Admission to Graduate Studies
Admission to Graduate Studies, which permits enrollment in some graduate classes, is not equivalent to admission for a particular graduate degree or certificate.
Application Procedures for Degree- or Certificate-Seeking Students - Individuals interested in pursuing a graduate degree or certificate at the University of Central Missouri can contact the Graduate and International Student Services (GISS) office for an application and program information. Domestic graduate students may apply for admission here. International undergraduate and graduate students may apply for admission here. All application materials should be received by the Graduate and International Student Services office at least three weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student wishes to register.
All degree-seeking applicants must:
- Submit an application for admission to the Graduate and International Student Services office;
- Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate/graduate coursework. Students are required to provide UCM with official copies of transcripts from all prior colleges and universities attended. Failure to disclose a transcript may result in dismissal from UCM.
- Include a $30 non-refundable application fee; international students should remit $75.
When all materials are received, the Graduate and International Student Services office will conduct an initial evaluation. Applicant files meeting the requirements for admission to Graduate Studies will be forwarded to the school, as designated by the student, for consideration and recommendation. The school, after examining the credentials, will make an admission decision regarding acceptance into the program. After a review of the student’s credentials, the staff of the school may determine that the student should fulfill certain school requirements or prerequisites for the degree before beginning program requirements. These requirements will be specified by the school at the time of acceptance into the program. The school will notify the student of action taken and admission status. If admitted, a faculty advisor will be assigned and will assist the student in formulating a program of study leading to the attainment of the student’s objectives in pursuing graduate work. Students who are admitted must enroll in program coursework within 12 months or reapply for admission to the program.
Admission Denied - If admission is denied into a specific program, the student may ask the Graduate and International Student Services office to have his/her credentials forwarded to another school. To make this request the student should submit an Application for Change of Major form to the Graduate and International Student Services office. If no request is made, the student will be classified as a Non-Degree Student.
Application Procedures for Graduate Non-Degree Students - An individual with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution who is not seeking a graduate degree may enroll in some graduate courses and receive credit as a non-degree student. Applicants for non-degree status must submit an application for admission, the official transcript showing the earned undergraduate degree, and pay the application fee.
A student wishing to change from non-degree status to a degree program must file a new application for admission and adhere to all requirements specified for degree-seeking students. International students with an F-1 student visa are not eligible to enroll as non-degree status.
Credits earned while in non-degree status are not applicable to a degree or certificate program. If a non-degree student is later accepted into a degree or certificate program, the faculty advisor will determine if credit earned while in non-degree status may be applied to the proposed degree/certificate program.
Application Procedures for Graduate Non-Degree Students - Special Credit - Students with an undergraduate degree who wish to enroll for graduate credit in special programs or short courses for one semester without submitting a transcript of previous academic work may be admitted as non-degree student-special enrollment status.
Enrollment is predicated upon assurance of the student’s eligibility for regular graduate admission. The decision for special credit is made in Extended Studies office. For further information, please contact the Extended Studies office at 660-543-4984 or firstname.lastname@example.org (HUM 410).
Credit Earned While Classified as a Non-Degree Student - Credit earned while a student is classified as non-degree special credit cannot be applied to a graduate degree or certificate program until the student’s classification is changed. After a student applies for admission as a degree-seeking student and is accepted by a school into a specific graduate program, the faculty graduate advisor will determine whether credit earned while a non-degree student-Special Credit is applicable to the student’s proposed program.
Application Procedure for a Non-Degree Visiting Student - An individual in good standing as a graduate student at another regionally accredited graduate school may present a Certificate of Acceptance of Credit by his/her home institution and enroll as a non-degree visiting student without submitting complete official transcripts of previous college records. Such a certificate allows enrollment for only one semester. Students in cooperative doctoral programs may have continued enrollment.
A non-degree visiting student may at any time apply through the regular procedures to be admitted as a degree-seeking or non-degree student. Credits earned as a non-degree visiting student will not necessarily apply to a degree or certificate program. After acceptance into a program, the faculty advisor will determine whether credit earned while a non-degree visiting student is applicable to the proposed program.
Non-Degree and Visiting Students - Federal Financial Aid - In accordance with federal regulations, non-degree and visiting students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid. To be eligible, a student must be fully admitted to a regular graduate degree or teaching certification program.
Admission of a Transfer Graduate Student - A transfer graduate student is one who has completed graduate credit at another institution within the preceding eight years. Transfer students with less than a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00 may be admitted as non-degree students and will not be eligible to become a degree-seeking student until a minimum of nine semester hours of graduate credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 has been achieved at UCM. A transfer student should follow the same admission procedures as indicated above. A maximum of nine transfer credit hours may be applied to a UCM graduate degree at the discretion of the program coordinator.
Prerequisite Degrees - An applicant for admission to a graduate certificate or master’s degree program must have a bachelor’s degree. An applicant for admission to an Education Specialist degree program must have a master’s degree. Prerequisite degrees must be earned from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education such as:
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, Board of Trustees
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., Commission on Technical and Career Institutes
- Southwestern Association of Colleges and Schools, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
Readmission to Graduate Studies - Students who do not enroll in graduate courses within one year of admission must reapply for admission. Graduate students who were not enrolled the previous semester must contact the Graduate and International Student Services (GISS) office either in person or by phone (660-543-4621) to update records before enrollment can be completed.
Graduate Credit Enrollment of a UCM Senior
NOTE: This policy does not apply to those students accepted into an accelerated undergraduate/graduate degree program.
Undergraduate students may take courses for graduate credit with the following stipulations:
Must be within two semesters of degree completion
Must have a minimum of 90 undergraduate credit hours earned
Must have a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00
Limited to two semesters of enrollment in graduate courses before completing an undergraduate degree
Maximum of 12 hours of graduate credit may be completed before admission to graduate program not to exceed 9 hours of graduate credit in one semester
May enroll in a maximum of 16 credit hours per fall or spring semester and a maximum of 12 credit hours during the entire summer semester, including both undergraduate- and graduate-level courses
Must submit an undergraduate application for graduation in MyCentral
Must submit a graduate application for admission to the Graduate and International Student Services (GISS) office
Must complete a Petition for Dual Enrollment each semester
If approval is granted from the program and GISS office, the student will be enrolled in the requested graduate courses. If a student enrolls in graduate credit courses during the last year of the baccalaureate degree, the student should be planning to complete the baccalaureate degree that year. A third semester of graduate enrollment while an undergraduate student will not be allowed.
Graduate-level courses cannot be applied to an undergraduate degree or certificate programs. Students will not be fully admitted into a graduate program until their undergraduate degree is completed and graduate program admission requirements are met.
NOTE: For the purpose of qualifying for federal financial aid the student will be classified as undergraduate at the senior level. Students receiving financial aid should be aware that only those classes taken for undergraduate credit can be included when determining the student’s enrollment status (full-time, half-time, etc.) to qualify for federal and state financial aid. A student may not receive financial aid to pay for graduate credit hours until they earn a Bachelor’s Degree. Tuition for graduate courses will be at the graduate fee rate. Contact Student Financial Services (660-543-8266) for further information.