or college/university in a sealed envelope to the following address:

Office of Admission
4525 Downs Drive
St. Joseph, MO 64507

  1. An e-transcript sent directly by your secondary school.
  2. Digital transcripts emailed by your school counselor or other school official through an official institutional email address or an email address that can be verified on the school’s website. We will not accept transcripts from a GMAIL account as official.
  3. For some West African countries, the WAEC exam results is only considered official after we verify it at the official WAEC website. Applicants must provide their scratch card information as part of the application.


FAFSA – 002490
ACT – 2344
SAT – 6625
GRE – 1434
TOEFL – 6625

Verification of Financial Support

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