Early childhood & family policy How to apply

University of Missouri-Columbia
Graduate certificate
Young parents with adoptive child sitting on sofa and talking to social worker during their meeting at home
Request more information

Get started with MU

Apply here

How to apply

Fulfill the admission requirements

  • Completed bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 180.

Application dates

We recommend that students submit applications at least six weeks before the start of class. The following are recommended deadlines.

To start classes in Apply by Classes begin
Fall, 1st 8-week session July 15 August
Fall, 2nd 8-week Aug. 15 October
Spring, 1st 8-week session Dec. 1 January
Spring, 2nd 8-week Jan. 15 March
Summer April 15 June

Gather your papers

  • One letter of recommendation.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • CV/résumé.
  • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.

Complete the online application

Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.

  • Upload the above documents in the online application
  • Degree/delivery: Graduate Certificate-Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
  • Academic program: Early Childhood and Family Policy-Distance (Grad Cert)
  • Application fee: $40.00

Application fee waiver questions: Contact MU Graduate Admissions with questions via 573-882-6311 or 1-800-877-6312 or via email at gradadmin@missouri.edu

Apply here

Learn more about this program

Program contact