Graduate School

International Students

All foreign nation students must provide evidence of visa status and F-visa students must have an I-20 form on file with the Admissions Office.

Students are encouraged to work with the International Student Coordinator for assistance with Visas and any other questions.

International Student Services Website

All international transcripts must be evaluated by WES.

English Language Requirements

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. 

Missouri Western reserves the right to assess the quality of your English in addition to your TOEFL/IELTS scores (even if you come from an English speaking country). If you have not completed the TOEFL or IELTS exam (OR if you do not meet the above criteria), you may be admitted conditionally through the Intensive English Program (IEP) if necessary.

NOTE: International students have earlier application deadlines because of the need to secure a visa. July 15th is the absolute latest date to apply for Fall admission. November 1st is the latest date for January admission. All required documents must be submitted by these deadlines to allow adequate time for review by the Admissions Office staff and graduate program admission committees. We highly recommend applying for admission as early as possible in order to receive your Form I-20 document. Then apply for your student visa as early as 90 days prior to the expected arrival date at the university. 

International students are also not eligible for a Visa for online programs, however, you can take the online programs from your native country.

Required Exams

Students are only required to complete ONE of the following English proficiency exams.


Register for TOEFL              Order your TOEFL results 

Use code: 6625 for automatic submission of your TOEFL results.


Register for the IELTS        Order your IELTS results


Some programs require submission of GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores (See specific program requirements here). Use code 1434 to submit your GRE scores automatically.

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.

Academic Advising Guidelines for International Students

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 instructors in any courses during the first semester of study.

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.