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How to Apply for Graduate Studies at UCM

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 the 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.


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.

If you’re returning to Graduate Studies at UCM after a year or more and have not been awarded your graduate degree, you must complete a new application, however, you do not have to pay the application fee for readmission.

Step 2: Send official transcripts.

Request that all official transcripts of work completed at other colleges or universities be sent to:

Graduate Studies
University of Central Missouri
Ward Edwards 1900
Warrensburg, MO 64093



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.


Student Services Appeals

Disputed Fee Payment and Test Score Cancellation

Prospective University of Central Missouri (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


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