Application Documents

The first step to becoming a student at UMKC is completing the application for admission and submitting the required documents required for admission consideration.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the availability of online testing, we are now accepting the GRE and TOEFL at-home test options.

Required Documents

1. Academic records

Upload PDFs of your academic records — transcripts, mark sheets, diplomas and degree certificates — to your application portal. Once you have been accepted by your academic department, arrange to have your official academic records sent directly to ISAO from your previous institution or other appropriate entity. A verification report is required for applicants with degrees from The People’s Republic of China.

2. Proof of English proficiency

Proof of English proficiency is not required for these applicants.

  • Citizens of countries that have English as an official language (PDF)
  • Students who have completed Composition I and II courses with a grade of C or better at a U.S. accredited university or college
  • Students who have earned a degree or at least 24 credit hours of non-ESL coursework at an accredited university or college in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand or Australia
  • Students who have successfully completed high school in the United States at an accredited school

All other applicants may demonstrate proof of English proficiency by providing a qualifying score needed for their program from one of the accepted tests.

Learn more about proof of English proficiency

3. Personal statement

Submit a one-page essay about yourself, your educational goals and why UMKC is the right university for you. Anyone admitted to study in the United States must be prepared to tell the Border Immigration Officer why you chose UMKC.

4. Passport

Submit a copy of your passport photo page.

5. Statement of finances

Students with an F-1 or J-1 visa are required to provide a statement of finances as proof they are able to afford full-time study for at least one academic year — August through May — before they receive their I-20 or DS-2019.

View cost estimates

Follow the Financial Statement Guidelines (PDF)

View Affidavit of Support (PDF)

Additional amount per year required for dependents
Type of dependent Additional amount per year
F-2 dependent spouse $4,720
Each F-2 dependent child $4,720
J-2 dependent spouse $7,134
First J-2 dependent child $7,134
Each additional J-2 dependent child $4,720

6. Affidavit of support

If a friend or family member is providing a statement of finances, they will need to submit an affidavit of support (PDF) indicating that they agree to sponsor your studies.

7. Supplemental materials

Required supplemental materials may include GRE (reporting code 6872) or GMAT test scores, supplemental applications, resume and writing samples. Verify additional requirements with your academic department.

8. Immigration documents

Students currently attending another U.S. institution should submit a copy of their visa, I-94 and I-20 or DS-2019.

Submit Your Documents

  • Please upload your application documents directly to the online application.
  • Official transcripts must come in a sealed envelope from your school.
  • Official test scores must come directly from the testing center.