The Graduate School


The University of Missouri-St. Louis offers courses for graduate credit to qualified individuals to fulfill two kinds of student objectives: (1) completion of academic and professional degrees and certificates; and (2) continuing personal and professional development.  The university offers doctoral, master's, specialist and graduate certificate programs.

NonDegree Seeking Graduate Students:
Students may apply for status as Non-Degree-Seeking graduate students in a graduate program. Applicants must provide an official transcript showing completion of a baccalaureate or higher degree, with a G.P.A. of 2.5 or greater. The dean of the Graduate School admits Non-Degree-Seeking students only upon recommendation of the unit. Non-Degree students are not eligible for financial aid.

Graduate Study for Lifelong Learning (coming in Fall 2011)
Lifelong learners often want to take graduate courses without enrolling in a specific program. They may want to prepare for admission to a graduate degree program at UMSL or elsewhere, explore a new discipline, take courses, workshops, or institutes for career advancement, or simply undertake personal enrichment experiences.

Applicants who submit an official transcript documenting a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a U.S. university or a university in which instruction is in the English language may be admitted to UMSL as Non-Degree Graduate Lifelong Learner. This category of admission is not eligible for financial aid.


The University of Missouri-St. Louis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. This accreditation applies to all baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. In addition to campus-wide accreditation, many of our programs are accredited by their professional organizations. A listing of all accreditations can be found in the UMSL Fact Book

Students with a bachelor's degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university may apply for admission to the Graduate School. Applications are reviewed by the graduate program  in which students propose to do graduate study and by the Graduate School. Within limitations, students may be admitted to the Graduate School if their previous academic record and background suggest reasonable likelihood for success in their proposed programs. Students are admitted by the Dean of the Graduate School only upon recommendation of the graduate program involved. 

Inquiries concerning admission or requests for application forms should be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions . Their phone number is 314-516-5458. Please see "Applying to Graduate School" for information on applying and a link to our on-line application.

Application Deadlines

Some departments with heavy enrollments have earlier final acceptance dates for admission and financial assistance; therefore, it is best to check dates and apply well in advance so that a deadline is not missed. The general deadlines to apply are as follows: July 1 for the Fall semester; December1 for the Spring semester; May 1 for the Summer semester. For special admission requirements and application deadlines for graduate programs, visit the doctoral, master's, specialist and graduate certificate program pages.

All doctoral programs and most education specialist programs require the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).  It is also required for the Master's programs in Economics, English, Physiological Optics, Political Science, Physics, and Psychology.  The doctoral program in Experimental Psychology also requires the advanced GRE examination in the subject area.. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required of applicants to the M.B.A, M.I.S., 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. For more information on the GRE and GMAT,