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Graduate Admissions

Expand Your Future Options

Looking for a better job? Ready to change your career path? By earning a graduate degree at the University of Central Missouri, you'll expand your knowledge and position yourself for career advancement. UCM offers you the flexible, practical experience and professional development you're looking for in your graduate education. Our forward-focused advanced degrees are taught by expert faculty who will mentor and guide you. With two convenient locations - in Warrensburg and Lee's Summit - as well as online programs and courses, you'll be able to fit your graduate studies into your life. 

Note: If you are an international student, please see the International Admissions information.


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Flexible Course Offerings

We offer many online courses and programs. Our Lee's Summit campus is conveniently located for those in the Kansas City metro area. Learn more.

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Funding for Your Education

UCM offers graduate student-specific support, such as graduate assistantships, scholarships and research grants. Learn more.

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A Global Perspective

Students from around the world come to UCM for their graduate studies. Our dedicated staff will help you with the admissions process. Learn more.

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Graduate Admission Requirements

To apply for admission to a master’s degree program at UCM you must have a bachelor’s degree. To apply to an Education Specialist’s degree program you must have a master’s degree. Prerequisite degrees must be from institutions accredited by agencies recognized by the University of Central Missouri.  If you have graduate coursework you must have a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher to be admitted to a graduate program.

Department Admission Requirements

Some graduate programs at UCM require standardized tests, such as the GRE or GMAT, and some require a minimum GPA, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and/or other materials. To learn more about requirements for your specific program, please review the Graduate Catalog. For specific program questions, please contact the designated graduate coordinator for your area of study.

Calculate Your Cost

Use our calculators to estimate the cost of your UCM graduate education.

Steps to Apply

Applying to graduate school at UCM is a two-step process. If you have questions, please review the Graduate Catalog or contact us at or 660-543-4729.


Step 1: Complete the graduate admissions application.

Complete and submit the admissions application and pay the non-refundable $30 application fee.

We offer application fee waivers for the following:

  • UCM Alumni
  • Current or previously enrolled UCM students
  • Military/Military Dependents
  • McNair Scholars
  • UCM Employees

If you’re returning to Graduate Studies at UCM after a year or more, you must complete a new application.


Step 2: Provide official transcripts.

Arrange for official transcripts from colleges or universities you have attended to be sent to Graduate Studies at the below address.

  • Provide where you earned or are earning your Bachelor’s degree.
  • If applicable, provide all colleges attended after earning your bachelor's degree.  
  • If applicable, provide where you obtained any Graduate credit.
  • If you desire to obtain a teaching certification upon completion of your degree, or if the program you are applying for requires it, please provide all institutions you have attended, including dual credit and community college.

If you are a UCM Alumni, we will waive the transcript requirement for you, unless you have enrolled at another University since attending UCM.


Transcript Mailing Address:

Graduate Studies
P. O. Box 800
Ward Edwards 1900
Warrensburg, MO 64093


Transcript Email Delivery Address:


What's Next:

When all of your materials are received, the Graduate Studies office will conduct an initial evaluation. If your application meets the requirements for admission, your application will be forwarded to the department you designate for consideration and recommendation. The department will then determine whether or not to accept you into the program. You will receive notification regarding your acceptance into a degree program once the department has made a decision.

For more information, please review the Graduate Catalog.


Note to International Students:

If you are not a United States citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., you need to apply as an international applicant. Learn more.

Petition for Concurrent Enrollment

To petition for dual enrollment please review the undergraduate enrollment in graduate courses policy in the catalog, then complete the petition form* and return to the Office of Graduate Studies. 

Please pay close attention to the information about how concurrent enrollment impacts financial aid, and the implications of not completing a bachelor's degree as planned.

*To use the petition form as a PDF form, once downloaded, open the PDF from the saved location and not in a web browser.


We're Here to Help

If you have questions or concerns about applying to Graduate Studies at UCM, please contact the Graduate Studies office. You may email us at, call us at 660-543-4729.  Additionally, we invite you to review the Graduate Catalog

Disputed Fee Payment and Test Score Cancellation

Prospective UCM graduate students denied admission due to disputed fee payment or test score cancellation may petition to reinstate UCM admission, or to reinstate the opportunity to apply for admission at UCM. 

In the event of an appeal approval for disputed fee payments, the prospective student must successfully repay the application fee.

In the event of an appeal approval for test score cancellation, the prospective student must successfully submit an updated test score, or be eligible for a test score waiver under existing waiver policies at UCM. 

In addition to submitting the below appeals form, the request must include: 

  • explanation/justification for this appeal

  • documentation of the circumstances surrounding the incident, if applicable

  • detailed plan of how you will successfully meet UCM admission requirements in relation to fee payment and/or test score submission moving forward

Appeals Form




Graduate Studies
University of Central Missouri
Ward Edwards 1900
Tel: 660-543-4729


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