Admission Requirements for International Graduate Students

  • 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:

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  • Requirements

    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

    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.

  • International Application Deadlines:


    • July 1 (Africa)
    • July 15 (All others)
    • Mid-August (International students in the USA with good immigration status)


    • November 15 (Africa)
    • December 1 (All others)
    • Mid-January (International students in the USA with good immigration status)
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  • Graduate Provisional Program 

    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 admission.

    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.