As proof, the University of Missouri Office of Graduate Studies accepts scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The Office of Graduate Studies requires electronic reporting of IELTS examination scores.
Non-native English speakers must score at least a 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL or 6.5 on the Academic IELTS. In addition, it is expected that applicants will achieve subsection minimums of no less than 17 on IBT, 52 on PBT or 6.0 on IELTS (subsections: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing). Native English speakers are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years beyond the test date. Required scores vary by academic program. Please note that Institutional TOEFL (TOEFL ITP) results from schools or institutions other than the University of Missouri are not acceptable.
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Students who cannot meet the English language proficiency requirements may enroll in the intensive English program at Mizzou. This program is designed to provide students with the English language skills necessary to successfully study for an academic degree in the United States. Please contact the Center for English Language Learning for more information. You may also wish to ask the director of graduate studies in your degree program about this option.
English-language development resources are available at Mizzou and in the local community.Explore the Options
If your degree program has offered you a teaching assistantship or graduate instructorship, you must undergo additional English-language evaluation. This evaluation happens after the admission process and will affect your ability to teach on the Mizzou campus.Learn More Through the International Teaching Assistant Program
To be exempt from this requirement, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
Each graduate program reserves the right to require an applicant to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score regardless of the previous educational experience. Please check with your academic program about requirements.Search Degree Programs
Please consult your academic program to determine if the program is willing to request a waiver for your case to the Office of Graduate Studies.
On occasion, programs may feel applicants who meet the minimum TOEFL requirement of 80 but have a subsection score below 17 deserve consideration. Programs may request a waiver for such cases by justifying or explaining why this score will not impede the progress or success of the student in that program; special consideration should be given to speaking and listening scores if programs anticipate the student will be funded through a teaching assistantship. Instructions for submitting a waiver request are described below.
Waiver requests should be addressed to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies but sent either to the appropriate admissions advisor (per alpha-divisions) or to Terrence Grus (Director of Admissions). They will present these requests to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies, who will make the final decision as to whether the waiver will be granted. Some are approved, but many are not. If the waiver request is not approved, then the applicant will be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS (or retake the test) and submit their qualifying score to the Graduate Admissions Office prior to their admission.
Mizzou applicants are required to complete the Affidavit of Support (pdf) or provide a letter of support from a University of Missouri graduate degree program before immigration documents can be issued. The proof of financial support must show enough funding to cover the first academic year at Mizzou.
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The Office of Graduate Studies issues the majority of immigration documents for new MU international graduate students seeking a new student visa. After official admission to the University, international applicants will be asked to complete an enrollment form in the application system. Applicants who intend to enroll at MU will be prompted to provide more information about immigration status and document needs on the enrollment form.
New MU graduate students holding an active student visa and immigration documents from another U.S. institution will work with MU’s International Center to transfer you immigration documents.
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