The Graduate School

Graduate Admission Information


Welcome to the Admission Information Page of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

A graduate application is somewhat different than what you may remember from your undergraduate days. This page is designed to make your application process easier.

If you would like information sent to you on a particular program, you can request information online.

If you have already read this, you may go directly to the on-line application.

Information for Previously Enrolled Graduate Students

Application Deadlines

Program Requirements

Graduate School Admission Standards

Application Review

Financial Support

INSTRUCTIONS for the UMSL Graduate School Online Application

Who May Apply Online?

What Documents Are Needed with the Application?
Official Documents

Transcripts

Standardized Test(s)

Supporting Materials

Letters of Recommendation - electronic version Please note: an sso id is required to use the electronic version. It usually takes a day or two to obtain your sso id.

Letters of Recommendation - paper version

Resume.

Writing Sample or Statement of Purpose

What Does it Cost to Apply to UM-St Louis?

What If I Experience Difficulties With My Application?

What Can I Do If I Have Been Denied 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.

Program Requirements
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 doctoral and master's programs and graduate certificates for specific requirements.

Browse through the department site to get a feel for all the resources that will be available to you if you study at UMSL. Feel free to send an email to the program director with specific questions. After you learn whether your program requires an entrance examination, you may want to review the GRE and GMAT information. If your program wants references, you may download a letter of recommendation to send to your references.

International students must meet the requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition, 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. Please review the International Student Services website for complete information. You may call the ISS staff at (314) 516-5229 from 8AM to 5PM (central time) Monday through Friday (except for holidays), send them a fax at (314) 516-5636 or email them.

Graduate School Admission Standards
Graduate School demands academic preparation. 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:

o A bachelor’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university with an overall GPA of 2.75;
o Academic records and related experiences that suggest the likelihood for success in the proposed program;
o Personal attributes that reflect the standards of conduct in professions associated with the program.

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.

Application Review
Soon after you submit your application, an electronic student listing is established, and you will receive an email acknowledgement with instructions for tracking your application process online -- track your application

Program faculty conduct detailed reviews of the application packets and recommend whether to admit each applicant. However, only written notice from the Dean of the Graduate School constitutes approval of admission, not correspondence with a department or with an individual faculty member. Departments may, however, contact you about possible assistantships and other resources.

After the dean makes an official decision on your application, you will receive further instructions. If you are accepted, you should visit the Graduate School web site for registration information. For questions about your program or assistantship, please contact the program. If you need special help, please call the Dean's office at (314) 516-5900 or contact us at graduate@umsl.edu.

About one week after you enroll in the first class at UMSL, you will receive a student email account. All official notices from the Graduate School will be sent to your student account. In addition, your student email allows you to access My Gateway, where faculty post course information. Graduate School news is also available on My Gateway. You may easily forward email from your campus address to your regular email account by following directions on the Student Email page.

Financial Support
Most graduate students need some type of financial assistance. To apply for a graduate assistantship, please contact your program. The Financial Aid office processes scholarships and loans. Please apply by the deadline for full consideration.

Are You Ready to Apply?
INSTRUCTIONS for the UMSL Graduate School Online Application

These instructions are designed to make the online application process easier. You may scroll down and click on the application icon at any time to leave these instructions and start the application process.

If you have any questions about the application process, you may contact us at (314) 516-5458 during normal working hours (8 AM – 5 PM Central Time) or by email at gradadm@umsl.edu.

If you received your previous degree outside of the US or you are not a US citizen, your application will be reviewed by the International Student Services (ISS). Non-US citizens will usually have other requirements (visas, etc.) If you have not already done so, please start the admissions process by reading the ISS Website. The staff at the ISS can also help you with difficulties you may experience as you go through the application process. You may call them at (314) 516-5753 or send a fax to (314) 516-6757.

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

What Documents Are Needed with the Application?
The additional documents help give us a better picture of your academic preparation for graduate work.

Official Documents
You must ask the organizations submitting the required official documents below to send them directly to:
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Graduate Admissions Office
255 Millennium Student Center
One University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121-4499

Student copies, faxed, or hand-delivered copies do not qualify as official copies.

Transcript(s). 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. Please ask your institution(s) to send transcripts directly to the Graduate Admissions Office at the address above.

Standardized Test(s). If you haven’t yet checked whether your program requires an entrance examination, please click here for information about these tests. In order to expedite the processing of your application, you may submit unofficial GRE or GMAT scores to the Graduate Admissions office. Official scores from the testing agency still must be submitted to the university for full admission to the Graduate School. You are encouraged to take the speaking part of the TOEFL as well.

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

Supporting Materials. You will want to make your application as strong as possible by including materials for the specific requirements of the program that you want to enter. If you haven’t already done so, please check on your program’s additional requirements. Your application packet is not considered complete until the supporting materials have arrived.

Unless otherwise directed, please send all supporting materials to

University of Missouri-St. Louis
Graduate Admissions Office
255 Millennium Student Center
One University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121-4499

Or electronically to gradadm@umsl.edu.

Resume. If your program requires a resume, please summarize all your previous academic, professional, and other work experiences. You may also include hobbies, language expertise, and other information that is pertinent to your application.

Writing Sample or Statement of Purpose. 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.

At the end of the online application, there is an optional Statement of Purpose. If you choose to answer this, please use it ONLY for brief comments about your degree objective. Your in-depth Statement of Purpose or Writing Sample should be sent via e-mail to gradadm@umsl.edu or mailed to:

Graduate Admissions
University of Missouri-St. Louis
One University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121-4499

This will give you the opportunity for a longer essay, and we will include it with your admission application.

International Students: please send your in-depth Statement of Purpose to iss@umsl.edu or mail it to:

International Student and Scholar Services
University of Missouri-St. Louis
One University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121-4499

What Does it Cost to Apply to UM-St Louis?
The non-refundable application fee for a U.S. citizen is $35. You may pay with MasterCard, Visa, or by check.

International students pay a non-refundable application fee of $40 USD. International students paying by credit card must submit the Application Fee Payment form.

All students paying by check or money order should make it payable to "University of Missouri-St. Louis" and send it in with their application or separately (if applied on-line) to

University of Missouri-St. Louis
Graduate Admissions Office
255 Millennium Student Center
One University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121-4499

What If I Experience Difficulties With My Application?
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office (314-516-5458 or at gradadm@umsl.edu) if you have any difficulties with your application.

International students are encouraged to contact International Student Services about any issue. You may call the ISS staff at (314) 516-5229 or send a fax to (314) 516-5636.

Both offices are open from 8AM to 5 PM (Central Time) Monday through Friday, except for holidays.

Finally, please review your responses carefully because they will become the official property of UMSL and your admission will be based on the answers you provide.

If you’re ready to start your application, please click here.

What Can I Do If I Have Been Denied Admission?
Students denied admission may reapply in a subsequent year if further training or experience is presented to strengthen the application.