International Students

This is a draft edition of the 2024-2025 catalog. Information contained within is subject to change.

International Students (F1)

To be admitted in this category, applicants must provide:

  1. Complete the application for admission through the admissions website and pay the $50 application fee.
  2. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores with a minimum of 79 on the Internet based exam, 6.0 on the IELTS (International English Language Test System), Pearson's Test of English (PTE) score of 53, Duolingo English Test (DEI) score of 105, or iTEP score of 3.9.  
  3. Proof of English proficiency as described above can be waived for those applicants to graduate programs who can demonstrate their English proficiency in one of the following ways:

    1. Successful completion of 24 credit hours of upper-level undergraduate coursework or 12 credit hours of graduate coursework at a college or university outside of the United States in which English is the primary language of instruction. Successful completion is defined as maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in full-time, continuous studies. Applicants must submit an official transcript of their coursework. Applicants must also submit an official document from the undergraduate or graduate institution certifying that the method of instruction utilized by the institution is conducted in English.  In order to be considered an official document, it must be signed by an officer of the institution and carry an official seal.

    2. Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from a United States college or university. 

  4. Official and complete transcript(s) must be submitted from all colleges/universities from which an applicant has earned credit. 
    1. If the applicant has studied outside of the U.S., the applicant must request and pay for a credential evaluation, which must include translation to English (if necessary) and/or a course-by-course evaluation from a NACES accredited evaluation provider, such as SpanTran or WES, for all credits earned outside the U.S.
  5. A minimum 2.75 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) or previously earned master’s degree.
  6. Financial Support Form and verification of financial resources (students must pay or set up a payment plan by the first day of classes).
  7. Mumps, measles, & rubella immunization certificates and be tested for tuberculosis.
  8. Health insurance is required of all international students who hold an F1 visa.  Students must enroll in the Missouri Western International Student Health Plan. The cost of the required coverage must be paid by the student and will be applied to the student's account upon registration.

Note: Individual programs may have different requirements for admissions, such as: GPA, resume, letter(s) of recommendation, prerequisite courses, personal statement, and/or current licensure. Requirements specific to each individual program are provided in the program section of the University’s Graduate Catalog.

Missouri Western will only issue an I-20 form when all requirements for admission have been met.  Accepted graduate international students must be enrolled full-time (eight to nine semester hours) during Fall and Spring semesters in order to maintain their F1 visa status. 

Students whose immigration status is other than F1 or J1 will be reviewed for admission on a case by case basis.