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Steps for International Students

For admission consideration as a degree-seeking graduate student at WVU, the applicant must:

  • have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale  
  • meet English Proficiency or request conditional admission and complete an Intensive English Program (IEP) application (see English Proficiency)  
  • meet the criteria established by the degree program to which you apply  
  • be accepted by the academic department  

The above are minimum University standards. Specific degree programs frequently set higher standards and also may set additional requirements, such as the submission of standardized test scores or letters of recommendation. 


Before you apply to your program of interest, we encourage you to contact the Graduate Program Director or faculty member to inquire about potential funding and openings in your research or academic area. For program specific and contact information, visit our Degree Programs Database.

Visit the International Students and Scholars and Services for information about visas and more information for prospective international students. 

Potential graduate teaching assistants may also be interested in the International Teaching Assistant Handbook.


NOTE: Materials from applicants are retained alphabetically, under the family name, as indicated by the applicant on the International Student Admission Application. 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 papers arrive with different names.


Generally applicants whose first language is not English must submit adequate (TOEFL) or (IELTS) results before an application can be considered for admission to the WVU:

  • TOEFL Internet-Based = 79 
  • TOEFL Paper-Based = 550 
  • IELTS = 6.5 

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. 

However, applicants having only a master’s degree from an accredited US college or university must still provide acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores. 

Contact the academic department for further information. In some cases, it may be possible to consider applicants who lack adequate TOEFL or IELTS scores. Such applicants must enroll in the WVU  Intensive English Program prior to beginning their academic program. Applicants who wish to be considered for this option should consult with the academic department and must notify the Office of Admissions when they submit their application. Additional information about the  Intensive English Program can be obtained by e-mailing

International students applying for admission must submit the following:

  • A completed online application including any uploaded supporting materials required for your program (these may include letters of recommendation, personal statement, etc.).
  • A non-refundable $60 application service fee.
  • Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) must be sent to WVU directly from the respective testing service.
  • Original or certified copies of all official academic records/transcripts in original language of issue (transcripts from U.S. institutions must be sent to WVU directly from the institutions). Unofficial photocopies are not acceptable.
  • Original or certified copies of all academic certificates or diplomas in original language of issue.
  • Official English translations of academic records/transcripts and certificates/diplomas.
  • Copy of current passport or visa for visa status.
  • All application materials should be submitted together at the same time, if possible.
WVU International Admissions
One Waterfront Place
Second Floor 
PO Box 6009 
Morgantown, WV 26506-6009

WVU International Admissions
1 Waterfront Place
2nd Floor
Morgantown, WV 26506

NOTE: Materials from applicants must have your name as it appears or will appear in your passport. Materials often cannot be matched to files when papers arrive with different names.

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