UMKC - International Student Affairs
Undergraduate applicants who have not taken the TOEFL or IELTS should follow the steps below when applying for (conditional) admission.
    If you have TOEFL or IELTS test scores which are not sufficient for regular undergraduate admission
    (see ) and you want to be considered for "conditional admission", also follow the steps below.
The College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Computing and Engineering, the School of Biological Sciences and the Bloch School of Management will consider admitting undergraduate international students who have not demonstrated proficiency with the English language. For additional information on undergraduate degree programs, please visit websites for the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Computing & Engineering, the School of Biological Sciences or the Bloch School of Business.

Students who are applying to the Applied Language Institute (ESL program) who also wish to apply to the College of Arts & Sciences or the School of Computing and Engineering, and who do not have a TOEFL/IELTS score or whose TOEFL/IELTS score is below the university minimum requirement, will be considered for conditional admission upon receipt of the following:

Step 1. Start your OnLine UMKC Application.
A (less-preferred) paper Admission Application alternative still exists.
(The Online Application Process requires a credit card.)
  • Select an undergraduate degree program in the school of your choice (see above).
  • Select the "Undergraduate and ESL (both)" application option under the 'Applying As' section of the paper application.
Step 2. On a separate sheet of paper, please write a short statement about your reasons and objectives for attending UMKC.
    Some applicants who fear that their poor English in this statement might prevent them from being admitted, should not fear to prepare as good a statement as they can.
  1. This statement is not used as a condition of admission.
  2. Anyone admitted to study in the U.S. must be prepared to tell the Border Immigration Officer "Why did you make the choice to come to UMKC?"
    Our Advice:
  3. Prepare this statement for UMKC as part of your application, AND
  4. Use this statement to prepare yourself for your entry into the U.S.A.
Step 3. Submit official copies of academic credentials - with literal English translation (if original is not in English).
All previous academic work must be included, and a syllabus of coursework with English translation should be provided. (If available on the Web, include URL address.)
Step 4. Submit a non-refundable application fee of $75 USD.
Instructions for how you can pay the application fee are described in
Step 5. If you have taken a TOEFL or IELTS test, please submit a copy of the score.
Step 6. Copy your information/photo page in your passport.
For detailed instructions, see
Step 7. Statement of Finances.
Applicants requesting an I-20/DS-2019 in order to obtain student visa must submit proof of sufficient funding using the Official Statement of Finances form, which can be submitted by document fax or mail (see addresses and instructions).
Step 8. Letters of Recommendation and/or other supplemental materials required by the academic unit.
For specific information on academic unit requirements, visit

Admission Process for the above is as follows:

If a student is conditionally admitted, the student must become proficient in the English language before he or she will be permitted to enroll in courses related to the degree. An I-20 will be issued for an adequate period of time for the student to achieve proficiency and to obtain the degree. However, if the student does not become proficient in the English language, he or she will not be able to enroll in the degree program.

If a student chooses not to provide the required credentials for admission into a degree program, an I-20 will be issued for ESL only for an appropriate amount of time to become proficient in English.

UMKC presently does not conditionally admit applicants to graduate programs (Masters or Ph.D.) who have not provided a TOEFL, IELTS or ELS Language Center Score with their application.