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Requirements for International Graduate Students

In addition to the application process for all applicants (please refer to individual graduate program pages), international applicants should submit the following documentation to the Graduate Admission Office:

Transcript Evaluation

Applicants must have all previous degrees evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or another NACES member organization.

When choosing the type of evaluation, make sure to select course-by-course.

Proof of English Proficiency

International applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL score 90 or above, no section below 20 (USciences TOEFL code 2663)
  • IELTS score of 6.5 or above
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 58 or above
  • Proof of completion of an approved English language level at a partner English Language program (see below). 
  • Transcripts demonstrating at least four years of study at an English-speaking institution
  • Transcripts demonstrating completion of 24 college-level credits at a regionally accredited institution in the United States in which a grade of B or higher was earned in two English Composition/Writing-Intensive courses

Conditional acceptance may be granted to students who meet all other admissions prerequisites except the required English Proficiency.

Partner English Language Programs

The English proficiency requirement can also be satisfied if applicants:

  • Attend and complete ELS, Level 112, English for Academic Purposes: Since 1961, ELS has helped more than 1.2 million students from over 143 countries around the world learn English quickly and effectively. The Philadelphia ELS Center is close to downtown Philadelphia on the suburban campus of Saint Joseph’s University. Contact or 610-660-2125 for more information about how to apply.
  • Attend and complete ELC, Level 6, at Drexel University: The mission of the Drexel University English Language Center (ELC) is to provide the highest quality English language instruction and student services to English language learners and to prepare international students to participate fully in the university community. The ELC is located in the heart of the university district of Philadelphia and offers year-round English courses in listening and speaking, reading and writing, and a unique Language of STEM courses for students interested in the sciences, technology, and engineering. The ELC is located on the Drexel University campus in Philadelphia, PA. Contact or 215-895-2022 for more information about how to apply.
  • Attend and complete ELI, Level VI, at the University of Delaware: Through an unwavering commitment to excellence and renewal, the faculty and staff of the English Language Institute (ELI) at the University of Delaware endeavor each day to enhance our reputation as a leader among intensive English programs. This leadership is based on a clear understanding of their goals and the means to achieve them. ELI contributes to international understanding by engaging students in meaningful inter-cultural exploration, and provides students with the support and services they require to make the transition from their own countries to life in the United States. The ELI is located on the University of Delaware campus in Newark, DE. Contact or 302-831-2674 for more information about how to apply.
  • Attend and complete ELP, Level 800, at the University of Pennsylvania: The mission of the University of Pennsylvania ELP Intensive Program is to provide high quality instruction and support to adult learners who want to increase their English language proficiency to achieve academic, professional, and personal goals and to improve their understanding of the cultures of the United States. They are dedicated to providing an environment that promotes professional excellence. ELP is located in Fisher Bennett Hall on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia, PA. Contact or 215-898-8681 for more information about how to apply.


Fall Entry Term: April 1st

Spring Entry Term: November 1st

Conditionally Accepted Students

Conditionally Accepted Students must follow these steps to receive a full acceptance:

  1. Return a Conditional Acceptance Supplemental Form
  2. Stay in touch with the Graduate Admission Office staff about your plans:
  3. Submit proof of your English language proficiency (see options above) within one year of receiving your conditional acceptance.


Admission Office 
Griffith Hall, Room 130
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495