International Admission Requirements

After you submit an application to the university, the International Student Services office will contact you with a detailed list of admission requirements specific for your situation.

Requirements can vary by country. The list below is a general guideline of requirements for international students who wish to attend Missouri Baptist University:

  • Application to the University
  • Letter of recommendation
  • English proficiency requirement:*
IELTS 6.5     (minimum score)
TOEFL Internet-based (MBU code: 2717) 80      (minimum score)
TOEFL Computer-based (MBU code: 2717) 213    (minimum score)
TOEFL Paper-based (MBU code: 2717) 550    (minimum score)
ELS (English for Academic Purposes) Completed Level 112
SAT (MBU code: 2258) 25 writing and language/25 reading (minimum score)
ACT (MBU code: 2323) 19 reading score/20 English (minimum score)

*Not required for transfer students with a minimum of 24 credit hours from a U.S. institution.

  • Official transcripts and exit exams
    Note: any university credits earned outside of the United States must be evaluated by a third party evaluation service (AACRAO, ECE, or WES).
  • ACT (18), SAT (940) — evidence-based reading and writing section and math section combined— or top half of graduating class
  • Proof of financial support

Student Athletes

For students planning on playing for an MBU athletic team, please note that admission to MBU does not ensure NAIA eligibility. Check the NAIA Eligibility Center to find information on required documents, which must be submitted in order to qualify to play.

Insurance Requirements

We do require all international students in F-1 or J-1 status to have health insurance, and we automatically enroll students in the university’s plan. If you are already covered by a plan from your home country, we will need a completed insurance waiver request form along with a copy of the policy and insurance card by the end of the first week of classes in order to consider a waiver. The policy will be sent to our insurance company for evaluation, and if it meets our minimum requirements, we may waive all or part of the school’s policy requirement.

International Admissions


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