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.


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.


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

The EF International Language Campus Boston

A partnership with the EF International Language Campus Boston is available to any applicant who does not initially meet the minimum scores above, as well as to any applicant who has been conditionally admitted and requires further English language training in order to meet satisfactory English proficiency. This program is not formally affiliated with Boston College and all arrangements must be made directly with the EF . Boston College and the EF International Language Campus Boston have determined specific pathways and program lengths based on your current TOEFL or IELTS score. To find out more about participation and pricing for TOEFL Preparation for Boston College Master's in Education Applicants, please click below.

EF International Language Campus Boston

Conditional Acceptance

The Lynch School offers Conditional Acceptance to applicants that fulfill all academic requirements for admission to and are accepted to the program, but whose level of English proficiency does not meet the minimum requirements. In these cases, admitted students will be granted conditional admission, but will have to retake the TOEFL or IELTS exam and submit an official score report that shows the minimum score has been met no later than six weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the student’s program will begin. If a student with conditional admission does not submit a passing TOEFL or IELTS score within the allotted time frame, he/she will be granted a deferral to start in a future semester, no later than one year from the original start term. Due to this policy, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible in order to ensure that these conditions can be met. 

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):