Feb 23, 2024  
2017 Graduate Catalog 
2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Student Admissions

International graduate students applying for admission may apply online. A non-refundable application fee of $75 must accompany the application. Payment may be made by credit card, international money order drawn on a U.S. bank, or a personal check drawn on a U.S. bank. International applicants may fulfill the English proficiency requirements in one of the following ways:

  1. TOEFL score of 79 (IBT), IELTS academic score of 6.0, or PTE-Academic score of 53.
  2. An earned degree from a regionally accredited United States college or university.
  3. Earned at least 24 semester hours of regular university credit from an accredited United States college or university.
  4. Applicants whose native language is English and who are citizens of a country where English is the official language will be considered as having fulfilled the minimum English requirement.

Students who do no have the required English Proficiency scores, but who have met all other UCM and departmental requirements will be admitted to UCM’s Intensive English Program prior to entering degree programs.  Full-time status for UCM’s Intensive English Program is 6 credit hours (20 contact hours) per 8-week session.

TOEFL scores must be submitted by Educational Testing Services (ETS) directly to the University of Central Missouri’s Testing Center. The ETS code for UCM is 6090. IELTS scores should also be sent electronically to UCM’s Testing Center. The IELTS School Organization code is 136009. In cases where electronic submissions of test scores are not possible, official scores may be sent directly by mail to:

University of Central Missouri
Testing Center
Humphreys 216
Warrensburg, MO 64093

In addition to the application fee and English proficiency requirements, all international applicants must:

  1. Demonstrate sufficient financial support by way of an official bank statement/certification accompanied by a declaration of financial support
  2. Submit all non-U.S. transcripts from all institutions/colleges/universities attended directly to one of the following four organizations for authentication, course-by-course academic level assessment and grade point average determination:

The first evaluation received will be the one used for admission decisions.  UCM is unable to accept credential evaluations from other credential evaluators.

Graduate transfer students must have a 3.00 or higher GPA to gain admissions to UCM. 

Departmental admission materials, as required by the applicant’s graduate degree program, must be submitted directly by the applicant to the department where program admission is sought.

All international applicants should apply for admission and submit required supporting materials as early as possible. All supporting documents must be received before the relevant admission deadlines below.

Fall application deadlines:

  • Students coming from their home country: June 1
  • Transfer students already in the U.S.: July 15

Spring application deadlines:

  • Students coming from their home country: October 15
  • Transfer students already in the U.S.: December 1

Summer application deadlines (Intensive English Program, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems & Technology):

  • Students coming from their home country: April 1
  • Transfer students already in the U.S.: May 1

Federal Financial Aid - If a student is classified by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as an “eligible non-citizen” or “permanent resident,” (s)he may be considered eligible to receive federal financial aid. Documentation of the student’s status must be provided to Student Financial Services, Ward Edwards Building 1100, 660-543-8266.

Health Insurance. All international students are required to participate in the Student Health Insurance Program.

Immunizations. All students at the University of Central Missouri must have proof of two Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations. All students living in University Housing must have proof of Meningitis vaccination after the age of 16. All students must be screened in the United States for tuberculosis infection. All vaccinations and tuberculosis screening can be obtained during the Health Screening portion of orientation.