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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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.


Application Fee

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.

Proof of English Language Proficiency

International students applying for graduate admissions must demonstrate English proficiency.

This requirement is waived* for:

  • Residents of countries where English is the dominant language. Countries not requiring English proficiency test scores
  • Applicants who have graduated with a degree from an accredited US institution of higher education after review of official transcripts showing the degree conferred
  • Applicants who have graduated with a degree from an accredited institution of higher education from the approved list of countries after review of official transcripts showing the degree conferred
  • Students with conditional admissions who have successfully completed the ALI Bridge pathway program. Conditional admission is only available for select graduate programs.

*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.

  • Administration and Leadership Studies, DEd: IELTS 7, iBT 100, ITP 600, CAE 190
  • Biology, MS: IELTS 6.5, iBT 80, ITP 550, CAE 185
  • Curriculum and Instruction, DEd: IELTS 7, iBT 100, ITP 600, CAE 190
  • Human Resources and Employment Relations, MA: IELTS 6.5, iBT 80, ITP 550, CAE 185
  • English: Composition and Applied Linguistics, PhD: IELTS 6.5, iBT100, ITP 600, CAE 190
  • English: TESOL, MA: IELTS 6.0, iBT 88, ITP 570, CAE 185
  • Geography, MS: IELTS 6.5, iBT 80, ITP 550, CAE 185
  • Music, MA: IELTS 6.5, iBT 80, ITP 550, CAE 185
  • Public Affairs, MA: IELTS 6.5, iBT 80, ITP 550, CAE 185
  • Sociology, MA: IELTS 6.5, iBT 80, ITP 550, CAE 185
  • Speech-Language Pathology, MS: IELTS 7, iBT 100, ITP 600, CAE 190

Official Transcripts

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 SpanTran).

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:

  • Degrees from US universities,
  • US government-sponsorship (Fulbright, etc.),
  • Select offshore IUP programs, and
  • Select IUP agents.

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.

Foreign Student Financial Statement

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.

Passport Copy

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.

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.