International Students

University of San Diego Welcomes Students from Outside the United States and Provides Services to Meet Your Needs!

International students add diversity and varied perspectives to USD programs

Most, but not all, of our graduate degree programs are open to international students. Please be sure to check the admissions requirements for the program in which you are interested in enrolling.

International students currently in the U.S. on an F-1 or M-1 student visa are not eligible to pursue an online degree, per U.S. immigration regulations.

If you are an international applicant, it is recommended that you begin the application process up to three months before the application deadline. In addition to the standard admission requirements, you may also be required to submit the following items for acceptance to the program:

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-iBT)  or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.
    • International applicants are required to demonstrate proof of English proficiency by supplying official TOEFL or IELTS scores as part of their application package. However, applicants who are unable to take an English proficiency exam at an in-person test center due to concerns related to COVID-19 may choose to instead take either the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition exam or the IELTS Indicator exam. Applicants may submit official scores from one of these at-home exams if in-person testing is unavailable or unadvised due to public health concerns.
    • In summary, official English proficiency scores will be accepted from the following exams:
    • Applicants will need to designate the University of San Diego Office of Graduate Admission as a recipient of their score report.
    • English Proficiency Exam Waivers: The English Proficiency Exam requirement may be waived if English is your primary language or if you obtained a bachelor’s degree in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Australia, or New Zealand. Other exceptions may be made on a case by case basis. Waivers are not automatically applied; all waivers must be requested.
  • Transcript and Credential Evaluations – An evaluation of degrees earned at institutions outside of the United States is required. Applicants must have their transcripts evaluated by World Education Services, Inc. (WES). A course-by-course report from WES must be submitted with your application before it can be reviewed. Evaluations from other agencies cannot be accepted. *Please refer to temporary COVID provisions below to review your options*

Please send all supporting materials electronically to grads@sandiego.edu Documents sent via postal mail will experience a delay in posting to your application.

More Information for International Applicants


Application Provisions Due to COVID-19

The following provisions are approved for all Spring, Summer and Fall 2021 applicants:

Are you having trouble getting an official transcript from your foreign university?

We understand that due to continued disruptions caused by COVID-19, some foreign institutions may be unable to process or send official documents required by WES for their credential evaluations. Because of this, the Office of Graduate Admission will temporarily postpone requiring an official course-by-course WES evaluation if you are having a hard time getting official documents sent from your foreign university to WES in time to meet the application deadline.

If you cannot supply an official course-by-course WES evaluation, you will be asked to provide proof of your earned foreign degree by supplying either a copy of your transcript and/or a scan of your diploma. You can upload these documents to your online application.

Please note that you will need to submit your official course-by-course WES evaluation showing appropriate degree(s) conferred in order to register for your second semester.* A hold will be placed on your student account, preventing registration until your WES evaluation is received.

*International applicants planning to attend on a school-sponsored visa (such as the F or J visa) must submit at the minimum an unofficial copy of their course-by-course WES evaluation to the Office of Graduate Admission before their visa eligibility document (Form I-20 or DS-2019) can be released. It is strongly recommended that international applicants request their official course-by-course WES evaluation as early as possible so as to decrease the potential for the delay of their visa eligibility document. If an unofficial copy is submitted for purposes of releasing the visa eligibility document, the student will still be required to submit their official course-by-course WES evaluation to the Office of Graduate Admission prior to their first required day on campus.