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Admission of International Students


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.

Admission to Masters Degree Programs


Admission to Education Specialist
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Admission of International Students
Readmission Requirements
Other Admission Regulations
Miscellaneous 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,
auditions, etc.
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 Universitys Intensive English for Internationals (IEI) program
(www.memphis.edu/iei). Upon successful completion of the requisite sessions, as
determined by IEI, the students 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 departments website and
graduate catalog entries to determine if English conditional admission is offered.
Questions can be directed to the programs 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
(jkerulff@memphis.edu).
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
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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 (jkerulff@memphis.edu).
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
masters 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
Admissions.
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
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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
official documents.
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.
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