Check your specific program for application deadlines.

NonDegree Seeking Admission

Life Long Learner Admission

Application Deadlines

The general application deadlines to apply are as follows: July 1 for the fall semester, December 1 for the spring semester and May 1 for the summer semester. Some degree programs have specific deadline dates and may only admit once each calendar year, so it is important to review the deadlines of your specific program.

Complete the Application(s)

  • Graduate applicants must submit an electronic application that requires about 15-20 minutes to complete. Once completed, program faculty conduct detailed reviews of the application packets and recommend whether to admit each applicant. You can return to this site and check on your application status at any time. Only written notice from the Dean of the Graduate School constitutes approval of admission.
  • On the first page, you will be asked to create a unique user ID and password. By creating a secure user ID, you will have the opportunity to save your application at any point and return later to complete it. Or, you can complete the entire application at once. It might be a good idea to write down your user ID and password for reference later.
  • After you have completed your application and paid your application fee, you will receive an e-mail confirmation that provides additional details such as contact information and a confirmation number which you can refer to if you ever need to call us with questions about your application.
  • Should you have a question or should any situation arise that prevents you from applying or submitting the application fee, please contact our campus specialist in electronic applications, Jaime Lincoln, at (314) 516-6939 as soon as possible for assistance.
  • You will need the following while completing the application: permanent address information, attendance and graduation dates of previous colleges, test dates and scores of any required standardized admissions testing (GMAT, GRE, etc.) and emergency contact information.

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Pay the Application Fee

If you are a first-time UMSL graduate student, you will have the opportunity at the end of Part 1 of the application to pay the application fee ($50 for U.S. applicants, $40 for international applicants) online on our secure server with a MasterCard, Visa, Discover card, or your checking or savings account (echeck). If you are not prepared to pay the fee now, you can complete Part I and return later that same day to log in with your user ID and password to pay the application fee. If you complete Part I and do not pay the fee online that same day, your application will be submitted and you will be required to pay the application fee by credit card over the phone at 314-516-8675 or toll-free at 888-462-8675 or pay by check payable to UMSL and mail to Admissions Office, 351 MSC, University of Missouri-St. Louis, One University Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63121. Applicants to the Graduate School are only required to pay the application fee once.
McNair Scholars: The University of Missouri-St. Louis welcomes McNair Scholars by waiving the application fee.  Please identify yourself as a McNair Scholar in the Statement of Purpose on the application and then request that your program director confirm your status in an email to Graduate Admissions. You may also be eligible for one of our doctoral recruitment awards.

Request Transcripts

Official confirmation of a previous degree is required for admission to all graduate programs at UMSL. In addition, most programs require official transcripts from every college or university you have attended. International students must request official certified transcripts. International students should contact International Student and Scholar Services with any questions or for more detailed information. UMSL Alumni: Your undergraduate records are accessible by Graduate Admissions and you do not need to send an UMSL transcript or resend previously submitted final transcripts.

For those who only have course work from U.S. institutions, please ask your institution(s) to send official transcripts directly to the Graduate Admissions Office: 

University of Missouri-St. Louis
Graduate Admissions Office
255 Millennium Student Center
One University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121-4400

Letters of Recommendation (Note: The electronic version requires a User ID, which is normally emailed within one to two days of applying)

Almost every graduate program at UMSL requires letters of recommendation. Even those that don’t will often review letters sent voluntarily for additional insights into your potential to succeed as a graduate student beyond your grades and test scores. Each program has slightly different requirements. Since students are admitted only if the program recommends them, applicants should check admission criteria established for each program. Please refer to the requirements list for the number of letters your program requires or recommends. Letters from family friends and political figures are discouraged and may even be detrimental. The best recommendations come from a reference 

  • Who knows you professionally;
  • With the title of “Professor”;
  • Who has earned the degree that you are seeking;
  • With an advanced degree who has supervised you in a job or internship aligned with the graduate program you are pursuing (e.g., Education, Social Work, Business Administration, etc.);
  • Who has academically evaluated you in an advanced class.


If your recommenders prefer to submit a paper letter, please ask them to send letters directly to

University of Missouri-St. Louis
Graduate Admissions Office
255 Millennium Student Center
One University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121-4400 

Submit a Writing Sample and any other Supplemental Application Materials

Some programs want evidence that you are a serious student capable of writing a scholarly paper in English. If you have not written a research paper for several years, you may be able to submit other samples of professional writing. Please check your program requirements because some have very specific guidelines beyond these suggestions. Your writing sample and any other supplemental application materials should be sent via e-mail to or mailed to:

University of Missouri-St. Louis
Graduate Admissions Office
255 Millennium Student Center
One University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121-4400 

Request Your GRE/GMAT scores

Many graduate programs require applicants to submit standardized testing results. Please consult your program's requirements for details. Visit the GRE or GMAT websites to send your results to UMSL.

Submit an Application for a Teaching or Research Assistantship

Print the application and submit it directly to the director of your graduate department. For more information on assistantships, please visit the Assistantship Information page.