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Admission Requirements

Below is a list of required items for all international applicants in addition to the online application and $55.00 (USD) application fee.

Your application will not be considered complete or sent to the program of interest until we receive the necessary items.  You will receive an email letting you know that your file is complete.  You will be notified of your admission decision via the Applicant tab in MyMadison.

Credential Evaluation

If you received a Baccalaureate degree or higher from a non-US university, a course-by-course credential evaluation must be submitted.  It must come from one of the credential evaluation services listed under the Credential Evaluations section.

Financial Declaration

International students must be able to show at least $31,000 (USD) of financial resources for their entire period of study at JMU without resorting to employment while in the US.  Click here for the Financial Declaration Form.

Official TOEFL or IELTS Score

International students must present evidence of English proficiency.  TOEFL or IELTS is generally required for all applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of US citizenship status.

Exceptions: applicants who have earned a Baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution or higher learning in the United States (or other English-speaking country) before entering JMU are generally exempt from this requirement.

Have official TOEFL scores sent directly to JMU institution code 5392 from Educational Testing Services (ETS) or have the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) center send official scores.  For intensive English program information, please refer to the English Language Training section.

The operational standards for admission to The Graduate School are listed below.  Please note that individual programs may have higher TOEFL or IELTS requirements, so you should check with your program of interest for any specific scores that might be listed.  Official scores will be required prior to application review or before we issue visa documents.

Minimum TOEFL requirement:  570 paper-based; 88 internet-based

Minimum IELTS requirement:  7.0

TOEFL or IELTS scores must be received directly from the testing center.  We do not accept any unofficial Test Report Forms from students.

Official Test Score

Depending on the program of interest, a GRE, GMAT, or other test score will be needed.  (Please refer to our catalog to see which test score you will need.)  Have official GRE or GMAT scores sent directly to JMU institution code 5392 from the testing site.

The operational standards for admission to The Graduate School are listed below.  Please note that individual programs may have higher GRE or GMAT requirements, so you should check with your program of interest for any specific scores that might be listed.  Official scores will be required prior to application review or before we issue visa documents.

Minimum GRE requirement:  25th percentile in all areas

Minimum GMAT requirement:  500

Test scores must be received directly from the testing center.  We do not accept any unofficial Test Report Forms from students.

Official Transcripts

Needed from all previously attended institutions, including an official final transcript showing a conferred Baccalaureate degree.  Transcripts are not official unless they come from the institution in a sealed envelope.

Visa

You must be able to enter the US on a valid nonimmigrant visa.

International Student Advisor Report

This form is only needed for applicants who are currently in the US on a student visa and wish to transfer their visa to JMU.  Click here for the International Student Advisor Report Form.