International Graduate Student Admission

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Drury University is proud to welcome students from around the world. Students from 54 countries study here because of our financial value, strong academic reputation, and excellent location.

Drury has been ranked by the U.S. News & World Report in the top 15 Midwestern universities and in the top four Midwestern “Great Schools at Great Prices” since 1999. Few universities match the outstanding instruction, fine facilities, personal service and successful placement of graduates for such reasonable tuition and fees.

College of Graduate Studies

Burnham Hall 203
Office: (417) 873-7530

Barry Armstrong

International Support Services Director
Findlay Student Center 107
Office: (417) 873-7885

Important F1 Visa Information

Please note that only one program meets the seated course requirement for the F-1 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. International Scholars seeking a degree from Drury’s College of Graduate Studies must verify the need for in-person/seated classes prior to requesting the I-20 document used when applying for an F-1 “International Student” visa. 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 I-901 SEVIS fee (

Transfer Students: International students who seek to transfer from a U.S. college or university and already have F-1 student visa status are granted a new I-20 once they have successfully had their SEVIS record transferred from their previous institution. SEVIS Transfer forms may be sent to for processing.

Visa maintenance is the responsibility of the student.

Questions about visa procedures? Contact International Support Services at or 417.873.7885

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have the following to be considered for admission.

Four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution. Three-year bachelor degrees from Bologna Accord certified institutions are accepted.

3.0 GPA minimum, 2.75 GPA minimum for M.Ed programs. Be aware that the GPA on your transcript may be different when translated to an American GPA. A transcript evaluation is required to confirm GPA.

English proficiency. We accept scores from TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo. Information on scores under Documents Needed.

The English test is waived if you completed at least two years of full-time college-level study at a school in a country where English is the official language, or if English is the official language of your country.

Proof of financial resources. You will be asked to provide documentation of financial resources to cover the first year of studies, approximately USD $20,000, $24,000. Details under Documents Needed.

Health Insurance. Drury University requires all international students have health insurance. Drury offers health insurance for those who do not already have a provider. Detailed information can be obtained by contacting International Student Services at

MBA program has additional requirements. If you are applying for the MBA program there are two additional requirements.

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA in the following business prerequisites (or approved equivalents):
    • Statistics
    • Financial Accounting
    • Managerial Accounting
    • Microeconomics
    • Macroeconomics
    • Corporate Finance
    • Principles of Management
    • Principles of Marketing;
    • OR successful completion of MBA Boot Camp; a 5-week course offered each summer. Click here for more information on MBA Boot Camp.
  • Potential for Program Completion requirement. Satisfy ONE of the following:
    • Minimum GMAT score of 450
    • OR an undergraduate GPA Of 3.5+
    • OR 4+ years of business experience

Documents Needed

Transcript evaluation. Evaluations must be Course by Course and submitted in terms of U.S. semester credits, grade equivalents, grade point average, and authentication of documents. Evaluations must be sent directly from the evaluator. Evaluations will not be accepted directly from applicants.

We accept evaluations from:

                  World Education Services, Inc.

                  Educational Credential Evaluators

                  SpanTran: TEC You can receive a discount by using this portal.

Official transcripts. Transcripts must be sent to Drury from the institution. Transcripts will not be accepted directly from applicants. NOTE: if you choose an evaluation service that includes original documents, this step is not necessary.

English test report. Scores must not be expired and be sent from the testing company.

                  Duolingo English Test. Minimum score: 105. Share your score with Drury University – Graduate

                  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum score: 80

                  University of Cambridge International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum score: 6.5

Financial documentation. International applicants are asked to 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 (within the past six months) 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 (within the past six months) balance of the account(s) including the bank’s mailing address and telephone, AND an affidavit of support from the sponsor(s) stating they will support the applicant during their education at Drury University.

Two references. Academic and/or professional contacts only. Family members may not be references. Provide the name, title, email, and phone number for each reference. More than two references may be submitted.

Personal statement. Approximately 500 words explaining your professional goal(s) and desire to earn a master’s degree from Drury University

Resume. Required for the MBA program. Not required but highly encouraged for all other programs.

GMAT score. Only required for applicants of the MBA program who don’t have a 3.5+ bachelor’s GPA or 4+ years of experience. Please reach out to for details.

Admission Process

  1. Complete online application and pay $25 application fee.
  2. Order transcripts evaluation, official transcripts (if evaluation does not include them), and English test score and send them to Drury University,, or by mail to:

Drury University
College of Graduate Studies
900 N Benton Ave
Springfield, MO 65802
United States

  1. Upload financial documentation through your Status Portal
  2. Once all materials have arrived, a decision will be made within two weeks. You may contact for updates to your application.

If admitted

  1. Office will send admission letter to your email.
  2. Two days later you will be introduced to your academic advisor and receive instructions to create an account with Drury. Schedule a meeting with your advisor to discuss the classes you should register for.
  3. You will be contacted by the International Support Services office to the Form 1-20. Be prepared to give the following information and materials:
    1. Copy of passport
    2. Residential address
  4. Request housing arrangements, if needed.
  5. Apply for an F-1 student visa and pay SEVIS fee.
  6. Schedule an F-1 student visa interview at the U.S Consulate in your home country
  7. Once you are approved for an F-1 student visa, email to plan for your arrival.