Missouri State encourages applicants from around the world. To apply for admission, please follow these required steps:
The International Student Application and Fee If you believe you are able to meet all requirements, we invite you to complete and return at the "International Student Application" with the $50 USD application fee (non-refundable). We must receive the application and fee before we can begin processing.
Academic Requirements You must have completed a U.S. bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a recognized institution, with a 2.75 (U.S. scale) grade point average for the last 60 credit hours. Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for admission requirements for each individual graduate program. Official proof of any degree, diploma, certificate and/or transcript must be submitted for your file in the original language and a translated copy. If you have completed less than one year of study at a post-secondary institution, regardless of location or length of time attended, you must request these records as well. You must request official documents from each school you have attended.Official documents: To qualify as official, documents must be sent to the Missouri State Office of International Services directly from the issuing institution. Official copies of all documents must arrive before you file can be forwarded to the Office of Graduate Studies for admission consideration.
Proof of English Proficiency Proof of your proficiency in English is required if your primary language is not English. Persons who have completed one or more years of university level study in the U.S. may be exempt at the discretion of the International Services Office. Proof can be provided in two ways:
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)* The TOEFL score minimum requirement is 79 or more for graduate applicants. You must request that original copies of these scores be sent to Missouri State directly from the Educational Testing Service. If you have a computer-based score, check here to see the equivalent paper based score: TOEFL Concordance Tables
Graduate Study Students applying for graduate study (including those who have completed an undergraduate degree but do not yet meet the English requirements for graduate admission), should request an application to the Missouri State English Language Institute.
TOEFL-IBT (Internet-based test)
Score of 79 or more
Score of 6.0 or more
Missouri State English Language Institute (ELI) program
Completion of Level 5
Graduate Required Tests Tests Applicants to the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Accountancy programs must take the "Graduate Management Admission Test" (GMAT)*. Some graduate programs require the "Graduate Record Examination" (GRE)*. Scores for the appropriate test must be on file prior to admission.
*Information and registration forms for the tests are also available at many U.S. Embassies and Consulates, offices of the U.S. Information Agency, and offices of international education organizations, such as the Institute of International Education (IIE), the African-American Institute (AAI), and the American-Mideast Educational and Training Services (AMIDEAST).
U.S. Transfer Recommendation Form You must complete the transfer recommendation form if you are currently in the U.S. as an international student and are planning to continue your education at Missouri State. You must submit the transfer recommendation form to your current international student advisor who will mail or fax it to Missouri State International Services office. We cannot complete the I-20 Form until it is received. Be sure to sign the transfer form before submitting it to your current international student advisor.
Students applying for admission to Missouri State University from outside of the U.S. are required to provide documentation at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate showing the necessary resources immediately available to cover the expenses of your first year of studies at Missouri State University. These documents will be reviewed by Missouri State University and by the Embassy or Consulate during your visa application process. Complete and submit the Statement of Financial Support(download and save this form by right-clicking and choosing 'save as') at the time of application by:
Mail: Missouri State University c/o International Services, 901 South National Avenue, Springfield, Missouri 65897
You will also be required to pay income taxes if you will receive a scholarship or graduate assistantship. In addition, you should plan for financial support for the remaining years of your program.
Change of Level Workshops
Change of level workshops are required for current Missouri State University international undergraduates wishing to pursue a graduate program at Missouri State. For a complete listing of upcoming workshop dates, click here.