Application Requirements for International Graduate Students

We're glad you're ready to begin your Shippensburg University application and we're ready to assist you on your journey. To get you started, an outline of the application requirements and process is below.

When should I submit my application?

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.

Application Process

To be considered for admission, Shippensburg University requires you to do the following:

1. Complete an Online Graduate Application for International Admissions

Begin your application.

2. Pay the $45.00 USD application fee

3. Submit official results of an English Proficiency Test

If English is not your native or official language, send your official results of English proficiency directly from a testing agency that administers the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

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

Shippensburg University's test code for the TOEFL is 2657.

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:

  • The Master of Science in Biology program requires a 6.5 on the IELTS or an 80 on the TOEFL.
  • The Master of Science in Computer Science requires a 6.0 or higher IELTS overall score or 70 TOEFL.
  • The Master of Science 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.
  • The Master of Education in Special Education requires a 6.0 IELTS or higher overall. A 5.5 or higher score would be considered only if reading and writing scores are 6.0 or higher. The required TOEFL minimum score is an 80.

4. Submit course-by-course evaluated transcripts

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

If you choose to use another organization, they must be a National Association of Credential Evaluating Services (NACES) recognized institution showing a course-by-course evaluation of the United States 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.

5. Submit photo of passport or picture ID

Scan a photo of your passport or picture ID (and your I-20 if you have one) and send it via email to

6. Submit financial support documentation

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 USD 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.

6. Additional items

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.