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International Admissions

Graduate Applicants

In order to expedite the processing of your application, you may email application materials to our office. Official items must still be sent at a later date.

  1. Application form

    •  Refer to the international student application and $40 application fee

  2. Proof of English proficiency

    • Minimum requirements vary by department. It is recommended that students have a 79 TOEFL, 6.5 IELTS, or 53 PTE-A

  3. Official transcripts

    • Students in their final year of a bachelor's program should submit transcripts for all semesters completed thus far

    • Students who have already completed a degree must submit final transcripts and degree certificates

    • Transcripts are required from all universities attended

Most graduate programs also require additional materials, including letters of recommendation, writing samples, and/or GRE and GMAT scores. Please review the degree profile for your program to view a complete list of requirements. Note that letters of recommendation must be sent directly from the author - do not send photocopies or scans of recommendations.

All application materials must be sent to International Student & Scholar Services.

  1. Copy of your passport

  2. Statement of finances

    • An official bank statement must show funds to cover one year of expenses, be in English, and be less than six months old

  3. Affidavit of support

    • If the bank document is not in the student's name, the account holder must sign an affidavit of support

  4. Copy of any current US visa

Approximate expenses are noted in the chart below. Per US regulations, this amount must be shown in order to obtain documentation for a student visa. Actual costs may vary, and students are not billed until arriving on campus and registering for classes.

Approximate Annual Expenses 2018-2019

Graduate tuition


Housing, meals, and health insurance


Total (one academic year)



Graduate assistantships are granted directly by the department in question. After students have applied for admission, they may contact their departments for information about possible funding opportunities. Assistantship applications are available at the Graduate School.


In addition to assistantship opportunities, degree-seeking graduate applicants are automatically reviewed for a limited number of international student scholarships. A separate application form is not required.

Official transcripts and test scores should be sent directly to International Student & Scholar Services:

International Student & Scholar Services
University of Missouri - St. Louis
One University Blvd (261 MSC)
St. Louis, MO 63121, USA

Phone: +1-314-516-5229

UMSL's institution code for TOEFL reporting is 6889.

All materials should be submitted before the priority deadlines noted below. It may be still possible to be considered for admission after these dates, though a review cannot be guaranteed. Note also that some programs programs may have earlier deadlines.

Priority Application Deadlines

Fall semester

May 1

Spring semester

October 1

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English scores may apply for conditional admission by enrolling in ELS Language Centers. ELS is a private company (with a separate application) but is located on UMSL's campus.

Students who graduate from ELS do not need to submit a TOEFL score for admission to UMSL. To apply for conditional admission through ELS, please follow the steps below.

  1. Apply to ELS Language Centers. Direct questions about ELS to their private offices.

  2. Apply for conditional admission at UMSL. Send your application form, transcripts, recommendation letters (if required), and a copy of your ELS acceptance letter to International Student & Scholar Services.

  3. If admitted, you will receive an I-20 from ELS and a conditional letter of admission from UMSL. Use these documents to obtain a student visa.

  4. Arrive in the United States and enroll at ELS. After graduating from Level 112, transfer to UMSL in August or January to begin your degree program.

Note that only the following graduate departments will review conditional applications:

Computer Science
Information Systems
Public Policy Administration*



*Special considerations apply