International Applicants

An international applicant is defined as any person that requires a student visa in order to study in the United States. International applicants are eligible to apply to any graduate program in the Lynch School, provided they have successfully completed the equivalent of a United States bachelor degree and have the appropriate diplomas and/or satisfactory results on transcripts or leaving examinations from the country in which the degree was earned. International applicants must complete all program-specific application requirements as well as additional requirements outlined below.

Transcripts

Applicants that have completed a degree outside of the United States must have a course-by-course evaluation of their transcript(s) completed by an evaluation company approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Submission of falsified documents is grounds for denial of admission or dismissal from the University.

English Proficiency

All applicants whose primary language is not English (or for whom English is not one of their primary languages) are required to submit proof of satisfactory English proficiency. At this time, the only acceptable forms of proof for English proficiency are the TOEFL and IELTS exams (certificates of completion from English-language schools are not currently accepted). The minimum score requirement for TOEFL iBT is 100. The minimum score for IELTS is 7.0.

An official score report must be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (TOEFL). TOEFL School Code: 3240.

Exemptions

Applicants that meet either of the criteria below do not need to submit proof of English proficiency.

  • Applicants who completed an undergraduate OR graduate degree from a regionally-accredited institution within the United States

  • Applicants who completed an undergraduate OR graduate degree at an institution outside of the United States where the language of instruction was English

Designated STEM Programs

The following degrees are STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) designated programs as determined by the Department of Homeland Security. F-1 students enrolled in STEM degree programs are currently eligible for an additional 24 months of Post Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) for a total of 36 months after graduation. The 24-month STEM extension must be applied at the end of the 12 month OPT period and very specific criteria must be met by you and your employer in order to qualify for the 24-month STEM extension.

Applicable Programs (Master's and Doctoral level if applicable):