How to Apply

Admission Requirements

Minimum requirements for admission into the MS or PhD program are a Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) or equivalent and undergraduate GPA 3.0. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an equivalent English competency test is required of applicants whose first language is not English, with minimum TOEFL scores of 550 if paper-based, 213 if computer-based and 80 if internet-based. Applicants who obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree from the U.S. or Canada are usually waived from taking the TOEFL. To report your TOEFL score, use MU’s code of 6875.

For admission into the MS and PhD program in Agricultural and Applied Economics

Course prerequisites are (1) two courses in economics, agricultural economics or equivalent, (2) a course in differential calculus, and (3) a statistics course. Students applying to the PhD program with a master’s degree should also have courses in (1) Intermediate microeconomics, (2) Intermediate macroeconomics, and (3) Econometrics or regression and correlation analysis. If you have not met these prerequisites or have limited background in economics, you may be required to correct these deficiencies or take certain courses without graduate credit before being formally admitted into the program. Applicants should also take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is or GMAT exams (successful applicants generally score above the 50 percentile in the verbal and quantitative portions of the test). To report your GRE scores, use MU’s code of 6875.

For admission into the MS and PhD program in Rural Sociology

We are currently not admitting students into the MS and PhD programs in Rural Sociology.

For admission into the PhD program in Agricultural Education

A minimum of 3 years full-time appropriate teaching or other professional experience in elementary, secondary, higher education or industry is required. Additionally, applicants should contact one of the Agricultural Education faculty members in the proposed area of concentration prior to submitting an application. This contact is ultimately a requirement for admission.

Application Process

You need to submit the following to the Division of Applied Social Sciences:

  • Application for Admissions Form (PDF)
  • Recommendation Form
  • Short essay explaining why you want to study at the University of Missouri
  • Official transcripts
  • GRE score report (required for Agricultural and Applied Economics)
  • TOEFL score, if applicable

Apply online through the University of Missouri Graduate School:

Application Deadlines

For priority consideration for assistantships, fellowships and scholarships, applications should be submitted by Jan. 15 for Fall enrollment and Sept. 1 for Spring enrollment.

Financial Assistance

Requests for financial assistance should be made at the time students apply for admittance into the program.