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Graduate International Admissions

Depending on visa type, certain restrictions may apply.

International StudentWhile the application process for international students can be difficult, we are here to make things as easy as possible. Here is an easy to follow checklist of things that should be submitted before an admissions decision can be made. This information can be submitted all at one time or in increments.


Applicants for graduate studies should have all required materials submitted to the Office of International Programs by the following dates, depending on anticipated semester of entry:

  • Fall Semester: May 1
  • Spring Semester: October 1
  • June summer session: March 1
  • July summer session: April 1

Some graduate programs have application deadlines for all students. You should base your international application deadlines off of these dates. Example: Graduate Nursing has an application deadline of March 1, therefore international graduate applications should be completed no later than October 1.



These requirements are for international students coming to the United States to study on the Mississippi University for Women's campus. Students taking MUW online programs in their home country are not required to submit steps 8-12.

  • Step 1: A completed international admission application

  • Step 2: A baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year institution

  • Step 3: A minimum 3.0 quality point average in the proposed area of study

  • Step 4: English Exam Scores: TOEFL 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based); IELTS 6.0; or PTE 53

  • Step 5: In those programs which require these standardized tests, submission of either GRE or GMAT test scores. Students in the M. Ed. Program may substitute scores on the National Teachers Examination (NTE).

  • Step 6: Three recommendations of the student's qualifications for graduate work

  • Step 7: Official certified transcripts, diplomas, and certificates translated in English

  • Step 8: Letter of financial backing with supporting documentation

  • Step 9: Scheduled meeting with Dean of Students to discuss medical requirements (listed below) and associated costs

  • Step 10: Agreement to purchase or show health insurance coverage. International students must purchase a health insurance plan and provide documentation of insurance coverage prior to registration. The insurance plan must cover the student for the length of each semester. International students must maintain continuous coverage throughout their enrollment at the University.

  • Step 11: Proof of immunization of measles, mumps, and rubella is required (two doses of MMR vaccine), must be translated in English and submitted to the Campus Health Center.

  • Step 12: Proof of test screening for tuberculosis by chest x-ray and interferon gamma release assays (IGRA) performed in the United States prior to the start of classes is required of all international students. Proof should be submitted to the Campus Health Center.

Note: The Test of Written English may also be required. Individual graduate programs may set higher English-language proficiency scores and/or require additional documentation of English-language proficiency.


Requirements for graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) and Nursing (NSG)

Number 1 below will apply to both programs. The #2 below is only for SLP.

For admission to the SLP and NSG Graduate Programs, an International student must submit:

1) An official TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 600 PBT (Paper-Based Test), 250 CBT (Computer-Based Test), or 100 iBT (Internet-Based Test), an IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) core of 7.0, or a PTE (Pearson Test of English) score of 68.

For admission to the SLP Graduate Program, an international student must submit:

2) A recorded speech sample, 3-5 minutes in length. Topic should address the student's personal history/information and career goals.

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