Educational leadership How to apply

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How to apply

If you have less than 24 hours of applicable college-level course work, you may apply to the online bachelor of educational studies in educational leadership as a freshman. If you have 24 or more credit hours of applicable college-level course work, you may apply as a transfer student.

Fulfill the admission requirements

For freshmen:

  • Earned the minimum test score on the ACT or SAT.
    • Freshman applicants also have the option of being reviewed with or without test scores, please see the Freshman Admission Requirements link below for more information.
  • Completed 17 specific high school courses with good grades.
  • For a list of test scores and high school courses, review the Freshman Admission Requirements.

For transfer students:

  • Completed at least 24 credit hours of applicable college course work, including the equivalent of MATH 1100 or ENGLSH 1000 with a grade of C- or better.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in your transfer college course work.
  • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 7, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 65 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 210.
  • Slightly different requirements apply if you transfer from within the UM System or already have an associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited Missouri community college.
  • For additional information, please visit Transfer Admission Requirements.

Application dates

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Fall, 16-week session July 1 August
Spring, 16-week session Dec. 1 January
Summer May 1 June

Gather your papers

In the online application, you will need to supply:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Citizenship, residency and visa information (if applicable)
  • Names and locations of previous college or high school and dates you attended

If you are applying as a transfer student, you also will need to contact all your previous colleges or universities to request they send your official transcripts to:

Office of Admissions
University of Missouri
230 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Complete the online application

You can check admission requirements, transfer equivalencies and financial aid opportunities within the application.

  • Domestic application fee: $55.00
  • International application fee: $65.00

Application fee waiver questions: Contact MU Undergraduate Admissions with questions via 573-882-7786 or

Apply as a freshmen

Apply as a transfer student

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

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