Graduate International Admissions
Prospective graduate students who are not citizens of the United States or a Permanent Resident Alien and require an F-1 student visa must submit the International Graduate Application. Prospective applicants who are currently attending an institution in the United States on an F-1 student visa should also submit the International Graduate Application. If you have earned or are scheduled to earn a baccalaureate degree prior to the intended enrollment term, you are eligible to apply to a graduate-level degree program. Applications for graduate degree programs are available for the following terms: Fall, Spring and Summer.
A complete application includes the following items:
- Application: Complete an on-line application
- Transcript Evaluation: An official course-by-course transcript evaluation report will serve as the applicant's official transcript. An original transcript from the undergraduate or graduate institution is not required and should not be submitted. It is recommended that the course-by-course transcript evaluation be completed by World Education Services Inc. (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) but East Stroudsburg University will accept course-by-course transcript evaluations from any National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) accredited evaluator. A transcript evaluation is not required if the applicant earned their degree from a university in the United States or a U.S. territory.
- TOEFL Scores: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores are required for all international students unless your undergraduate degree is from an English language institution. (It must be documented that English is the only language of instruction for the institution.) The required scores on the TOEFL are 560 (paper-format test), 220 (computer-format test) or 83 (internet based test). The required minimum score on the IELTS is a Band 6.0. Those exempt from submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores include applicants who were raised in and completed all elementary and high school work in a country in which English is the native language, or those who graduated from a university in an English-speaking country in which all instruction is given in English. Individual departments or programs may require a higher score than those listed above. Please contact the respective department or program coordinator for more information.
- Goals Statement: the one-page letter should discuss, but not limited to, where your interest in the field stems from, how this degree will help you professionally, how your educational and professional experiences have prepared you to be successful in a graduate program, where you see the degree taking you within the next five years.
- Letters of Recommendation: signed letters of recommendation should be sent directly from the person writing a recommendation on your behalf.
- Resume/CV: outlining related educational and professional experiences and skills.
- Proof of Financial Support: Approved financial documentation that demonstrates you have access to approximately $30,150 (U.S.) from INCOME sources is mandatory before an I-20 form can be issued. The Financial Certification form must be accompanied by an income tax form, payroll receipts, or a letter from an employer showing annual salary and a letter outlining expenses and assets. Bank statements may only be used to supplement documentation on earnings. If persons other than the applicant will assist in meeting expenses, documentation from that person must also be included. International students are eligible to apply for graduate assistantships. The assistantship can be considered as part of the support on your financial certification, but the assistantship is not sufficient proof of financial certification.
Office of International Programs
To ensure that the Office of International Programs has adequate time to process the I-20 (student visa) or to transfer their Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record, required items should be submitted at least two months before the start of semester unless the program maintains a specific application deadline.
Office of International Programs
Once an applicant is recommended for acceptance by the program coordinator and Graduate College, their admission information, including proof of financial support, will be sent to the Office of International Programs for review and processing of their Student Visa (I-20) or to transfer their Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record.