English Proficiency

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the availability of online testing, we will accept the TOEFL at-home test as proof of English proficiency.

Minimum requirements on English proficiency tests
Undergraduate Graduate
TOEFL iBT
Reporting code 6872
61 79
IELTS 5.5
5.5 minimum in all bands
6.0
5.5 minimum in all bands
Pearson Test of English (PTE) 44 53
Duolingo English Test (DET) 90 105
GTEC
GTEC CBT
1075
1050
1205
1200
SAT 460
Evidence-based reading and writing
N/A

Exempt Applicants

  • Citizens of a country that has 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

Academic Programs

Some academic programs require different test scores. Please review the requirements specific to your desired academic program. Review the tables below for programs that require different test scores.

Minimum requirements on English proficiency tests for the School of Computing and Engineering
Undergraduate Graduate
TOEFL iBT
Reporting code 6872
65 79
IELTS 5.5
5.0 minimum in all bands
6.0
5.5 minimum in all bands
PTE 44 53
DET 90 105
GTEC
GTEC CBT
1075
1050
1205
1200
SAT 460
Evidence-based reading and writing
N/A

Exempt Applicants

Graduate students who are citizens of India or Pakistan are not required to submit proof of English proficiency to be considered for admission to the School of Computing and Engineering.

Minimum requirements on English proficiency tests for the Conservatory
Dance BFA
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Music
Music
Music Education
Music Performance
Music Theory
Master of Music
Master of Arts
Master of Fine Arts
Doctor of Musical Arts Artist's Certificate
Performer's Certificate
TOEFL iBT
Reporting code 6872
80 85 95 79
IELTS 6.0
5.5 minimum in all bands
6.5
5.5 minimum in all bands
7.0
5.5 minimum in all bands
6.0
5.5 minimum in all bands
PTE 53 53 65 53
DET 105 105 115 100
GTEC
GTEC CBT
1205
1200
1230
1229
1256
1260
1205
1200
SAT 520
Evidence-based reading and writing
N/A N/A N/A

Students may be considered for conditional admission if their scores meet the UMKC undergraduate minimum scores, and may begin studies in their academic program upon completion of the UMKC Applied Language Institute's required English coursework.

Minimum requirements on English proficiency tests for the master's degree in cell and molecular biology
M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology
TOEFL iBT
Reporting code 6872
90
IELTS 6.5
5.5 minimum in all bands
PTE 60
DET 110
GTEC
GTEC CBT
1230
1229

Minimum requirements on English proficiency tests for the School of Dentistry dental hygiene program
Dental Hygiene
TOEFL iBT
Reporting code 6872
84
IELTS 6.5
5.5 minimum in all bands
PTE 56
DET 110
GTEC
GTEC CBT
1230
1229
SAT 550
Evidence-based reading and writing

Minimum requirements on English proficiency tests for undergraduate admission to Architectural Studies and Urban Planning + Design
Undergraduate
TOEFL iBT
Reporting code 6872
100
IELTS 6.5
5.0 minimum in all bands
PTE 65
DET 110
GTEC
GTEC CBT
1230
1229
SAT 570
Evidence-based reading and writing