Graduate School

Application FAQ

 

What If I have previously attended the University of Missouri-St. Louis as a graduate student?

What are UMSL's Graduate School admission standards?

Who can apply online?

Do I need to take the GRE or GMAT?

Do I need to include any supporting materials with my application?

What can I do if I have been denied admission?

What if I am an international student?

What do I do once I have been accepted?

Previously-Enrolled Students
Graduate students who have not taken classes within their graduate program at UMSL for more than one year become inactive in the university’s system. The full policy for that rule can be found in the Graduate School Policies page. To take any graduate classes at UMSL, inactive graduate students are required to reapply. Applicants reapplying do not need to pay the application fee.

Admission Standards
Graduate work at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is designed to prepare academic leaders, normally within a profession. For that reason, our graduate programs demand academic preparation and personal attributes to complete the rigorous course and individual research requirements. The Graduate School of UMSL requires applicants to document that they are prepared to be successful as they pursue advanced studies. Consider your application as your opportunity to provide evidence that you have a track record of academic achievement, the motivation to pursue challenging courses and independent studies, and the integrity and character to serve as an academic leader.

To document that, the Graduate School of the University of Missouri-St. Louis requires evidence that all applicants have met the following standards:

Evidence of a first degree requires an official document sent directly to UMSL with the degree posted. Transcripts can be accepted directly from students in emergency cases and only for one semester. Evidence of other academic preparation varies by program.

Applicants will be denied admission if (a) they do not meet admission standards and (b) there are no available openings. Most programs will not review incomplete or late applications at the time of decision.

Please review your application carefully and answer every question truthfully. Students admitted on the basis of applications with inaccurate information, plagiarized writing samples, or other evidence that the applicant is trying to mislead the university will be dealt with following the Student Conduct Code and may lead to expulsion.

Online Applications
The online application is designed for every graduate program except the Doctor Of Optometry Degree (O.D.). Those applicants may have a separate application.

GRE/GMAT
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
All doctoral programs require the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).  The GRE General Test is required for Master's programs in: Economics, Physics, Political Science, and Psychology.  The GRE General Test measures certain developed verbal, quantitative, and analytical abilities that are important for academic achievement. Thus, the test necessarily reflects the opportunities and efforts that have contributed to the development of those abilities. The General Test is only one of several means of evaluating likely success in graduate school. The test makes it possible to compare students with different backgrounds. 

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required of applicants to the M.B.A, M.I.S., and M.Acc. programs and all graduate business certificate programs. Students who have not taken these examinations should do so at the earliest possible test dates. The GMAT is designed to help graduate schools of business assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management but they are only one predictor of academic performance in the first year of graduate management school.

Supporting Materials
Each program is different, so you will want to check your program's requirements to see if they require additional materials such as a resume, writing sample or statement of purpose. All supporting materials, unless otherwise indicated, may be mailed to:
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Graduate Admissions Office
255 Millennium Student Center
One University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121-4499

Denied Admission
Students denied admission may reapply in a subsequent year if further training or experience is presented to strengthen the application.

International Students
In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, other special provisions apply to international students. Prospective students should contact the Office of International Student Services (Phone 314-516-5229; Fax 314-516-5636; e-mail: iss@umsl.edu or visit the website of the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

International students whose native language is not English and who have spent less than two of the last three years in an English-speaking country are required to submit scores from an internationally accepted standardized examination before a decision is made on admission. Teaching assistantships will be awarded only to students with demonstrated oral English proficiency.


For information on the online TOEFL test, visit the ETS website. Another acceptable standardized English exam in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 

After Acceptance 
Welcome to the Graduate School! We hope you find your experience both rewarding and enjoyable. If you ever have any concerns and don't know where to turn, please contact the Graduate School office by phone (314-516-5900) or by email: graduate@umsl.edu.

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