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Degrees Offered

Finance, Master of Science

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Admission Criteria

Minimum requirements are a bachelor’s degree from a college or University recognized by a regional accrediting agency in the U.S. and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the final 60 credit hours. Degrees from non-U.S. institutions must be recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree-granting institution is located. Please refer to the Office of Graduate Studies web page for all degree requirements.

Neither a GMAT nor a GRE score is required but will be considered if submitted. Factors considered in the admissions decision include the quality and rigor of undergraduate classwork, potential for graduate work in finance, and career focus. Evidence to support these factors include items such as the personal statement portion of the application, any internships or post-graduation work experience, community involvement and service, and an interview (if requested by the admissions committee).

Deadlines for application to the MS Finance

Students can begin the MS Finance program in any semester. During the Spring and Fall semester, they may also start mid-term and enroll in courses during the second eight week term.  The second eight week term typically begins in mid-March for the Spring semester and mid-October for the Fall semester. Duration of MS Finance courses is eight weeks (four weeks for 1½-credit courses), so entry is possible at mid-semester. Deadlines are as follows:

  • Spring: December 15 (February 15 for mid-term entry)
  • Summer: April 1
  • Fall: July 15 (September 15 for mid-term entry)

International applicants to the MS Finance Program

Applications are similar to those for domestic students, but an international student whose native language is not English is required to present an acceptable score on either the TOEFL or the IELTS. Please note that because the program can be completed fully online, immigration documents will not be issued. International students will be limited to online courses unless they have a current visa that allows them to study in the United States.

 

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5705252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Finance Program

  • Resume and personal statement, including career goals, what steps you’ve already taken toward those goals and how the MS in Finance can help you achieve them.
  • Letters of recommendation (preferred but not required)
  • GMAT or GRE scores (optional)
  • TOEFL or IELTS (for international students)

Please see our website for detailed instructions about the program and how to complete the application.

Food and Hospitality Systems, Master of Science

On Campus

Admission criteria

Fall deadline: April 30
Spring deadline: October 31
Summer deadline: January 31

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours of baccalaurate work
  • BS in food science from an accredited University
  • Only complete applications will be reviewed, no conditional acceptance is given

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Minimum GRE Scores

Test TypeVerbal + Quantitative**Analytical
GRE*2973.0

*Note: The exam must have been taken no longer than 5 years prior.
**Note: Neither the verbal nor quantitative section can be below 143.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Food and Hospitality Systems Program

Please upload the following application materials into the Graduate Studies online application:

  • Unofficial transcripts: all applicants selected for admission will be required to submit official transcripts.
  • Personal statement: elaborating the reason for applicant’s interest in Food Science
  • Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation filled out through the Graduate Studies application: all 3 letters of recommendation must be from academic sources (professor of a course, faculty advisor, faculty graduate committee member) and must address the applicant’s academic abilities and potential as a graduate student.
  • GRE scores (no longer than five years prior)
  • TOEFL or IELTS score (International applicants only)

Food and Hospitality Systems, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Admission criteria

Fall deadline: April 30
Spring deadline: October 31
Summer deadline: January 31

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours of baccalaurate work
  • BS and an MS in food science from an accredited University or equivalent experience. In rare instances, an exceptional student will be allowed to study for the PhD without first completing the MS
  • Only complete applications will be reviewed, no conditional acceptance is given

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Minimum GRE Scores

Test TypeVerbal + Quantitative**Analytical
GRE*2973.0

*Note: The exam must have been taken no longer than 5 years prior.
**Note: Neither the verbal nor quantitative section can be below 143.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Food and Hospitality Systems Program

Please upload the following application materials into the Graduate Studies online application:

  • Unofficial transcripts: all applicants selected for admission will be required to submit official transcripts.
  • Personal statement: elaborating the reason for applicant’s interest in Food Science
  • Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation filled out through the Graduate Studies application: all 3 letters of recommendation must be from academic sources (professor of a course, faculty advisor, faculty graduate committee member) and must address the applicant’s academic abilities and potential as a graduate student.
  • GRE scores (no longer than five years prior)
  • TOEFL or IELTS score (International applicants only)

Food Safety and Defense, Graduate Certificate

100% Online

Officially approved as:     

Stand Alone:  Yes  
Degree Dependent:   
No

Total Credit Hours:  12

Certificate description: In an era of terrorism and global food systems, effective control of foodborne hazards requires advanced education. There is an urgent need for food industry personnel who, while working fulltime, would like to pursue more in-depth specialized training in food safety and security that is pertinent to their job. This certificate will help serve the needs of industry and agencies that must protect the human food supply from accidental or deliberate contamination with pathogenic microbes and/or toxicants.

Certificate web site:
http://foodscience.missouri.edu/graduate/foodsafetycert.php

For information about certificate, contact:
Dr. Azlin Mustapha
Director of Graduate and Certificate Studies and Professor
Food Science Program at the University of Missouri

Email:  
Phone: 
 573-882-2649
Address:  246 William Stringer Wing, Eckles Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211 

Note: This is an inter-institutional certificate offered in cooperation with Kansas State University Food Science Institute, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Food Science and Iowa State University Food Science programs.

Natural Resources with Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Emphasis, Master of Science

On Campus

Admission criteria

Fall deadline: Rolling

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2 undergraduate GPA for the last 60 hours of coursework
  • Experience in research or management of natural resources. Practical skills are strongly considered.

Minimum GRE Scores

When did you take the GRE?Verbal + Quantitative
Prior to August 1, 20111100
On or after August 1, 20111100 equivalent scores

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Program

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate Studies online application system.

  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation and the accompanying evaluation sheets from people who can attest to the candidate’s scholastic and conservation field work abilities
  • Departmental application
  • Written response to 1 of 5 questions listed on the Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Graduate Program Admissions page
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (when applicable)
  • Publications (optional)
  • Resume or CV

We require applicants to contact specific faculty to determine the availability of research assistantships prior to applying to the program.

An applicant contemplating graduate work in fisheries, limnology, conservation biology or wildlife should have a strong background in biological and physical sciences, including biology, botany, zoology, ecology, physiology and genetics. In addition, such taxonomic courses as plant taxonomy, invertebrate zoology, ichthyology, ornithology and mammalogy are highly desirable, as is a background in chemistry, mathematics, statistics and physics.

A background of 25 to 30 hours in biological sciences courses is desirable. Minor deficiencies may be remedied during the graduate program; major deficiencies may require preparatory coursework prior to consideration for admission.

Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences degrees emphasize resource management at organismal, population, or ecosystem scales. An emphasis on resource management helps distinguish our program from basic biology; therefore, course work in fisheries or wildlife management, environmental science, resource policy, or other applied ecology fields is advantageous.

Natural Resources with Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Emphasis, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Admission criteria

Fall deadline: Rolling

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2 undergraduate GPA for the last 60 hours of coursework
  • Experience in research or management of natural resources. Practical skills are strongly considered.

Minimum GRE Scores

When did you take the GRE?Verbal + Quantitative
Prior to August 1, 20111100
On or after August 1, 20111100 equivalent scores

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed online Graduate Application for Admission
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Program

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate Studies online application system.

  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation and the accompanying evaluation sheets from people who can attest to the candidate’s scholastic and conservation field work abilities
  • Departmental application
  • Written response to 1 of 5 questions listed on the Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Graduate Program Admissions page
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (when applicable)
  • Publications (optional)
  • Resume or CV

We require applicants to contact specific faculty to determine the availability of research assistantships prior to applying to the program.

An applicant contemplating graduate work in fisheries, limnology, conservation biology or wildlife should have a strong background in biological and physical sciences, including biology, botany, zoology, ecology, physiology and genetics. In addition, such taxonomic courses as plant taxonomy, invertebrate zoology, ichthyology, ornithology and mammalogy are highly desirable, as is a background in chemistry, mathematics, statistics and physics.

A background of 25 to 30 hours in biological sciences courses is desirable. Minor deficiencies may be remedied during the graduate program; major deficiencies may require preparatory coursework prior to consideration for admission.

Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences degrees emphasize resource management at organismal, population, or ecosystem scales. An emphasis on resource management helps distinguish our program from basic biology; therefore, course work in fisheries or wildlife management, environmental science, resource policy, or other applied ecology fields is advantageous.

Romance Languages with Language Teaching Emphasis, Master of Arts

Admission Criteria

Candidates for the MA must hold a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with a grade point average of 3.0 or better in their major field of study. They must also demonstrate adequate preparation in advanced language and literature courses for admission. This will normally be four courses equivalent to a 4000-level course at the University of Missouri. At least three of these courses must be in literature or linguistics. If the Admissions Committee believes that a deficiency exists, it will prescribe additional course work (during the first year of enrollment) beyond the 30 credit hours necessary for the MALT degree. The Director of Graduate Studies will inform students of these additional requirements at the time of admission.

All non-native speakers of French/Spanish will be required to complete an online proficiency assessment prior to admission. Applicants will be contacted by the appropriate course coordinators to schedule this assessment. Students who are judged deficient in any of these areas are required to do remedial work. New graduate students who are required to do remedial work because of the departmental language proficiency examination will be retested within one year. Students must receive a passing score, or their candidacy will be terminated.

All graduate students will be assigned an advisor by the Director of Graduate Studies at the start of their first semester of graduate study.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Romance Languages program

The following materials submitted via the Graduate Studies online application:

  • Three Letters of Reference
  • A 10-15 page-writing sample
  • 500-word personal statement detailing the applicant’s reasons for selecting the University of Missouri for graduate studies and academic/career goals. Applicants may also send other supporting materials, such as a résumé, if desired.
  • Résumé or CV
  • TOEFL scores (international applicants only)
  • Photocopies of diplomas earned at colleges/universities outside the US (international applicants only)

Natural Resources with Forestry Emphasis, Master of Science

On Campus

Admission criteria

Fall deadline: May 15
Spring deadline: October 15
Summer deadline: March 15

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours
  • Particular attention is given to the record of the last 2 years of undergraduate study, and/or the type and quality of professional experience since completion of the undergraduate degree. Doctoral candidates must demonstrate a higher level of achievement in each of these criteria.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Minimum GRE Scores

When did you take the GRE?Verbal + Quantitative*
Prior to August 1, 20111100
On or after August 1, 2011300

* 50th percentile or higher preferred in each category.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Forestry Program

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate Studies online application system.

  • 3 letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to evaluate scholarly capacity and professional qualities
  • Statement of purpose (an explanation/essay of your academic and career background and goals)
  • GRE scores
  • Résumé
  • Sample publication (optional)

Also, submit via email the Forestry Graduate Application(pdf) directly to the Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Forestry: 

Natural Resources with Forestry Emphasis, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Admission criteria

Fall deadline: May 15
Spring deadline: October 15
Summer deadline: March 15

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours
  • Particular attention is given to the record of the last 2 years of undergraduate study, and/or the type and quality of professional experience since completion of the undergraduate degree. Doctoral candidates must demonstrate a higher level of achievement in each of these criteria.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Minimum GRE Scores

When did you take the GRE?Verbal + Quantitative*
Prior to August 1, 20111100
On or after August 1, 2011300

* 50th percentile or higher preferred in each category.

Required application materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Forestry Program

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate Studies online application system.

  • 3 letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to evaluate scholarly capacity and professional qualities
  • Statement of purpose (an explanation/essay of your academic and career background and goals)
  • GRE scores
  • Résumé
  • Sample publication (optional)

Also, submit via email the Forestry Graduate Application(pdf) directly to the Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Forestry: 

Romance Languages with French Emphasis, Master of Arts

On Campus

Financial and Housing Counseling, Graduate Certificate

100% Online

 

Officially approved as:     

Stand Alone:  Yes  
Degree Dependent:   
No

Total Credit Hours:  18

Certificate description: The purpose of the Financial and Housing Certificate is to develop a student’s financial and housing counseling skills and to prepare a student to sit for the Accredited Financial Counselor and Certified Housing Counselor exam offered through the National Association for Financial Planning and Counseling Education. Students with this background would be equipped to provide professional assistance in debt counseling, financial management, and housing finance to those in need. Typical clients would include those with low levels of income and resources, disaster recovery, and military personnel dealing with financial and housing issues related to deployment or relocation. This certificate is offered collaboratively with the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GP-IDEA).

Certificate web site:
http://online.missouri.edu/degreeprograms/financialplanning/housing-counseling.aspx

For information about certificate, contact:
Dr. Deanna Sharpe 

Email:  
Phone:  (573) 882-9652
Address:  239 Stanley Hall, University of Missouri-Columbia, MO 65211