WELCOME PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS
The University of Memphis believes that the presence of international students on
campus enriches the educational environment for all. The University of Memphis is
authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students on the F-1 student
visa. We accept only students with the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree--16 years
of formal schooling.
Prospective students must apply to the Graduate School and the respective department
(only if the department requires an additional application). Individual departments
may have different admission requirements and application deadlines. It is essential
that you familiarize yourself with departmental information.
Applications are available for on-line submission at banssbprod.memphis.edu/pls/PROD/bwskalog.P_DispLoginNon. A non-refundable application and processing fee of sixty dollars U.S. (U.S. $60.00)
is required of every international applicant, unless previously paid. Payment of the
application fee is by credit card. For a list of specific program deadlines, click here.
For admission to a degree program, international applicants should allow at least four months for necessary documents to be processed by the appropriate degree program and the
Graduate Admissions office. All test scores and credential evaluations must be on
file in the Graduate Admissions, 101 Wilder Tower, at least four months before the
desired enrollment date. Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure full consideration.
Applicants will be selected on a competitive basis and, therefore, admission will
not be granted to all applicants who meet only the minimum requirements. Some departments
require higher standards or additional items such as portfolios, proficiency examinations,
When Graduate Admissions receives your application materials, an official file is
established and reviewed. Your requested department then reviews your application
and makes a recommendation to Graduate Admissions. You will be notified as soon as
a decision has been reached.
Letters of Recommendation: If the program to which you are applying requires letters of recommendation, have
them sent directly to the department. Some departments also require other material
such a a statement of professional goals. Be sure to check with them.
Readmission into the University: International students who wish to apply for readmission to the University must meet
the deadlines set for regular admissions.
English Conditional Admission: International students are required to demonstrate a strong grasp of the English language
before admission into graduate programs. Conditional admission may be granted depending
on individual academic departmental policy. If English conditional admission is offered,
students will need to register for English skills assessment and take instructional
sessions (if required as a result of that assessment) through the University’s Intensive
English for Internationals (IEI) program (www.memphis.edu/iei). Upon successful completion of the requisite sessions, as determined by IEI, the
student’s English skills will be considered up to standard and the TOEFL/IELTS requirement
may be waived depending on specific academic department policy. The student can then
proceed into their graduate academic program. Please note that in order to have
a complete application packet, students seeking English conditional admission will
need to simultaneously apply for the IEI program through the link above, to the Graduate
School by clicking here, and to their academic program by visiting the department website. Please note that
a student cannot be a graduate assistant (GA) until they have been fully admitted
and have begun their graduate academic program. Please review your academic program
department’s website and graduate catalog entries to determine if English conditional
admission is offered. Questions can be directed to the program’s graduate coordinator. Students
will pay IEI fees until they meet the language criterion. If courses are taken outside
of IEI, the student will be charged additional tuition at the regular rate.
Please contact James Kierulff in the Graduate School for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to general admissions requirements, international students must provide
the following items:
- TOEFL Scores: All applicants who will be attending the University on a student visa and who are
not native speakers of English and are not graduates of The University of Memphis
must supply a minimum score of 550 on the paper, a 210 on the computer-based, or 79
on the internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Some degree programs
require a higher TOEFL score; check department listings for specific requirements.
Testing locations and other information can be obtained from www.toefl.org or by writing to TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540,
U.S.A. All test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to The University of
Memphis (institution code R-1459). Graduate Admissions will accept scores on the International English Language Testing
System (IELTS) in lieu of the TOEFL. The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.0.The
University is pleased to offer English Conditional Admission for qualified students.
Students who are unable, or do not feel prepared, to take the TOEFL or IELTS can request
conditional admission based on completing an English skills assessment, any required
English skill building sessions (www.memphis.edu/iei) and, if required, a TOEFL/IELTS exam while you are in the USA. For questions or
guidance through the English conditional admission process, please contact James Kierulff
(email@example.com). Conditional admission may not be offered by all departments. Please check departmental
graduate catalog webpages for program specific information.
- Evaluation of Credentials: Applicants whose highest degree is from a foreign university must have their credentials
evaluated. The university will accept evaluations done by any credentialing agency
listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services web site (http://www.naces.org). A course-by course report is required. Departments may provide a scholarship to cover the cost of the credential evaluation
for selected scholar-applicants. If a department decides to provide scholarship funds
the department will collect the necessary documentation and fees and forward them
to the selected credentialing agency. For additional information, please contact the graduate program coordinator.
- Health Certificate: Within 30 days from the first day of classes, each international student must submit
a certificate from a licensed U.S. physician or other qualified U.S. medical authority
verifying freedom from tuberculosis. Failure to do so shall result in denial of enrollment.
In the event that a student either has tuberculosis or has potential tuberculosis
requiring medical treatment, continued enrollment will be conditional upon the determination
by a licensed U.S. physician that such enrollment does not present a risk to others
and upon the student's compliance with any medical treatment program.
- Health Insurance: All international students must purchase health insurance before they are allowed
to enroll. Click here for more information.
- Affidavit of Support and Financial Statement: An applicant who holds or will require an "F-1" student visa must supply, on the
form provided by the University, sufficient evidence of financial support for the
applicant and all members of his/her family who will accompany the applicant to Memphis.
This requires that the applicant certify that his/her intent is to attend the University
full-time and that no employment, other than assistantships, will be required. An affidavit of support and financial statement are not required for admission; however, international students
(F-1) requiring issuance of Form I-20 must supply sufficient evidence of financial
support for the applicant and all members of his/her family requiring issuance of
dependent Form I-20.
Please contact academic departments for information on additional requirements and graduate assistantships.
Advisors for graduate students are typically department based. Often, departments
will assign advisors to students upon admission based on areas of interest. After
students have matriculated and enrolled in coursework under various faculty members,
students may select a different advisor. To inquire about your academic advisor, please
contact the graduate coordinator or department chair for your program.
MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMS
The following admissions requirements are minimum standards that identify the pool
of master’s level applicants from which each academic unit makes its selection. Prospective
students should check with the appropriate degree program for specific deadlines.
For admission to a degree program, applicants should allow a reasonable amount of
time for necessary documents to be processed by the appropriate department and Graduate
- Baccalaureate Degree: The applicant must provide an official transcript showing that a bachelor's degree
was awarded by an accredited college or university. The applicant must have earned
an acceptable grade point average. In addition, transcripts from any other college
or university attended must be requested. (Students who received bachelor's degrees from The University of Memphis may disregard
this requirement.) Only transcripts received directly from an issuing institution are considered official.
Signed and sealed transcripts that have been in the applicant's possession can be
used for admission purposes; however, official transcripts must later be requested.
Personal copies are not acceptable as official documents.
- Entrance Examinations: New applicants to the Graduate School (except to the MALS program) must have taken
an appropriate entrance examination within five years of the application date. Contact
the appropriate program for information on which tests and what scores are acceptable.
Scores on MAT exams written in less than 2 month intervals are not acceptable. Test
scores must be sent directly to Graduate Admissions from the testing agency.The University of Memphis institution code number for reporting ETS scores is R-1459. See program descriptions for more information on requirements. Some programs may
waive the entrance examination requirement for applicants with exceptional credentials,
extensive professional experience, or a prior graduate degree from an accredited institution.
These waivers are at the discretion of the academic program. Check individual program
descriptions for details.
- Program Requirements: Many academic units have separate departmental applications and/or additional requirements
for admission. Check program descriptions for more information on requirements.
EDUCATION SPECIALIST (ED.S.) PROGRAM
The Education Specialist degree is designed for the educator-practitioner who desires
post-masters training but who does not wish to earn a doctorate. This program is administered
by the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences; please refer to the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences section of the Graduate Catalog for a more complete description or contact the dean's
office in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences for additional details.
DOCTORAL DEGREE PROGRAMS
The following Graduate School admissions requirements are minimum standards that identify
the pool of doctoral level applicants from which each academic area make their selections.
- A Baccalaureate or Master's Degree as specified by the program: The applicant must provide an official transcript showing an earned bachelor's or
master's degree, depending on program requirements. The degree must have been awarded
by an accredited college or university. Only transcripts received directly from an
issuing institution are considered official. Personal copies are not acceptable as
- Entrance Examinations: New applications to the Graduate School require submission of an appropriate entrance
examination test score that is not more than five years old. Contact your program
for information on which tests and what scores are acceptable. Test scores must be
sent directly to Graduate Admissions by the testing agency.The University of Memphis institution code number for reporting ETS scores is R-1459. Some programs may waive the entrance examination requirement for applicants with
exceptional credentials, extensive professional experience, or a prior doctoral degree
from an accredited institution. See individual program descriptions for details.
- Program Requirements: Some academic units may have separate departmental applications and/or additional
requirements, such as portfolios, proficiency examinations, auditions, etc. Refer
to the appropriate program description in the Graduate Catalog for details.