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International Applicant

You are considered an international applicant if you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

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How to Apply as an International Applicant

To apply to West Virginia University as an International Applicant:

If you experience technical or payment processing errors please review the Application Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for troubleshooting assistance.

*Application fee waivers are available for current WVU and WVU Medicine employees, active military personnel and veterans, McNair Scholars, and Peace Corps member. If any of these categories apply to you please email  for information on how to obtain the waiver.

Application Considerations

University GPA Requirement 

Graduate degree-seeking applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a properly recognized institution. The minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) is 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.  WVU will convert other grading systems to a 4.0 GPA system. 

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. Applicants must mail/ship original or certified copies of their transcripts 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.

Directions for submitting official undergraduate transcripts from U.S. Institutions.

Additional Documentation

  • Original or certified copies of all academic certificates or diplomas in original language of issue
  • English translations of academic certificates / diplomas / transcripts
  • Copy of current passport or visa for visa status
*All application materials should be submitted together at the same time, if possible.

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 
  • A TOEFL iBT total score of at least 79

Applicants who have received a high school diploma or a bachelor’s degree in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand or Australia need not submit TOEFL/IELTS results. Applicants who only have a master’s degree from one of the countries listed must provide TOEFL or IELTS scores. The scores must meet the minimum requirements and be verifiable through the testing agency.  

Applicants who don’t meet these requirements may apply for conditional admission. Contact the academic department for further information. Not all departments review applicants for conditional admission. 

Conditionally admitted students must demonstrate English proficiency before taking academic classes.  They should do this by enrolling in the WVU  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 the IEP .  

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

Additional Admission / Application Requirements:

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

  • a higher minimum GPA
  • standardized test scores
  • letters of recommendation 
  • statement of purpose 

Before you apply, we encourage you to contact your program directly. You can ask your program about funding and openings in your research area. For program specific and contact information, visit our Degree Programs Database.

Need Help?

Review our application frequently asked questions or contact the Office of International Admissions

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