Graduate School

How to Apply

The first step to success is completing an application to be a graduate student at Missouri Western.

All students must complete an online application for admission to the Graduate School.

Final application deadlines are July 15 for fall semesters, November 1 for spring semester and April 29 for the summer session. Priority application deadlines are May 15 for fall semester and October 15 for spring semester.  All applications materials must be submitted by these deadlines to allow adequate time for review by the Admissions Office staff and graduate program admission committees.

Admission Requirements

Entrance to the Graduate School requires a minimum 2.75 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) based on a 4.0 scale or previously earned masters degree. A Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university is required for graduate admission. An official transcript showing granting of a degree and official GPA is required from the institution that issued your bachelor’s degree or previous Master’s degree.

Additional Requirements

Some programs require GRE/GMAT scores, personal statements, letters of support, a separate application or the submission of specific materials (writing or artistic samples) for review prior to acceptance in the program. See the table below for a complete list of a program-specific requirements.

For programs requiring GRE score submission use 1434 to have your scores submitted automatically.

When sending additional materials, including transcripts, please send to

Missouri Western State University
Office of Admissions – Attn: Graduate Admission
4525 Downs Drive
St. Joseph, Missouri 64507

International Students

If you are a foreign national, please see the policy information on International Students. All International transcripts must be evaluated by WES.

Applicants who are non-native speakers of English must pass Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 79 on the internet-based test or a receive a 6.0 academic IELTS score unless they possess a baccalaureate degree from a college or university in which instruction is given in English. Tests taken more than two (2) years prior to the date of application cannot be accepted.

Scholarship Applications

Applications for Scholarships or Graduate Assistantships should be completed separately. Find out more about the Cost and Financing your graduate education here.

Letter of reference form

Resources

Program Admission Deadlines and Requirements

Program GRE Minimum GPA Program Specific Admission
Requirements
Fall Application Deadline Spring Application Deadline Summer Application Deadline Program Contact
Autism Spectrum Disorders (Certificate) Not Required 2.75 No N/A Nov. 1 Apr. 29
Autism Spectrum Disorders (MAS Assessment) Not Required 2.75 Bachelor’s degree in Education or closely
related field
N/A Nov. 1 Apr. 29
Chemistry (MAS Option Area) Not Required 3.0 Personal statement and
two letters of recommendation
July 15 Nov. 1 Apr. 29
Digital Media Not Required 2.75 Yes – see Digital Media Admissions July 15 Nov. 1 Apr. 29
Engineering Technology Management (MAS Option Area)
Not Required 2.75 No July 15 Nov. 1 Apr. 29
Forensic Investigations (Certificate) Not Required 2.75 Personal statement and
two letters of recommendation
July 15 Nov. 1 Apr. 29
Forensic Investigations (MAS) Not Required 2.75 Personal statement and
two letters of recommendation
July 15 Nov. 1 Apr. 29
Health Care Leadership (MSN) Not Required 2.75 Yes – see MSN program application July 15 Nov. 1 Apr. 29
Nurse Educator (MSN or Graduate Certificate) Not Required 2.75 Yes – see MSN program application July 15 Nov. 1 Apr. 29
Human Factors and Usability Testing (MAS Option) 450 or higher on the quantitative section 2.75 overall Yes – including essay
and letters of reference
July 15 Nov. 1 NA
Industrial Life Science (MAS Option) Not Required 3.0 Personal statement and two letters of recommendation July 15 Nov. 1 Apr. 29
Information Technology Assurance Administration Not Required 3.0 Conditional admission: only for students requiring additional course work or Intensive English Language preparation July 15 Nov. 1 Apr. 29
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Master of Information Management: Enterprise Resource Planning GMAT Test– Minimum 450, or GRE equivalent (see web for other equivalents) 3.0 See Web Page July 15 Nov. 1 Apr. 29
Non Degree Seeking Not Required 2.75 No July 15 Nov. 1 Apr. 29
Prairie Lands Writing Project Invitational Not Required Contact Program No N/A N/A Contact Program
Professional Skills Certificate Not Required 2.75 No July 15 Nov. 1 Mar. 15
Sport and Fitness Management (MAS Option) Not Required 2.75 Yes – Letter of application and 1 academic letter of reference. July 15 Nov. 1 Mar. 15
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL Certificate) Not Required 2.75 No N/A Nov. 1 Apr. 29
Teaching of Writing (Certificate) Not Required 2.75 Yes – Submit completed form online, with two pieces of writing, letter of recommendation, and resume July 15 Nov. 1 Apr. 1
Technical Communication (MAA Written Communication) Not Required 3.0 Yes – including essay, letters of reference, and portfolio July 15 Nov. 1 Apr. 29
TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages; MAS Assessment Option) Not Required 2.75 No N/A Nov. 1 Apr. 29
Writing Studies (MAA Written Communication) Not Required 3.0 Yes – including essay, letters of reference, and portfolio July 15 Nov. 1 Apr. 29