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Prospective degree-seeking students, including new domestic and international applicants, former Missouri Online non-degree seeking students, current and former MU undergraduate students and former MU graduate students applying to a new degree program, should follow the application process below.

Application Process

1. Check your academic program’s application requirements and deadlines.

Your academic program sets the application deadline, eligibility criteria and required supplemental application materials beyond the minimum admission requirements. Supplemental application materials may include a program-specific application, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, a résumé/vita, etc.

2. Complete and submit the application for admission.

Degree-seeking applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all transcripts to their application. If you are accepted by an academic program, you will then be asked to provide official transcripts. Please do not send official transcripts until after you have received acceptance from an academic program.

  • Current or former MU students: You may upload an unofficial copy of your Student Academic Profile from myZou, but if accepted, you do not have to provide official MU transcripts.
  • International applicants: Only upload copies of your transcripts/mark sheets with courses and grades, in English. Please do not upload transcript evaluations completed by third parties (e.g. ECE, WES, etc.).

All supplemental application materials required by your academic program must be submitted through the application system.

3. Pay an application fee.

Degree-seeking applicants pay a non-refundable application processing fee of $65 (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) or $90 (nonresident internationals). Graduate certificate applicants pay a $35 application fee. Application fees are paid through the application system at the time of application submission. MasterCard, VISA, Discover, American Express or Diner’s Club credit cards are accepted. A separate application fee is required for each application.

Application Fee Waivers: 

  • The Graduate School will pay the application fee for participants in select preparatory or service programs (e.g. McNair Scholars, Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) Program participants, NIH PREP Scholars, Peace Corps, etc.).
  • The Graduate School will pay the application fee for U.S. military veterans or current service members. Acceptable documentation include a copy of your active duty orders if you are currently serving or a copy of your DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty if you are a veteran.
  • If you have not participated in one of the select preparatory or service programs, please check with your academic program to see if it has a fee payment policy. Some academic programs will pay the application fee for applicants in certain instances.

Start your application for admission, select the applicable preparatory or service program, and you will receive further instructions via email. Contact Graduate Admissions with questions (573-882-6311 or 800-877-6312 or via email at  Please note application fee waivers are one-time waivers, applicable to one graduate application for admission.


4. Check application status

By logging in to the application system, you can to check the receipt status of application materials submitted through the online application system as well as the decision status of your application.

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