The Application Process. All international students interested in applying to UCM must do so directly through the Graduate and International Student Services (GISS) office. All questions regarding international admissions should be forwarded to International Admissions at 660-543-4092 or GISS@ucmo.edu.
Applicants should apply online at admissions.ucmo.edu/apply International students are strongly encouraged to submit their online application and required supporting materials as early as possible. Individuals whose applications are complete on or before the deadlines listed below are given priority for processing and scholarship consideration.
Fall application deadlines:
- Students coming from their home county: July 1st
- Transfer students: July 15th
Spring application deadlines:
- Students coming from their home county: October 15th
- Transfer students: December 1st
Summer application deadlines: (for the following programs: Intensive English Program, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems & Information Technology, Technology, and Industrial Management, Cybersecurity)
- Students coming from their home county: April 1st
- Transfer students: May 1st
International undergraduate applicants must submit the following items:
- Application for admission
- $75 (US dollars) non-refundable application fee
- Demonstration of English proficiency. Proficiency may be demonstrated by one of the following:
- TOEFL exam score of 500 PBT/61 IBT*
- IELTS Academic exam score 5.5*
- PTE academic score of 44*
*score requirements subject to change
TOEFL scores must be submitted by Educational Testing Services (ETS) directly to the University of Central Missouri’s Testing Center. The ETS code for the University of Central Missouri is 6090. IELTS scores should also be sent electronically to UCM. The IELTS School Organization code for the University of Central Missouri 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
Warrensburg, MO 64093
The Demonstration of English Proficiency requirement is waived in cases where applicants have earned a degree from an appropriately regionally accredited college or university in the US or have earned at least 24 regular semester hours of university credit from a regionally accredited US college or university. Additionally, this requirement is waived for applicants who are citizens of countries where English is the official language.
International applicants who meet minimum UCM entry requirements but do not meet minimum English proficiency requirements for regular UCM admission may be granted conditional admission. Conditionally admitted students must maintain full-time enrollment in UCM’s Intensive English Program until the minimum TOEFL/IELTS requirement is met or the highest level of the Intensive English Program is successfully completed. Full-time status for UCM’s Intensive English Program is 6 credit hours (20 contact hours) per 8-week session. Institutional TOEFL/IELTS results earned at other institutions are not valid at UCM. International students not meeting minimum UCM English proficiency requirements are not permitted to enroll in regular classes.
- Official Transcripts. All undergraduate students are required to upload unofficial transcripts to their student portal (created upon application submission) and submit official transcripts to our office. These transcripts will be used for advisement purposes. Applications with questions about credential evaluation requirements should contact the Graduate and International Student Services office directly via email: GISS@ucmo.edu
- Declaration of Financial Support. This document is required to demonstrate sufficient financial support.
- Official Bank Statement/Certification. This document is required as verification that adequate funds are currently and subsequently available to students in support of their tuition and living expenses while a student at UCM.
A GPA of at least 2.00 is required to be considered for admissions. UCM does post and accept all transfer grades (A-F). These grades are counted in a student’s cumulative GPA and are taken into consideration for academic standing calculations. Students who have testing credit (CLEP, AP, IB, etc.) applied to another school’s transcript will have to submit original test scores to UCM’s Testing Services Office (660-543-4919, HUM 216) for consideration for credit at UCM. UCM’s repeat policy, not the repeat policy of the transfer institution, will be applied to any course repeats. See details of the Repeat Enrollment in Courses policy in this catalog.
English Language Center. The English Language Center (ELC), whose Intensive English Program is accredited by the Commission of English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), offers intensive instruction in English and short-term programs for English language studies. For students who do not meet UCM’s English proficiency requirements, the Intensive English Program (IEP) provides courses to improve English language skills and become accustomed to a university setting in the United States. The courses are designed to help non-native speakers of English build on their existing language skills. The IEP offers courses at a variety of proficiency levels in reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, testing skills, American culture, and academic preparation. These courses are available for credit or may be taken as pass/fail, and do not count toward completion of an academic degree. Full-time status for UCM’s Intensive English Program is 6 credit hours (20 contact hours) per 8-week session.
Orientation. All international students admitted to UCM for the first time are required to arrive on campus on a set date (typically 8-10 days prior to the first day of classes) for orientation and evaluation sessions. During the orientation sessions, any international student whose native language is not English may be required to undergo further English evaluation. Depending upon evaluation results, students may be required to enroll in the Intensive English Program or in prerequisites for English Composition (ENGL 1020 ). The school-initiated oral and written English evaluations are waived if the student presents one of the following:
- Secured a minimum TOEFL score of 580 (PBT) or 92 (IBT), an IELTS Academic score of 5.5
- Earned a degree from an appropriately regionally accredited United States college or university
- Earned at least 24 semester hours of regular university credit from an appropriately regionally accredited United States college or university
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.
Financial Aid. All international applicants are automatically considered for financial aid awards. The value of individual awards varies and is dependent upon academic merit and available funding levels. All awards are made at the time of admission to UCM. Please note that international students do not typically qualify for US-based federal or state financial assistance unless designated as an eligible non-citizen or a permanent resident by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Documentation verifying the student’s citizenship status may be required by the UCM Office of Student Financial Services (660-543-8266, WDE 1100)) to determine the student’s eligibility of financial aid. Students admitted to UCM are eligible for scholarship consideration and/or continuation based upon meeting minimum criteria established by UCM’s Office of Student Financial Services. More information regarding scholarships is available online at ucmo.edu/scholarships.