Application Information

Each graduate program will have specific admissions requirements in addition to the general requirements listed below.

Please visit Graduate Admissions [Graduate Programs Admissions Criteria] for more information about program specific admissions requirements.

International Graduate Application Checklist

Submit certified copies of original documents from each college or university previously attended.
Have all former universities send an official transcript directly to the Shenandoah University Office of Admissions. If an institution is unable to send original documents, you must have an appropriate school official certify that the copy is an official copy with a stamp and signature. Documents must include courses completed, grades or marks earned, and certificates or degrees awarded. All transcripts must be received in unopened envelopes that have been stamped or signed by an authority at the sending institution across the envelope seal.

All transcripts from non-U.S. institutions must also be submitted for an academic credential evaluation to obtain equivalency information regarding courses, credits, grades and degrees earned. For most programs, a general or document-by-document report with GPA is sufficient. Most services require that the transcript be accompanied by an English translation. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make arrangements for the evaluation. Please note that each company may have different requirements regarding document submission. An official copy of the completed evaluation should be mailed from the company directly to Shenandoah University. For convenience several companies who evaluate international credentials are noted below, but a complete list of qualified companies may be found at

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.(ECE)

PO Box 514070, Milwaukee WI 53203-3470 USA
Phone: (414) 289-3400

Joseph Silny and Associates

7101 SW 102 Avenue, Miami, FL 33173
Phone: (305) 273-1616
Fax: (305) 273-1338

World Education Services (WES)

Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087, New York, NY 10274-5087
Phone: (212) 966-6311
Fax: (212) 739-6100

International students are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to provide TOEFL or scores or show successful completion of two years of full-time study in an English-speaking country in which English was the language of instruction. Shenandoah’s school code is 5613.

The date of taking the TOEFL or IELTS should not be more than 12 months prior to the date of enrollment.

Graduate TOEFL or IELTS Score Requirements

Regular (unconditional) admission of non-native English-speaking graduate students requires:

  • Paper-based test score of 550 or higher
  • Computer-based test score of 213 or higher
  • Internet-based test score of 79 or higher

Entering students who meet the Shenandoah University’s ESL requirements as outlined above are not required to enroll in ESL courses. However, such students may elect ESL studies to improve their English-language skills.
Provisional admission of non-native English-speaking graduate students
Students may be granted provisional admission and begin their graduate programs, however, they must enroll for at least 6 hours of ESL each semester until they achieve the TOEFL score required by the program.

  • Paper-based test score of 525 to 547
  • Computer-based test score of 195 to 210
  • Internet test score of 71 to 78

Graduate students must meet all ESL requirements within one calendar year of initial enrollment at Shenandoah University, or prior to graduation, whichever comes first. Failure to meet this requirement may result in suspension from the university. Entering graduate students who do not meet the minimum requirements specified above may be admitted only to study ESL until reaching the levels specified for provisional admission to a program.

Each graduate program will have specific admissions requirements (ie. standardized test scores, recommendation letters, auditions, etc.) in addition to the general requirements listed here. Please see your Graduate Programs Application Information page for more information.

To be eligible to receive a SEVIS I-20 form from Shenandoah, please send financial information and documentation explaining how you plan to cover your educational and living expenses while a student at Shenandoah. To document your financial resources, you may complete the supplemental application for international students and include support materials such as a signed affidavit of support and a copy of a recent bank statement.

International Student Scholarships & Financial Aid

A limited amount of scholarships and financial aid is available to international students. You should expect to pay the full costs of your educational and living expenses. The estimated total cost for tuition, books, health insurance, a residence hall room and food service for one full year (excluding summer) is $22,000 for full-time graduate study. Costs may vary by program.