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Applying to On-Campus Graduate Programs

For questions about the application process, please contact Dr. Ashlie Lester at HDFSgrad@missouri.edu.

For more detailed information about admissions for international students, please visit the International Center’s website.

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On-Campus Degree Program Deadline

Fall Semester: January 1

Complete the electronic application through the University of Missouri Graduate School application system. In order to complete your application, you will need:

  • Application for graduate admission
  • Application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts of all college credit
  • Personal statement, which also includes statements about social justice and research.
  • Social justice (1-2 pages). Diversity and inclusion is central to the mission of the department of HDFS. Describe in 1 or 2 pages how your research or career goals can contribute to a more inclusive and just society.
  • Research statement (1-2 pages; PhD only): Describe your previous research experiences, and how those may inform your research interests and goals
  • Official language examination scores (International students only)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample

HDFS uses a paperless application system, so please scan and upload all documents to the Graduate Studies online application system.

Personal statements will consist of three parts: a personal essay (2 pages), social justice statement (1-2 pages), and research statement (1-2 pages; for PhD applicants only).
Personal essay (2 pages). Essays should demonstrate your fit with the department. Consider the following questions as you craft your statement:
-What do you want to study at graduate school and why?
-What experience(s) do you have in your field?
-What are your career plans?
-What faculty member(s) do you wish to work with? (on-campus students only; it is also a good idea to contact specific faculty of interest directly)Social justice statement (1-2 pages). Diversity and inclusion is central to the mission of the department of HDFS. Describe in one or two pages how your research or career goals can contribute to a more inclusive and just society.

Research statement (1-2 pages; only for applicants to the PhD program). Describe your previous research experiences, and how those may inform your research interests and goals.

Appropriate recommenders include research, teaching, or employment supervisors, former professors or advisors, or others who have had opportunity to evaluate your work. You will be prompted to enter names and email address of recommenders in the Graduate School’s online application system. The system will send emails with specific instructions to each recommender.

We will accept formal writing, such as an undergraduate thesis, research paper for a class, literature review in social sciences, or manuscript under review.

  1. Applicant completes the Graduate Studies online application (including all documents listed above).
  2. After the application deadline, the applications are prepared for review by the HDFS faculty.
  3. The graduate faculty review applications and select competitive candidates for an interview. You will be notified if you have been selected for the interview process, scheduled for the last week of January.
  4. HDFS sends a decision letter to the student and notifies the Graduate School.
  5. The Graduate School reviews each applicant’s official transcripts and other academic information and makes a final decision about admission. This process takes several weeks to complete.
  6. If the applicant is approved by the Graduate School, he or she becomes an MU student and is free to enroll in courses for the upcoming semester.

*There can be some down time in this process where you are waiting to hear back from us. You may check the status of your application by logging back into the Graduate Studies online application and reading the information on your applicant dashboard (see below).
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