Steps in Applying

  1. You may not be able to visit MU. That’s OK! You can take a virtual tour.

  2. Obtain the International Student Application. You must apply at least six months to one year in advance of the semester you wish to enroll. If you are admitted, the International Student Center (N52 Memorial Union) will send you the appropriate form (I-20 or IAP-66), along with detailed information explaining visa application procedures. The U.S. Consulate where you apply for your visa will inform you if any immunizations are necessary. You can apply online, you can download an application, or you can request a conventional application.

  3. Once you have gathered all the necessary documents, make sure to send us your official TOEFL/IELTS score and complete the application and return it to our International Admissions Office. Remember, you must apply at least six months before the semester begins.

  4. Have academic transcripts from all schools or colleges you have attended sent to us, along with your application and $60 application fee.

  5. If you are transferring from an international school, check to see which credits are transferable.

  6. Are you currently enrolled at another school in the United States? If so, you will need to check MU specific requirements and procedure here

  7. Explore costs.

Online Application

The online application requires Internet Explorer 5.0 or a later version. If you are having difficulty accessing the online application, please use the text-only version instead. The application fee is $60.

Begin your online International Application now!

Text-Only Application

This application (PDF) can be printed out and mailed to our International Admissions Office.

Conventional Application

You also may request an admission packet, which includes an application, brochure, degree list and expense sheet, from the International Admissions Office.

English Language Ability

We expect international students to know English well enough to:

  • Comprehend oral lectures
  • Participate in discussions
  • Read textbooks with full comprehension
  • Write effectively in English

Students are required to take either the TOEFL exam or the IELTS exam. A TOEFL score cannot be more than two years old. Our minimum TOEFL score requirement is 500 (paper-based test) with no part score below 50, or 61 (Internet-based test) with no part score below 15. However, many departments have higher requirements. Check TOEFL requirement of your department here.

(Photos credits to Hai T. Nguyen)