International Graduate Admission

To participate in our graduate programs, students must have a bachelor's degree earned from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a nationally accredited college or university outside the U.S. Degree equivalencies must be determined by a qualified agency and submitted as part of the application process.

Applicants who are non-native English speakers are required to report scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Testing Systems (IELTS). To be considered for admission, an applicant’s TOEFL score must be a minimum of 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test or 100 on the Internet-based test. IELTS must be a mininum of 7.0.

Language proficiency exams are not required of those students who have earned a degree from a foreign university where the primary language of instruction is English, or from a college or university in the U.S. Immigration laws require international students with student visas to engage in full-time study (nine credits) each semester and to make satisfactory progress toward a degree.

How to Apply

Submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education at least six months prior to the proposed start of study:

  • Completed graduate application form.
  • Non-refundable application fee (waived through Dec. 15).
  • Personal statement.
  • Official transcripts of all completed undergraduate and graduate work. A certified English translation must accompany all non-English transcripts. If undergraduate and graduate work were done in institutions outside of the U.S., documentation of degree equivalencies must be submitted by an agency authorized such as WES or ECE.
  • Letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty who have taught the applicant (two letters for master’s applicants, three for doctoral applicants). Recommenders must include professional title and contact information.
  • Test scores no more than five years old from one of the following: MAT, GRE or GMAT. This requirement may be waived for students whose portfolio indicates an ability to do graduate work.
  • One of the following proofs of English proficiency: Evidence that undergraduate instruction and coursework have been completed in English, TOEFL or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Once the application process is complete, students are required to submit a Certification of Finances form. Once they are accepted to Salve Regina, students will receive a Salve Regina I-20, which allows them to apply for an F-1 visa. Please note that students seeking an FI visa can only be reviewed twice a year for fall and spring semesters. Students also need to provide proof of immunization for measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, varicella and chicken pox.

Please note that all international graduate students are required to carry Salve Regina’s health insurance.