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Application Instructions for International Students
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 – If you earned a degree from an institution outside the United States, you are required to submit an official international transcript evaluation (also called a foreign credential evaluation) as part of your application. Please note that the evaluation must be a course-by-course evaluation. You must order your official course-by-course evaluation from one of the following evaluation services:
Please review our COVID-19 provisions at the bottom of this page if you are having difficulty obtaining your international transcript evaluation.