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Admissions Process

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The graduate admissions process is different from the undergraduate process because students must be accepted by both Missouri Western’s Graduate School and the individual graduate program they are applying for. Here is a step-by-step outline of the process.

  1. All students complete an application for admission to the Graduate School at the admissions web site.
    • Official transcripts, Required test scores, and application fee must be submitted before Admissions will notify the department of your application.
    • Official transcripts are required for ALL institutions you attended as an undergraduate. If you had any transfer hours, including dual-credit courses, you will need to request a transcript from each institution.
    • Please see Admissions for information on deadlines.
      • July 15 for Fall admission
      • November 1 for Spring admission
      • April 29 for Summer admission
  2. Degree-seeking applicants, must also complete the necessary application requirements for the specific program to which you are applying. Please check with your specific program for deadlines, minimum requirements, etc.
    • Departmental application materials should be sent directly to the department contact.
  3. Applications for scholarships or graduate assistantships should be completed separately.

Please stay in touch with both the department representative and the admissions office during the entire process to ensure a smooth experience.

Applicant Categories

To be admitted to graduate studies at Missouri Western, an applicant should submit an application for graduate admission before the admissions deadlines.

  • July 15 for Fall admission
  • November 1 for Spring admission
  • April 29 for Summer admission

Admission to graduate programs at Missouri Western is based upon the following minimum criteria:

  1. A bachelor’s degree or master’s degree from an accredited college or university. Official transcript(s) from all attended academic institutions must be submitted with application.
  2. Entrance to the Graduate School requires a minimum 2.75 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) or previously earned master’s degree.
  3. Individual programs may have additional requirements for admission such as higher GPA requirements, minimum graduate-level entrance exam scores, resume, letters of recommendation, personal statements, examples of representative work, or interview. Requirements specific to the program are given in the graduate program section of the University’s Graduate Catalog and on each degree webpage.
  4. Degree-seeking students admitted to a graduate program must enroll and begin classes at Missouri Western within the next academic year after receiving official notice of acceptance from the Graduate School Office. An extension may be granted under extreme circumstances.
  5. A degree-seeking student who has left a graduate program voluntarily for one or more semesters during the following academic year must submit a new admission application which must be approved by the director of the graduate program and the Graduate Dean. The current program of study form will supersede the one under which the student originally enrolled unless otherwise approved by the Graduate Dean.
  6. Applicants who are non-native speakers of English must receive a minimum score of 79 internet-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a 6.0 academic IELTS score unless they possess a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. college or university. Tests taken more than two years prior to the date of application will not be accepted.
  7. Missouri Western undergraduate students may apply for acceptance to an approved accelerated graduate program as a degree-seeking student. Accelerated graduate programs are designed to allow undergraduates to apply for early admission to the Graduate School and acceptance into a graduate program. Accelerated programs allow accepted undergraduate students to begin taking graduate course work before completion of their undergraduate degree. An accelerated graduate program should allow a student to complete a master’s program 1-2 semesters earlier than is typical for a particular graduate program. An accelerated graduate program will allow an accepted undergraduate student to begin taking coursework toward a graduate degree after earning 90 undergraduate credits (senior year). Students must have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and meet all of the admission requirements (except completion of the undergraduate degree) for a degree-seeking graduate student and any program specific requirements. An individual graduate program may have specific requirements for students to be accepted into an accelerated graduate program. Undergraduate students accepted into an accelerated graduate program are exempt from taking a maximum of six graduate credit hours and the restriction of only enrolling in 500 level courses. Students accepted into an accelerated graduate program may take up to 12 credits of graduate course work (500 or 600 level) during the time in which they are recognized as a senior student that will be counted toward completion of both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Applicants who fail to meet one or more of the graduate school requirements or degree program requirements (i.e. low GPA, missing prerequisite coursework, English language requirement, entrance exam score, etc…) may still be admitted conditionally. Conditionally admitted students will receive notification of the conditions in their acceptance letter and must fulfill those conditions to continue in the graduate program. Failure to fulfill the conditions will result in program dismissal. Dismissed students may reapply after a one year lay-out, subject to program review.

The following policies apply to students who are not seeking a graduate degree and wish to enroll in graduate courses:

  1. Students with a bachelor’s degree who wish to take courses for graduate credit but who do not intend to seek a master’s degree must submit applications and transcripts from an accredited college or university showing a degree date and a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75.
  2. Senior undergraduate students desiring to take graduate courses for undergraduate credit may take up to six total credit hours of graduate-level courses (500 level only) for graduate credit during only the last two semesters before receiving a bachelor’s degree, provided they meet the following criteria:
    • Are within 24 hours or less of meeting the requirements for the baccalaureate degree.
    • Have an overall undergraduate grade point average of not less than 3.0.
    • File an application for graduate admission and receive approval before registering for the graduate course.
    • Have the consent of the instructor(s) of the graduate course(s).
    • A course taken for undergraduate graduation credit will NOT be allowed to count later for graduate credit.
    • The approval form must be completed.
  3. Students with a bachelor’s degree who do not have appropriate program-required courses for admission to graduate work but are otherwise admissible to a graduate program may, with permission of the appropriate graduate program, take as many undergraduate courses as required for a degree-seeking graduate application.
  4. Students interested in taking in-service/professional development courses or workshops for graduate credit may do so by seeking admission through the Graduate Office. They must show proof of a bachelor’s degree by submitting appropriate academic transcripts. These students are limited to taking certain pre-approved courses.

Please note: non-degree-seeking students are not eligible for financial aid or scholarships.

All foreign nation students must provide evidence of visa status and F-visa students must have an I-20 form on file with the Office of Admissions once admitted. Students are encouraged to work with the International Student Coordinator for assistance with visas and any other questions.

All international transcripts must be evaluated by WES.

Applicants who are non-native speakers of English must receive a minimum score of 79 internet-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a 6.0 academic IELTS score unless they possess a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. college or university. TOEFL and IELTS test scores are valid for two years. Tests taken more than two years before a student’s first day of classes at Missouri Western will not be accepted.

Missouri Western reserves the right to assess the quality of your English in addition to your TOEFL score (even if you come from an English speaking country)

NOTE: International students have earlier application deadlines because of the need to secure a visa. June 15 is the absolute latest date to apply for Fall admission. October 15 is the latest date for January admission. All documents required for admission must be submitted by the these deadline dates to ensure adequate time to review materials and allow for documentation to be issued to allow the applicant to arrive in time to start classes for the semester.  International students are also not eligible for a Visa for online programs, however, you can take the online programs from your native country.

Academic Advising
Students on F-1 and J-1 student visas have certain academic and credit hour requirements they must comply with to stay legal.  Please review the document below before advising international students.  If you have any questions, please contact International Student Services.

Teaching Assistantships
In order to comply with Missouri Statute 170.012, Missouri Western policy is that graduate students whose primary language is not English are not allowed to be Graduate instructors in any courses.

Out of State Tuition
All students attending on a F-class student visa are required to pay out-of-state tuition and are not eligible to file a petition for in-state status.

International Graduate School Admissions Website

International Student Services Website

If a graduate applicant fails to meet one of the admissions requirements the student may request a conditional admission for their first graduate semester. The student must attain departmental/program support and forward all written materials to the Graduate Dean for final approval. Full admission will be granted if the student attains a 3.0 GPA or better during the first semester of graduate studies at Missouri Western.

Failure to achieve a 3.0 GPA will cause suspension from the program. If suspended from the program, the student may re-apply for admission one year after the suspension, subject to departmental review.