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The application process for international applicants is very similar to the process for domestic applicants. However, international applicants do have to show English proficiency to be admitted and a minimum amount of financial support to be issued immigration documents.

Click on a category below for more details.

International Teaching Assistant Program

Language Requirements

All non-native English-speaking applicants are required to provide proof of English language ability.

As proof, the University of Missouri Graduate School accepts scores from one of the following testing services:

*Note: Institutional TOEFL (TOEFL ITP) results from schools or institutions other than the University of Missouri are not acceptable.

Minimum English Proficiency Test Scores

Non-native English speakers must earn a minimum total score as well as subsection scores on one of the English proficiency tests listed below. English proficiency test scores are considered valid for two years beyond the test date.

Test TypeTotalReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
IELTS Academic6.56666
Cambridge C1 Advanced180


Required scores may vary by academic program. Some academic programs require test scores that are higher than the minimum university requirements. Click the test type below to view a list of academic programs requiring higher test scores with their minimum scores.

TOEFL Internet-based
Academic ProgramTotalReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
Accountancy, PhD100
Biological Sciences100
Biomedical Sciences100
Business, Crosby MBA9321
Care Management100
Communication Science and Disorders, MHS10020202820
Educational, School and Counseling Psychology92
Exercise Physiology100
Health Management and Informatics100
Human Development & Family Science8020202020
Library and Information Science10022222222
Law, LLM (American Law/Dispute Resolution)100
Molecular Microbiology & Immunology92
Nursing, MS100
Nutritional Sciences100
Political Science88
Rural Sociology84
Social Work, MSW9021222623
Special Education100
IELTS Academic
Academic ProgramOverallReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
Accountancy, PhD7
Biological Sciences7
Biomedical Sciences7
Business, Crosby MBA76.5
Care Management7
Communication Science and Disorders, MHS78.5
Exercise Physiology7
Health Management and Informatics7.5
Library and Information Science7.5
Law, LLM (American Law/Dispute Resolution)7
Nursing, MS7
Nutritional Sciences7
Social Work, MSW76.56.586
Special Education7
Academic ProgramTotalReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
Accountancy, PhD66
Biological Sciences66
Biomedical Sciences66
Business, Crosby MBA6262
Care Management66
Communication Science and Disorders, MHS6672
Educational, School and Counseling Psychology62
Exercise Physiology66
Health Management and Informatics66
Library and Information Science66
Law, LLM (American Law/Dispute Resolution)66
Molecular Microbiology & Immunology62
Nursing, MS66
Nutritional Sciences66
Political Science61
Rural Sociology60
Social Work, MSW6165
Special Education66
Cambridge C1 Advanced
Academic ProgramTotalReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
Accountancy, PhD190
Biological Sciences190
Biomedical Sciences190
Business, Crosby MBA185185
Care Management190
Communication Science and Disorders, MHS190205
Educational, School and Counseling Psychology185
Exercise Physiology190
Health Management and Informatics190
Library and Information Science190
Law, LLM (American Law/Dispute Resolution)190
Molecular Microbiology & Immunology185
Nursing, MS190
Nutritional Sciences190
Political Science183
Rural Sociology181
Social Work, MSW183193
Special Education190
Duolingo English Test

The Graduate School is temporarily accepting the Duolingo English Test, as the world deals with the spread of the COVID-19 corona virus. The minimum required Duolingo score is 105. If your academic program requires a higher score, please check the Duolingo score comparison page to find exam equivalencies. Please contact if you need assistance.

When registering for the exam, choose University of Missouri (Mizzou)- Graduate School Admissions to share your results with us.

Sending Test Scores

  • TOEFL: To send TOEFL exam results to Mizzou, use the Educational Testing Services (ETS) institutional code 6875. No departmental code is required.
  • IELTS: Electronic delivery via the IELTS Results Service is preferred. All IELTS test centers worldwide are able to send scores electronically to our institution. Please contact the test center directly where you took the IELTS test and request that your test scores be sent via E-Delivery. When requesting your scores, provide the following information to the test center where you took the test:

Account Name: University of Missouri- Columbia, Graduate Admissions
210 Jesse Hall
Zip code:

  • PTE: Have your scores sent electronically to the University of Missouri, Columbia via your PTE account. Click here to see more information on sending your scores electronically.
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced: Upload an official copy of your test score report including your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number to the Tests section of your online application.

Teaching Assistantships and Graduate Instructors

All graduate students who assume any teaching role in a classroom or lab and are non-native English speakers must speak well enough to effectively communicate in the classroom as required by state law and University policy.

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

Language Proficiency Test Waiver

Some non-native English-speaking applicants may be exempt from the English language requirement.

To be exempt from this requirement, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Completed at least one-year of full-time college-level study at a school in a country where English is the native language within the last two years.
  2. Successfully completed the year of study (passed all the classes).
  3. Enrolled full-time for a minimum of one year, defined as 24 credit hours over 2 semesters at the undergraduate level, or 18 credit hours over 2 semesters at the graduate level. Note: English as a second language, intensive English, and/or remedial English courses cannot be included in the credit hour count.

Each graduate program reserves the right to require an applicant to submit an English proficiency test score regardless of the previous educational experience. Please check with your academic program about requirements.

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Special Cases for Waivers

Each graduate program reserves the right to require an applicant to submit an English proficiency test score.

Please consult your academic program to determine if the program is willing to request a waiver for your case to the Graduate School.

Waiver of Minimum Subsection Score

On occasion, programs may feel applicants who meet the minimum total score but have a subsection score below the minimum 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 Request Instructions

Waiver requests should be addressed to the Dean of the Graduate School 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 Dean of the Graduate School, 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 English proficiency test (or retake the test) and submit their qualifying score to the Graduate Admissions Office prior to their admission.

English Learning in Columbia

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.

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Financial Documentation

Proof of Financial Support

International students attending American universities must prove they can financially support themselves while living in the United States.

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.

The MU International Center gives more information about:

Please be aware that the submission of the Affidavit of Support and/or financial documentation is not a requirement for the initial review process.

Immigration Documents

The Graduate School 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. Contact with questions.

New MU graduate students holding an active student visa and immigration documents from another U.S. institution will work with MU International Center to transfer you immigration documents.