Application Procedures

U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents wishing to apply to a Lindenwood University graduate program should visit the Office of University Admissions on the Lindenwood St. Charles campus, any of the extension sites, or online at https://www.lindenwood.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions/.

To be considered for admission to the university, an applicant’s file must include each of the following documents:

  • Online application.
  • Current résumé.
  • Letter of intent, including a personal statement regarding your interest in the program and career goals.
  • Official undergraduate transcript(s) as well as official transcript(s) from any graduate school(s) attended.
  • Additional requirements, such as program interview, letters of recommendation, a portfolio, an audition, GRE/GMAT test scores, or other requirements identified by the academic school in which a candidate is seeking acceptance. Additional requirements may also be requested dependent on application criteria as requested by University Admissions.

Once the application is submitted, an admissions counselor will contact the applicant to answer any questions and assist in the admission process.

The applicant may email admissions@lindenwood.edu or call (636) 949-4949 with any admissions related questions. 

Note: A student must have a completed file and be admitted to the university before any financial aid will be processed. For application procedures specific to particular graduate programs or schools, please refer to the sections of this catalog that describe those programs. In addition, applicants who indicated a criminal history at time of application will be required to submit additional documentation in regards to the offense. 

To be considered for admission to the university, all international students are required to submit the following documents:

  • Online student application or Common Application.
  • Official transcripts (or certified copies of university transcripts) showing that a baccalaureate degree has been conferred. Transcripts must be in their original language and accompanied by a certified English translation. These documents will not be returned to the student. They will become part of the student’s official file at Lindenwood University. The cost for the evaluation of the transcript will be incurred by the applicant.
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score. For score reporting, the Lindenwood University code is 6367.
    • Required minimum TOEFL score: 81 (Internet-based)
    • Required minimum IELTS score: 6.5
    • Required minimum Duolingo score: 105

    Notes: (1) Students who studied and completed at least four years of rigorous academic study in any of the following countries, may be eligible for an International Test Score waiver and should submit the waiver form: Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, England, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Seychelles, Shetland Islands, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States (with the exception of Puerto Rico), US Virgin Islands, and Wales. Students who have completed their studies in an American or British School abroad may also be eligible for a waiver if at least four years of rigorous academic study has been completed AND if their scores meet or are above the required standard. If not eligible for the waiver, student must supply at least on standardized test score to be considered for undergraduate admission.

  • Passport (clear, readable copy of the identification page).
  • Affidavit of support verifying the amount of personal or family funds (in U.S. dollars) available for tuition, personal costs, and educational expenses (books, insurance). The affidavit should provide an official document or statement from the applicant’s bank. Documents must be in English. To submit an affidavit of support fill out the form available on the international admissions webpage.
  • Current résumé. Provide a recent copy of your current résumé with all of your academic and work experience.
  • Personal statement indicating your education plans, your long-term goals you possess and how this degree will assist you with your goals. The statement needs to be in formal essay format and at least two pages in length. 

Notes: (1) The minimum TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo scores listed above are requirements for admission to the university. Upon arrival, students will also undergo on-site English language testing to determine English language proficiency. Depending upon results of the testing will determine your course placement.

Once all application materials have been received, a member of the Office of Admissions & Services for International Students (OASIS) will contact the applicant. For questions regarding the application, the applicant should contact the Office of Admissions & Services for International Students (OASIS) at internationaladmissions@lindenwood.edu.

The Student Application or Common Application should be completed online and all required application materials should be scanned in PDF format and emailed to internationaladmissions@lindenwood.edu. Hard copies of required admission documents can be mailed to: Lindenwood University, Office of Admissions and Services for International Students (OASIS), 209 South Kingshighway, Saint Charles, MO 63301 USA. Preferred format is scanned in PDF and emailed.

If transfer credit is requested from an international institution, students should submit, along with all documentation required for admission, a certified translation of course descriptions of foreign credits earned from their previous institution. Lindenwood University currently accepts evaluations from ECE and WES.

Notes: Students must request a course-by-course evaluation (not a document-by-document evaluation) in order to transfer credit to Lindenwood for particular coursework.

In addition to submitting the materials required for admission, international students wishing to transfer to Lindenwood from a SEVIS-sponsored school should also submit the following documents: Any and all transcripts must be submitted to Lindenwood University regardless of the credit(s) being transferable or not.

  • ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators): Official transcripts from college or university, if the degree was received from an international institution the transcripts and proof of the undergraduate diploma or degree confirmation must be submitted in the student’s native language along with an unofficial English translation. For more information about transcript evaluation, contact ECE at www.ece.org.
  • WES (World Education Services): Official transcripts from college or university, if the degree was received from an international institution the transcripts and proof of the undergraduate diploma or degree confirmation must be submitted in the student’s native language along with certified English translation. For more information about transcript evaluation, contact WES at www.wes.org.
  • If the degree was from an American institution request the transcripts to be sent directly to Lindenwood University. If graduate level credits have been received from an American institution have the transcripts sent directly to Lindenwood University

Notes: (1) Students must request a course-by-course evaluation (not a document-by-document evaluation) in order to transfer credit to Lindenwood for particular coursework. (2) The cost for the evaluation of international transcripts will be incurred by the applicant.

  • The SEVIS transfer eligibility form (found on the Lindenwood University website on the transfer international graduate students homepage) along with the letter of acceptance from Lindenwood University should be sent to the appropriate official at the school the student previously attended, where it will be processed and returned to the Lindenwood University Office of Admissions & Services for International Students (OASIS).
  • The student’s transfer will not be considered complete until Lindenwood University receives the completed transfer paperwork. Once the transfer application has been processed, Lindenwood will issue the student a Lindenwood I-20, permitting the student to legally reside in the U.S. as a full-time international student.

The SEVIS transfer eligibility form should be sent to the Office of Admissions & Services for International Students (OASIS) direct email account, internationaladmissions@lindenwood.edu.

Lindenwood University has long welcomed international students and visiting scholars from other countries to study on our campus. International students continue to be valued members of our Lindenwood community. Our international students contribute diverse perspectives and enrich the culture of the Lindenwood community.

Lindenwood aims to provide supportive services that help promote a sense of welcome and integration into the campus community as well as services that support academic success and immigration compliance.

The international student fee is $50 per semester for all enrolled international students with an F visa status that will take effect fall of 2021. This fee will help to address increased costs and the expansion of services for initial admission and continuing student services such as immigration services.

What is the international student fee and to whom does it apply?

This is a fee assessed to enrolled international students with active or initial I-20 or DS-2019 forms, along with other tuition and fees each semester of enrollment.

How much is the fee and how is it charged?

The fee is $50 per semester. It is assessed with other tuition and mandatory fees in each semester the student is enrolled.

What is the purpose of the fee and how will it be used?

Lindenwood University adopted the international fee on July 1st 2021 to address increased costs of worldwide and expedited domestic shipping as well as expanded services such as the implementation of a self-servicing immigration software that will enable students to initiate immigration related requests to OASIS.

Students are encouraged to be insured while studying in the United States. Lindenwood University does not provide insurance for students. Students may carry any health insurance policies they choose.

In accordance with the Missouri Senate Bill 197, all applicants and students who took a term off and are now returning (except students born before 1957 and any student who is enrolled in an online degree program) must provide proof of the following immunizations prior to enrolling in the subsequent term:

  • Meningococcal Vaccination or waiver
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Questionnaire