International Admissions and Aid

International Graduate Requirements

International graduate applicants must first complete the online application for the program they wish to be admitted to. General requirements and submissions can be found on the individual program websites. A full list of graduate programs and links to departmental websites and online applications can be found on the graduate admissions website. The below requirements are relevant to international students and must be submitted to the Office of International Students & Scholars in addition to the general requirements of the programs, which are submitted to Graduate Admissions.   

Identification and Immigration Documents

All international students must submit the following documents: 

  • All applicants must provide a copy of the picture page from their passport
  • Applicants who are already inside the U.S. must submit a copy of their current visa
  • Applicants with dependents that will be accompanying them on F-2 or J-2 visas must also provide copies of the picture pages from their dependents' passports.
  • Applicants already in the U.S. in active F-1 visa status must submit a copy of their I-20 from their current school. 
  • Applicants who will be studying on an F-1 of J-1 visa must submit an I-20 Request Form (see below)
  • Applicants who will be studying on an F-1 or J-1 visa are required to submit supporting bank statements, no more than three months old, that show at least the total cost of attendance for one academic year as listed on page two of the I-20 request form.

English Proficiency Requirements

All international applicants and non-native speakers of English must meet one of the English proficiency requirements listed below before qualifying for an I-20/DS-2019 or being allowed to register for classes. Score reports can be no more than two years old. 

  • TOEFL iBT overall score of 80, with a minimum subscore of 20 on the written and speaking sections. (school code: 6110)
  • IELTS (Academic) overall score of 6.5
  • Pearson PTE Academic overall score of 53 or higher.
  • ELS level 112. (Only available in the following programs: Education, Engineering, Theology, Software, Law, Social Work)
  • MELAB score of 80. The score report must be accompanied by an official letter from the testing coordinator.
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university in the US, English-speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
Program-Specific Requirements

Applicants to the School of Law should have score reports sent directly to LSAC.

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) a composite score of 80 on the Internet Based TOEFL (iBT), with a minimum sub-score of 22 on writing and 20 on speaking (The St. Thomas TOEFL code is 6110)
  • IELTS (International Language Testing System) score report of 6.5, with a minimum sub-score of 7.0 on writing
  • IELTS: minimum overall band score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 on each of the four sections
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test): minimum total score of 90, with a minimum score of 20 on each of the four sections

If you have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university in the U.S., English speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand, you are exempt from taking an English proficiency test.

Native English speaking applicants from the following countries are not required to submit proof of English proficiency for most graduate programs: English speaking Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand.

I-20 Request Form

(Supersedes the graduate international student questionnaire, financial certification form, and SEVIS transfer form)

International applicants that will be requiring a form I-20 certificate of eligibility for F-1 student status will need to complete the I-20 Request Form and return it along with all additional requirements listed on the form. 

Click here to download the I-20/DS-2019 Request Form.

More Information

For more information regarding requirements for international graduate applicants, please contact James Dedon in the Office of International Student & Scholar Services at