International Graduate Student Application Process

Shippensburg University is where international graduate students apply for a world-class education. In order for us to officially accept you at our school, we must first review your academic credentials to evaluate your candidacy. Once you are academically admitted, we will then review your financial support to determine your eligibility for an I-20 to be issued.

If you are interested in a graduate assistantship position, you may begin browsing a list of positions for the following summer sessions and the fall semester as early as March. You may contact supervisors after reviewing positions that interest you. It is suggested that you begin with phone calls or emails to the supervisors of the positions that interest you. Some supervisors may request additional information or references. You may also get a request for an interview when you arrive in Shippensburg.

Please allow plenty of time to go through the admission process. Departments have varying schedules and deadlines. The Admissions Office can give you more information about this. It is important for you to read the admission instructions and follow them carefully. Your admission to graduate school at Shippensburg University and the issuance of an I-20 does not depend on whether or not you have obtained a graduate assistantship. The issuance of an I-20 form depends upon your submitting a complete and accurate Affidavit of Support and all documentation. If needed, a revised I-20 form will be prepared when you secure a graduate assistantship.

Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office if you have any questions at (717) 477-1213 or

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You must complete a Graduate Application for International Admissions online.

A $45.00 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of submission.

If English is not your native or official language, send your official results of English proficiency directly from a testing agency that administers the TOEFL or IELTS.

We recommend a TOEFL score of at least 66 for undergraduate students and 68 for graduate students for the iBT.  If a PBT test is taken a minimum of 550 is required

Our test code for the TOEFL is 2657.

We require an IELTS score of at least 6.0, although some of our programs differ please see list below.

  • MS in Biology program requires a 6.5 on the IELTS or an 80 on the TOEFL.
  • MS in Computer Science requires a 6 or higher IELTS overall score or 70 TOEFL.
  • MS in Communication Studies requires a 6.0 in the writing section and an overall score of a 6.0 on IELTS or an 80 on the TOEFL.  
  • MEd in Special Education requires a 6.0 IELTS or higher overall.  A 5.5 or higher score would be considered for MEd in Special Education, only if Reading and Writing scores are 6 or higher.  TOEFL minimum score is an 80.

You also need to submit official course-by-course (CxC) evaluated transcripts directly from World Education Services (, ECE (, or ICD (

  • If you choose to use another organization, they must be a NACES ( recognized institution showing a CxC evaluation of the U.S. equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate degree and include your complete academic transcript. The cost of this evaluation is the responsibility of the student and is not part of the application fee.

In addition, you must scan a photo of your passport or picture ID (and your I-20, if you have one) and send it via e-mail to

You also need to send the following financial documentation to

  • Statement of Financial Support for every sponsor. This form is completed by whoever is financially supporting you.
  • Current, certified bank statements from your sponsors should show the required minimum amount in U.S. dollars as shown in the form above.
  • Income verification should show your sponsor's place of employment, length of employment, and salary. If your sponsor is self-employed, a letter explaining his or her business and income level is required. If you are self-supporting, this should be indicated on the Statement of Financial Support.
  • Scholarship information, if any. If you have full funding including all living expenses and insurance, this may exempt you from submitting the above forms.
  • Other forms of Acceptable Documents.

Your graduate program may require you to e-mail attached files like your resume, statement of interest, essay, or questionnaire to These supplemental attachments can only be formatted as PDFs or Word documents. Be sure to submit them prior to the application deadline. Please note your file is not complete until we receive all supplemental documents.

If you live outside of the United States and its territories, we strongly recommend that you submit all application materials for admission at least four months prior to the semester in which you would like to enroll, allowing for sufficient time to obtain a visa in your country.

To apply for the fall semester, submit all materials no later than April 30. To apply for the spring semester, submit all materials no later than September 30 and confirm by paying your deposit no later than December 13.

If you have questions or concerns, email