How to Apply

  • To apply for admission to a graduate program at Missouri Baptist University, please submit the following:
  • Complete our free application for admission
  • Official transcripts* from all previously attended colleges, universities, and post-secondary institutions (this includes any courses posted as transfer credits from other institutions). Transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution via mail or electronic delivery. Electronically submitted transcripts can be sent to graduateadmissions@mobap.edu. Any transcript received by fax, postal mail directly from a student, or hand-delivered will not be accepted as an official copy. This includes transcripts that are unopened and marked as official.

Mail Transcripts to:
The Office of Online and Graduate Enrollment Services
1 College Park Drive
St. Louis, MO 63141

*Students graduating from Missouri Baptist University’s undergraduate, masters’ or specialist programs do not need to resubmit transcripts that are already on file.

  • Letter of recommendation from an employer or professional in your chosen field. Letters of recommendation are NOT required for MSW applicants, MSN applicants, Counseling applicants or Higher Education Leadership applicants. IMPORTANT NOTE: Christian Ministry applicants must request and submit an additional letter of recommendation from a pastor. Counseling applicants must request and submit 3 letters of recommendation from an employer or professional in the field. Leadership in Teaching and Learning (K-12) doctoral applicants must request and submit 3 letters of recommendation. The specific guidelines for doctoral letters of recommendation vary by program. After submitting your application, more details will be provided. You can submit the letters of recommendation to the Office of Online at Graduate Enrollment Services at graduateadmissions@mobap.edu
  • Professional Statement. This is a brief essay (approximately 2 pages, double-spaced) designed to discuss your career and/or educational background, why you want to continue your education, and what you hope to accomplish with this degree. Professional statements are NOT required for MSN applicants or Higher Education Leadership doctoral applicants. You may submit this essay to the Office of Online and Graduate Enrollment Services at graduateadmissions@mobap.edu. IMPORTANT NOTE: Counseling applicants must follow the specific prompt below.
    • Write and submit an original, double-spaced 1000 word essay that will be reviewed for content and will be used to assess your written communication skills. Please answer the following prompts in your writing:
      • As a CACREP program, we strive to provide the community with leaders who are ethical, socially just, and culturally competent. After reflecting on this vision statement, please answer:
        • What previous experiences (please include personal, professional, academic, and/or any leadership roles) have led you to pursue a master’s degree in counseling, specifically the program at Missouri Baptist University?
        • What are your professional goals, and how do you see your goals aligned with the vision of the MBU counseling program described above? How do you plan on carrying these professional goals forward to be a leader in your community and profession?
        • The Counseling Program is both academically and emotionally rigorous. What challenges, if any, do you foresee encountering during your studies? What forms of support will you use to meet those challenges?
      • Christian Ministry applicants must submit a 5-7 sentence statement of faith that summarizes their core beliefs
      • Christian Ministry applicants must submit a spiritual autobiography. One page (double-spaced) is sufficient.
      • Counseling, Social Work and and Nursing require an up-to-date resume/CV.
      • A copy of Missouri certification is required for MEA and Ed.S. applicants only. Students pursing the Master in Educational Administration will need a minimum of three years of classroom teaching experience to pursue principal certification.
      • The doctoral office will require additional application materials. The additional requirements will be communicated upon receipt of application.
      • Interviews are required for counseling applicants, social work applicants and doctoral applicants. Interviews will be scheduled after all supporting application items are received.
      • Have questions? Visit our FAQ page for more information.

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