IUP offers numerous
master’s and doctoral degree programs, and each one has different application requirements.
IUP's Admissions Office oversees the admission process for graduate students, but there are additional requirements for international graduate applicants:
International applicants are required to meet the standard admission requirements and application requirements.
Applicants who plan to study
in the US on a non-immigrant visa are considered
international students at IUP and should select “Not a US Citizen, National, or
Permanent Resident” on the application and submit required documents. Applicants who are on an immigrant pathway, such as a Legal
Permanent Resident, also known as having a green card, are not considered
international students at IUP and should select “Citizen, National, or
Permanent Resident of the US” on the application. Those who have a pending
green card, are a refugee or asylum seeker, or are unsure of their visa type or
limitations, please contact the Office of International Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International students are not admitted for summer terms unless they are applying to a “summers only program” or they are already an IUP student. Several IUP graduate degrees are eligible for an additional 24-month STEM OPT extension.
All applications are to be submitted electronically. Apply online today!
Paying the application fee is the final step before submitting your application electronically.
Please make sure that you can meet all of the admission and program requirements before submitting your application. Under no circumstance will the application fee be waived or returned.
International students applying for graduate admissions must demonstrate English proficiency.
This requirement is waived* for:
*Some programs do not waive the exam requirement based on residency or a US degree.
All other students must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement through a qualifying exam score. Minimum requirements for graduate admissions are:
*Some departments may require a higher score for their program(s). Please contact your graduate coordinator for your program to learn more.
All international students are requiredto have their official transcripts from non-US universities reviewed by an external educational credential evaluation organization, such as World Education Services or another member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services foreign educational credential evaluation services (such as
International students must send official transcripts directly to the educational credential evaluation organization for review. This evaluation process can take three to six weeks, and costs associated with the evaluation are the responsibility of the
student. IUP cannot forward official transcripts to educational credential evaluation organizations.
Below is a list of categories where international students do not need to use an educational credential evaluation organization:
Please note that transcripts from international students who are not required to use an educational credential evaluation organization must have the official seal of the institution and be sent directly to IUP.
All international students are required to complete a financial affidavit showing that they have enough money to cover the cost of two semesters at IUP. If a sponsor is someone other than a parent, a bank statement or letter from the sponsor is required. Bank statements and letters cannot be more than one year old.
Please upload or submit a copy of your passport. If you have dependents (spouse and/or children), please include copies of their passport(s) as well.
The Graduate Provisional Program is designed for students who want to study English before starting a degree program at IUP.
Students can receive provisional admission to select graduate programs (see below) at IUP while they study at the American Language intensive English program to meet the university’s language proficiency requirement.
Applicants must meet all requirements for admission except proof of English proficiency. Prospective students should first complete the
graduate application for their intended program of study and select Yes for the question asking if they wish to be considered for provisional
Students can transition to full graduate admission by submitting a qualifying English exam score by successfully completing the Graduate Bridge Program. To enter the Graduate Bridge Program, students need department approval and a qualifying exam score
(TOEFL ITP 500, TOEFL iBT 61, IELTS 5.5.) Bridge students can demonstrate English proficiency by maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher in their ALI classes and in six credits of graduate coursework.
Applicants who receive provisional admission have one year to meet English proficiency requirements for full admission.