Application Checklist for International Students

Please see below for a general guideline of which materials are required for your application for admission. Be aware that certain programs may have additional requirements that are not listed here. It is your responsibility to reference the department's program website to see what other requirements might be needed.


  1. Completed Application — Applicants will submit their application online through LiaisonCAS. Begin your application here.
  2. Application Fee — There is an application fee required for all programs. The application fee must be paid in order to submit your online application.
  3. Transcript and Credential Evaluations — An evaluation of coursework completed at institutions outside of the United States is required. Applicants must have their transcripts evaluated by World Education Services, Inc. (WES). A course-by-course report from WES must be submitted with your application. Once all required documentation has been submitted to WES, an evaluation can take as little as seven days.
  4. English Language Exam — The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all international applicants and may only be waived if English is the applicant’s primary language or if he or she obtained a bachelor’s degree in the U.S., Great Britain, Canada or Australia. Other exceptions can be made on a case by case basis. 
    The School of Business requires a score of 92 on the TOEFL. The Master of Arts in International Relations program requires a score of 90 on the TOEFL
    Minimum Scores:
    TOEFL:  83
    IELTS:  7
  5. Letters of Recommendation — Letters should be from professors familiar with the applicant's scholarly work or from professional supervisors who have had experience in a graduate program and who can provide information regarding the applicant's potential for success as a graduate student. Generally, two to three letters of recommendation are required. Please refer to the program web pages for specific information.
  6. Current Resume — Applicants will submit a resume detailing one’s employment and/or educational experience.
  7. Personal Statement, Statement of Purpose and/or Essays — Please check the school, college, and/or department website for specific requirements.
    College of Arts and Sciences
    School of Business
    School of Leadership and Education Sciences Hahn School of Nursing
    Kroc School of Peace Studies
    Professional and Continuing Education
    Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering
  8. Standardized Test Scores — Applicants will need to provide scores for tests applicable to the program, such as the GRE or GMAT (not all programs require a standardized test). Please check the department website for standardized testing requirements.
  9. Send WES evaluations/transcripts and additional application materials to:
    The University of San Diego encourages applicants to have their supporting application materials (WES evaluations, official transcripts, standardized test scores, etc.) sent via secure electronic means so as to expedite processing. Please keep in mind that in order to be considered official, all materials must be sent electronically directly from the institution or organization providing them. Materials emailed from applicants will not be accepted.

    Please send all supporting materials to:

    If the institution or organization cannot support electronic delivery, materials may be mailed to:
    University of San Diego
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    5998 Alcalá Park
    San Diego, CA 92110-2492