International Applicants

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Application Checklist

Below is a general guideline for what is required for your application. Be aware that certain programs may have additional requirements that are not listed here. It is your responsibility to check your program’s website to see what other materials might be required.

1. Online Application

Submit the online portion of your application (begin your application here). Your online application will include your:

Current Resume — You will submit a resume detailing your employment and/or educational experience.
Personal Statement, Statement of Purpose and/or Essays — Personal statement(s) vary depending on the program you are applying to. Please check the prompt in your application.
Letters of Recommendation — Your letters should be from professors familiar with your scholarly work, or from professional supervisors who have had experience in a graduate program and who can provide information about your potential for success as a graduate student. The number of letters required varies depending on the program you are applying to. Please refer to your program’s website for specific information on letters of recommendation.
Application Fee — There is an application fee required for all programs. The application fee must be paid in order to submit your online application.

2. Official Transcript and Credential Evaluations

If you earned a degree from an institution outside the United States, you are required to submit an official Course-by-Course Evaluation from World Education Services, Inc. (WES).

Applicants are only required to submit an official transcript/WES evaluation from the university where you earned your undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree. If you are a Doctoral applicant, you are also required to submit an official transcript/WES evaluation from the university where you earned your master’s degree. 

Some programs require additional transcripts in order to prove completion of prerequisite courses. Please refer to your program’s website for specific information on transcript requirements. Any coursework completed at a foreign institution must be Course-by-Course evaluated by WES.

3. Official English Proficiency Exam Score

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all international applicants. Official TOEFL iBT and IELTS scores must be within 2 years old at the time your application package is completed (all application materials received). Minimum scores must show:

School of Business programs: minimum score of 92 on the TOEFL
Master of Arts in International Relations: minimum score of 90 on the TOEFL
All other programs: minimum score of  83 on TOEFL or 7 on IELTS 

English Proficiency Exam Waivers: The English Proficiency Exam requirement may be waived if English is your primary language or if you obtained a bachelor’s degree in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Australia, or New Zealand. Other exceptions may be made on a case by case basis. Waivers are not automatically applied; all waivers must be requested. To request a waiver, you must first submit the Online Application (see Step 1 above); your waiver request will not be considered until we receive your Online Application. Once you have submitted the Online Application, email your program with your request and reasoning for why you think you should be given a waiver. If you seek a waiver, it is your responsibility to provide sufficient evidence in defense of your English proficiency. Waivers are granted on a one-by-one basis for a specific program and term. Obtaining a waiver is not guaranteed under any circumstances.

4. Standardized Test Scores

Applicants will need to provide official scores for tests applicable to their program, such as the GRE or GMAT. However, not all programs require scores. Please refer to your program’s website for specific information on your standardized testing requirements.


Please 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 your 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