Admission Policies and Procedures

Admission Policies and Procedures
Office of Admission
Application Fee
Readmission of former student
Admission of International students

Conditional Admission
Readmission for Military Servicemembers

Admission Policies & Procedures

Central Methodist University - Graduate Program- seeks men and women who aspire to enter an exciting and challenging world through a high-quality, liberal arts education which promotes character and leadership through learning, social responsibility, and service. CMU's admission standards are intended to identify those who are most likely to succeed in a university program of studies. Central Methodist University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual preference, religion, gender, national origin, age, or federally defined disability in its recruitment and admission of students.

Central Methodist University reserves the right to restrict, deny, or revoke an offer of admission or the admission of any person otherwise eligible for reasons determined to be in the best interest of the institution by the officers thereof. These reserved rights shall be administered in a manner strictly consistent with state and federal non-discrimination laws.

Certain degree programs that lead to licensure in the state of Missouri may not be available to those persons who are or have been incarcerated.  Please contact the Office of Admissions for additional information.

All students who desire to enroll in graduate courses at CMU in a degree-seeking capacity must complete an application to the respective graduate degree program, and request an official transcript from the baccalaureate granting institution. Students must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher to meet the minimum GPA admission requirement of the university. Those that fall below this requirement may be able to petition for admission. Students may need to meet additional admission requirements and supply additional admission documentation for specific programs.

If the student has earned graduate credit from a different institution and would like it evaluated for transfer into their CMU graduate program, the student must request official transcripts be sent to CMU. Only 9 hours of transfer graduate work will be considered on a course by course basis.

Office of Admission

The CGES Office of Admission at CMU is staffed with experienced professional admission representatives and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Inquiries and requests for information can be made online or by email to

Application Fee

There is no fee to submit a paper or online application for admission.

Admission of International Students

Those with an F-1 Visa who wish to be considered for admission to Central Methodist University in Fayette, must apply to the Fayette campus and adhere to all requirements set forth for international applicants.

Conditional Admission

With permission of the Director of Graduate Studies, students who do not yet meet the requirements for regular admission may be conditionally admitted and may enroll in one (1) semester (including the summer term) of coursework up to a maximum of nine (9) hours of graduate credit. At that point, continua­tion in the degree program requires full admission status.

Waiving of Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for all graduate programs may be waived at the discretion of the Dean of the University.

Readmission for Military Servicemembers


  1. Central Methodist University understands that students may be unable to attend classes or must suspend their studies in order to perform military service. Students are encouraged to continue their education once a military service obligation has ended.

In accordance with federal regulations, 34 C.F.R. § 668.18 and the Department of Defense (DoD) Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the university will promptly readmit servicemembers who seek readmission to a program that was interrupted due to a uniformed service obligation.

  1. Eligibility

This policy shall apply to: (1) servicemembers who are unable to attend classes for more than 30 consecutive days; and (2) servicemembers who are unable to attend classes for less than 30 days when such an absence would result in a withdrawal from the university.

A student is eligible for readmission under this policy if, during an absence, the student performs uniformed service, voluntary or involuntary, in the Armed Forces, including the National Guard or Reserve, active duty, active duty for training or full-time National Guard (under federal authority).

  1. Notification

A student must provide written or oral notice of a uniformed service obligation to the Office of the Registrar as far in advance as possible, unless precluded by military necessity. Such notice does not need to indicate when the student will return to the university.

The student must also give written or oral notice of his/her intent to return to the institution within three years after the completion of the period of service. Immediately upon the student's return to school, the student must provide notice that he/she may be entitled to the tuition and enrollment benefits outlined in this policy. The returning student may be required to provide supporting documentation.

Notification under this section must be provided, by the student, to Office of the Registrar, or call for assistance to 660-248-6210.

  1. Tuition and Fees

A returning student must be charged the same tuition and fees in effect during the last academic year the student attended, unless veterans' education benefits or other servicemember education benefits will pay the amount in excess. For subsequent academic years, the returning student may not be charged tuition and fees in excess of what other students in the program are charged.

  1. Readmission Requirements

A returning student will be permitted to reenroll in the next class(es) scheduled in the same academic program, unless the student requests a later date of reenrollment or agrees to a different program. A returning student will be readmitted into the same academic program the student was enrolled in prior to the military service obligation. If the exact program no longer exists, the student must be admitted to the program that is most similar, unless the student requests or agrees to admission to a different program. Returning students will be reenrolled with the same enrollment status, number of completed credit hours, and academic standing as the last academic year of attendance.

If the university determines that a returning student is not prepared to resume the program or is unable to complete the program, the university must make reasonable efforts to enable the student to resume or complete the program at no additional cost to the student. If such efforts are unsuccessful or place an undue hardship on the university, the university is not required to readmit the student.

In accordance with federal regulations, returning students who receive a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge from the Armed Forces (including the National Guard and Reserves) are not eligible for readmission under this policy. However, servicemembers who receive dishonorable or bad conduct discharge may remain eligible for readmission even though they will not be entitled to the benefits outlined in this policy.