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Fulfill the admission requirements

  • Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education. If the GPA requirement is not met, conditional admission may be permitted given that the scholar maintains a 3.0. 
  • 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.
  • Note: admission review considers the entire application package, not any single element. Anyone concerned about meeting a specific requirement is still encouraged to apply.

Application dates

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Fall, 16-week session June 15 August
Spring, 16-week session Nov. 15 January
Summer April 15 June

Gather your papers

Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

  • 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.
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • Statement of purpose. In about 500 words, summarize your motivation for seeking advanced graduate work, your professional goals, research interests and any other pertinent information.
  • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or C1 Advanced score reports for applicants whose native language is not English. For information on sending test scores, visit the Grad School website.

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: Cross-categorical special education
  • 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

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This program is administered by the Department of Special Education

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