Graduate CollegeFuture Students

Application Procedures

Applying online

We recommend that you apply for admission to the Graduate College using our online application. By applying online, you speed up the processing time of your application.

The online application allows you to:

  • Apply and pay your fee online
  • Return to complete a saved application
  • Check your application status
  • Change or add a graduate program

If you are a graduate student who has not taken graduate classes for more than a year, you must complete the Readmit Graduate Application through the online application system.

Please check with your graduate program’s director to ensure all additional supporting materials have been received.


Some graduate programs have specific deadlines that must be met in order to be considered for admission; applications received after those deadlines might not be considered. Check program listings in the Graduate Catalog and with your program director to identify program-specific deadlines.

Missouri State does adhere to semester deadlines to avoid late fees. Please submit your application well before these deadlines, especially if you are considering a graduate assistantship. The late fee deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall semester: July 20
  • Spring semester: December 20
  • Summer semester: May 20


A $35 non-refundable application fee is required of all first-time applicants applying for admission to the Graduate College.

If you are applying for readmission and have completed classes at MSU as a graduate student, you are not required to submit a fee.

Application information for international students

The office of international services assists international students with the admission process into Missouri State University. Visit the international services website for admission requirements and application information specific to international students.

Applying for an accelerated master’s program

If you are a Missouri State undergraduate student wishing to apply for an accelerated master’s program, visit Applying for an Accelerated Master’s Program for special instructions.

Applying for a graduate certificate program

The application process for a graduate certificate program varies based on whether you are pursuing just the certificate or adding the certificate to your graduate program:

  • Pursuing just a graduate certificate: Complete an application for admission into the Graduate College
  • Adding the certificate to your graduate program: Fill out a Graduate College application and select Yes to the first question when adding the certificate program as a Planned Course of Study.

Paper application

You can also apply for admission by downloading and completing the PDF paper application.

Mail your application and fee to:

Missouri State University
Graduate College
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897