Provisional Admission for International Graduate Applicants

  • Provisional admission is available for international students who meet all requirements for admission except proof of English language proficiency.

    However, each academic program may decide whether or not to accept students through provisional admission. In addition, the program decides whether or not to admit each individual candidate, based on the program’s standards. Recommended minimum scores for provisional admission consideration are IELTS 5, TOEFL ITP 440, or TOEFL iBT 41. Some programs may have a higher minimum score for provisional admission; please check with the program coordinator.

    Once granted, provisional admission is valid for one calendar year. Students who fail to meet the English proficiency requirement within one calendar year will be required to reapply. Provisionally admitted graduate students must enroll in the American Language Institute (ALI), where most students will take full-time English classes. Advanced students may be offered admission to the Graduate Bridge program, in which they may take up to six credits of IUP coursework in addition to ALI classes.

    Students will remain in provisional status until they meet one of the following requirements:

    1. Retake the TOEFL or IELTS and submit a score that fulfills the minimum program requirement (most programs: IELTS 6, TOEFL ITP 540, TOEFL iBT 76).


    2. Successfully complete the Graduate Bridge program through the ALI. The ALI, along with the academic program, will determine whether a student is qualified to enter the Graduate Bridge program. Once accepted to the Graduate Bridge program, students must continue required coursework at the ALI with a 3.0 GPA or higher AND complete six credit hours of IUP coursework, as approved by the academic program, with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

    When a student meets either of these requirements, that student is no longer provisionally admitted and will be transferred to regular graduate student status.