International Requirements

In addition to our program-specific application requirements, our international applicants must submit the following:

  • Transcript Evaluation. All non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an approved international transcript evaluation agency before the transcripts can be used to determine admission. We recommend the International Education Research Foundation (IERF), however, you may call us for a list of other approved agencies. If an evaluation has been completed prior to your application, check with your admissions counselor to determine its appropriateness.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). All applicants for whom English is a second language, with the exception of applicants who have an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or 60 transfer credits from a university in which the language of instruction is English, must take the international TOEFL and have the scores sent directly to the Admissions Office. A score of 550 or above on the paper-based exam—or 79 and above on the Internet-based exam—is required for admission. IELTS score of 6.5 or higher is also accepted. Scores may be no more than two years old.
  • Admissions Interview. The Admissions Office will contact applicants regarding the interview when the applicant's file is complete.
  • Requesting to Transfer. International applicants who are requesting to transfer from another U.S. institution must submit a letter from the international student advisor (from their current institution) stating the applicant is in good standing.
  • Financial Statement. Financial documents must be submitted with the application. The United States government requires all international applicants to provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses. Each applicant relying on a personal or family support must furnish, at the time of application, an original financial-guarantee letter, preferably a bank letter, stating the sponsor's name and address and verifying the ability to pay the annual cost of education-related expenses. This document must be verified by the bank. It is crucial that applicants submit a financial-guarantee letter with the application if they wish to receive notification of admission in a timely manner. Note: Based on full-time enrollment per semester (required for international students), it cost approximately $37,338 for undergraduate enrollment in 24 units (12 per semester) or $39,394 for graduate enrollment in 16 units (8 per semester) for the 2009-10 academic year.