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
Shenandoah Graduate Application or CAS system application depending on program:
Applicants who possess a foreign transcript and require an I-20 student visa should request official copies of foreign transcripts be sent directly from all previously attended institutions to Shenandoah upon application to the University. Transcripts can be sent electronically, mailed or emailed by a school official. All foreign transcripts must be in English. Certified translations are accepted. Foreign transcripts must also be NACES evaluated. An admission decision cannot be made without an evaluation even if all original transcripts are on file. More information on this is included in the section below.
Applicants using the Shenandoah Graduate Application can upload unofficial transcripts directly to the application form for initial admission. If admitted, students will need to provide official transcripts from each institution which they previously supplied unofficial transcripts. Applicants who already have a completed NACES evaluation can upload an unofficial copy of their course-by-course evaluation to serve as his or her unofficial transcript from that institution. An official evaluation must be sent with the official transcript after the student is admitted. Please note: I-20 visas cannot be processed until official copies of all transcripts from institutions of higher education are on record for a student. Due to the processing time for academic credential evaluations, if you will need an F-1 visa issued from Shenandoah, we recommend submitting official transcripts at the time of application to avoid delays with visa paperwork.
When applying, CAS system applicants must submit certified copies of original documents from each college or university previously attended. 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. See your specific CAS application for more details on how to submit official transcripts
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 course-by-course report including U.S. equivalent grades and GPA is required. 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 www.naces.org.
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.(ECE)
Phone: (414) 289-3400
Josef Silny & Associates
Phone: (305) 273-1616
Fax: (305) 273-1338
World Education Services (WES)
Phone: (212) 966-6311
Fax: (212) 739-6100
SpanTran: The Evaluation Company
Phone: (646) 475-2570
Fax: (646) 475-2580
Non-Native English Speaking (NNES) applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language in one of three ways:
- At least 48 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in a post-secondary institution in which English is the language of instruction.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
School iBT (Internet TOEFL) Paper TOEFL IELTS* Arts & Sciences 79 550 6.5 Business 79 550 6.5 Conservatory 79 550 6.5 Health Professions 83 558 n/a Nursing 83 558 n/a Pharmacy 79 550 6.5
*International English Language Testing System
The Shenandoah University TOEFL test code is 5613.
The Admissions Office must receive all transcripts and/or test scores no later than 14 business days before the start date of each term. No test score will be considered that is over 24 months old.
Conditional Admission of Non-Native English Speakers
Those students with minimum scores of 45 on iBT (Internet TOEFL), 450 on Paper TOEFL, or 5.0 on IELTS (International English Language Testing System) may be granted conditional admission and must complete Shenandoah University’s Intensive English as a Second Language Program (IESL).
Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL)
Shenandoah University’s Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL) program welcomes international undergraduate and graduate-level students to prepare for success in their academic careers by providing a comprehensive course of instruction including 20 hours per week of coursework in oral communication (speaking and listening), reading, writing, and grammar in use offered on campus so that students are fully immersed into the American collegiate experience. Courses are taught at the intermediate and advanced levels only. IESL classes are non-credit bearing. Successful completion of the IESL program is proficiency based as determined by attainment of TOEFL/IELTS scores that meet university admissions requirements. Passing IESL does not guarantee full admission; language proficiency must still be met.
Admission to IESL is open to international students with minimum scores of 45 on iBT (Internet TOEFL), 450 on Paper TOEFL, or 5.0 on IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
Upon arrival to campus, students complete placement exams to determine their levels of listening/reading/grammar, speaking, and writing and are placed in four skills classes: oral communication (speaking and listening), reading, writing, and grammar in use. Classes meet five days per week for the entire semester. Skill classes run concurrently to allow students to be placed at appropriate levels by individual skill.
Students in IESL are also permitted to register for appropriate performance/activity classes that do not require English language proficiency.
The university also offers the program during an 8-week summer session.
In addition to IESL, the English as a Second Language Program also offers ES 195-English as a Second Language Bridge, a three-credit class for international students who have met university admissions requirements but desire more focused instruction in English. ESL 195 can be taken on its own or coupled with any 100 or 200 level course. Graduate students may choose to take this class along with any graduate-level course.
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.
Have all universities send an official transcript directly to SU office of Graduate Admissions. Shenandoah will accept verified transcripts from your evaluating agency (i.e. WES, ECE) in place of official transcripts sent from your institution. If your institution is unable to send original documents, you must have an appropriate school official certify that the copy is official with a stamp and signature. All transcripts from non-U.S. institutions must also be submitted for academic credential evaluation. An official copy is required with the official transcript after admission. Until all official transcripts are received, students will have a hold placed on their account that prevents registration for the semester following their first semester.