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. Our two-step admission process will get you quickly on your way to realizing your graduate education and career goals. Have more questions? Be sure to register for upcoming webinars, and watch archived webinars, to answer your questions about graduate school and graduate admissions.
Note: If you are an international student, please see the International Admissions information.
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.
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.
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Use our calculators to estimate the cost of your UCM graduate education.
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 and International Student Services
University of Central Missouri
Ward Edwards 1800
Warrensburg, MO 64093
When all of your materials are received, the Graduate and International Student Services (GISS) 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.
To petition for dual enrollment please review the undergraduate enrollment in graduate courses policy in the catalog, then complete the petition form*.
Please pay close attention to the information about how dual 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 and International Student Services office. You may email us at GISS@ucmo.edu, call us at 660-543-4621, or chat with us live. Additionally, we invite you to review the Graduate Catalog.