English Language Requirements

We expect international students to know English well enough to:

  • comprehend lectures
  • participate in discussions
  • read textbooks
  • write effectively

To establish your English proficiency, you must do one of the following:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

In order to meet Mizzou’s English language requirements, international students must earn a minimum TOEFL score of 79 on the online test with no section score below 17.

Many schools and colleges at Mizzou require higher TOEFL scores:

School/College Minimum Online Score Minimum Section Score
College of Arts and Science 79 17
College of Agriculture 79 17
College of Business and Public Administration 79 17
College of Education 100 17
College of Engineering 79 17
School of Health Professions 100 17
College of Human Environmental Sciences 79 17
School of Journalism 100 17
School of Natural Resources 79 17
School of Nursing 100 17

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

In order to meet Mizzou’s English language requirements, international students must earn a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no section score below a 6.

Many schools and colleges at Mizzou require higher IELTS scores:

School/College Minimum Overall Score Minimum Section Score
College of Arts and Science 6.5 6.0
College of Agriculture 6.5 6.0
College of Business and Public Administration 6.5 6.0
College of Education 7.0 6.5
College of Engineering 6.5 6.0
School of Health Professions 7.0 6.5
College of Human Environmental Sciences 6.5 6.0
School of Journalism 7.0 6.5
School of Natural Resources 6.5 6.0
School of Nursing 7.0 6.5

English Proficiency Test

All students for whom English is not their first language are required to take the English Language Support Program’s proficiency exam.

Even if you earn the minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores required for admission, you must take the ELSP exam to re-evaluate your English skills. The ELSP exam is part of the International Student Welcome Week, which takes place one week prior to the start of each term.

Based on your ELSP exam results, you may be required to:

  • enroll in ELSP courses
  • take a reduced load of academic courses in order to permit room for ELSP courses.

You must pass your ELSP courses within the first two semesters of your enrollment.

Academic Integration @ Mizzou

Academic Integration @ Mizzou (AIM) is a program that accommodates international students that are ready for academic work, but simultaneously need some English language support as they do not meet the minimum TOEFL or IELTS requirements.

The program will combine English Language Support Program (ELSP) course work with academic coursework specifically chosen to put students in positions to succeed.

Learn More About AIM

Intensive English Program (IEP)

The Center for English Language Learning (CELL) offers full-time, English-language training for any international student who cannot meet the minimum English language requirements through the Intensive English Program (IEP).

Visit the CELL website to learn more about the application process.

Conditional Admission to Mizzou

If you meet all of Mizzou’s admission requirements except for the English language requirement, the International Admissions Office will give you:

  • a letter of conditional admission to Mizzou AND
  • automatic admission to the IEP

If you receive conditional admission, you are not required to enroll in the IEP. However, in order to satisfy your English language requirement and be admitted as an undergraduate student at Mizzou, you must obtain:

  • the required TOEFL or IELTS score OR
  • a verification of English proficiency from the IEP at the University of Missouri

Admission to Mizzou (IEP Students)

Once you have completed the IEP, you will be considered for admission to Mizzou as an undergraduate student. Your IEP academic record and performance will both be factors in determining whether you will be admitted.

To be considered for admission, you must submit an IEP verification that you have the English skills necessary for academic work.