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Eligibility and Process

These are basic steps for applying to a degree program (master’s, doctoral or educational specialist). Your materials will be reviewed by both the Graduate School and the degree program or certificate program to which you’ve applied.

The process is different for readmitted graduate students, distance learning students and on-campus, post-baccalaureate (non-degree) applicants.

There is additional information for senior undergraduate students seeking dual enrollment and students in the UM Visiting Student program.

Distance/Online Enrollment

Some states place restrictions on enrollment in distance or online programs. Please consult the Mizzou Online website to see if your state of residence has any restrictions.

1. Submission of Application Materials

Closely observe the deadline and required materials set by your academic program of interest, including any additional documents requested of students seeking departmental funding. Complete the application and mail any materials that could not be submitted online. As part of the submission process, applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all transcripts to the online application.

2. Review by the Academic Program

The admissions committee for each academic program decides who will be accepted. During this process, the committee reviews documents you sent them as well as the information you sent to the Graduate School. You might receive correspondence at this point regarding whether you have been recommended for admission, but this is not the final step.

3. Final Review by the Graduate School

The Graduate School receives the academic program’s recommendation and completes a final review of your file, checking to make sure you meet the minimum admission requirements. If you are an international applicant, you may need to provide additional information before admission can be finalized. If you are accepted by an academic program, you will then be asked to provide official copies of all transcripts.

4. Official Admission to the University of Missouri

If you are accepted into the degree program to which you applied and you meet the minimum admission requirements, Graduate School Admissions will admit you to the university and send you information for new students. Be sure to review the checklist for admitted students, which gives details about what to do next.

Admission Questions?

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