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International Graduate Applicant

You are considered an international applicant if you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. If you have any questions regarding your application please contact InternationalAdmissions@mail.wvu.edu.


How to Apply as an International Graduate Applicant for Fall 2020, Spring 2021 or Summer 2021

Want to apply for an earlier admission term? Learn more about how to apply for admission for the Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 academic year.

To apply to West Virginia University at a first-time international graduate applicant:

  1. Create an account and complete the graduate application. If you applied to WVU as an undergraduate applicant in 2017 or later, you can use the same account to apply as a graduate student.
  2. Pay the $60 application fee**  Alternative Payment Option 
  3. Submit official transcripts,  additional documentation and E nglish proficiency exam section
  4. Submit the application
NOTE: The application runs best in the Google Chrome browser.  Applicants will NOT be able to submit their application until all required sections are complete and all required documentation is uploaded.
If you experience any technical difficulties or payment errors please email graduateadmissions@mail.wvu.edu or call 304.293.5980.

**Application fee waiver are available for current WVU and WVU Medicine employees, active military personnel and veterans, McNair Scholars, and AmeriCorps and Peace Corps members.


University GPA Requirement

Graduate degree-seeking applicants must meet the University standard of possessing a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale  for  regular admission

Some graduate programs have minimum GPA requirements that are higher than the University minimum. Please consult with a program representative from your graduate program of interest to determine the GPA requirement for that graduate program. 

World Education Services (WES) evaluations are recommended, but not required, for applicants who attended universities outside the US. Applicants should request a "course-by-course" International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP). ICAP evaluations include WES certified copies of official documents.


Official Undergraduate Transcripts

WVU cannot accept scans, uploads, faxes, or unverified photocopies of transcripts as official.

Graduate degree-seeking applicants must send their official transcript from the undergraduate institution that granted the bachelor’s degree. It is preferred that official transcripts be sent via an online, secure service such as eScrip-Safe, National Student Clearinghouse, or Parchment to graduateadmissions@mail.wvu.eduAlternatively, sealed, untampered, physical official transcripts can be sent to: 

West Virginia University 

Office of International Admissions 

2nd Floor One Waterfront Place 

Morgantown, WV 26506 

NOTE: WVU stores documents alphabetically using the family or surname. It is important that all forms, records, and correspondence use the same name and spelling. Your name needs to be as it appears or will appear in your passport. Materials often cannot be matched to files when they arrive with different names.

If your undergraduate degree is in-progress at the time you apply, please send the transcripts to-date. If you receive admission into your intended graduate degree program, final transcripts that reflect recently completed courses and the conferred undergraduate degree will need to be sent. 

If West Virginia University is your undergraduate degree granting undergraduate institution you do not need to send transcripts. 

Graduate degree-seeking applicants who have completed a graduate degree at an external institution are not required by the University to submit official masters or doctoral transcripts. Please check with your graduate program of interest to determine if they require the official masters or doctoral transcripts.


Additional Documentation

All additional documentation MUST be submitted together at the same time.

English Language Proficiency

WVU’s minimum score requirements for English proficiency for graduate students are: 

  • an academic IELTS overall band score of at least 6.5 OR A TOEFL iBT total score of at least 79.

International graduate school applicants who did not complete their bachelor's degree at a US, UK, Australian, Canadian, or New Zealand institution must submit an English proficiency test score. 

International applicants who do not meet that requirement should talk to a representative from their graduate program of interest about conditional admission. Conditionally admitted international graduate students must demonstrate English proficiency before taking academic classes by enrolling in the Intensive English Program (IEP). Conditionally admitted students must pass the highest level of the IEP and score at least 550 on WVU’s institutional TOEFL. 

Apply for IEP

Admission to the WVU IEP does not guarantee admission to an academic program.


Program Specific Application Requirements

In addition to the university standards, the application must meet the minimum admissions criteria determined by the program. Each graduate program set their own admissions requirements. These requirements may include:

  • a GPA higher than the university standard
  • standardized test scores
  • letters of recommendation
  • statement of purpose
  • etc.

To be sure you are meeting all the program specific admissions requirements, we recommend you visit the graduate admissions database and search for your program of intent, and/or contact a graduate program representative regarding specific questions. 

NOTE: You will NOT be able to submit your application until all required sections are completed and any required documents are uploaded.

Apply Now for Fall 2020, Spring 2021 or Summer 2021

Want to apply for an earlier admission term? Learn more about how to apply for admission for the Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 academic year.

Need Help?

Contact a Graduate Admissions and Recruitment staff member.


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