How to Apply to Graduate Programs

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Complete the online application form. Please email if you have issues accessing the application.

Additional information for international students.

At the end of the application you will submit a non-refundable application fee* ($25) using a secure credit card or e-check payment option.

*Application fee is waived for all military personnel (active duty or veteran).


Request official transcript from the college or university that awarded your bachelor’s degree AND if you are seeking teacher certification, submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities ever attended. The issuing institution must send transcripts to Drury University College of Graduate Studies (electronically to or via mail).

  • Drury Students – We will add your official Drury University transcript to your file for you. You do not need to send it to us. 
  • For program specific GPA requirements, visit the Graduate Academic Catalog.
  • International Student Transcript Evaluation – Evaluation of all post-secondary education transcripts documented by a recognized international credential evaluator, e.g., World Education Services, Inc. ( or Educational Credential Evaluators ( Evaluation must be submitted in terms of U.S. semester credits, grade equivalents, grade point average, and authentication of documents.

Complete our recommendation request form and supply the names of two professional and/or academic references. 

  • Notify your references to expect an email from containing a link to our recommendation form. 
  • We accept recommendation letters in lieu of the recommendation request form. Letters must be submitted via email to by the person providing the recommendation for the applicant.

Submit a personal statement (approximately 500 words) indicating professional goal(s) and desire to earn a master’s degree or certificate from Drury University.

Statement can be uploaded while completing the online application or submitted via email (


Additional program specific and student type requirements:

Master in Business Administration and Business Ventures Leadership Certificate

In addition to completing the four steps outlined on the How to Apply page, applicants must complete the following requirements:

  1. Complete and submit official scores of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

    The GMAT must be completed no more than three years prior to admission. The minimum score is 450. 

    *Significant and lengthy professional experience coupled with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater from an approved institution may be used in place of a GMAT score. This can only be determined through a discussion with the program director and a review of transcripts and resume. 

  2. Complete each of the prerequisite courses:
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Marketing
  • Management or Organizational Behavior
  • Finance
  • Statistics

These courses can be completed as part undergraduate or post-baccalaureate coursework or students can enroll in the 5-week MBA Boot Camp (PMBA 501: Business Essentials) offered each summer. Individuals completing the course earn eight hours of undergraduate credit and fulfill all MBA prerequisites.



A unique feature of the Drury MBA program is the requirement that everyone admitted to the program participate in an orientation session, which involves overnight scheduling. Orientation activities include course preparation, advising and team-building exercises. 

Master in Education

Applicants for admission to graduate study must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Before enrolling in any course, all applicants must have begun the admission process to the graduate education program.

Additional admission requirements for the Master in Education programs are as follows: 

  1. Grade point average requirement:

    Master in Education: A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 is required from the institution conferring the baccalaureate degree.

    Drury Alternative Track in Special Education (DATSE): Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above using transcripts from ALL prior institutions. Please submit official transcripts from all universities and colleges where courses were taken.

  2. Applicants seeking admission to an alternative certification program, DATSE, must also complete an interview with the Dean of the School of Education and Child Development

Students are admitted or denied admission on the following basis:

  1. Regular standing – an undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or higher and submission of satisfactory admission materials. Note that for programs leading to certification, the cumulative grade point average of all institutions attended must be 2.75 or above.
  2. Conditional standing – those students who have applied for admission who have been allowed temporary registration (up to nine credit hours) as a special graduate student while their credentials are being evaluated and eligibility for admission is being established. It is expected that students in this classification will become students in regular standing when their applications are processed and approved. Financial aid is not available without full admission in regular standing.
  3. Denial of admission – failure to meet the requirements listed above or such other reasons considered valid by the Graduate Education Council in individual cases.

Students in good standing in a recognized graduate school who wish to take graduate courses at Drury University must submit a letter from the institution where the degree work is being taken authorizing the student to register for a particular course or courses.

The personnel in the School of Education and Child Development office are available to assist you with information regarding graduate programs at Drury. 

Contact: Dr. Asikaa Cosgrove, Director of Graduate Programs
Phone: (417) 873-7806

Master in Integrated Leadership

Students already possessing a Drury graduate certificate need only provide the name of one faculty member who taught the student in a Drury graduate course when completing our recommendation request form (number three above).

International Graduate Students

Prior to starting an application, international students should contact Barry Armstrong (, Drury’s Executive Director of International Support Services. He can assist students with questions related to their visa, mandatory health insurance, financial resources evaluation, and employment policies.

Requirements for Admission

In addition to submitting the application documents listed here, international applicants are required to submit the following additional materials for admission to the specified office:

  1. Transcript Evaluation. Evaluation of all post-secondary education transcripts documented by a recognized international credential evaluator, e.g., World Education Services, Inc. (WES; or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE; Evaluation must be submitted in terms of U.S. semester credits, grade equivalents, grade point average, and authentication of documents. Drury reserves the right to interpret the evaluation report to be consistent with institutional transfer policy guidelines.

    Submit evaluated materials to Drury University College of Graduate Studies by email to

  2. Financial Resources. Provide documentation of sufficient financial resources to cover costs of the first year of studies (USD $20,000-$24,000 estimated cost). Documentation includes:
    • Applicant’s bank statement(s) with a current balance of the account(s) including the bank’s mailing address, telephone and fax numbers; 


    • A sponsor(s)’s bank statement(s) with a current balance of the account(s) including the bank’s mailing address, telephone and fax number, AND
    • an affidavit of support from the sponsor(s) stating they will support the applicant during their education at Drury University.

      Submit financial materials to the Director of International Support Services at or by mail to:

      Drury University
      International Support Services
      900 N. Benton Ave
      Springfield MO 65802

      Department of Homeland Security requires that applicants document all sources of funding before the university can issue the form I-20. The U. S. Government and Drury want students to be well-informed and well-prepared to cover expenses before applying for admission and entering the U.S. All financial documents are verified for authenticity.

  3. English Proficiency. Proof of an applicant’s proficiency in English is required if their primary language is not English.
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 80 (minimum); OR

    • University of Cambridge International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.5 (minimum); OR
    • At least two years of full-time college-level study at a school in a country where English is the native language.
    • Submit scores or transcripts to Drury University College of Graduate Studies by email to


Maintenance of immigration status is the responsibility of the student.

F-1 Student Visa

New Students: To enroll in a U.S. university, international students must be fully admitted as full-time students. Students who are accepted to the university are issued a Form I-20, the government Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Student Status. This document, the letter of acceptance, and complete documentation of financial resources are then presented to the U.S. Consulate in the student’s home country in application for an F-1 student visa. After students have a complete and accurate Form I-20, they must pay the $200 I-901 SEVIS fee (

Transfer Students: International students who seek to transfer from a U.S. college or university already have F-1 student visa status are granted a transfer pending I-20 after admitted to the University.


U.S. Financial Aid

Students who are not citizens of the United States or its possessions are not eligible to apply for need-based financial assistance funded by the U.S. government. Drury does not offer need-based institutional assistance or loans.

International Student Health Insurance

International students are required by Drury University to have health insurance. Drury offers health insurance through First Health Network Insurance (administered by EIIA). Detailed information about the plan and how to petition for a waiver are available here. The annual (1 August – 31 July) costs are (subject to change) listed here.

Related Links 

International Support Services   

Visiting (non-degree seeking) Students

Students who wish to take graduate level courses for personal or professional development, and do not wish to pursue a master’s degree, may do so by seeking approval to take coursework as a visiting student.

Students wishing to take courses as a visiting student need only complete steps #1 and #2 above.

Visiting students are allowed to take a maximum of 9 graduate credit hours.

More details on this status here.

Application Deadlines

The College of Graduate Studies has application deadlines for each semester of instruction (Fall, Spring, and Summer) as well as for the second session period within each semester (8 week, B Block courses). Students seeking admission into a master’s program must submit all required materials by the deadline for their anticipated start date. Individuals missing a deadline due to an incomplete application will be encouraged to complete their application prior to the start of the next available academic session (semester or block).

Application deadlines are as follows:

  Full Semester
& A Block
B Block
Fall 2021 (passed) October 14
Spring 2022 January 7 March 9
Summer 2022 May 25 June 29

Admission Requirement for Graduate Study

Applicants for admission to graduate study must hold a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from an accredited four-year college or university.


Phone: (417) 873-7530

Drury University
College of Graduate Studies
Burnham Hall, Room 203
900 North Benton Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802