Conditional Admission

It’s easy to transition from the ALI to a UMKC degree program!

Are you planning to study an academic area after the English program? Depending on the academic program you are interested in, it may be possible to apply for the Intensive English Program as well as another department at UMKC without submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score. This is called Conditional Admission.

Conditional Admission at UMKC pre-approves students for admission into degree programs before they meet UMKC’s English Language proficiency requirements. That way, once they achieve proficiency, they can easily enter their degree program. 

Application Materials

Students who apply for Conditional Admission must apply for admission to the ALI and their chosen academic department at the same time. For more information on different departments at UMKC and their application requirements, please explore here.

Per US government regulations, US universities cannot issue academic I-20s to students who have not proven that they meet all standards of admission, including proof of English proficiency. This means that when you apply for Conditional Admission, you will receive an I-20 that lists ESL as your program of study. Once you have completed your ESL classes, our International Student Affairs Office (ISAO) will help you transition to an I-20 that lists your degree program. When you are Conditionally Admitted, you will receive an admission letter that states your academic program and ESL. You can use this admission letter at your visa appointment to prove Conditional Admission.

Send all application materials to

F-1 Visa Holders

  • ALI Application (PDF)
  • Bank Statement: translated into English, signed or stamped by the bank, states the name of the account holder, states the type of account. The statement must show funds available as follows:
    • Fall & Spring = $35,846
  • The Affidavit of Support (PDF) if the account is NOT your own. This must be signed and dated.
  • A copy of your passport photo page
  • Academic transcripts
  • Personal statement outlining your goals for study at UMKC.

F-1 Visa Holders - Sponsored Student

  • ALI Application (PDF)
  • Financial Guarantee from your sponsor if you are sponsored by your government or employer.
  • A copy of your passport photo page
  • Academic transcripts
  • Personal statement outlining your goals for study at UMKC.

Academic Programs

Several Academic Programs at UMKC offer Conditional Admission. You can view a list of these programs below. 

  • BA Art History
  • BA Studio Art
  • BA/BS Chemistry
  • BA Communication Studies
  • BA Criminal Justice & Criminology
  • BA Economics
  • BA English
  • BA/BS Environmental Studies
  • BA/BS Geography
  • BA/BS Geology
  • BA History
  • BA Liberal Arts
  • BA/BS Mathematics & Statistics
  • BA Philosophy
  • BA/BS Physics
  • BA Political Science
  • Pre Professional Programs
  • BA Psychology
  • BA French
  • BA Spanish
  • BA Sociology
  • BA Theatre
  • BA Urban Studies
  • BBA Business Administration
  • BIT Information Technology
  • BS Electrical & Computing Engineering
  • BS Civil Engineering
  • BS Computer Science
  • BS Mechanical Engineering
  • BHS Health Sciences
  • Exploratory Undecided

  • MS Criminal Justice
  • MA Economics
  • MS Environmental & Urban GeoscienceF
  • Certificate: Waste Management
  • MA/MS Mathematics & Statistics
  • MS Physics
  • MA Romance Languages
  • MS Computer Science
  • MS Electrical Engineering
  • MS Civil Engineering
  • MS Mechanical Engineering
  • LLM Master of Laws
  • Certificate: Clinical Research
  • Certificate: Health Professions
  • Curriculum & Evaluation

 F Beginning in Fall semester only