All non-native speakers of English must submit proof of English proficiency with their applications. Generally speaking, students cannot be exempted from the minimum English scores necessary for admission; however, the requirement may be waived for applicants who:
- Are citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) of the United States
- Are in the US on a work visa, such as an H-1B or L-1 visa
- Completed at least 30 credit hours at a college or university in the US or in another native English-speaking country. ESL courses are excluded from the 30-hour minimum.
- Completed Level 112 English at an ELS Language Center.
- Are an undergraduate applicant with satisfactory scores on select exams:
- ACT composite score of 24 or higher
- SAT (redesigned) score of 1160 or higher
- IB English HL score of 4 or higher
- GCSE or A-Level English (excluding ESL) grade of C or higher
- Are citizens of one of the following predominantly English-speaking countries:
- Antigua, Barbuda
- Australia (and Overseas Territories)
- Cook Islands
- Marshall Islands
- Micronesia, Federated States
- New Zealand
- Saint Kitts & Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Sierra Leone*
- Solomon Islands*
- South Africa*
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Kingdom (and Overseas Territories)
* indicates TOEFL/IELTS not required for admission, but students will be subject to EAP assessment at orientation.
Please note that students receiving an assistantship may be asked to sit for the EAP exam in accordance with Missouri state law.
While there are other countries where English is spoken as one of several official languages, applicants who do not fall into one of the above categories are required to prove English language proficiency.
International undergraduate students who have completed their education entirely in English, and in a country where English is considered an official language, may submit a written appeal with their application explaining why they qualify for a TOEFL waiver. Appeals will be reviewed after all application items have been received.
International graduate students whose native language is not English are generally required to submit scores from an accepted standardized examination before a decision is made on admission. This requirement extends to international students who might otherwise qualify for a waiver, but have spent less than two of the last three years in an English-speaking country. When it is not possible for a student to take the required examination for reasons beyond personal convenience, the program to which the student has applied may develop alternate ways for that particular student to demonstrate English language competence before admission. The admitting department and Graduate School must approve such alternative metrics.